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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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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.  

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Message from the Principal


 April 22, 2018 

Spring has sprung. There are seven weeks left in the school year, with plenty more still to accomplish. Please keep reading to see what’s going on this week at Rheem.

This Week at Rheem:

Monday, April 23rd:

  • Soul Shoppe: Untie the Nots

Tuesday, April 24th:

  • Vision screening make-ups

Wednesday, April 25th:

  • Secretaries Day: Thank you Mrs. Fitzinger and Mrs. Smith!!!
  • Coordinating Council meeting from 3:30-5:00 at CP in room 7

Thursday, April 26th:

  • Science Fair: 5:30-7:30 in the Frank
  • 3rd-5th grade Science Fair walkthroughs in the morning

Friday, April 27th:

  • Regularly scheduled Friday

Saturday, April 28th:

  • Rheem Family Work Day – 9:00am-12:00pm 

School News and Highlights

  • 5th grade science camp was a smash hit. Students were able to experience science and nature with each and every step. Thank you to our parent chaperones for sharing their time and talent with our students, and a very special thank you to Mrs. Cavallero, Mr. Greer and Mrs. Gubser for their continued efforts to make 5th grade an experience our students will not soon forget.
  • Earth Day took place this past Friday on campus. Buddy classes joined forces to beautify Rheem by picking up litter while spending time with their friends. It would not be a special Earth Day celebration if each class wasn’t able to spend some extra recess time with their buddy class. Kudos to our Roadrunners for supporting Mother Earth!
  • This Monday we will be hosting another Soul Shoppe workshop. Students will be learning how to build self-confidence and recognize that we may not be “good” at something right away but through the process of learning and growing we become better by the day. Please click HERE for more details. 

Rheem’s Science Fair

Thursday, April 26 from 5:30-7:30 in the Frank

Be sure to come out and support Rheem’s budding scientists at this year’s Science Fair from 5:30-7:30 on Thursday night. 

Family Work Day at Rheem

Saturday, April 28th from 9:00am-12:00pm

This coming Saturday is the annual Rheem Family Work Day, where you and your children will have an opportunity to make Rheem an even more amazing place. There is work to be done all over campus: from sanding and painting, to weeding and more. Please be sure to join Mr Sullivan, Mrs. Ralph, Mrs. Cavallero and Mrs. Noyes for a fulfilling morning of work.

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You…CAASPP Testing

Beginning next week, all MSD 3rd – 5th graders will participate in the state’s academic testing program, known as CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress). The two-week testing window to take both the English/Language Arts and Mathematics portions of will begin Monday, April 30 and continue through Friday, May 11. Details about the testing program will be sent via email to all 3rd – 5th grade parents this week. 

Students have been preparing for CAASPP tests by taking Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB's) throughout the year. These are short practice assessments focusing on related content in English Language Arts and mathematics. IAB’s are a great opportunity for our students and teachers to become more familiar with the testing interface and for teachers to monitor student progress. This year our Rheem 3rd-5th grade teachers have administered IAB's focused on number sense, fractions, geometry, literary text, informational text, and speaking and listening. Teachers receive detailed feedback regarding student performance with the IAB assessments, and they use this information as another tool to support student learning in their classrooms.

Ideas of how parents can help students prepare for standardized tests can be found HERE.

Cultural Proficiency Committee (CPC) Update

The Cultural Proficiency Committee (CPC), with interest to communicate meeting discussion topics and outcomes, will regularly communicate meeting summaries to staff and parents following each CPC meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the MSD website:>District>Cultural Proficiency Committee.

April 18, 2018 CPC Meeting Summary:

  • The CPC agreed, in order to increase transparency, to communicate CPC meeting summaries to all parents via PTA newsletters and to create a CPC website (>District>Cultural Proficiency Committee). The CPC website will expand over time to include meeting notes, FAQs & other updates.
  • The CPC recommended the District plan and present a fall 2018 evening program for parents to learn about the purpose of the CPC, Wellness Committee, Coordinating Council and Student Safety Committee.
  • The CPC reviewed draft bylaws and discussed whether CPC community members (community persons who are not current MSD parents or MSD employees) should be voting members and how to establish nomination committees. 

For information or questions, please contact your school’s CPC representative.  Representatives for each school site are posted on the CPC website.  You may also contact CPC co-chairs, Jessica Meeks at or Stephanie Richards at

Hello from Roadrunner Club

Roadrunner registration begins June 1st thru August 5th at $35 dollars. After August 5th the registration fee goes to $50 dollars. Also note:  that after August 12th we will not accept Permanent Reservations to be effective on August 20th (first day of school).  If you miss the August 12th cutoff date, your Permanent Reservation will go into effect on September 20th. Also we will not be taking Drop- ins until September 4th, 2018.  So, unless Roadrunner RECEIVES your Permanent Reservation by August 12th, there will be no openings at Roadrunner Club until September 4. We have had such an overwhelming request for our program that we must honor the dates above.  I know it seems early to be thinking about this but it is just around the corner. 

Due to security concerns, the Moraga School District has adopted a new check in/check out policy on all school campuses.  Last week I explained that we would be starting this procedure at Roadrunner club.  The Raptor system has been installed at the Rheem school office, so parents will need to go by the office to check in and get a sticker on their way to pick up their child, beginning May 1.

It’s been a terrific week at Roadrunner. Our theme was sports and we discussed running marathons, designed sneakers and medals. We also designed footballs for our favorite team. What a week!!!

Have a great weekend,


Parent Education Opportunity:

How do we prepare our children to be successful adults?

How do we prepare our children to be successful adults? How much should we help them succeed? How do I make sure my child doesn’t get left behind? How do I prepare my child for life? Growing up in today’s world is increasingly complex as is parenting our children in this new age. With childhood and teen stress, anxiety, and depression on the rise, it is critical that parents focus on preparing their children with the foundational life skills necessary for dealing with adversity, making good choices, and creating a meaningful life. Participants will learn strategies for building their child’s internal strength, responding to adversity, and being open to life’s possibilities.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:30-8 pm Orinda Intermediate School, Multipurpose Room, 80 Ivy Drive, Orinda

The Last Word

I had the very good fortune to go to my daughter’s father daughter dance this past Friday. (My 5th grade and 2nd grade daughters indulged me a bit by not running away with their friends as soon as we arrived…they waited 30 seconds for a photo) Not so surprising, my 5th grade daughter spent the majority of her time with her friends and danced with me once, while my 2nd grade daughter and I danced for a number of songs. I had a BLAST!! But, as I stood on the side of the dance floor with some other lonely dads I couldn’t help but think back six years to my first father daughter dance and realized how special these moments are and how essential it is to spend time with the ones we love most.

I read an article a few years back that provided 7 research based helpful hints to make for a happy family. If you are interested take a read.

I cannot thank you enough for all your work that goes into raising such amazing children. We are all very fortunate to be a part of the Rheem Team. Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you soon.

There’s no place like Rheem,

Mr. Sullivan 

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