September 20, 2017


Mercy...The Principal Path

Dear Parents,

This week is very special to all of us at McAuley and to all of the Mercy schools. It is the week when we recognize, reflect upon and respond in Mercy. It is a time to remember and to celebrate who we are, where we have come from, and most importantly, why we are here.


Catherine McAuley identifies Mercy as, "the principal path pointed out by Jesus Christ to those who are desirous of following Him." We exist in order to make God's Love more evident in the world by being His Mercy. Our school exists to help form Women of Mercy. There is no higher calling and no greater task.


This week we hosted Fr. Terry Charlton, S.J., founder of St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School for AIDS orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Terry shared the story of how St. Aloysius was founded. They are currently working to build dormitories so that their students do not have to walk through the dangerous slums every day to and from school. Claire Appiarius Brichler '74 was with Fr. Terry, and she had visited the school recently. We will assist him through our MERF collection.


On Friday, we will remember and celebrate our Mercy heritage with a special Mercy Day Mass at 9:30 a.m. where we will recognize our alumnae from the Class of 1967. All are welcome to join us. We will spend the rest of the day with food, fun and friendship.


In this Thursday's Gospel, we are reminded, "Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice." (MT 9: 13) I believe that it is remarkably clear why we are here and what it is we have been called to do.


This week, please take some time to thank God for the ways in which your family has experienced God's Mercy. Pray about the ways in which you and your daughter can more fully embody God's Mercy in the world. Remember, celebrate and follow as Catherine said, "Mercy…the principal path."


Dan Minelli


Mercy Day is this Friday

All parents are invited to join us this Friday, Sept. 22, for Mercy Day Mass, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Auditorium. Students must be in uniform for Mass. They may change into a TRIBE shirt (or a shirt of the appropriate color for their cousin group) and appropriate length shorts after Mass.


Other festivities planned for Friday include a pep rally, extended Family time, a flag football game, chalk mural competition and more. A picnic lunch (hot dogs and chips) will be provided to students at no cost. There will be no cafeteria service on Friday; students who do not wish to eat the picnic lunch must bring a packed lunch. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to refill throughout the day, as it will be hot! We are looking forward to a fun Mercy Day with our students!


Guidance Department News

Please click HERE for news from the Guidance Counselors, including information about scholarships, college planning, enrichment opportunities and more!

Athletic News

Magazine Drive Kicked Off Today - Today we kicked off our annual Magazine Drive, which is a big fundraiser for the Athletic Department. In addition to magazines, the students will be selling cookie dough, tumbler cups and coupon books. Every athlete is required to sell eight items. Turn-in days are Sept. 27, Oct. 5, and Oct. 12 during lunch.


We are still looking for volunteers to help on the turn-in dates from 11 a.m. - 1:30 or 2 p.m. This is a great way to fulfill your required athletic parent service hours. If you can help, please sign up HERE.


Grade School Volleyball Nights - McAuley will hold its Grade School Volleyball Night on Oct. 4, when the Mohawks take on Sycamore. Grade School students will receive free admission, giveaways and snacks. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity begins at 6:30 p.m. The theme is "Blackout;" and grade school students are encouraged to wear black.


Mother of Mercy will hold its Grade school Volleyball Night on Thursday, Sept. 28, when the Bobcats take on Ursuline. Grade School students will receive free admission, giveaways and snacks. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria lobby at Mercy. The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity starts at 6:30 p.m. The theme is "Whiteout," and grade school students are encouraged to wear white.


Dine-to-Donate - Join us for two dine-to-donate events. Proceeds benefit McAuley Athletics. Eat at Danny B's Lounge on New Haven Road on Oct. 6, and at Buffalo Wings and Rings on Winton Road on Sept. 28. See links for the flyers.


Soccer - Varsity and JV defeated Turpin on Saturday. The teams take on McNicholas at home on Monday at 4:30 p.m. (JV) and 6:15 p.m. (VAR).


Golf - JV Golf takes on Seton today at Woodlands. Varsity takes on Fenwick tomorrow at Mill Course.


Volleyball - The teams take on MND tomorrow, Sept. 21 at home at 4:30 p.m. (FR), 5:30 p.m. (JV) and 6:30 p.m. (VAR).


Tennis - Sophie Kwiatkowski finished second at second singles, Amanda Meehan finished first at third singles, and the team placed third overall in Flight E. JV takes on Oak Hills today at LaSalle at 4 p.m. Varsity takes on Oak Hills today at 4 p.m. Tomorrow, they take on MND at 4 p.m. at LaSalle (JV) and at MND at 4 p.m. (VAR).


Cross Country - The team finished 6th overall in the 22-team field at the Cedarville Invitational. Congratulations to Emily Anneken (36th) and Lizzie Schreyer (25th) for their top 50 finishes in a field of 568 runners! The team will compete in the All Catholic Invitational this Saturday.


