December 5, 2018  |  PARENT ENEWS 



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This week, for 'Hour of Code', Dr. Bradley's Intro to Computer Science class had fun creating art with code! Working with a representative from CodeHS, they built awesome memes and musical beats. Check out the beat made by Veronica Chi '21 (click 'RUN' in window)! CodeHS is a comprehensive platform that helps high schools teach foundational skills of computer science and coding. 



Open House was a terrific success!
On Monday the mansion was packed with many interested families. We had a terrific group of parent volunteers who helped welcome families, prep and serve food, point the way to rooms, direct traffic and most importantly talk about their daughter's Mercy experience! A huge thanks to these parent volunteers: Judy Ajam, Ana Brownstein, Carol Cory, Matt Cory, Janie Dawes, Brian Dean, Sue Farrell, Craig Farrell, Javier Gutierrez, Rana Jones, Colette Kelly, Maria Martinez, Luke Perkocha, Karen Sammons, Arlene Susmilch, Michael Vo, James Wilson. The evening was so wonderful with your involvement! 

Keep your lawn sign for next year! If you still have your Open House lawn sign and want to be green, hold onto it for next year and we will print stickers with the new date and time again. (If you've already recycled it, no worries!) 


Dance-A-Thon 2018-2019  

We just reached over 50% of our school-wide goal thanks to the support from all of our friends and family! Incredible job Mercy! Freshman and Juniors will receive 100 spirit points each for their outstanding contributions. 

Our goal is to reach $70k by January 14th, 2019!


Please note that if your sponsors are writing checks, they must be written out to eSponsor Now, INC. and can be submitted to the Main Office along with a completed check form. Please allow a week for processing. 


For more information check out our Dance-A-Thon webpage or contact



As we enter Winter months, tis the holiday season as well as a time for increased sickness. This a gentle reminder to please keep your student home if she exhibits cold or flu symptoms. We want to ensure that students and staff remain happy and healthy to finish the Fall semester on a strong note.  


Winter Formal, City of Stars, is at the Regency Center in San Francisco!

February 1st • 7:00-10:00PM

Discounted tickets go on sale December 5th in the SBO Office for $85 per person. After Winter Break the price will rise to $95 per person. Students may purchase their tickets in the SBO Office during lunches and break. Permission forms must be signed by a parent to purchase a ticket. If a student plans to bring a guest, the guest must complete the Guest Permission Form. See forms for more information about dress code and expectations. Please email Coach RG with questions.  


Holiday Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank
Friday, Dec. 7 - Wed.  Dec. 12   
Food may be dropped off each morning in front of the mansion. Please only bring the items below, thank you!

Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), Tuna/canned meat, Peanut butter, Low-Sugar Cereal, 100% Fruit Juices, Canned Fruit (packed in juice), Canned Vegetables (low salt), Prefer cans with pop-top lids


Cookies, Cocoa, and Collaboration

Monday, Dec. 10

2:45 to 6:00 pm

Please encourage your daughter to attend! Dinner is served, and teachers will be on hand for review support.  


Monday, Dec. 17

8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Period 2

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Period 6


Tues. Dec. 18

8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Period 1

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Period 7


Weds. Dec. 19

8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Period 3

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Period 4


Thurs., Dec. 20

8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Period 5



Student Store and Pop-up shop - Holiday Gifts 

Last chance to get some new Mercy gear as holiday gifts! The student store will host a pop-up shop on Wednesday, Dec. 12th from 2:30-3:30pm in Clock Hall, and will be open on Friday, December 14th during both lunches in the cafeteria. See our selection of cozy sweatshirts, accessories, and *winter special* head warmers. We are now taking debit/credit! For questions on the student store contact Amaré Silva at 


Shop for Mercy this Holiday Season

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we want to share a few ways you can give back to Mercy through your holiday shopping at no additional cost to you! Check out our Shop for Mercy page for information on the shopping programs that benefit our school as you shop online and in stores. 




Mercy Dance Presents
The New Nutcracker

Thursday, Dec. 6th
Serra High School Auditorium

451 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo



Book Talk & Signing

Congresswoman Jackie Speier '68
Tuesday, Dec. 18th 7:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Kohl Mansion

Congresswoman (and Mercy High School Alumna) Jackie Speier will be talking about her book "Undaunted" at a special evening event at Kohl Mansion. Her talk will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event.



Volunteers Needed for Music at Kohl Concert

Music at Kohl Mansion is lining up our volunteer team for our Gala Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 9. Volunteers are needed from 6-10pm to help in the kitchen and the front-of-house. Student volunteers receive 4 hours of service credit. Parent volunteers receive our undying gratitude and everyone gets to enjoy the music and after-concert reception! Please contact Debbie Boles at To learn about our concert series visit


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



Fall Sports Award Night for December 5 at 6:30pm in the Great Hall





Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Hip Hop Team Member Wilka Mendiola
A sophomore, Wilka and her Hip Hop team members had a strong 2nd place finish this past weekend at Jamz competition. Their overall score guarantees a spot in the Jamz Nationals that will be held in February. Using facial expressions is critical in Hip Hop for the girls to make the dance come alive. Once their routine started, Wilka truly stepped out of her comfort zone and led the way for the team. It was fierce how she executed her moves. All the girls were yelling "do it like Wilka" before it was their turn to perform. Great job Wilka, keep up the great work!


Spring Sports:  Any athlete planning on trying out for a spring sport is required to attend strength and conditioning sessions on Monday and Wednesdays. Meet at the weight room in Grassilli. If you are playing on Mercy winter team or participating on a club team, you do not have to attend the sessions. You must notify Mr. Dougherty of the club team in which you are playing if you plan on not attending the conditioning sessions.

Spring Sport Conditioning sessions are now ongoing.

Meet in the Grassilli Center  

• 3-4pm-Softball and Swimming

• 4-5pm-Lacrosse

• Track and Field will meet for Strength and Conditioning on Tuesday and Thursday 3-4pm

• Gymnastics is conditioning on Mon., Tues.,Thurs. at Gymtowne Gymnastics 3-4pm


If there is a conflict with the Monday or Wednesday schedule for conditioning, contact Keri Sotak in the athletic trainer's office to line up Tuesday/Thursday schedule from 3-4pm.



Magnus System Reminder:  If your daughter is planning on playing a sport, please make sure they are fully registered and cleared thru the Magnus system through PowerSchool.



Your Gifts support innovative and creative academics that inspire
and develop the future of All Mercy Students.

Your donation impacts every aspect of the student experience
Gifts or pledges can be made online at The Mercy Fund Parent Giving Page!

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! More information, please contact Jennifer Munsey 650.762.1199All pledged gifts are payable by June 30, 2019.



Music at Kohl Mansion is looking for a part-time administrative person. A great job with a wonderful organization. Click HERE for the job description.


Sisters of Mercy

2nd Annual Christmas Toy Drive

Now thru December 10

Benefits St. Timothy Catholic Church

For children ages infant to 16 years old 

Presents should be new and unwrapped. Bins are located in the Mercy Center front office, Russell Hall and the Mercy High School Cafeteria.THANK YOU!


Sisters of Mercy

One Warm Coat Drive

Now thru Friday, January 4

Clean and gently used men, women and children coats, jackets and sweaters are being collected for 'Caminar'

who serves more than 20,000 individuals annually across San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Solano and Butte counties. Their need is great and your generosity is appreciated. Bins are located in Russell Hall and the Mercy Cafeteria. THANK YOU!



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