Uniforms

While you shop, please remember that the Foundation/NMISF is staffed entirely by volunteers.  Please be kind and patient with us!

Q: Why do I have to create an account?

A: The Foundation (NMISF) would like to ensure that families have a record of their orders for future reference.  We also hope to add new items to the Shop, like spirit wear, and add new features to our website that will only be accessible if you have an account.  We also require an account to protect the students at NMIS.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dress Code

Q: Why do I need a uniform?

A: NMIS has a School Uniform Policy: "The students at NMIS are required to wear a school uniform.  The main reasons for having a uniform policy are to eliminate subjectivity in the appropriateness of a child’s clothing, promote school unity, as well as to help mask the socio-economic status of the families of our school.  Students demonstrate their commitment to school spirit and community by following the uniform policy."  The specific details of this policy can be found in the Family Handbook. If you have questions, please contact the School directly.

Q: Will uniforms be required for online learning?

A: Yes, the School's Uniform Policy requires that students be in uniform during online instruction as well as in-person class. The Foundation is in the process of designing a FUN 2020-2021 spirit shirt to reflect the unique classroom situation this year.  These shirts are acceptable uniform tops and can be worn during online learning in addition to the option of wearing a polo top.  Spirit shirts will be available in September.

Q: What items are part of the uniform?

A: Each student's uniform is composed of a polo with the NMIS logo, uniform bottoms, and a zip-up hoodie with the NMIS logo.  The long sleeve polo was retired from uniform sales in 2019 but they can still be worn.  Any other item is not permissible even if it has the NMIS logo on it, including sweaters, this year.

Q: Why should I purchase a hoodie?

A: Per the School's Uniform Policy, children cannot “cover up” their uniform shirt with something that is not “uniform” while indoors.  The Foundation sells zip-up hoodies for students wanting to bring something warmer to wear during class.

 

Q: Can I personalize my child’s uniform shirt?

A: No.  Per the Uniform Policy, students are not allowed to personalize their uniform tops.  Students are encouraged to have their name written inside of their clothing in case it becomes lost, but embroidered or printed personalization on the outside of uniforms is prohibited.

 

Q: Can I personalize my child’s zip-up hoodie?

A: Yes!  Per the Uniform Policy, students are allowed to personalize their uniform outerwear with their first and/or last name embroidered in yellow gold lettering in either print or script font. This is not an option when you order the zip-up but it can be done on your own. 

 

Q: What is a spirit shirt and when can my child wear it?

A: Spirit shirts are special annual t-shirts available from the Foundation.  These special shirts may be worn in place of the regular uniform top every Friday.  This shirt changes every year and, per the Uniform Policy, only the one for the current year may be worn. For the 2020-2021 school year, spirit shirts can be worn on Friday’s.  Please do not send your child to school in an old spirit shirt. 

 

Q: My 5th grader is going to 6th grade at NMIS, do they need new uniform tops?

A: Yes, the middle school students have a different dress code than the elementary school students.  Sixth and seventh grade students are expected to wear maroon or light blue uniform tops and maroon outerwear.  You can donate your child’s old uniform to the School. Ms. Eliza, the School’s wonderful receptionist, will handle donations and Ms. Carmen, the School’s fantastic Registrar, will handle distributions, please contact registrar@nmis.org.

Purchasing Questions

Q: Where can I purchase a uniform shirt, spirit shirt or zip-up hoodie?

A: The Foundation is the exclusive vendor for uniform shirts, spirit shirts and zip-up hoodies.  Please visit our Shop to purchase these items beginning on Friday, July 3rd. In-person sales will take place sometime before school starts. 

 

Q: When will uniform shirts be available to purchase?

A: Online ordering will begin on Friday, July 3rd. In-person sales will take place sometime before school starts.  More information about in-person sales will be announced soon.  

 

Q: When will spirit shirts and zip-up hoodies be available to purchase?

A: The Foundation will place a bulk order closer to the start of school and more details will be announced then.

 

Q: Does the Foundation sell uniform pants, shorts and skirts?

A: No.  Examples of where to purchase these items are listed in the Family Handbook, Appendix G.

 

Q: Will long sleeve uniform polos be available?

A: No.  There will not be a long sleeve polo option this year.  They were retired from uniform sales in 2019.  If you have used ones, they can still be worn but we will not be selling them anymore.

Q: Does the Foundation sell sweaters?

A: No, sweaters are not permissible outerwear according to the Uniform Policy.

Q: Can I buy polos and have my own uniform shirts made?

