Father/Father Figure-Daughter Service Project Extended



The deadline for this years service project for students and their fathers/father figures has been extended to Monday, March 8—giving you another weekend to make your no-sew fleece blanket for Project Linus. Click here for assembly instructions from Christina '21 and Hank Schwab and here for written instructions. 

Blankets may be placed in the box outside the Development Office through March 8. If your daughter is learning virtually, you may drop them off in the brown bin by the school's front entrance.

Join Us for Designer Bag Bingo on March 11



Please join us as we hold our annual Designer Bag Bingo event virtually on Thursday evening, March 11 at 7 p.m. Because we're on Zoom this year, your daughters can join in too—and there are a few bags that we're sure our Merion students will love, including backpacks by Kate Spade and Able, and a Longchamp Le Pliage tote! Specialty rounds will feature bags by Lilly Pulitzer and Tori Burch, and even a Yeti cooler package! Please register here and look for an email early this week with more details!

Part 2 of "Lent 2021: To Live Anew" Scheduled for March 23 



Many thanks to those of you who attended the first part of our two-night spiritual enrichment program, "Lent 2021: To Live Anew" featuring Sister Honora Nicholson, RSM, last Tuesday evening. If you would like to join us for the second session on March 23  from 7–8:30 p.m., you may register here. (This will be a follow up to the first session, not a repeat.) There is no cost to attend the program, but we encourage you to purchase a reflection guide here (available as an instant download for just $2) by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB in time for the session.

Save the Date for Our Live Cooking Class on March 30



Mark your calendar for a virtual cooking class with Lizzie McManus Streit, MS, RDN, LD and MMA alumna, Class of 2009. Lizzie is the creator of the website "It's a Veg World After All" and the author of Vegetable Cookbook for Vegetarians: 200 Recipes from Artichoke to Zucchini. This virtual event will be held on Tuesday March 30 at 6 p.m. Lizzie will provide a grocery list in advance and walk us through how to cook a delicious dinner. Plus, there will be a raffle for signed copies of her cookbook! More details and a registration link will be sent shortly. Attendance will be capped at 60 families; the cost is $15 per family.

About the Parents Association


 

Merion Mercy’s parents are actively engaged in our community. Inclusive of all parents, the Parents Association (PA) works to support our faculty, staff, and students. We work in tandem with the school to support its overall mission as an educational community rooted in the values of the Sisters of Mercy. 

The PA fosters a spirit of camaraderie, community, and collaboration by providing opportunities for parents to meet socially, become meaningfully involved in the life of the school community, engage in parent education and dialogue, and participate in service activities and spiritual enrichment programs. We also work to facilitate financial and volunteer support for the goals, needs, and mission of the school.

You can volunteer as much or as little as you like, and we hope you will take the opportunity when you can—it’s the best way to get to know the school while modeling our Mercy values of collaboration and service. Your participation is sure to enrich not only your daughter’s Merion Mercy experience, but your own as well.

Please take our five-question survey here!
 

Top Three Reasons to Get Involved


  • Experience our Warm and Vibrant Community 

  • Provide Valuable Volunteer Support to the School 

  • Model our Mercy Values of Collaboration and Service

Bonus: It’s personally rewarding and fun!

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to join?

Not at all! Every Merion Mercy parent and caregiver is automatically a member of the Parents Association. We invite you to take an active role by joining us for meetings, volunteering for events, and participating in programs and activities throughout the year.


Will things be different this year because of Covid-19?

The 2020-21 school year will surely be challenged by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to safely socially distance. The Parents Association board is working to develop programs that are engaging and will allow you to experience our warm and vibrant community. Being socially distant doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected!


How can I help?

We welcome your input as we work to reimagine many of our traditional events. A great start to getting involved is completing our PA Survey here by September 30. And, of course, we hope you will participate in as many of our virtual events as possible!

Our Programs and Events


The list below is by no means comprehensive. We hope to add to it over the next few months with general Parents Association meetings and special events and programs. If you would like more information on how to help with any of these events, please email parentsassociation@merion-mercy.com, or Patty Schwab, Maggie Grimes, or Nicole Elguicze. (Emails may be found in MyMMA.)

Senior Ornaments

This is work that can be completed from the comfort of your home. Your contribution of time and talent will ensure that our seniors receive a beautifully handcrafted keepsake ornament.

Designer Bag Bingo

This committee will be working on reimagining one of our most popular events so that we can award some beautiful designer bags!

Fashion Show

We are working to re-envision our Fashion Show to bring you the latest fashion and showcase our students.

Faculty Appreciation Day

Our appreciation for our stellar faculty will need to take a different form this year, and we welcome your input to make this a success!

Mothers’ Cupboard

The Parents Association remains committed to helping address the issue of food insecurity in our wider community. We continue to work with the Food Pantry at the Community Center at Visitation, and we will continue to collect donations. Please watch for details in the PA newsletter emailed every month.

Parents4Parents Outreach

Our team of parent volunteers reach out to the families of incoming freshmen and transfer students to offer a welcome and an opportunity to ask questions. In a virtual environment, this personal connection is more important than ever. 

For more information on upcoming Parents Association events, please look for the Parents Association email newsletters, which are sent monthly.

Events will also be listed here as they are scheduled. You may view the full calendar in MyMMA or on the website here. You may also import the Merion school calendar into your own calendar application, including Google Calendar or Apple Calendar.

 

Parents Association Board Members 2020-21


Officers/Freshman Parent Representatives

President
Patty Schwab

Vice President 
Maggie Grimes

Communications Coordinator
Nicole Elguicze 

Past President
Marie Pat Romano 

Sophomore Parent Representatives
Stella Denn 
Irving Drake
Susan McCabe  
Melanie O’Hara     

Junior Parent Representatives        
Sara Becker
Tara Scherf
Theresa Tensuan-Eli  
Mika Walton         

Senior Parent Representatives
Catherine Braun
Kathy Del Pizzo
Monique Keene 
Hank Schwab

Stay Connected With the Parents Association 


Questions? Feel free to contact the Parents Association: parentsassociation@merion-mercy.com. If you have a specific question that one of our grade representatives or officers can answer, feel free to email them directly. Email addresses may be found in the directory in the MyMMA portal.

An independent, Catholic, all-girls college preparatory high school for grades 9-12
Merion Mercy Academy
511 Montgomery Avenue Merion Station, PA 19066
P (610) 664-6655
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