October 24, 2018  |  PARENT ENEWS 



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Tri-School Productions' Sense & Sensibility opens this week! The Cast & Crew have been working hard for months to present their playful new adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel. Nine Mercy students were cast in the production, including one of the lead roles, Elinor Dashwood, being played by sophomore Mia Faillace. Mia took a moment to answer our questions about the 're-boot', playing an iconic character, the Tri-School Productions family, and more in this article! The story follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father's sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. Don't miss your chance to see it at Serra's Gellert Auditorium Oct. 26, 27; Nov 2, 3. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here, or from Serra students on Friday during lunch at Mercy for a discounted rate.


A big 'Thank You' to the Mother Daughter Tea volunteers! Without the help of these volunteers, this event of nearly 500 people would not have been possible! Thanks to our stellar MPC Leadership Committee: Judy Ajam, Janie Dawes, Karen Sammons & Libby Schaul. Along with Elizabeth Agler, Joe Ajam, Steven Almes, Ana Alvarez, Mary Louise Castillo, Greg Collaço, Matt Cory, Niamh Dawes, Mikey El-Badry, Bill Grout, Jon Hagstum, Michael Johnson, Eric Larsen, Marvin Laubacher, Ener Lumanlan, Martha Ann Milliken, George Papazian, Carina Reyes, Jay Ricafort, Marina Shannon, Maribel Silva, Tony Silva, James Wilson, and Norm.


Financial Assistance Program for 2019-2020

We recognize that families have varying financial needs and make financial sacrifices to provide their daughters with a strong academic education. Awards are made for a one-year period, families must re-apply each year. The application process is fair and confidential, assessed by an outside firm (TADS) that specializes in school financial assistance programs. Financial aid awards are made based on a family's demonstrated need and the availability of school funds.


All families who would like to be considered for financial assistance for the 2019-20 school year must complete an online financial aid application and submit all necessary documentation. The deadline for applying 8th grade families is no later than January 7, 2019 and for returning 10th, 11th and 12th grade families February 8, 2019*. Visit the website HERE for more information and the online TADS application.  Late applications are processed and reviewed, but meeting the appropriate deadline is strongly recommended to be included in the first round of aid awards. Please contact Lynn Beal at 650-762-1101 or lbeal@mercyhsb.com if you have any questions.


*Please note: Families that have both an applying 8th grader and returning student must meet the January 7, 2019 deadline. 


Reminder: Tell us how you'd like to be involved - Parent Volunteer Opportunities Survey HERE This is a reminder to fill out the volunteer survey or revisit the upcoming opportunities and let us know your volunteer interests. However you can support our community is always appreciated and adds to the richness of being here at Mercy. For more information please contact Amaré Silva at asilva@mercyhsb.com



Halloween Dance

Friday, October 26th 


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



Mills Uniform Company's 2018 Fall Sale
November 3-17 

10% Off all in-stock items / 25%+ and More Off Clearance items and $5 shipping on orders $100+ placed during the sale. Click HERE for flyer.



The Mercy Fund First - Parking Lot Pledge Days 

October 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov 1st 


"Parking Lot Pledge Days" began today! Volunteers will be handing out and collecting pledge forms during afternoon pick up! You may also go online to The Mercy Fund Parent Giving Page and make your gift or pledge today! Our goal is 100% participation by November 1st! 100% of the faculty and staff have made a gift to The Mercy Fund campaign. Help us reach 100% support from our parent community.



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.


Christmas at Kohl is Coming!
Wednesday, November 28th • 5:00-9:00pm

Please join us for Christmas at Kohl Holiday Boutique! We will have over 65 vendors, and the Mansion will be decorated for the holidays. It is a great night to come with friends and family to kick off the holiday season!

Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to help with setting up, selling tickets, pouring wine or just directing guests as they shop! This is a low-key and fun-filled night.  If you can help, please click HERE and complete the form!  Thanking you in advance!  -Carol Fraher & Jamila Sinlao Zanette '04 and the Mercy Alumnae Association 


A great opportunity for LEARNING HOURS this SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th!