A: It is a copyright violation to put the School logo on your own apparel or to have a uniform vendor create uniform tops for you, as well as a violation of the spirit in which NMIS operates.  The Foundation is the exclusive vendor for providing uniform shirts for the School and has contracted with a company to ensure that specific threads and colors are used to embroider the School's logo onto uniforms. Per the Uniform Policy, students wearing incorrect uniforms will be sent to the office and remain there until parents/guardians bring a new uniform top.

 

Q: What will the cost be for uniform tops, spirit shirts and zip-up hoodies?

A: K-5 Unisex Polo Tops $19

    K-5 Girls Polo Tops $20

    6-7 Youth Unisex Polo Tops $19    

    6-7 Adult Unisex Polo Tops $19      

    6-7 Adult Womens Polo Tops $20

    K-7 Zip-Up Hoodies $25

    K-7 Spirit Shirt $6

 

Q: I can’t afford to purchase shirts this year, who should I talk to?

A: Please contact Ms. Carmen, the School’s fantastic Registrar, at registrar@nmis.org to discuss options that the School has for families needing assistance with uniforms.  Some also information is available in the Family Handbook, Appendix G.

 

Q: Why can’t I purchase uniform shirts directly from Graphic Connections like last year?

A: The Foundation has decided to purchase uniform items in bulk at a discounted rate because individual orders are costly and time-consuming for Graphic Connections.  The Foundation will maintain a small inventory of uniform tops, spirit shirts, and zip-up hoodies.  All purchases of these items will be processed directly by the Foundation.

 

Q: What if I need more uniform shirts later this year?

A: The Foundation has a small inventory of uniform tops, spirit shirts, and zip-up hoodies that will be available throughout the year for you to purchase through our Shop (we may schedule in-person sales throughout the year).  The Foundation sells items on a first-come, first-served basis.  If the Foundation runs out of inventory, it could take a month or more for us to obtain more.  Please plan accordingly or reach out to our fantastic community if you need a shirt and we cannot immediately meet your needs.  If the item you need is out of stock, please email us at uniforms@nmisf.org.  

 

Q: If I order uniforms after the Back-to-School Sale, when will I get my order?

A: After the Back-to-School Sale, uniforms may be purchased online and the Foundation will process them once a month (we are volunteers, after all).  We will do everything that we can to get you your order in a timely manner.  The Foundation will send the purchased items home with your student once we fulfill your order. For example, if you place an order October 4th, it may be sent home with your student as late as October 30th.  The Foundation only processes orders once a month.  Please remember that the Foundation is a volunteer organization and cannot process your order any faster.  If time is of the essence, please email us at uniforms@nmisf.org.  

 

Q: How do I buy a zip-up hoodie?

A: The Foundation is the exclusive vendor for zip-up hoodies and all outerwear.  This outerwear complies with the School’s dress code.  The Foundation will place a bulk order closer to the start of school and more details will be announced then.  Please visit our Shop to purchase one once they are available.

 

Q: Are parents allowed to buy uniform shirts, hoodies and spirit shirts to wear as spirit wear in support of the School?

A: No.  For the safety of NMIS students, we respectfully ask that you do not purchase uniform shirts, hoodies or spirit shirts for anyone but a student to wear.  The Foundation has previously sold spirit wear for parents - gray t-shirts and gray hoodies - and we intend to do so again this year.  The Foundation will probably place a bulk order closer to the start of school and more details will be announced then.  If you are interested in spirit wear for parents, please let us know at info@nmisf.org.

 

Q: Are teachers and NMIS staff allowed to buy uniform shirts, hoodies and spirit shirts to wear?

A: No. However, NMIS teachers and staff may purchase grey t-shirts and grey zip-up hoodies to show their support for NMIS. The Foundation has previously sold spirit wear for teachers - gray t-shirts and gray hoodies - and we intend to do so again this year.  The Foundation will probably place a bulk order closer to the start of school and more details will be announced then.  If you are interested in spirit wear for staff and teachers, please let us know at info@nmisf.org.

 

Q: Is there NMIS spirit wear from parents, teachers, and staff?

A: Yes but it is not available at this time.  The Foundation has previously sold spirit wear for parents, teachers and staff - gray t-shirts and gray hoodies - and we intend to do so again this year.  The Foundation will probably place a bulk order closer to the start of school and more details will be announced then.  If you are interested in spirit wear for parents, teachers and staff, please let us know at info@nmisf.org.

 

Q: Why do I have to create an account?

