Forms School Registration Attendance Bell Schedule Lifeskills Parent Handbook Rheem Team Songs Conference Schedule Mindset Matters Archives Common Core-ner Archives
Principal's Page Our Staff Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade Computer Lab Library Other Resources
RoadRunner Club
2017-18 Campaign What is MEF? What your Donations Fund Why MEF & PTA?
Login to MembershipToolKit Register Your Family Become a Member Volunteer Sign Up Executive Board and Committees Meetings Emergency Preparedness Members Directory Hot Lunch After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) Reading Programs Reflections Camp Read S'More (Summer 2017) Science Fair Spring 2017 Readathon Spring 2017

Welcome to Donald Rheem Elementary School

Principal: Brian Sullivan

Secretary: Lisa Fitzinger

Assistant Secretary: Erica Smith

Office: (925) 376-4441

Fax: (925) 376-3248

Attendance: (925) 377-2086

Roadrunner Club: (925) 376-3012


Address:  90 Laird Drive, Moraga, CA 9455

Quick Links

Communication is Key!

Rheem Elementary is a very special place that takes advantage of a “team” approach—teachers, students, and parents all joining together to promote a dynamic learning environment in which all students can thrive.  

Make sure you are receiving all important communications from Rheem School.   Here are the Big Three:

Rheemarks: – This weekly email (look for it on Sundays) is sent through Rheem's School Messenger System from Principal Sullivan.  Family email addresses are pulled from our data base (the info provided at registration) to make sure that ALL families receive this newsletter.  This newsletter focuses on current school events and issues.  

PTA E-News – Rheem’s weekly PTA Newsletter is sent out on Wednesdays and limited to important information and updates about PTA programs, activities, opportunities, and more!  Once you sign up for PTA, you’ll start receiving these informative newsletters.

REMIND text messages -- It’s easy!  It’s quick!  It’s informative!  Last year, we began using a new system called REMIND to send quick “texts” to parents who sign-up for this service.  The one-way text messages come directly from the front office and are limited to brief, timely “Rheeminders.”  This is the best way to not miss an important due date or forget a minimum day!  To receive messages via text, simply text @rheem to 81010 or click HERE to download instructions.

In addition, all classroom teachers have email distribution lists to inform parents of specific classroom events.  Being aware of programs, schedules, due dates, etc. is key to a successful (and less stressed!) school year for you and your child.  

Message from the Principal


October 22, 2017

This Week at Rheem:

Monday, October 16th:

  • Mrs. Cavallero’s 5th grade class on an overnight fieldtrip
  • 3rd grade classes on a field trip to the Oakland Zoo

Tuesday, October 17th:

  • Regular Tuesday

Wednesday, October 18th:

  • Make up picture Day

Thursday, October 19th:

  • Rheem Parent Night at MCC from 7:30-9:30 PM

Friday, October 20th:

  • Regular Friday

School News and Highlights:

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill - This past Thursday, October 19th the entire school took part in a statewide earthquake preparedness drill. We had three of Moraga’s finest from the fire department on hand to observe and give vital feedback. The drill took place at 10:19 with students at a variety of locations throughout campus. (from recess to classrooms) and all three firefighters commented on how great our students and staff did.

Saint Mary’s College Basketball players at Rheem: Thursday was a busy day at Rheem. After practicing the earthquake drill, several classrooms were visited by members of the men’s basketball team. The players read books and were great sports in answering students’ questions. (My only question came from a 2nd grader who asked, “Do you feel short today Mr. Sullivan?”)

5th grade Fieldtrip on the Eureka: Mrs. Cavallero’s class will be traveling to San Francisco Monday to spend a whole day onboard the Eureka. Mr. Greer and Mrs. Gubser’s classes had great experiences and came to the conclusion you don’t get much sleep as a sailor.

Rheem Parent Night Party

It's almost here!!!  Come join in the fun this Thursday night, October 26th, from 7:30-9:30pm at the Moraga Country Club. Hang out with old friends and make some new ones while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages. If you missed the deadline to purchase tickets online, don't worry, you can still purchase them at the door for $20.00.

Fall Carnival and Cake Walk – Thursday, November 2nd

Thursday, November 2nd from 4:30-7:00 is the make-up date for the Fall Carnival and Cake Walk. For more information please click the following links; FallCarnival Cake Walk.

Reflections Program:  "Within Reach"

Explore your student’s inner creativity through the PTA National arts competition, REFLECTIONS! Choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, take a photograph, or create a piece of visual art and tell us your interpretation of the theme: “WITHIN REACH”.

Download an entry form from the Rheem PTA Website or pick one up from the office. Rules and guidelines are posted on the website or contact Julia Herrington with questions.

All entries are due by this Friday, Oct 27th.  You can drop off your entries in the Rheem office this week.  Winners are selected to advance to the State and National levels.

News from Roadrunner Club

Hello from Roadrunners!!!!

Boy are we happy there is fresh air again!!!!! Just a couple of reminders regarding Roadrunner policy.

Please remember it is the responsibility of the parent to let us know if your child is taking an afterschool class. We are required to search for your child if they do not arrive after school. We have 16 after school classes this session and  we do not have the time to go thru 16 rosters to confirm where your child is. We have a full house and need to know that everybody is accounted for.

Drop In reservations are for emergency or infrequent use. If you know your child is going to be coming to Roadrunner Club on a regular basis on any given day, please fill out a Permanent Reservation for that time. We cannot guarantee that we will have room for Drop Ins.   

When filling out your Permanent Reservation please check your schedule and choose wisely; remember you can change your perm reservation monthly.



Rheem’s Hydration Stations

Below is a message from Rheem graduates Sadie Habas and Zoe Heidersbach.

We are members of Troop 30288 comprised of former Rheem Teamers now Freshman at Campolindo High School. Our Girl Scout Silver Award Project was the purchase and installation of two water bottle filling stations at Rheem Elementary School that we call "hydration stations." We began research on the project in 2016.  We gave a PowerPoint presentation to the PTA to request the money necessary to complete the project, and they ended up agreeing to fund it! Over the summer, we purchased the stations and identified a contractor to manage the installation. We collaborated with the contractor, his team (plumber, electrician, framing and stucco tradesmen) and the district head of maintenance to complete the project. Finally, the stations were installed in the beginning of the school year and now function and are used by students! 

Sadie Habas and Zoe Heidersbach

Thank you Sadie, Zoe and PTA for supporting our Roadrunners and making Rheem a healthier place.

The Last Word:

This past Thursday at the JM library was the Reader’s Workshop parent education night. The very talented Leslie Nash described in detail how the workshop model is taught in your child’s classroom and how best to support your child in reading. Leslie did a marvelous job with her presentation and gave some great tips for families. (For a look at some of those tips please click here) Helping our students become lifelong learners takes a village and by working together to create a love for reading we put each student on the path toward success. 

There’s no place like Rheem,

Mr. Sullivan

Upcoming Events

Today: 10/23/17
12:00 AM Age of Sail Program/5th grade overnight-Cavallero

Add Rheem Events to your Google Calendar

Google Cal

Moraga Education Foundation


Shop and Earn for Rheem

Click on the logos below for more ways to give back to Rheem:


Install Chrome Plugin to earn for Rheem while you shop on Amazon - The plugin will automatically add the Rheem affiliate code to any Amazon links you find on the web. It will also add the code if you go directly to Amazon. Rheem will receive between 4% and 15% of the value of your order each and every time you buy something from Amazon. The percentage varies depending on what you buy. 

Facilities Calendar

Click here to access the Rheem Google Facilities Calendar (for RH staff only)

Ask the Webmaster

If you have any questions about the website, contact