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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 20, 2018

Can you believe there are 14 days left of school? Where does the time go? Please pull up a seat and see what’s going on this week, and beyond, at Rheem.


This Week at Rheem:

Monday, May 21st:

  • FORE our Schools Golf Tournament at MCC 

Tuesday, May 22nd:

  • Regularly scheduled Tuesday

Wednesday, May 23rd:

  • 3rdgrade Biome Play in the Frank from 10:30-11:30
  •  Rheem’s Pizza Night Fundraiser at Lamorinda Pizza from 4:00-8:30

Thursday, May 24th:

  • JM Open House and Spring Fling 
    • 5:00-7:00 Spring Fling
    • 7:00-8:30 classrooms open

Friday, May 25th:

  • Spirit Assembly
    • 3rd-5th– 9:00-9:50
    • K-2nd– 10:00-10:50

Rotary Field Day Results

This year’s results are in, and we are very proud of the 111 Rheem 3rd – 5th graders who participated in the annual track and field event on Wednesday, May 9th. It was a perfect day for this high energy event, and all students demonstrated great sportsmanship. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A total of 345 students from 4 area schools participated. 
  • Rheem's Amarise Gonzalez won High-Point girl!! (5thgrade in Mr. Greer’s class) AWESOME!!!
  • Two of the four high point classes were from Rheem. Those classes are:
    • Ms. Gubser’s 5th grade with 24 points
    • Ms. Ralph’s 3rd grade with 21 points 

Congratulations to our friends at Camino Pablo and Los Perales: 

CP - Most Participation, Most medals.

LP - High Point Boy and most participants. 

Thank you to the Moraga Rotary Club (especially Field Day Chairman and Rheem grandpa to Addison, Tony Schoemehl) for organizing this amazing, fun-filled tradition, and thanks also to the St. Mary’s coaches and athletes who helped judge the various events! 

Rheem’s Lamorinda Pizza Fundraiser this Wednesday

This Wednesday, May 23rd Lamorinda Pizza is donating a percentage of their sales back to Rheem. What better way to not only support a local vendor but also support our school AND feed the family all at the same time? Lamorinda Pizza is in the Rheem Shopping Center halfway between Nation’s and CAPA and is open from 4:00-8:30.

COMING SOON: Family Week at Rheem 

Mark your calendar as the week of May 28th– June 1st, Rheem families are encouraged to take part in Family Week. The week is dedicated to spending quality family time with your children. A Family Week flier will be going home this week in your child’s folder, or shared in the classroom newsletter, letting you know all the particulars. In the words of Dorothy Gale, “there’s no place like home,” and even more so when there’s fun to be had with moms and dads.

Hello from Roadrunner Club

I know I am being redundant but I just want to be sure that all of our Roadrunner Club families get the message that Roadrunner Club registration will begin on July 1st through July 31st, at the $35-dollar rate. Starting August 1st, the rate will go to $50 dollars. Also remember all Permanent Reservations are due by August 12, 2018 and will be effective August 21, 2018 (the first day of school) for the beginning of the new school year. Any Permanent Reservations turned in after August 12thwill become effective September 20th. Remember that Roadrunner Club will not be accepting any Drop-In reservations until September 4th. NO exceptions.

What a great week of activities here at Roadrunner. Our theme was sustainable farming and renewable energy. The kids not only planted, but tasted radishes and turnips. We talked about the importance of solar and wind power. We are preparing for our future!!!!



Library Books due this Thursday (5/24)

A friendly reminder that all library books are due this coming Thursday, May 24th. If you have a lost or damaged book be sure to contact Ms. Gillbanks at

Polling Station at Rheem on Tuesday, June 5th

The Contra Costa County Department of Elections has requested that Rheem be made available for the June 5th election. We are fortunate to be able to experience democracy at work and I will be sure to share more information as the date draws nearer.

STAR WARS Screening Opportunity

Join in a preview of SOLO: A Star Wars Story movie before it is released to the general public! The Campolindo Class of 2021 has reserved the newly renovated auditoriums at the Century Theaters in Walnut Creek on Thursday, May 24, the night before the movie opens to the general public. Settle into your reclining seats, board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far away in an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. And don't be surprised if a few DROIDs show up to greet you!


Date: Thursday, May 24 Time: 8:00 pm start. Tickets will be distributed at the theater (Campo table) starting at 7:00 pm and doors open at 7:30 pm.

Location: Century Walnut Creek, 1201 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Limited tickets available - donation: $40.00 per Ticket


Note: This is a fundraiser for the Campo Class of 2021. All proceeds will go towards Class of 2021 safe and sober proms, grad night and other programs.

Preparing for the 2018-19 School Year

The first Three weeks of School for K-3rd

All Moraga School District Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will follow an 8:25 AM to 1:55 PM instructional schedule for the first three weeks of school, August 21 through September 7.

This three-week early release period provides teachers time to individually assess their student's reading and math levels. Teachers use the assessment information to provide differentiated learning experiences for all students, as well as to identify students who may be eligible for additional support.

K – 3rd grade teachers will contact parents to schedule dates and times for individual student assessment appointments. We thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility regarding this “early bird” schedule.

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

With the school year drawing to a close, there is still quite a bit to finish up but also quite a bit to reflect upon. This past Thursday, Rheem’s teachers opened your children’s classrooms to show a snippet of the magnificent work students have done this year. If you were able to attend, you saw some amazing writing portfolios, and math projects, and artwork, and web-based student presentations, and watched children read a book using SeeSaw app, or acute, and obtuse, play in Ms. Culleton’s class to name just a few. It was a night packed with families visiting their student’s Rheem classroom for the last time, to families witnessing what their incoming Kinders will get a chance to experience in the years to come. It was glorious if I may say so.

But as we reflect on all these successes, we must also reflect on how many of them were made possible by your generous donations to MEF. MEF’s slogan of “Every Student, Every Day” could not ring more true when you think of last Thursday. So much of what our students experience is supported by your donations to MEF. From our Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop curriculum, to our Science Program, to our Library and Computer Lab, to our Music and Art programs, our PE program, and more. Every day your child comes to Rheem they are the direct beneficiary of your benevolence and generosity.

One of my favorite quotes about education and how we benefit from it says, “education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Keeping with that I encourage you to join with me in supporting MEF to help prepare our students for a brighter tomorrow.

There’s no place like Rheem,

Mr. Sullivan

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