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


As of March 8, 2017 The Rhawnhurst School phone number is now 215-400-3220. Please use this phone number in order to reach the staff at Rhawnhurst School in the future. 



Registration Information

2016  Registration INFORMATION: 

Parents/Guardians registration is from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

Please bring the following documents for registration:

  1. Parent/Legal Guardian must provide photo Identification (examples: Current PA Drivers License/Non-Drivers License or valid Federal, State or Municipal employment identification, Passport).
  2. Proof of Residency (examples: Deed, Original Rental Agreement/Lease (must be typed, signed by all parties and notarized), Current Voter Registration Card, Current Utility Bill, (e.g. PECO, PGW), Foster care and DHS letters are also acceptable for registration when student is in the care of a Foster/child care agency. Shelter placement or residency letters are also acceptable for homeless students.
  3. Proof of your child’s age. Acceptable proof includes birth, baptismal or other religious certificates, a passport or immigration documents.
  4. Your child's Health Appraisal Forms and immunization records showing proof of the following inoculations: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German measles), Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox).
  5. Your child’s most recent report card and any other useful information (IEP, etc.) from the child’s former school or school district.


Message from the Principal

Welcome back to all Students, Parents and Guardians,


We are looking forward to a wonderful and exciting 2016-2017 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



Welcome Parents/Guardians:


The 2016-2017 school year has begun!!! I look forward to continuing my eleventh year as principal of Rhawnhurst Elementary School. The month of August has already been a busy one as we prepare for school opening. I am looking forward to your continued support to assist in various ways throughout the school year. The main office will be closed daily from 11:30pm-12:30pm to provide a lunch break for the school secretary. There will be no entering or exiting the building during this time. Thank you for understanding.


The first day of school begins on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 for grades 1-5 and The Bright Futures Program. Students should report by 8:25 AM outside in the schoolyard to their last year teacher in the designated line up station.  (In the event of inclement weather, grades 1-3 would report to the auditorium; grades 4 & 5 would report to the gym.)  New students and Transfers should gather near the cafeteria entrance where a school representative will be posted to meet your child(ren). 


Kindergarten students report on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 9:00am (This time is for the first day only!!) in the Auditorium. (Regular school hours will be 8:25am-3:00pm.) In order to facilitate a smooth beginning and positive school experience for our youngest learners, I am asking that parents/guardians cooperate with the following procedures:


·      Take your child(ren) to their teacher in the auditorium

·      Give them a kiss or hug and an encouraging word to start their first day

·      Exit the auditorium following the principal’s opening greeting and announcements

Important: September Dates:

        September 15, 2016- Back To School Night-

5:30pm to 7:00pm

        September 30, 2016- No Students-

Professional Development

        October 3 & 4, 2016- Rosh Hashanah

(School Closed)

         October 12, 2016- Yom Kippur

(School Closed)

Please be reminded of the updated changes in our mandated uniform policy are as follows:


Boys—navy shorts or long pants, light blue shirts (polo or   buttoned)


Girls—navy skirts/pants, light blue shirts (polo or buttoned)


 SHOES: Only Black closed shoes or Black sneakers are       permitted!!


Reminder we will continue to use the Admission/Dismissal Policy from previous years. The PARENT ZONE Cones will be lined up in the schoolyard to ensure students safety. Thank you for your compliance with this initiative.


Looking forward to seeing you in September as we work together to provide the best school experience for our children!




Karen Howell-Toomer, Principal


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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

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