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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

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 Two:

RheemarksThis 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 database (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-NewsRheem’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. 

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Message from the Principal


May 13, 2018

Rheem’s Open House is this week. On Thursday, May 17th all classrooms will open at 7:00 for families to see student work on display. Don’t forget to visit the Rheem Garden, and the Library, in addition to your children’s classrooms.

Please keep in mind that Open House is not an appropriate time for an impromptu parent conference or to interview a potential teacher about his/her educational philosophy. Teachers will be focused on helping their current students celebrate their accomplishments. Thank you for your understanding!

For your convenience, and as a way to avoid traffic and parking congestion, a shuttle bus will run to and from the Rheem Shopping Center (by Starbucks), beginning at 6:45 through 8:30.

Please remember that Open House Day will be a minimum day for all students. Students will be dismissed at 12:12. (There is no lunch served on minimum days)

This Week at Rheem:

Monday, May 14th:

  • Regularly scheduled Monday

Tuesday, May 15th:

  • Hearing screening

Wednesday, May 16th:

  • PTA Association meeting 6:00-8:00PM

Thursday, May 17th:

  • MINIMUM DAY – Everyone on the same schedule 8:25AM - 12:12PM
  • Open House: All classrooms open 7:00-8:00

Friday, May 18th:

  • 1st grade SUBS (Speak Up Be Safe)
  • Students participate in Open House Walkthroughs

School News and Highlights.

It’s a GIRL!!! Did you know Mr. Thomson and his wife Kathryn are expecting their first child? Rheem teachers got together two weeks ago to make a quilt for the young Ms. Thomson. Our beloved Ms. Frank led the charge, as there were 4 sewing machines and 3 ironing boards in the staff room to help create the amazing blanket. And if that wasn’t a big enough surprise, Mr. Thomson’s 2nd graders threw him a baby shower this past week. Mr. and Mrs. Thomson sure are feeling the love from the Rheem Team. (If you haven’t done so already be sure to congratulate Mr. Thomson and feel free to give him some sage advice)

Spring Picnic and Art Show

The Rheem Team enjoyed a really entertaining Spring Picnic and Art Show on Friday, May 11th. Many thanks to this year’s Spring Picnic Chairs, Andi and Kevin O’Toole, for organizing a fun-filled event for our entire school community. Also, many thanks to Art Teacher, Larysa Larson, for putting together another impressive display of Rheem student art.

This year’s highlights included the rock climbing wall, giant inflatables, carnival games, delicious food, and fabulous music. And it wouldn’t be a Spring Picnic without Rheem’s annual jump rope contest, led by the always energetic, Mr. John Flynn with musical support from D.J. KO’T. Kudos to all the participants and congrats to the grade level winners.

CAASPP Testing coming to a close

CAASPP Testing finishes up this week for 4th & 5th graders. As a final reminder, please keep in mind that the best at-home preparations for these tests are a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and a good attitude.

Hello from Roadrunner Club

Hello from Roadrunner Club!! There has been a change in our Fall 2018 registration schedule. Roadrunner Club registration begins July 1st (instead of June 1stand runs through July 31st (not August 5th) at $35 dollars.  Starting August 1st, 2018, the registration fee will be fifty dollars.  We will not be accepting Permanent reservations after the 12th of August to be effective on the 20th of August.  Any Permanent Reservation we receive after August 12, 2018 will be effective September 20, 2018. Also, we will not be accepting drop in reservations for the first two weeks of school so please get your Permanent Reservation in early.

The Roadrunner Club handbook is online for any questions you might have regarding our policies and procedures. It might be an interesting read during summer break!!! 

We have had a great week of activities. Ms. Deborah was back last week, and our ocean theme was very well received. This week our theme is Flowers, everything Flowers.



Student Medication Pick Up

A parent must pick up current medications(s) from the school office by noon on the last day of school, Friday June 8th. Any medication(s) or supplies left in the school office after June 15th will be discarded (thrown away).

If you need to bring in medication for your child next year, please complete the appropriate form(s) for prescription medications or over-the-counter medications. Prescription medication forms must be signed by the student’s physician. A separate form is required for more than one medication.

Appropriate forms can be downloaded from the Rheem website.  Go to the Resources link, and then click on Forms. (Over the CounterPrescription)

Medication(s) and completed forms may be brought in to the school office after August 6, 2018, prior to the beginning of school on August 21st.

If your 5th grade student is moving on to JM and will need to have medication kept in the JM office, please contact the JM office at 376-7206 for forms and procedures.

Order School Supply Kits for 2018-19

Order Now! It’s easy, convenient, cost effective and charitable

Rheem students can now order their school supplies for next year! To purchase online please visit and follow the easy steps.

The kits will be available for pick-up at Roadrunner Day, Monday, August 20th (the day before school begins). Picking up kits on Roadrunner Day is OPTIONAL. Kits not picked-up will be delivered directly to your child’s class for the first day.

Ordering window closes Sunday, June 10, so don’t delay, order yours today! For more detailed information about the Sydney Paige Company, please click HERE.

The Last Word

I hope this Last Word finds you celebrating a Happy Mother’s Day. It doesn’t seem fair there is only one day dedicated to celebrating our mothers, but when done right, one day might just do the trick. Hopefully your family followed the sage advice Ms. Inzeo gave her students this week with the “5 things mom’s love”:

  1. Mom’s love to sleep…sleeping late or letting them take a nap.
  2. Breakfast with no dishes.
  3. Flowers.
  4. Hugs and kisses.
  5. Happy Kids all!!!!!! day long.

With any luck you were able to experience most, if not all, of these today, and if you have two minutes please click here to watch a really cool video celebrating mothers.

Thank you for reading this far and I’d like to leave you with my favorite Mother’s Day quote:

"If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way mom told you to in the beginning."

There’s no place like Rheem,

Mr. Sullivan



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