Our friends at St. Francis High School in Sacramento have invited Rachel Hollis, NYTimes best selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face and founder of the popular blog, The Chic Site, as a guest speaker. Due to the popularity of the event St. Francis will be live steaming it!  

So how can you participate:

  • Have Sunday, October 28th at 1:30pm free
  • Gather a group of friends. (The cost of the live stream is $30.00 so the more you gather the cheaper it is. See below for a discount.)
  • As you are watching, take a picture of the first minutes and of the last minutes to prove you watched it.
  • If you do watch it, email me with your pictures and one point you found interesting about the presentation.
  • Enjoy, learn, and tell us about it!

More information on how to connect to the live stream:  Access to the Live Stream is $30. St. Francis is extending a 30 percent discount to students and families of any of the Catholic all-girls schools in Northern California. To get the discount, use the code: troubie2018.

Purchase Access Here: www.theselfe.com


Volunteers Needed for this Sunday's 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



Attention Senior Parents,
The deadline for cap and gown and graduation announcement order was October 20th. If you have not already ordered, please take a moment to get your order in ASAP. Anyone who does not place their order for the cap and gown this week will be called down to the Main Office to obtain their information. You may also place your order online at jostens.com . Every senior must order their cap and gown. No exceptions! If you have any questions you may reach out to Mr. Reid at 415-472-7871 or bill.reid@jostens.com


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


Congratulations to Mercy Golfer Brooke Barron who was named the San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete of the Week. Brooke scored a hole in one at Baylands Golf Course. Click HERE for story.




Fall Sport Athletes: Once your season has ended, all uniforms need to be cleaned and laundered. Please then bring to the Athletic Directors office. All equipment and uniforms not returned will result in the family being charged a replacement fee.


Fall Sports Award Night will be Thursday,
November 15 at 6:30pm in the Great Hall




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. Girls should bring tennis shoes along with soccer cleats. There will time trials on the track doing runs.
  • Basketball: Tryouts will be 6-8pm at College of San Mateo small gym. Mon-Fri. There will also be a session on Saturday November 3 from 9-11am.

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

Reminder: Tryouts are closed to all family members and/or friends wanting to watch the process


Mercy Athlete of the Week:

Cross Country Runner Kelsey Hage

Kelsey, A Freshman, has solidified her Varsity Top 7 spot on cross country by consistently being one of our top finishers for the team. In recent weeks she has had several top 25 finishes. She earned medals in the Frosh/Soph Division by placing 13th at the Castro Valley Invitational and 25th at the P-Wilder Mariner Invite. Last Thursday, she placed 23rd in the Varsity division at the WBAL #2 meet, bringing her average mile time on 5,000 meter race to a season best 6:57 per mile and moving her to #8 on the All-Time Mercy list for the Baylands course. Great job Kelsey, 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!

EVENT TICKETS $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Learn more and purchase tickets HERE!  


SPONSORSHIPS Support, A Toast to Mercy, by making a donation to underwrite the event. Click HERE to be a Sponsor/Advertiser/Underwriter.


Wine, Brew or Food Vendor interest?

*Contact Jennifer Munsey to become a Wine, Distilled Beverage or Food vendor. We need your help to promote the event. Visit the Event Website & select from the social media SHARE options provided or I contact Jennifer Munsey.


Volunteer at Mercy's Taste & Take Wine, Distilled Spirits & Food  Click HERE to sign up


All Proceeds Benefit Mercy High School Burlingame!





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 Friday, Oct. 26th. Click HERE to learn more and to purchase tickets.


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




Launching Mercy's Student Store! 

The Mercy Student Store has launched! 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.


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.


Every Purchase gives back! 

Step 1: Click on SHOP FOR MERCY and it will take you to Amazon.com.

Step 2: Sign in and shop away!

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

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