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Raised to the power of Mirman

Raised to the power of Mirman

Information for 2017–18

Have questions about life at Mirman School? You’ll find all the resources you need below.

Visit the Parent Service League page for information on committees and volunteering.

General Information

Mirman School Email Support

Mirman School and the PSL utilize a service called MailChimp to manage and send community-wide emails and newsletters. While we will be notified if an email "bounces" back due to an incorrect address or typo, and we can see if an email has been opened and which links within the email were clicked, we cannot verify that an unopened email made it to your Inbox.

Most parents will never experience a problem with their email. However, there could be an issue if you do not receive the weekly Mustang Gazette newsletter on Sunday evening. Please email the Director of Marketing and Communications if you do not receive the newsletter.

To help improve email reliability, we ask parents to take a few small steps:


  • Add the following email addresses to your contact list/address book/whitelist group:
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected] (Upper School parents)
    [email protected] (Lower School parents)
  • Check your spam folder each week during the school year. If you do find a Mirman email in your spam folder, make sure to move that email back to your Inbox. Refer to your email settings or help section to learn how to manage your spam folder. By telling your email client that a Mirman email is OK, you will help improve deliverability of future Mirman emails.
  • For private, corporate, or university/college email domains, you may need to take the extra step of whitelisting MailChimp’s IP addresses. This is normally not necessary, but it’s a good step to take if you are experiencing problems receiving emails. Refer your IT or email manager to this website: http://mailchimp.com/about/ips/

Calendar At-A-Glance

Upper School Curriculum Night: September 6

Lower School Curriculum Night: September 12

Fall Into Mirman: September 23

Prospective Family Open House: November 5

Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 20-21 (Fall), April 19-20 (Spring)

Thanksgiving Break: November 22-26

Alumni Breakfast: November 23

US3 Play: December 1, 2, 3

Casino Royale Fundraiser: December 9

One Voice: December 14

Holiday Program: December 15

Winter Break: December 16-January 2

Spring Fair: April 28

Mirman Family Open House: May 11

US4 Play: June 1, 2, 3

Graduation: June 7

Spirit Days

The following Spirit Days are on the calendar for the school year. Students are asked to wear uniform bottoms during spirit days.

Sep 13, 2017: Wacky Wednesday Spirit Day (selected by Mirman Treat winners: Sophie and Peter S.) — wear clothes backwards, inside-out, or mismatched!

Oct 10, 2017: Mirman Wear

Jan 31, 2018: Lunar New Year — wear red

Feb 14, 2018: Valentine's Day — wear pink/red

Mar 16, 2018: St. Patrick's Day — wear green

May 4, 2018: Peace and Social Justice Day — wear a peace and social justice-themed top (ie shirt with peace sign, school-appropriate environmental awareness or social justice slogans, etc.)

May 16, 2018: Mirman Wear

Policies & Required Documents

Uniform Policies & Dress Code

Lands' End is the provider of Mirman School's uniforms. Beginning in 2017-2018, uniform items purchased through Dennis have been discontinued as appropriate uniform wear, with the exception of heavy outerwear for the 2017-2018 school year only.

Our dress code is designed to promote a neat, orderly, and appropriate appearance that fosters pride, self-esteem and community. All students are expected to wear appropriate school uniforms every day.

To Purchase Lands' End Uniforms

Please click here to visit the official Lands’ End Mirman School portal. Visitors may either sign-in, create an account, or proceed as a guest shopper. Guest shoppers can easily search for Mirman School’s portal by following the on-screen instructions. Specify your child's gender and whether he/she is in Lower School or Upper School. Please note that it is important to assign each child by division (rather than class or room teacher) to find the list of appropriate uniform options.

The Mirman School portal is up-to-date with all the appropriate options for Lower and Upper School student(s). The Uniform Checklist featured on the portal will help you navigate the uniform selections that are appropriate for each division.

Creating an account is not required, but has several advantages, such as the ability to save your child’s profile information, quicker checkout, and access to more sales and discounts from Lands’ End. If you ever get lost or misdirected while logged in, you can find the Mirman School uniform portal again by clicking “My Account” and selecting “Manage Account.” A link to “School Uniforms” can be found on the left side of the Account Management page.

