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2019-2020 Classroom Supply Information
This year MRCS is trying something new!
Each teacher will be asking a $20.00 supply fee from each student in their class. This fee would allow teachers to space out material acquisition throughout the school year, and purchase exactly what is needed for their students.
Enclose your payment in an envelope with your child’s name and teacher and submit in the first week of school. You may pay in cash or with a check made out to: MRCS

Please provide:
a backpack, P.E. shoes, and a lunchbox
for your child to bring on the first day of school.

If for any reason, this $20.00 supply fee creates a financial hardship for your family, please provide what you can.
MRCS Routine and Schedule Information
• Recess: All K-5 students have recess three times a day during the school day for 15 minutes each.

• Specials: “Specials” refers to a time every day that students go to library, counseling, music, and physical education class. Each class has one special for 45 minutes Monday-Thursday.

• Morning Routine: Prior to school starting, students either go into the gym for breakfast (starting at 7:30) or to the playground to play outside (at 7:40). Once the bell rings at 7:55, students line up with their classes and teachers will walk them to class. Having students walked to class by an adult ensures safety in the hallways. If you arrive with your child, you are welcome to sit with them at breakfast or play with them on the playground. When it comes time to line up, feel free to join the class line and walk to the classroom. If students arrive after 8am they should stop by the office for a tardy slip before going to class.

• After School Routine: At the end of the day students are walked to the buses, RALLY, or the parent pick up zone.

• Unity Assemblies: Unity Assemblies are school-wide assemblies that take place in the gym every Friday at 8am. During Unity Assemblies we sing, celebrate, and build community. Parents are invited to attend!
Welcome To Our Community
Joanna Hinderberger, Principal

Phone: 907.796.5600
Fax: 907.463.1777

Mailing address:
10014 Crazy Horse Drive
Juneau, AK 99801
A Message from Principal JJ Hinderberger
Dear Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you have had a fantastic summer. My name is JJ Hinderberger and I am the new Mendenhall River Community School Principal. I was born in Juneau and raised in Haines. I taught in the Juneau School District for five years prior to moving to Unalaska, where I was the principal of Eagle’s View Elementary School.

This summer I returned to Juneau and cannot express what an honor and privilege it is to be a part of the MRCS community.

The first day of school is on August 19th for students in grades 1st-5th. Kindergarten will begin on August 22nd and preschool on August 27th.

Class lists will be posted on the front doors at 4pm on Friday, August 16th. Please refrain from posting these on social media in order to protect student confidentiality. Additionally, take a look at our website for information on school supplies.

If I have not met you yet, I look forward to meeting you soon. Please join us for the Open House on Wednesday, September 4th from 5pm to 6pm.

As the excitement of the new school year takes hold please help your child get into healthy routines such as:

• Getting to bed early to ensure they come to school alert and ready to learn
• Making sure they are dressed appropriately for outside recess each day
• Packing healthy snacks and lunches
• Checking your child’s backpack for notes from their teacher
• Designating a time and place to do homework
• Making sure all permission slips have been turned in so they may participate to the fullest
• Encouraging them to share new things they learned in school

All these things help a child grow and have a positive experience at school. Please feel free to come into the school or contact me at any time.

With gratitude,
JJ Hinderberger
MRCS Principal
  • Need to get a message to your student?
    Please call with any after school instructions or messages for students before 1:30 pm to ensure we can deliver them before the end of the school day. Thank you!
  • Keep your information updated!
    If any of your phone numbers or emergency contact numbers change, please let the school office know as soon as possible.
  • If you receive a call from the school…
    If you receive a call from anywhere in the building, the phone number that appears on your phone will be the main line. Please take a moment to check for messages before calling back. Unfortunately we do not have a way to know who called you and would like to connect you to the correct person!

School year Hours of Operation:

Site Phone Number:
(907) 796-5671

Melissa White, Site Manager
Mary Ryals, Asst. Site Manager
vacant, Recreation Assistant