A: The Foundation would like to ensure that families have a record of their orders for future reference.  We also hope to add new items to the Shop, like spirit wear, and add new features to our website that will only be accessible if you have an account.  We also require an account to protect the students at NMIS.

Used Uniforms/Donations

Q: Can I donate my child’s old uniforms?

A: Yes! The School accepts donations of new or gently used uniform shirts, pants, shorts, and skirts. Spirit shirts from previous years are not accepted.  Ms. Eliza, the School’s wonderful receptionist, will handle donations and Ms. Carmen, the School’s fantastic Registrar, will handle distributions, please contact registrar@nmis.org.

 

Q: Where do I donate my child's old uniform clothing?

A: The School will have a drop-off bin in the front office beginning on July 20, 2020.  Please contact registrar@nmis.org if you have questions, as the Foundation no longer handles used uniform donations. 

Q: The Foundation had a used uniform sale in the past, why are you not having one anymore?

A: In previous years the Foundation collected donations of old uniform shirts, hoodies, and bottoms and sold them at a reduced price. However, because the sale was first-come, first-served, we found that many families who needed this low-cost alternative were not able to purchase items because they sold out too quickly. So, the Foundation has instead decided to allow the School to distribute these donated items directly to families needing assistance. These items will be available year round.  The Foundation does not assist with used uniforms anymore. Ms. Eliza, the School’s wonderful receptionist, will handle donations and Ms. Carmen, the School’s fantastic Registrar, will handle distributions, please contact registrar@nmis.org.

Q: I can’t afford to purchase shirts this year, who should I talk to?

A: Please contact Ms. Carmen, the School’s fantastic Registrar, at registrar@nmis.org to discuss options that the School has for families needing assistance with uniforms. Some also information is available in the Family Handbook, Appendix G.

Order Questions

Q: I have questions about the order I placed, who should I talk to?

A: Please contact the Foundation at uniforms@nmisf.org

 

Q: I’m not ready to order uniform shirts yet, can I wait?

A: Sales are on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee that all sizes and styles will be available near the end of the ordering window. We recommend ordering earlier rather than later. 

 

Q: What if a size or style sells out?

A: If the size and style of your shirt sell out, the Foundation will place a separate order for you with our vendor. However, it is very important to note that we cannot guarantee that you will receive your order before school starts, so please plan accordingly. Please contact us if we do not have the item you need, uniforms@nmisf.org.

 

Q: Can I return my order?

A: No, all sales are final. The Foundation is staffed by volunteers who donate a significant amount of time to organize the uniform sale and handle the accounting. We do not have the ability or capacity to process returns. 

 

Q: Help! I ordered the wrong size or type of shirt, what do I do?

A: The Foundation is staffed by volunteers and we do not have the capacity to handle returns. If you ordered the wrong item(s), we encourage you to reach out to other families to re-sell the item and then to make a new order. In some situations we may be able to help but cannot make any promises, please contact the Foundation at uniforms@nmisf.org.  

Miscellaneous Questions

Q: What if we do not return to school like normal?

A: The Foundation has been in close communication with the Head of School, Todd Knouse.  As we all know, it is still unclear what school will look like in the fall or even if the start date will be August 6th.  However, if school resumes on campus, students will be required to wear uniforms because they “eliminate subjectivity in the appropriateness of a child’s clothing, promote school unity, as well as [] help mask the socio-economic status of the families of our school.”  NMIS Family Handbook, Uniform Policy.  The Foundation believes that it is essential that families have access to uniforms prior to school starting and that they have time to plan for the purchase.  At this time, the Foundation will not accept returns on uniforms.

 

Q: Last year the Foundation sold water bottles, can I buy one?

A: We are not selling water bottles at this time but may have them available in the future.  We would love to hear about your interest in spirit items, so please contact us at info@nmisf.org.

 

Q: I have ideas about uniforms and spirit wear, who should I talk to?

A: Please contact the Foundation at info@nmisf.org.

Uniform Questions? Contact Us!

Order Pick-Up Questions

Q: When and how will I get my items?

A: Orders of uniform tops will be available for pick-up at the School Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st from 5-9 p.m.  Please wear a mask, even inside your car, to protect our volunteers. PRINTED RECEIPTS will be required for ALL orders; No exceptions!  Please plan accordingly.  More information will be released when it is available.

Q: Can I get my shirts earlier?

A: No.  Our parent volunteers need time to sort and organize the bulk order.  We are not able to work any faster to get you your shirts earlier. 

 

Q: Can you mail me my shirts?

A: No.  The Foundation is staffed by volunteers and does not have the capacity to mail shirts.

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