October 17, 2018  |  PARENT ENEWS 



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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and each year, Mercy gathers for activities and reflection to honor members of our community that have been affected. Sponsored by the Girls Athletic Association (GAA), the Dig Pink volleyball game is a highlight of Pink Week. Last night we had a great turnout at Serra, and our Frosh and JV teams came away with hard-fought wins. Shirts are still on sale in the cafeteria, and proceeds go to benefit research. Next Friday the 26th, we will hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Rally on the Green, where it is a tradition for students to ceremoniously cut at least 8 inches of their hair to donate to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hair prosthetics to children with permanent and/or temporary hair loss. (Permission slips for donating are available in the SBO office) This is a cause very close to our community, and we appreciate the support and participation in these activities.


Mercy Events Web Page

Mark your calendars and stay connected! We now have a web page with all of our major, upcoming events. www.mercyhsb.com/about/mercy-events



Soup Supper
Tuesday, October 23 ⋅  6-7:30pm
Our annual soup supper benefiting Catherine's Center is an inspiring and educational evening. The cost is $10 per person - the money goes directly to Catherine's Center, a program for women transitioning from the justice system into society. Catherine's Center is sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul and the Sisters of Mercy. Students will receive 2 hours of LEARNING service hours if they attend. Please RSVP to Angie Simonetti at asimonetti@mercyhsb.com




Launching Mercy's Student Store! 

The Mercy Student Store is launching this Friday! Come shop our new selection of Mercy gear! The Store Interns will be selling at both lunches. View Price list HERE. We accept cash or check.


Halloween Dance

Friday, October 26th 


The Annual Halloween Dance is next Friday at Kohl Mansion. Students are invited for fun, food, and frights! Tickets are $10 at the door. 



Last Chance to RSVP to Mother Daughter Tea! 

Sunday, October 21st



Tonight October 17th is the deadline to RSVP - click HERE.  


For questions please contact Amaré Silva  asilva@mercyhsb.com


Raffle Donations

Tomorrow morning October 18th is the last day to donate to our upcoming Mother Daughter Tea raffle that will benefit Mercy! Please submit donations to the main office by October 18th at 10am. If you'd like to donate a complete basket or a similar gift cards please contact mpc@mercyhsb.com.

Click HERE to see raffle items requested.



Sense & Sensibility

Oct. 26, 27 Nov. 2, 3 -7:30pm

Serra High School's Gellert Auditorium


Tickets for Tri-School Productions Fall Play are on sale now! Student discount tickets will be sold at lunch next Friday, Oct. 26th. Click HERE to learn more and to purchase tickets.


The Mercy Fund First - Parking Lot Pledge Days are coming!

October 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov 1st 


Mercy Advancement Team and Parents will be handing out pledge forms and collecting pledge forms at after school pick up! You can turn in your pledge next week or make it online!


Download a Mercy Fund Parent Pledge Form HERE
Make a onetime or recurring gift ONLINE
Make a Gift of Stock
Find out if your employer has a Matching Gift Program HERE


Gifts to date, range from $5 to $10,000. All Gifts matter regardless of the amount!


Please contact Jennifer Munsey for more information. All pledged gifts are payable by June 30, 2019.


Volunteers Needed for Music at Kohl Concert

Music at Kohl Mansion is lining up our volunteer team for our next concert on Sunday, October 28. Volunteers are needed from 6-10pm. Student volunteers receive 4 hours of service credit. Parent volunteers receive our undying gratitude and everyone gets to enjoy the concert! Please contact Debbie Boles at admin@musicatkohl.org. To learn about our concert series visit www.musicatkohl.org


MERCY PARENTS: The Red Cross Needs Your Help!! Just one more week to sign up....and we still need 20 volunteers to donate.


When:  Wed., October 24th from 9:30-3:30

Where:  Dining room, next to the Great Hall

How: Sign up HERE




Freshman Retreat

Friday, October 19th
Fort Miley-Ropes Course
This retreat offers freshmen a chance to step away from their "inside" world and enjoy God's creation while developing confidence, trust, support, communication, cooperation, and leadership skills. The retreat is on Friday, October 19th from 8:15am-2:45pm. (Arrival time depends on traffic) Two permission forms must be completed and returned to the student's religion teacher.

PLI Permission Form

Mercy Permission Form



Junior Ring Ceremony is Tomorrow!


Thursday, Oct. 18 - 1:30PM

Mother House Chapel  

Reception to follow in the Great Hall


Click HERE for invite.






Ring Resizing

Juniors and Seniors, anyone who needs their class ring resized or otherwise repaired should bring their ring to school on Friday, October 19, before school in the cafeteria. New orders may be placed as well. Order forms are in the main office.




Financial Aid Night

Wed., Oct 24 ⋅ 6:30pm - Kohl Mansion

Presentation by Mary Morrison, former Stanford University Financial Aid Officer. Please contact

FOhanessian@mercyhsb.com with questions.