Embroidering & Logos

Shirts and Jumpers

All polos and Lower School jumpers ordered from Lands’ End must have the new Mirman logo embroidered on the left torso.

Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Skorts

Bottoms do not need a logo affixed. While it is preferred that you purchase all bottoms from Lands’ End to ensure that the grey and navy shades, styles, and fabrics match, if you are able to find these uniform articles at another vendor, please be sure the colors, styles, and fabrics match what is listed on the Lands’ End website (i.e. corduroy or cargo pants are not permissible).

Outerwear

Both Lower and Upper School are required to wear Mirman outerwear in inclement weather. There are several options that are featured on the Lands’ End site, all of which must have the Mirman School logo affixed over the left torso. Please refer to the Sweater and Outerwear section of the uniform checklist on the Lands’ End website for available colors and styles.

Click here to download the Dress Code for 2017-2018

Students who do not adhere to the dress code will be sent to their Division Head.

PLEASE NOTE: All uniform items should be clearly labeled with your child’s name on it.

Team Sports/Athletics Information

Students in Room 4 through Upper School 4 are eligible to participate in athletics. Practices take place during Physical Education class time, and games will be after school. Each student-athlete must submit an Athletic Commitment Form and sign the Athletics Handbook, both of which are made available by email to all parents of eligible athletes prior to the start of each season.

Additional health forms may be necessary to compete in team sports. The Athletic Director will advise all parents of necessary forms and deadlines as they come up.

Student Health Information

For the 2017-2018 school year, Mirman will be utilizing Magnus Health SMR to maintain student immunizations, allergies and other related health informatiton. Magnus is a widely used and well-regarded platform, and there are many benefits to their service, including less paperwork for parents to complete each year and having more accurate information that is accessible to parents and the appropriate employees at our school.

As this is a secure web-based system, you will have continuous access to your child’s health records, as well as the ability to make updates when needed. You will also have the option to take the digital health file with you after your child graduates. Please take a moment to review Magnus’ Security and Privacy Policy.

Tech/Laptops Policies

  • 2016-2017 Responsible Use Policy
  • Content Filtering Information
  • Lower School faculty utilize Google Classroom and SeeSaw as a digital repository for assignments and information. If you have not yet received a link to your child's class website, please contact their teacher directly.
  • Upper School faculty utilize Moodle as an online learning environment. You may log in to Moodle by clicking here and using the login information provided to you by the school.

Parent/Student Manual

All parents and students must read and sign the Parent-Student Manual prior to the start of the school year. If you did not receive this manual over the summer and need it resent, please contact the Director of Marketing and Communications.

Daily Life

Teacher Emails

Please visit our Faculty Page for contact information.

Arrival and Dismissal

Arrival and Dismissal

Mirman welcomes families on campus from 7:15 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on regular school days. The academic school day begins at 8:00 a.m. Families should make every effort to arrive to school by 7:45 a.m. Early arriving students should go to the Library or Central Lawn. When classroom doors open, students may unpack and prepare for the day. Lower School dismisses at 3:10 p.m, and Upper School dismisses at 3:30 p.m.

Our goal is to safely and efficiently receive and dismiss all students from campus in a timely manner. In order to expedite this process, we are asking families to adopt the following procedures.

Morning Drop-off Procedures

Morning carpool lines begin at 7:15 a.m. Due to safety considerations, parents must remain in their vehicles while driving through the carpool lines. Students may only exit when assisted by a staff member. Drivers may not pass vehicles in the carpool line. After dropping off your child, proceed directly to Mulholland Drive and turn right.

  • Lower School/Mixed Carpools
    All Lower School students and Lower School/Upper School mixed carpools are to exit their vehicles at the front Carpool Zone (area directly in front of the flagpole west of the front office).
  • Upper School
    Upper School students are dropped off at the back gate, next to the Upper School building. Upper School students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. must be dropped off at the front gates.

