Information for 2016–17
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.
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 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] (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/
Policies & Required Documents
Uniform Policies & Dress Code
As Mirman moves to Lands’ End as our school uniform provider, the 2016-2017 school year will be one of transition. Most uniform items* previously purchased through Dennis (that remain in good condition) may continue to be worn during this 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).
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.
Dress Code 2016-2017
- Most Dennis Uniform apparel with logos from the 2015-2016 school year and new Lands’ End Uniforms may be worn (with exceptions, see below).
- No sweatpants or mesh/gym shorts (including former Mirman uniform sweatpants/gym shorts) may be worn to school.
- No Physical Education (PE) clothes may be worn to school; for Upper School students, PE clothes may be brought to school and changed into during lunch or immediately prior to PE.
- If on an athletic team, a game jersey may be worn to school on a game day, accompanied by uniform bottoms. An athlete may change into his/her full team uniform immediately prior to his/her game (this does not apply to practice days).
- Only Mirman School logoed outerwear is permitted.
- Navy or Heather Grey leggings, tights or knit shorts may only be worn under skirts, jumpers, or shorts.
- While natural coloration of hair is allowed, extreme hair coloration for students is not permitted.
- While clear lip-gloss and/or lip balm are appropriate, make-up of any other sort is prohibited.
- Colored tee shirts are not allowed under uniform shirts or jumpers.
- Sandals, flip-flops or any backless shoes, platforms, or high heels are not acceptable unless at a specified and designated event (such as a school dance or performance).
- Mirman uniform hats (baseball caps available for $15, beanies available for $14 from the PSL School Store) may be worn outdoors for protection from the elements (e.g. heat, cold), though are not to be worn indoors.
- Short shorts and midriff-baring shirts are unacceptable (even on free dress days).
- Socks below the knee may be any color.
- Uniform jumpers, skirts, and skorts may be no shorter than two inches above the knee; rolled skirts or skorts are not allowed.
- Students are required to wear sport shoes during physical education classes. Students may keep an additional pair of shoes in their lockers/backpacks for this purpose.
- Non-uniform Spirit Wear may only be worn on Spirit Days.
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.
We are so grateful to the Mirman community for collaborating with us on transitioning our uniform policy.
Team Sports/Athletics Information
If your child is interested in an after school team sport, please submit the Athletic Commitment Form to the Athletic Department prior to the start of each season.
You may access the 2016-2017 Athletic Handbook here.
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 2016-2017 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.
- 2016-2017 Responsible Use Policy
- Content Filtering Information
- Lower School faculty utilize WordPress blogs 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.
Click here to download the 2016-2017 Parent Student Manual and Parent Student Contract.
Please visit our Faculty Page for contact information.
Arrival and Dismissal
Academic activities begin at 8:00 a.m. Families and students should make every effort to arrive to school by 7:45 a.m. Classroom doors open at 7:45 a.m. in order for students to unpack and prepare for the day. Lower School dismisses at 3:10 p.m and Upper School at 3:30 p.m. The school is open for our families from 7:15 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on school days. We kindly ask for your cooperation in an effort to support an optimal learning environment.
Lower School Morning Drop Off:
All Lower School students and Lower School/Upper School mixed carpools are to exit their vehicles at the Launching Pad (area directly in front of the flagpole west of the front office). Parents should remain in their vehicles. Parking inside the front gates is not permitted. Due to safety considerations, drivers should avoid passing stopped vehicles.
Upper School Morning Drop Off:
Upper School students are dropped off at the back gate, next to the Upper School building. Vehicles may then proceed to Mulholland Drive. Upper School students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. are dropped off by the front gates.
Lower School Back Gate Pickup:
The 3:10 p.m. pickup is for individual Lower School students and carpools that consist of only Lower School students. All Lower School students are accompanied to the back gate area where afternoon pickup begins at 3:10 p.m. If a student is taking the bus or staying on campus for the Annex program, they will be accompanied to the proper location.
Parents are asked not to get out of their vehicles at afternoon pickup. Vehicles will pull up, student names will be called, and staff members will assist students into their vehicles.
During dismissal, teachers are on duty to ensure the safety of our students, and therefore may not be available for one-on-one conversations.
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.
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.
Upper School and Mixed Upper School/Lower School Back Gate Pickup:
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 mixed carpools. Upper School students join Lower School students in the back gate area. All Lower School back gate pickup policies apply.
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 California Fresh Foods. 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 recycled 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.
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 four morning and four afternoon bus routes. We also have late buses with slightly variant routes that leave Mirman at 5:30 p.m. Please visit the Transportation page for detailed schedules.
Guests may occasionally ride the bus for a fee of $25. Please download, sign and submit the Guest Rider Permission Slip.