• Dear Families,

         Welcome to First Grade at McKinley Elementary School!  I am so thrilled to be your child’s teacher and I know this will be an awesome year!  A quick introduction; my name is Rachel Stauber. I graduated from The University of Wisconsin -River Falls with Bachelors in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. This is the ninth year that I have taught and my first-year teaching in the Anoka-Hennepin district.  My husband and I have a chocolate lab named Trip and a black lab named Trooper! Along with teaching I also love to fish, camp and read!

         For your child’s journey to be successful, it is essential for me to understand that each child is a unique individual with special qualities and needs.  To support each student’s learning, I will create a classroom that offers a variety of meaningful teaching styles so that each child will have the opportunity to succeed. The children will grow and learn at their own rate. I invite you to play an active role in your child’s education by talking with your child each day about their learning, reading together every night, and communicating with me J

             In my classroom we create a school family, I have students work together on problems and come to a solution.  We are always learning from one another with success and failures. I have a very structured classroom with routines and procedures that are followed closely to ensure each child’s safety.  I have a behavior management style that allows your child to be in charge of their choices however consequences may be enacted if the choice was hurtful and not helpful.  There is a behavior chart for students to track their behavior.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

       I want there to be open communication between us.   If at any time you have a question, I will be happy to talk with you. Email is the best way to communicate with me (Rachel.Stauber@ahschool.us) I will try to respond as soon as possible.  I use several apps to help communication be easy between school and home.  I want you to feel well informed throughout the year. 

       Your child will be moving from a world of “me” to a team of “we” here at school.  You will see so much growth and change throughout the year.  I feel blessed and excited to have the opportunity to be in your child’s life!

    Welcome again to a wonderful year!


    Rachel Stauber

  • School Hours:  9:25am - 4:00pm



    Kids are allowed in the rooms at 9:10.  If your child plans on eating breakfast at school they will head down to the cafeteria then come to the classroom.  The bell for school rings promptly at 9:15. At 9:23 music will start playing to encourage children to finish up breakfast to head to class.  If you are late, please be sure to sign your child in at the office before they come down to the classroom.


    Busing/Pick up

    I will walk your student out to the bus the first week of school at dismissal time. Be sure students know where they go at the end of the day!   

    If you are picking up your child we will dismiss parent pick ups at 3:57. 

    Pick ups  and drop offs will happen at door 2 and an adult will assist your child in to school and out to the car.  


    (Early) Pick-up and/or change in their normal end of day routine

    Please send a note if you are picking your child up from school.  Go to the office to sign them out. The office will call me to let me know that you are here to pick up your child.  If there is a change in the middle of the day to where your kiddo is going you need to call the office (763)506-3407 and let them know of the change.  They will send down to notify me (or if I have a sub) of the change.  If your students is absence number is: 763-506-3406.


    Classroom wish list

    PLEASE remember to label your child’s gear: especially snow pants, boots, hats, & mittens.  Be sure to check out our wish list and feel free to donate any of those items listed outside the door on the bananas!  


    Snack/Milk Break

    We will have a designated snack time every afternoon, 1:00-1:15.  Our room will be peanut free this year! We have an early lunch, so snack will be extremely important in the afternoon. Please send a healthy snack, some ideas for snacks are: graham crackers, crackers, yogurt sticks, cheese sticks, fruit cups, pretzels, goldfish, fresh fruit or vegetables. A water bottle is also an option at school.



    We have lunch at 10:45-11:10 p.m. Feel free to come in and eat with your child starting in October.  You will need to contact the office to let them know if you are going to be taking hot or alternative lunch.  You will need to sign in at the office and then wait at the office for the class to come down. Please encourage your child to practice their lunch number listed on the pink paper given to you at open house. 


    Classroom Volunteers

    I would LOVE volunteers to help in and out of the classroom.  If you (or other family members) are able and interested, send me an email.  We will be doing fun activities around holidays. I will send out more info on those parties when they get closer. The more hands the merrier!.



    You are more than welcome to bring in a STORE BOUGHT treat for the class, however this is not necessary.  Summer birthdays will be recognized in May. There are 21 children in my class.



    If you need to get a hold of me, my classroom number is: 763-506-3437 .  I will check my voicemail in the morning and I will get back to you a.s.a.p.  You can also reach me via email: rachel.stauber@ahschools.us   Please don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions or concerns.  Your child will be bringing a folder home every night, please look through the items, empty it and return it the following day.  I will also send out a Friday email containing a newsletter, along with a monthly calendar. I will post pictures of our class on Seesaw and I will also send out text alerts via Remind.  Information about Remind is available in paper form and I will send an email about SeeSaw in the future.  



    Please label outdoor clothing, especially snow pants!!  This will prevent trips to the Lost and Found.


    Book Orders

    I will be sending home book orders each month.  Books from Scholastic are current and reasonably priced.  Ordering is optional. You may order online using my code P98PL.  You may also send in an envelope with the order form and a check (write the check out to Scholastic).


    Hopefully this FAQ guide will answer most of your questions.  If you have any other questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’m looking forward to working with you as we embark on a great First Grade year!



    Rachel Stauber