Afternoon Pick-up Procedures

Students will be released to approved caregivers as noted by access to placard placed on the front windshield of your vehicle. All families will be provided with 4 placards to be used in order to identify individuals who are approved to pick up students. Additional placards can be requested at the front office if needed. If your child is in a carpool, they should know the name of the carpool picking them up.

Additionally, we are encouraging caregivers to not park and pick up their child from dismissal area from 3:10 p.m.-3:45 p.m. If you must enter campus to pick up your child during this time please park in the front lot and enter from the security gate, access the crosswalk, and proceed to the front desk.

  • Lower School Students
    The 3:10 p.m. pickup is for individual Lower School students and carpools that consist of only Lower School students. Students will be called to the Front Launching Pad as vehicles enter the front gate. To ensure the highest level of safety, we ask drivers to stay inside their vehicles while staff members load students. Vehicles must pull up to the front of the line and exit only when directed to. Any child not picked up by 3:30 p.m. will be accompanied to the back gate.
  • Upper School Students/Mixed carpools
    The 3:30 p.m. pickup is for all individual Upper School students and carpools consisting of Upper School students and/or Upper School/Lower School mixed carpools.

Pickup time may not be used as an opportunity for a parent/teacher conference. Teachers are on duty to ensure student safety and to assist with the efficient departure of Mirman students. Any child not picked up by 3:45 p.m. will be accompanied to the Annex to await pickup by the parent or authorized adult. Any child not picked up by 4:00 p.m. will be charged a for Annex. A parent or authorized adult who arrives after carpool has ended should park and proceed to the front office in order to sign the child out of school. Please note that dismissal times will be notated on the master calendar for abbreviated days.

Rainy Day Dismissal

Rainy day dismissal procedures follow the regular dismissal procedures.

Special Arrangements

Parents should sign out students in the front office when early pick up is necessary. Please inform the front office at [email protected] and the child’s teacher if your child needs to be picked up early. Should the occasion arise when a parent cannot pick up his/her child, it is necessary to inform the front office. The designated driver should be directed to come to the front office for pickup. In the case that a family chooses to use a ride-sharing service (including HopSkipDrive), it is the parent’s responsibility to notify the front desk at [email protected] ensure that the student is being picked up by an appropriate person. In the event of an off-hours front office pickup, front office personnel will release students only to adults listed on the student’s Mirman School Emergency Preparedness Form which can be located on Magnus Health SMR. In the event of a change in dismissal plans, please inform the front office in writing.

Parking

Parking is available to Mirman Community members in the front (outside the gates) or back lot. Parking inside the front gates is not permitted.

Ordering Lunch

Mirman School adheres to the belief that all children need a reasonable daily lunch period. Lunchtime affords children an opportunity to relate socially to classmates, provides a break in routine, allows students to return to class fortified and refreshed, and supplements needed physical exercise.

Recent brain research attests to the benefits of aerobic exercise on the brain!

The Parents’ Service League offers a subscription lunch service through Organic Kids LA. Lunch is served buffet style and includes one hot entree, fresh fruit, vegetables, dessert, and bottled water.

In keeping with the school’s ecological concerns, lunch is served on compostable trays, and Spudware (biodegradable cutlery made from potatoes) is employed in place of plastic cutlery.

Children who choose to bring lunch from home are encouraged to pack “waste-free lunches.” A waste-free lunch program encourages students and their parents to consider where our trash ends up and how we can reduce the amount of trash we generate.

Mirman School is a peanut/tree nut free campus.

Bus Transportation

Through the years, Mirman School has provided bus service in conjunction with Berkeley Hall School for the convenience of our families, to lessen the impact of vehicle emissions on the environment, and to alleviate some of the congestion on Mulholland Drive.

Mirman School has morning bus routes. We also have late buses with slightly variant routes. Please visit the Transportation page for detailed schedules and instructions. Guests may occasionally ride the bus for a fee; more information is available on the Transportation page.

Use of the late bus requires prior notification by 1 p.m. at [email protected].

Any changes to a normal bus riders dismissal plan must be communicated to the bus team by 1 p.m. at [email protected].

A user guide to SafeStop, the bus tracking app, is available by clicking here.

Traffic & 405 Information