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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.  

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Message from the Principal


March 18, 2018

Another wet week is in the forecast so please remember to have your student dress accordingly and look to leave a little earlier than normal so as to manage the traffic on Laird. 

For more info on Rheem please keep reading.

This Week at Rheem:

Monday, March 19th:

  • JM Music Tour – 9:15-10:00 in the Frank (for 3rd-5th grade students)

Tuesday, March 20th:

  • Regularly Scheduled Tuesday

Wednesday, March 21st:

  • Walk Through the American Revolution (Cavallero’s class)
  • Moraga’s Governing School Board visits Rheem

Thursday, March 22nd:

  • Regularly Scheduled Thursday

Friday, March 23rd:

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to AT&T Park in S.F.
  • Kindergarten Spirit Assembly – (Kinders only)
  • Rheem’s Annual Variety Show – from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Frank

School News and Highlights.

  • This Friday our Kindergartners will be participating in a special Kinder Only Spirit Assembly. Every kindergartner gets a chance to spin the wheel at Rheem and this week we are going to be celebrating several students from each class who have their lucky “Gold Slip” drawn.
  • Over the last couple of weeks, our 1st graders have been learning about seeds and the impact they have on our environment. A special thank you to the volunteers from Heather Farms who did a marvelous job sharing with our students the mystery, and magic, of seeds.
  • 2nd grade will be traveling to San Francisco this Friday to get a first-hand look at AT&T Park. Baseball season is right around the corner and what better way to learn more about America’s Pastime than to visit the stadium where the Giants call home.

Rheem’s 2nd Annual Variety Show – Friday 3/23

Bring the whole family to Rheem Friday night for our 2nd Annual Variety Show. There will be singing and dancing, as well as jokes and skits to liven your evening and brighten your spirits. The show runs from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Frank. I look forward to seeing you there!

School Climate Survey Results:

In the MSD Climate Survey given in November 2017, 122 Rheem parents responded as follows:

88.5% respondents agreed with the statement “School adults consistently model respectful behavior that creates a positive climate for learning.”

Actual breakdown: 51.6% strongly agree; 36.9% agree; 4.9% disagree; 0% strongly disagree, 6.6% don’t know.

Hello from Roadrunner Club

We have gone above and beyond even for Roadrunner Club standards with our fun art projects and fabulous recreational activities. Deborah taught us how to make bouncy balls using borax, glue, and cornstarch. They really, really bounced. What a blast!!! We did fresh vegetable paint stamps and learned about different vegetables while having fun at the same time. In the meantime, our fabulous Don is organizing 30 children at a time for fun activities like kickball, baseball, soccer, and hockey. Don is teaching valuable life skills such as respect, sportsmanship, and the importance of teamwork. We here at Roadrunner are so very fortunate to have the wonderful staff that cares and nurtures your children.

Have a great week,


Every School Day Counts

Friday, March 9th marked the end of the 2nd trimester. Below is the year over year attendance rates. It is important to remember that every school day counts. 

  2017-18 2016-17
Attendance/Absences 97.3% 97.4%
Truancy/Unexcused Absences 327 314
Tardies 849 605

Did you know:

  • Missing 10% of school can make it harder to learn to read
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves! It’s important to build the habit of regular on-time attendance early. The impact will last a lifetime. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

(adapted from Attendance Works)

The Last Word

This past Wednesday a few dozen Rheem 4th and 5th students gathered in the Garden during morning recess (10:05-10:25) to listen and share their concerns about recent school violence and the impact it has on everyone. Several 5th grade students organized the get-together and discussed with me a place where they could hold it. It was decided the garden would be an ideal fit, as it would be away from the loud noises and excitement of recess, while also providing a peaceful setting that was safe and easily accessible.

There were 35 students who voluntarily came to the garden. Over half of the group respectively shared their thoughts and perspectives. I have to say it was amazing to see how each of them listened intently and allowed everyone to share their thoughts without interruption.

I cannot begin to express how impressed and proud I was with each student who participated in the event, and how our students were able to come together to talk about important issues in an open and respectful manner. What was most impressive was how this was purely student driven. It is moments like these that give me great confidence in the way our Roadrunners are growing as students and citizens.

Another great example of why there’s no place like Rheem,

Mr. Sullivan

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Today: 3/21/18
9:00 AM 5th grade American Revolution Walk Through

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