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Week of June 8, 2020
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Principal Notes

What's Important this Week at Mercy High School
9 June 2020
 
Dear Families,
 
We are now again in Ordinary Time, and this marks its tenth week, since it is carried over from the time before Lent. Ordinary time is just that: regular time. In Sunday’s first reading, (Exodus 34: 4 – 6, 8-9), Moses entreats God, “If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiffed-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own.” We can only hope to be received by God as God’s own, being stiff-necked, so often not attending to ways that we sin.
 
As a school, Mercy is fortunate to be founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy; the Sisters’ hallmark has been, from the beginning, to respond to the real need of real people in real situations. Currently, their commitment is articulated as the five Critical Concerns: Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism, and Women. As a Mercy school, we are committed to addressing the needs of our society and our community, and, at the present time, the persistence and intractability of racism in all its forms. These must be faced and met with determination and urgency.
 
I wanted you to know that, during the last week of school, several of our academic departments revised their educational plans to include conversations about systemic racism and the historic and current injustice facing our black and brown sisters and brothers. The Social Justice Society, supported by our Student Services Team, hosted two zoom calls in the last week of school to discuss the current situation and an anticipated path forward.
 
We are also providing resources to Mercy Girls and families, linked in this communication. Every one of us needs to listen carefully, genuinely care for one another, and act. We must act for justice and daily ask God for the grace of humility; as always, we must pray. Our prayers must be for openness, courage, strength, and the determination we need to challenge racism in all its forms.
 
And, as a community, there are also notes of celebration and we have important end-of-year announcements.
 
All students in Ms. Yanson’s Digital Publication class have been selected for publication in Maryland Voices: Volume X. Because of this honor, they are now published authors. Their pieces went through a rigorous process and were selected as one of the top 50 in the state of Maryland. This is a high honor that calls for celebration! Congratulations to Lucy Burnham, Emily Fitz-Patrick, Mary Dean, Claire Krisanda, Kelley Scott, Meagan Kennedy, and Olivia Barry. There will be a digital version of Maryland Voices: Volume X, which will be published in mid to late June, and will include the pieces of our Mercy students with a special tribute to Ms. Yanson.  
We wanted to share a resource for families who would like some support for their parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic, during which our traditional routines are necessarily very different. Parenting in Place: Helping Families Thrive in Challenging Times will be a master class for parents, with eight sessions throughout the summer.  In this offering, there will be many different conversations and a separate, supportive, closed Facebook group. The first webinar is about managing summer without camp, and the other topics include independence, screen time, showing up, anxiety & building resistance, motivation, independence, and making a smooth reentry back to school. The goal is to give parents concrete support without compounding stress or feelings of insecurity. The cost is $30 for the eight-session program. You can access the program at https://www.parentinginplacemasterclass.com.  If you have questions or need further information, please contact Ms. Mustillo at jmustillo@mercyhighschool.com.
School textbooks that are not purchased by the state and returned to school are facilitated by eCampus. For all those who rented textbooks and who would like to sell books that you purchased, the following is important information:
  1. How to Return Your Rented Textbooks:  If you rented a textbook for the school year, be sure to return your rented books as soon as possible so you do not have to pay fees for late returns.
  2. How to Sell Back Your Textbooks:  You can sell back your books for cash or for eCampus credit to be used towards next years’ textbook purchase.
  3. General Information about selling back your books:  The book buyback runs from now through July 7 with free shipping back to eCampus.
If you have any questions, please email nruth@mercyhighschool.com or sbossle@mercyhighschool.com.
 

Finally . . .

Have a good summer. In this Ordinary Time, we must consider all aspects of the current pandemic, both medical and social.  We need to ask what we as a community can do to heal it. Moses gave us the words we need, “If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company.”
 
Sincerely,


Jeanne A. Blakeslee
Principal

More Links and Information
for This Week

Seniors will receive their caps and gowns, report cards, and other Mercy mementos, which will be delivered to their homes between June 10 and 12. We will have a virtual cap toss at 11:00 a.m. on June 13,  just after the announcement of Senior Awards and Honors!
As you are well aware, minds do not stop growing or asking questions just because it is summer! To make the most of the ten weeks that your daughter will be out of school, we will be assigning summer reading, math problems, and oral history interviews for her to complete. These assignments will be available on our website by the end of this week.

Mercy Online offers a wide range of ½ credit courses, offered by teachers at Mercy schools across the country. These Government, Anatomy, Art History, Astronomy and Cosmology, Creative Writing, Economics, Global Affairs, Health, Psychology, Speech, and Street Law. The fee for each course is $325 and the deadline to register is this week: by June 12. Courses run from June 15 through July 17. Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

On June 18, report cards will be published for all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. If you would like a paper copy of your daughter’s report card, please email your request to the registrar, Carol Rego, at crego@mercyhighschool.com. That week, we will also announce academic awards on a virtual platform. After the virtual announcement, seniors will receive their tangible awards at graduation; freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will receive their awards when we return to school.
*UPDATE*
The 2020 Garnet Gala
is going virtual!
 
June 18
Virtual Program 5:30-6 p.m.
Virtual Silent Auction opens June 12 
and closes at 10 p.m. on June 18
Click here for all the details!
Our Student Services Team, including our Counselors, Learning Specialist, and College Counselor, are all available to support your daughters. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with them, as you would if we were on campus.
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