Alumnae Newsletter

September  2016

ALUMNAE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The Alumnae Council has announced the creation of two alumna awards to honor alumnae who exemplify the Spirit of Mercy.  The Distinguished Woman of Mercy Alumna Award is for women who have graduated more than 15 years ago.  The Young Woman of Mercy Alumna Award is for women who have graduated five to 15 years ago.  


Criteria, nomination forms and other information are available here.  The award winners will be presented at the All-School Reunion on Sunday, June 4. 


If you have additional questions please contact Katy Butts '03, Alumnae Relations Director & Events Manager at buttsk@mercyhigh.org or call her at 402. 553.9424.  


GOLDEN GUILD TEA & PRAYER CIRCLE
On September 10, alumnae who have had their 50th reunion were invited to Mercy High School for a rosary and tea reception.  Alumnae from St. Mary's, St. John's and Mercy High School were in attendance.  Ladies sipped tea while enjoying catching up with old friends and making new ones.  Alumnae who had not received their Golden Guild Pin received a pin. Many thanks to the Alumnae Council for putting on this wonderful event. 


ALUMNAE APPRECIATION AT THE MUSICAL
Musical:  The Wizard of Oz
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 7:00 p.m. curtain
Location: Franey Hall (use Pine Street entrance)
Refreshments provided


Seating is LIMITED. Each alumna is limited to three seats including herself and two guests.  Reserve early.
Reservations will be in order of response. You must
RSVP to attend.


RSVP by October 19 to Katy Butts '03 at buttsk@mercyhigh.org or call her at 402.553.9424.  


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ROBOTICS
Calling all Mercy alumnae with expertise in engineering, design, coding and robotics! 


Mercy is participating in CREATE-ivity, a new robotics competition for students in grades 6-12 who want to develop engineering skills with a heavy emphasis on design and artistic expression. We are looking for volunteers to mentor our team of students. This would require meeting with the girls after school once a week, competitions in November (scrimmage), January and February, as well as the CREATE U.S. Open Championship April 6-8, 2017. 


If you would like to participate with and mentor our current students, please contact Mrs. Kristi Wessling at wesslingk@mercyhigh.org. 


FOOD SALE COMING
Each fall Mercy has a food sale to help fund the Negotiated Tuition Program. The kickoff for this important fundraiser is Thursday, September 22. Red Wheel frozen food provides a variety of items from appetizers to entrees to desserts. New products this year include white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookie dough, pumpkin pie, and beef enchiladas.  Orders will be due Thursday, October 20, with the pickup of items on Wednesday, November 9. Students will soon have order forms and they will posted also on Mercy's website. 
ALUMNAE  FEATURES
Don't forget our website features stories on how alumnae are making a difference.  New articles are added periodically.  Take a moment to read them at http://mercyhigh.org/alumnae-features/. 


If you would want to be part of this series, contact Deborah Daley, Communications Director at daleyd@mercyhigh.org.


MERCY DAY 2016
Mercy Day will be celebrated on September 23 this year because September 24 is a Saturday.  Help us celebrate this day. 


We are introducing the #OMercyDay2016. The O in the hashtag is to represent the Big O, the home of Mercy High. This way our posts won't be mixed with any other people celebrating Mercy Day around the globe. 


During the week of Mercy Day, Sept.19-23, we will be using Facebook and Twitter to focus on various Mercy themes.   


Monday: Men of Mercy
Tuesday: Teachers of Mercy High 
Wednesday: Women of Mercy
Throwback Thursday:  Catherine McAuley 
Friday: Friends of Mercy.


Don't forget to tag us with the new hashtag! 


If you decide to participate, please post on your personal social media sites, share with us for Mercy's social media sites, and provide pictures and videos to our Communications Director, Deborah Daley at daleyd@mercyhigh.org.  Let's create a social media trend!


NHS & HOLY CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Give the gift of life! Mercy's National Honor Society and Holy Cross Catholic Church are sponsoring a blood drive on Saturday, October 8 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Cross gym.  For an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and search the sponsor code : HolyCrossOmaha.  To make donation faster sign up for a Rapid Pass at www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
MONTHLY GIVING
 
Several weeks ago, we opened the doors to a new year and nearly 370 students who are on their journey from Mercy Girls to Women of Mercy.  It's an electric time with clubs and teams forming and schedules filled homework, quizzes, and tests. 
 
Support from people like you ensures these doors stay open to every girl who wants a Mercy education. But one of our biggest challenges is managing the monthly budget.
 
This school survives on a combination of tuition and donations. Tuition arrives monthly; donations arrive in spurts. There's the challenge.
 
We are trying solve this challenge and create a steadier stream of revenue for the students.  We have created a new monthly donor club. We're calling it Mercy x12, or Mx12 for short.


Joining Mx12 is a simple process:
  1.  Click to learn more about Mx12 and how to join. 
  2.  Set up your donation amount and the system will do the rest. 

If you have additional questions contact Jim Pogge, Vice President for Advancement, at poggej@mercyhigh.org or call him at 402.553.9424. 



Save the Date
Mercy Day
Friday, September 23


NHS/Holy Cross Blood Drive
Saturday, October 8 


Alumnae Appreciation @ the Musical 
Wednesday, October 26


Memorial Mass 
Saturday, November 5


Alumnae Appreciation @ Basketball
Tuesday, January 3, 2017


FIESTA
Saturday, February 25, 2017


All-School Reunion
Sunday, June 4, 2017


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