Early Dismissal

All seniors have early dismissal on Thursday, 10/18. Seniors will be dismissed from school at 1:15 after they check into advisory


Cap and Gown Makeup
The make up date for cap and gown and graduation announcement orders is this Friday, before school in the cafeteria. Remember, every senior must order her cap and gown. No exceptions!


Senior Portraits 

If your daughter has not yet taken her portrait photo or scheduled an appointment please contact Lifetouch in San Carlos at 650-597-1433 or visit their website HERE for more information.


Attention Senior Parents: Join us in celebrating your senior by placing a Yearbook Recognition Ad for your student by November 1st. To purchase, click HERE. Ad space is limited so purchase yours today!

A few tips for creating your ad
Words: Think about the message from the point of view of your daughter: 

  • What moments in their life were significant?
  • Does the family have any inside jokes that would make the tribute special for her?
  • What do you admire most about her?


  • The ad will look better if the photos have the same orientation as the picture box
  • Use clear high-resolution photos. If a photo is blurry, it will be blurry in the ad
  • Use the cropping tools on the website to crop out unnecessary background to focus on your student


Mercy Athletics logo

Please feel free to contact me anytime at 650-762-1107. I am looking forward to a great 2018-19 with Mercy Athletics! - Charlie DoughertyAthletic Director


Follow Mercy Athletics on Twitter for game updates and scores!


All results of each team can be found in the Mercy scoreboard-place HERE


Winter Sport Tryouts begin on Monday October 29: Any athlete on a fall roster must wait until their fall season has finished until they can begin tryouts for a winter sport. All fall sport athletes will be given a full tryout assessment if they miss anytime starting on Oct 29.

  • Soccer: Tryouts will be 3-5pm, (Mon-Fri) at Skyline College in San Bruno.
  • Basketball: Tryouts will be 6-8pm at College of San Mateo small gym. Mon-Fri.

Please make sure students are fully registered and cleared in the Magnus system through PowerSchool.


Mercy Athlete of the Week:

Tennis player Karla Joachin Alvarez


The Mercy Burlingame Varsity Tennis Team has seen some tough losses recently but has remained resilient and purposeful. No one has epitomized these traits more than Karla. She has been a positive role model on and off the court through our struggles and has helped our team bounce back with a resounding win this past Tuesday vs Mercy SF. Playing in the #1 Doubles position, Karla has helped our team with her passion, energy and enthusiasm. Great job Karla, keep it going!


Purchase Fall Team Photos

If you would like to purchase any pictures from the fall team pictures, you can view pictures at this link and make your purchases directly thru LifeTouch. Click HERE to view photos, use MBurl19 to access.


Taste and Take for a Purpose!

Wine, Distilled Spirits & Brew, Culinary delights and Live Music!

Friday, Nov.16th 7:00pm-10:00pm

Join fellow connoisseurs for an evening of tasting, live music, and conversation at the historic Kohl Mansion!

Learn more and purchase tickets HERE!  
Click HERE t
o be a Sponsor/Advertiser/Underwriter.

*Contact Jennifer Munsey to become a Wine, Distilled Beverage or Food vendor  jmunsey@mercyhsb.com  


We need your help to promote the event, If you are interested in helping please contact Jennifer Munsey. 


All Proceeds Benefit Mercy High School Burlingame!


Join the History Department in Washington D.C. for Close Up!

  • Tour the U.S. Capitol Building and meet congressional members
  •  Visit historic D.C. monuments, memorials, and Smithsonian museums
  • Visit the National Portrait Gallery

Travel dates January 19 - 25, 2019. A $400 deposit is due by Friday, October 19th. This trip is for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Don't miss this exciting opportunity as we will not be returning to D.C. until 2021! Email Mr. McGoron or Mr. Wootten if you have any questions.


From the Head of School

You have heard me talk often at Mercy about how we graduate caring, resilient, confident young women. Helping them to make the transition from uncertain 8th graders to confident high school graduates begins when they enter Mercy. This transformation is truly a partnership between you as parents and all of us at Mercy. This article, "The Confidence Gap for Girls", appeared in the October 4th New York Times. I think you may find it informative and helpful.



Mercy Admission Events

Please share our Admission events with any parents who may interested in Mercy - thank you! More information on all events can be found at www.mercyhsb.com/admission or by calling 650-762-1114


Our next Parent Talk & Tour for parents of 7th and 8th graders is on November 8th. It includes a session with Mercy Admin and Admission teams and a tour during the school day. 


Admission 101 is Monday, Oct. 22. and is a presentation for parents about the high school admission process. Discover how Mercy is distinct in our mission, our approach in the classroom, in athletics and activities. We will address the common, general questions that many parents have.


Every Purchase gives back! 

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Step 2: Sign in and shop away!

Amazon donates 2%-10% of all purchases to Mercy HSB.

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