Rhawnhurst Elementary School K-5

Karen Howell-Toomer

7809 Castor Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19152
Phone: 215.728.5013

Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.

Rhawnhurst Elementary

Message from the Principal

Welcome back to all Students, Parents and Guardians,


We are looking forward to a wonderful and exciting 2015-2016 school year at Rhawnhurst!


Rhawnhurst Elementary is located at 7809 Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia.


We are a Kindergarten through Grade 5 School with a current enrollment of 578 students. This includes an early childhood component—“Bright Futures Class”.   Our students represent a diverse range of nationalities and speak over 27 languages.

 Along with the teachers and staff, I pledge to:

  • Promote parent involvement and active, ongoing home/school outreach
  • Providing rigorous instruction that will ensure high student achievement and proficiency in all content areas
  • Promote a positive, nurturing, and caring environment where all students can learn and perform at their best level
  • Provide a safe learning environment for all students

This year we are trying to reduce our use of paper to conserve the environment. We encourage you to return to our website and to learn more about the Rhawnhurst School community. Our website is updated often.


Don't forget to check the Yellow Communication Folder daily for up to date news and events! 


Rhawnhurst “Wildcats On The Move!" 


You Partner in Education,

Karen Howell-Toomer, Principal



We are excited to meet with you at the upcoming Back to School Night(s) being held in September. Please see the dates below.  


School Registration INFORMATION: 

Please call the school at 215.728.5013 for dates, times and information regarding the documents required for registration. 

Upcoming Dates: Mark your calendars!!!


September Events 


Tuesday, September 8, 2015 -is the first day for all students in Grades 1-5 and Bright Futures


September 14 & 15, 2015 Schools Closed & Administrative Offices Closed- Rosh Hashanah


September 16, 2015- First Day of Kindergarten


September 16, 2015-  5th Grade ONLY Back to School Night, Promptly at 5:15


September 17, 2015- Back to School Night Grades K to 4


September 22, 2015- HANDBOOK SIGNATURE PAGE is due back to your child's teacher. Please refer to the For Parents page on this website to view the handbook and signature page. 


September 23, 2015Schools Closed & Administrative Offices Closed- Yom Kippur


September 25, 2015- Schools Closed & Administrative Offices Closed- City-wide Papal Visit


Points of Pride

  • All students and staff feel safe,empowered and supported
  • Students, teachers, parents, community members, support staff, and administrators work collaboratively to create a positive learning  
  • Teachers hold high expectations for all students
  • Teachers use best practices in every classroom to engage each child

New Site!

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Mrs. Howell-Toomer, Principal