March 7, 2018
  • From the Head of School
  • Advancement
  • Business
  • Mercy Parent Association
  • Important Dates
  • Upcoming Events
From the Head of School
Dear Mercy Families,

Chapter 3 of Magdalena Yeşil’s book Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy , is all about gravitas. She describes quite clearly how she learned the importance of developing gravitas from the first day of her career in tech when she was introduced to what we know now as “tech bro culture.” As someone who has spent his entire career in Catholic education it is hard for me to imagine working in such an environment, but I know that far too many women do work in situations where they are, as Yeşil says, “reduced to a skirt” and made to feel powerless. Her personal solution? Gravitas.

Originally one of the Roman virtues, gravitas is a characteristic often associated with leaders, but can and should be fostered in all people. It does not prevent the harm and hurt caused by sexism and patriarchy, but can function as a “cloak” or “imaginary armor.” Importantly, gravitas is not something one is born with, but a habit or skill that one can learn and develop over time. “Gravitas - a combination of your dignity and seriousness - is always in your control,” says Yeşil.

The wall just outside of the south doors of Barrett Hall quotes the Venerable Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy: “I have great confidence in you to do what you think best. To state your opinion and always act with courage.” That sounds like gravitas to me. Our entire community is reminded every time we walk past those words to cultivate this virtue, especially in our students. We must find ways of daily encouraging “fierce determination” and “daring action” to fully realize our mission and vision as a Catholic school “inspired by the Gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.” So as we all head into the next couple weeks of our Lenten journey toward Easter, let’s find time to ask ourselves as parents and educators how we can model gravitas in our own lives and foster it in the lives of our children and students? How can we help them say, in Yeşil’s words, to all they meet “I mean business, just like you. I’m serious, just like you. I have power, just like you. I am your equal. In fact, I might even be a little bit better.”

Yours in Mercy,
Scott McLarty
Head of School
Parents are invited to enjoy an informal social gathering with our Leadership Team during Catherine's Cup in the M Lounge on the 4th floor. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, snacks, and light bites.

Date:   Friday, March 23
Time:     8-9:30 a.m.
Location:   M Lounge on the 4th floor
Dear Mercy Families,

On Thursday, May 3, our Mercy community gathers for our most significant event of the year - the La Merced Gala! We hope that you will join other parents and caregivers, alumnae, and friends for our signature event and a fun-filled evening celebrating Mercy.

During this landmark year, Mercy is celebrating our 65th anniversary and accordingly the theme for the La Merced Gala is “Then and Now.” At this event, we are looking back to our roots and rich history, and looking toward the bright future of Mercy. Please join us and bring your friends and family.

Please see the message below from Mercy’s Director of Development, Bekah Paige.

In Mercy,

Anne Farrah
Chief Advancement Officer
Let's Celebrate 65 Years of Mercy Together

This year, Mercy’s annual gala event will be held at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel. Mercy alumna and San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White ‘82 will be our emcee for the evening. Karen Pierotti, Vice President of the Mercy Parent Association (MPA) has graciously agreed to serve as the event co-chair.

We can’t do this without your help! Please consider becoming an event sponsor, asking your company or employer to sponsor the event, and gathering a group of family and friends to attend with you.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Senior Parents - Payment Reminder

ALL tuition payments and accounts must be settled for seniors prior to close of business, Monday, April 30, 2018 to allow seniors to take exams, walk Graduation and attend Grad Night.

Contact Marc Colelli, Interim Chief Financial Officer,
Mercy Parent Association
Reminder: MPA Meeting Tonight, March 7

Join us for a pasta dinner and hear about the following topics:
  • Upcoming Mother-Daughter Trivia Night on March 16
  • Recap of Father-Daughter Dance
  • Recap of Sophomore Intersession Retreats
  • And more …

You’ll also be able to pick up the latest Mercy gear as the Booster Club will have a table set up to sell Mercy swag items.

And lastly, the daughters of those who attended last month’s MPA meeting got a special treat. Come to tonight's meeting and find out what it’ll be this time!

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Volunteers & Snack Donations Needed for Benefit Rally

This Friday night is the 5th annual Benefit Rally and this year it will take place at Riordan High School from 6:30-9:30 p.m. We hope your daughter is attending!
This fun event is planned by Mercy and Riordan's leadership teams to build community between the two schools through raising money that benefits a local non-profit organizations. We need volunteers and snack donations.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Director of Student Life,
Dads: Volunteer for Mother-Daughter Trivia Night

Mercy Dads! Please sign up for a volunteer opportunity at Mercy's upcoming Mother-Daughter Trivia Night on Friday, March 16 and complete 2-3 of your 15 parent volunteer hours for the school year. 

If you aren't available to volunteer (or want to do more), there is still time to support the Mercy community by donating a gift card to cover some of the costs of the event. Receive 1/2 parent hour for each gift card donated.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Important Dates
Wednesday, March 7
  • Mercy Parent Association Meeting
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Rist Hall
Friday, March 9
  • End of 3rd Quarter
  • Mercy/Riordan Benefit Dance
  • 6-9:30 p.m.
  • Riordan H.S.
March 12-16
  • Spirit Week
Wednesday, March 14
  • Sophomore Do What You Are Career Workshop
  • 8 a.m.
  • Computer Lab
Friday, March 16
  • Mother-Daughter Trivia Night
  • 7-10:00 p.m.
  • Barrett Hall
Saturday, March 17
  • AP Biology & AP Chemistry Mock Exams
  • 8 a.m.-noon
  • Room 306 & Room 115
Sunday, March 18
  • AP English Literature & AP English Language Mock Exams
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Library & Rist Hall
Monday, March 19
  • NO SCHOOL - SABL Conference (faculty/staff professional development day)
Tuesday, March 20
  • CLT Applications Available
Tuesday, March 20
  • Senior graduation announcements delivery
  • Lunch time
  • Barrett Hall
Friday, March 23
  • Catherine’s Cup
  • 8-9:30 a.m.
  • M Lounge (4th Floor)
Upcoming Events
Mother-Daughter Trivia Night
Date:  March 16
Time:  7 - 10 p.m.
Location:  Barrett Hall
Cost:  $25 per person
The Mercy Parent Association invites all Skippers and their mothers, aunts, grandmothers or favorite female figures to the Mother-Daughter Trivia Night!

Come and team up with your daughter to compete for prizes and, of course, bragging rights! Trivia night is a fun, fast-paced game covering everything from general knowledge, to pop culture, to social media, to music, and more!

Dress comfortably - we will surely be sweating trying to get those questions answered!

Spring Musical: Seussical
Dates:  April 20, 21, 27, 28
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Mercy Theatre
Cost:  $12

This lively musical weaves together Dr. Seuss’ most famous tales and characters.  Seussical incorporates elements from at least 15 of his books, as well as many of his best-loved and most familiar characters. Many of these characters never met one another before. But they meet in this musical!

Save the Date: La Merced Gala
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Tickets: $200 individual / $2,000 table of 10

Become A Sponsor
Do you or someone you know want to become a sponsor of this year's La Merced Gala? Complete the fillable form below and email it Bekah Paige, Director of Development,

Our Mission
Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, Catholic, college preparatory community enlivened by the Gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.
Our Vision
We are the Social Advocacy Based Learning Catholic school of the San Francisco Bay Area where women graduate with fierce determination to improve their world.