August 7, 2018 | SEND NEWS ITEMS TO: mesa@sistersofmercy.org
Plan a 2019 Immersion Trip to Haiti
The members of Mercy Focus on Haiti (MFOH) invite you to consider planning an immersion experience to Haiti in 2019. Please read this letter from Sister Mary C. Sullivan of the MFOH Immersion Committee which describes the benefits of this experience for students as well as practical considerations for planning. As Sister Mary notes:

"We can all learn so much from our Haitian families and partners in northern Haiti: their resilient joy, their care for Earth and ecological know-how, and their abiding trust in our merciful God."

Photo: Students from Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School during their March 2018 immersion experience in Haiti.
Funding Available from Catholic Energies for Renewable Energy Projects
Catholic Energies is the first energy service focused entirely on the Catholic Church which helps Catholic institutions put into practice impactful and affordable energy-related projects. They have a solar program which might benefit your school; the program is especially advantageous in terms of federal/state incentives and energy credits in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Learn more on this flyer or visit the Catholic Energies website .
Registration due September 18 for Mercy Education Conference
The 2018 Mercy Education Conference will take place October 11-13, 2018.  Visit this page  for more details, and  click here to register .

This  conference brochure  contains further information, schedule and links to the registration forms. Please make sure that you and all of your attendees are registered for both the conference and the hotel (if needed) before September 18.
School Profile
Santa Barbara Catholic School
This week we are excited to continue our series of school profiles with Santa Barbara Catholic School (SBCS) in Dededo, Guam.
SBCS is an elementary and middle school under the Archdiocese of Agana administered by the Sisters of Mercy in partnership with lay faculty. SBCS welcomes students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. The school opened its doors in 1950.

Follow SCBS on Facebook! They regularly update their vibrant page with photos and news.
SBCS provides a holistic formation of the students' minds, hearts and spirits to empower them to face life's challenges and opportunities. To realize this vision, SBCS commits to instill in students the teaching of the Gospel, to foster a love of learning and to strengthen the school's partnership with parents, the parish and the community. Read the full mission statement.
SBCS offers academic programs in Catholic religious studies, mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, computer literacy, physical education and fine arts in visual arts, dance, music and theater.

SBCS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Western Catholic Educational Association.
Good News & Great Opportunities
  • Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women has been voted the best private school in Rochester, New York.
  • National Catholic Schools Week is January 27-February 2, 2019. This year's theme is: "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed." Read helpful planning tips from The National Catholic Educational Association.
  Updated Job Listings


Please send your job listings to mesa@sistersofmercy.org . We will run employment notices in MESA Flash for two weeks only. After that, you'll find older listings on our Ministry Openings web page. That page contains links to the employment pages of MESA schools.
 
Annual Administrator Meeting

October 11, 2018
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
 
Mercy 2018 Education Conference

Hosted by Merion Mercy Academy
October 12-13, 2018
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
 
Leadership Forum

February 28, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia
 We encourage you to send in information for MESA Flash . We'd love to share your good news and photos from your schools, along with tips and practical suggestions. Email us at mesa@sistersofmercy.org .
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