Information for 2020–21
Have questions about life at Mirman School? You’ll find all the resources you need below.
Please note: Mirman School will open its 2020-2021 school year remotely due to state and local guidance concerning COVID-19. While all information below is accurate in a typical year, certain processes and programs may differ or be suspended during remote learning. If you are a current Mirman family, please refer to your Family Handbook and other internal materials for up-to-date information.
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 families will never experience a problem with their email. You can expect to see one weekly email regardless of your grade affiliation: the "Mirman Minutes" on Fridays. You'll also on occasion receive the Parent Service League's "Mustang Gazette" on Sundays. Please email the Director of Marketing and Communications if you do not receive the newsletters.
To help improve email reliability, we ask families to take a few small steps:
- Add the following email addresses to your contact list/address book/allowed list group:
- 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/
September 2: First day of school
November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break
December 21 - January 3: Winter Break
March 29 - April 11: Spring Break
June 9: Last day of school / Field day
June 10: Graduation
School Closed / Pupil Free Days
September 7, 2020 — Labor Day — School Closed
September 25, 2020 — Faculty/Staff In-Service-Pupil-free
September 28, 2020 — Yom Kippur — School Closed
October 12, 2020 — Indigenous People's Day observed and Faculty/Staff In-Service — Pupil-free
November 12-13, 2020 — Fall Student Progress Conferences — Pupil-free
November 25-27, 2020 — Thanksgiving Break — School Closed
December 18, 2020 — Winter Program — Early Dismissal
December 19, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021 — Winter Break — School Closed
January 4, 2021 — Faculty/Staff In-service — Pupil-free
January 18, 2021 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — School Closed
February 12, 2021 — Faculty/Staff In-Service — Pupil-free
February 15, 2021 — President's Day — School Closed
March 18-19, 2021 — Spring Student Progress Conferences — Pupil-free
March 29 - April 11, 2021 — Spring Break — School Closed
May 14, 2021 — Family Open House — Special Event
May 31, 2021 — Memorial Day — School Closed
The following Spirit Days are on the calendar for the school year. Students are asked to wear uniform bottoms during spirit days and may wear any Mirman "spirit wear" that they own. Additional dates are sometimes granted by the Division Heads in the case of contests, auction winners, and other special occasions. The dates for this school year are as follows:
- September 18
- October 23
- November 20
- December 11
- January 29
- February 26
- March 26
- April 30
- May 28
- June 4
Policies & Required Documents
Uniform Policies & Dress Code
Please note: During remote learning, students are expected to wear uniform tops.
Mirman recognizes the value of school uniforms, as well as the value of individual expression as students progress from early childhood to early adolescence. Safely expressing one’s identity is crucial to building a positive and meaningful educational environment. At the same time, as a school community, Mirman also values the expression of a unified collective identity that speaks to both the mission and philosophy of the institution. To honor both individual and collective expression, the school’s dress code is designed to promote a neat, orderly, and appropriate appearance that fosters pride, self-esteem, and community, all while encouraging a safe and positive learning environment. All students are expected to wear appropriate school uniforms every day; general guidelines are provided below, though they are not prescriptive nor comprehensive. Division Heads reserve the right to define when a student’s dress code is unsafe or inappropriate. Families of students who are in violation of the dress code will get an automated message from the school.
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 they are 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 an embroidered Mirman logo.
Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Skorts
Bottoms do not need a logo affixed. While you may 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).
Raincoats and winter jackets do not need a logo affixed. While you may purchase outerwear 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.
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 Fourth Grade 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 families 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 families of necessary forms and deadlines as they come up.
Student Health Information
Mirman utilizes 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 families to complete each year and having more accurate information that is accessible to families and the appropriate employees at our school.
- Content Filtering Information
- Lower School Responsible Use Policy
- Upper School Responsible Use Policy
- 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.
All families and students must read and sign the Family Handbook 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.
Assembly Bill 500 (AB500), effective January 1, 2018, adds section 44050 of the California Education Code, which requires schools to provide the section on employee interactions with pupils in its code of conduct, to parents and guardians of enrolled students on the School’s website. Click here to download the document which shares portions of the School policies which apply to AB500.
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, drivers 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 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.
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 guardian cannot pick up their 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 family'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 is available to Mirman Community members in the front (outside the gates) or back lot. Parking inside the front gates is not permitted.
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.
Mirman's lunch is provided by The LA Lunch Lady. Multiple menu selections served buffet style are available, including a vegetarian and kosher option. K-Second ($6.50), Room 4-5 ($7.50), and Upper School ($8.50) portions are available. Beginning Sunday, August 19, a pre-paid online ordering system will be available at www.lalunchlady.com. Orders may be placed until 11:59 p.m. for the following day, and can be cancelled via email the same day by 7:30 a.m. for full refund.
Please contact LA Lunch Lady directly with any questions regarding the Hot Lunch program, and any additional inquiries can be emailed to [email protected]. To volunteer to serve lunch, please visit www.mirman.org/volunteer.
Children who choose to bring lunch from home are encouraged to pack “waste-free lunches.” A waste-free lunch program encourages students and their families 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 morning bus routes. We also have late buses with slightly variant routes. Please visit the Transportation page for further information and forms. 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].