For a complete listing of all teams' schedules, please click HERE.


Fall Play, Ramona Quimby, is Oct. 20 - 22

Mark your calendars for our fall play, Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, Oct. 20 - 22! Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. on Oct. 22. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 10. Purchase tickets online HERE or at the door.


Ramona Quimby's Halloween Party - Little children and parents are invited to join us for Ramona Quimby's Halloween Party at 12:45 p.m. in the cafeteria on Oct. 22, right before the 2 p.m. performance of Ramona Quimby. Tickets are $10 per child and $5 per adult. There is a special package deal for those who purchase tickets to the Halloween Party AND the Oct. 22 show; these combo tickets are $12 total for children and adults. Tickets for the Halloween Party must be purchased in advance HERE.


Mom & Dad's Club

  • Please consider joining the Mom & Dad's Club! Membership dues are just $15 per family per year, and all members receive a complimentary student directory. Families who sign up to be members for all remaining years at $15 per year will receive a free McAuley notepad. You may pay via cash, check, or credit card.
  • The next Mom & Dad's Club meeting is Monday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. All are welcome.
  • Mattress Sale - A mattress showroom will be set up in McAuley's cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brand name, new mattresses will be available in all sizes with full manufacturer warranties. Delivery and free layaway are also available. Click HERE for more information. Also, a flyer for $50 off a purchase of $500 can be found HERE. In addition, there are several incentives for students who refer individuals to the Mattress Sale. See THIS FLYER for details about these cash incentives for students!


Open House Yard Signs Now Available

Open House yard signs are now available in the Advancement Office. Please help us spread the word about our Open House by placing a sign in your yard. Students and/or parents may pick up a sign any time before, during or after school. Thanks for your help!


Admissions Events - Help us Spread the Word!

Please help us spread the word about these upcoming admissions events for the new Mercy McAuley High School, opening in the fall of 2018:

  • 8th Grade Shadow Days - Eighth grade girls are invited to get a glimpse of what the new Mercy McAuley High school will be like by scheduling a Shadow Day! To register and for more information about Shadow Days, click HERE.
  • Open House - Open House for the new school will be held on two dates - Oct. 15 and Nov. 12, from 1 - 3:30 p.m.. Guests may pick the date that is most convenient for them. The event is open to families and students of all grade levels. Pre-register HERE to save time at check-in.
  • HSPT & Prep Course - The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is required for admission to Mercy McAuley and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. There is a $30 fee to take the test. McAuley is also offering a four-week Prep Course, taught by McAuley Science teacher, Mrs. Cindy Werner, to help 8th graders prepare for the test. The class will be held at McAuley from 10 a.m. to noon on the four Saturdays before the test (Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11). There is a $75 fee to take the class. Students should attend all four classes. Register for the test and/or the prep class HERE.


Congratulations Lindsay and Nora!

Congratulations to seniors Lindsay Cook and Nora Honkomp, who were named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program! Lindsay and Nora are two of about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). We are so proud of Lindsay and Nora for their commitment to Excellence!


Join us for Dance Class for Hope Tonight!

This month, our students are collecting funds for the School of Hope Project. Funds raised will help build a dorm for students attending St. Aloysius, a high school for AIDS orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, St. Aloysius students in Africa have to walk to school through crime infested slums; building a dorm will prevent them from having to make this dangerous walk every day. To help raise funds for this cause, our students are hosting a Dance Class for Hope tonight, Sept. 20, from 7 - 8 p.m in the cafeteria. You'll learn dance moves from trained instructors and get some exercise too! Cost is $5 per person. All are welcome - students, families, friends and alumnae!


Thank You for Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

We extend a sincere thank you to all our students, parents, faculty and staff, for pulling together as a community to collect items and funds to aid in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Together, we collected a total of 1,788 items, including non-perishable food, personal care products, cleaning supplies, paper products, baby and infant supplies and first-aid items, as well as $850 in cash. The items and funds were sent to Matthew 25: Ministries, for distribution to those affected by the hurricane. Thank you!


Join us for The King and I this Friday

As part of our "History through Musicals" series, we will show the movie The King and I this Friday, Sept. 22 after school in Room 17. All students and parents are welcome.


Learn More about International Travel Opportunities

If you are interested in international travel opportunities to Costa Rica and Nicaragua (June 2018), Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (June 2019), or Japan (July 2019), and have been unable to attend previous meetings to learn more, please contact Mr. Greg Niehaus at as soon as possible. Enrollment within the next week is encouraged to avoid possible price increases and to capitalize on a $200 early enrollment for the 2019 tours. *Note that these trips are not sponsored by McAuley or the Sisters of Mercy.




September 22
Mercy Day Mass

McAuley • 9:30 a.m.


September 25
Mom & Dad's Club Meeting

McAuley • 7:30 p.m.


October 4
Grade School Volleyball Night
McAuley • 6 p.m.


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