Mission Statement

The mission of R.C. LaPerche Elementary School, as an inclusive learning community devoted to high standards and best teaching practices for all students, is to inspire life-long learning and to develop responsible, self-confident children capable of effective communication and problem solving, through a collaboration of parents, teachers, students, and the community, which fosters a safe, respectful environment, recognizing diversity and individuality.

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Update from LaPerche-November 12

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Update from LaPerche--October 15, 2018

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Update from LaPerche--October 2018

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Update from LaPerche--September 2018

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Update from LaPerche--August 2018

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Summer Learning 2018

This year, we have a new Summer Learning Guide which provides a variety of summer learning opportunities to engage all LaPerche students.  Take some time to explore it with your child.
Students who complete their summer learning and return the VERIFICATION FORM by Friday, September 14 will be invited to an Outdoor Fun Festival which will take place during school on Friday, September 21.  
Please feel free to email with any questions. I hope you and your family have a safe, relaxing and fun-filled summer break!

The Week Ahead...June 10, 2018


I can’t believe it even as I type it, but we have 5 days of school left in the 2017-2018 school year!  It has been another amazing year of growth for LaPerche students and staff alike! We have a week full of events left to come so please read all the way to the bottom!
Tuesday, June 12
Third Grade Field Trip to Ecotarium
Reader’s Theater Performance-Mrs. Martel’s Class at 10:00 am in the cafeteria; Miss Zucker’s Class at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria
Wednesday, June 13
Fifth Grade Breakfast and Yearbook Signing at 10:30 in the cafeteria (students only)
5th Grade Rocket Launch--1:20 outside near the ballfield--All are invited!
Almost End of School Celebration--Please give your feedback regarding our afterschool event on Wednesday, June 13.  We’ve heard from 76 out of 170 families so far. Thank you!
Thursday, June 14
Volunteer Celebration at 10:00
Final Town Meeting at 2:00; All are invited for the Lip Sync Battle, Crystal Apple Award, Summer Advice from the Staff, Guitar Students performance, Walking Club Awards and more!
Friday, June 15
Second Grades Got Talent Performance at 9:30 in the classrooms
Last Day of School for Students!!  
Please check out the Nurse’s newsletter including information about picking up medication at the end of the year. If the link above does not work, copy and paste the link below into a new window.
As parents and educators, we all have the common goal of ensuring that our children and students read, watch, listen to and engage with age appropriate content. One tool at our fingertips is Common Sense Media.  Have you heard of if? According to the website--Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.  It is well worth your time. Whenever my kids want to read, watch or play anything, I check it out on common sense media and read the reviews with them. The site provides an age rating and explains why.  It helps you make informed decisions about the content you allow your children to be exposed to.
There is also a section on the site called Common Sense Education. You can get to it by clicking on the “For Educators” button on the top of the page.  If your kids are on social media, take some time to check out the Digital Glossary. It “decodes all of shorthand on social media” and was eye opening for me.  It is so important to stay on top of what your kids are doing on social media and it you don’t understand what your kids are posting or reading, you don’t know if it is appropriate for your children.  



Updates and Reminders--May 2018

Reminders and Updates from LaPerche:
  • Tomorrow the third, fourth and fifth graders are heading to the orchestra!  Students are invited to bring their recorders on the trip to play with the orchestra.  If you are chaperoning, you can meet us at the Vets Auditorium for the 11:30 concert or meet us at school for the 10:30 departure and follow the bus.
  • All field trip permission slips and lunch request forms for our trips to Mystic Aquarium and PawSox are overdue. We are still missing over 50 forms.  Please return the permission slips and lunch forms ASAP and reach out to your child’s teacher if you need a new set. Thank you!
  • Volunteer training is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 8:20 and again at 3:00.  Please join us if you plan to volunteer at LaPerche and have not completed it yet.
  • Reminder that there is no school on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. Check out the Smithfield Town website for information about a Memorial Day service being held at Deerfield Park.
Please visit the LaPerche School website for all of the upcoming events!  

Updates and Reminders from LaPerche--May 2018


Teacher and Staff appreciation week was amazing!  The student artwork, sweet treats, gifts and special notes of thanks were truly incredible and so greatly appreciated.  I am grateful for the way the students adopted other teachers and staff members who were not their teacher. Thank you for making the week so wonderful for all!
Update and reminders from LaPerche:
  • Tonight, Tuesday, May 15 is Orientation Night at Gallagher for all 5th grade students.  Orientation is from 6:00-8:30--See the calendar for all the details.
  • Last day to order LaPerche spirit wear for this year is Friday, May 18.  There are assorted shirts and sweatshirts in the office for you to try on to check the sizes.  Shirts will be delivered to school before the end of the year. Order forms were sent home and can be found in the office.
  • Would you like to volunteer at field day this year?  Field day is scheduled for Friday, June 8 and it is always a favorite day among the students and adults! The flyer was emailed to all families. If you would like a hard copy of the flyer, email Mrs. Bazinet at sbazinet [at] smithgield-ps [dot] org (sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org).
  • As you know, LaPerche School is going to the PawSox on Thursday, June 7.  If you would like to chaperone, the cost for an adult ticket is $8. Students cost $11 to cover the cost of the ticket and the buses.   If you already sent in $11 for the adult ticket, we can certainly put that extra $3 towards the cost of the bus or send you a refund. If you would like a refund, please simply email Mrs. Bazinet at sbazinet [at] smithfiled-ps [dot] org (sbazinet [at] smithfiled-ps [dot] org). If you sent in the permission slip without payment, please send it in a envelope marked with your child’s name, teacher name and field trip name. Thank you!
  • In order to volunteer at LaPerche for field day, in the classroom, or for field trips you must complete volunteer training with Mrs. Dorsey and have a current BCI on file with the Smithfield Police Department.  Our next Volunteer Training is scheduled for Friday, May 25 at 8:20. Training takes 15 minutes. If you need to complete volunteer training and that date does not work for you, email Mrs. Dorsey at jdorsey [at] smithfield-sp [dot] org (jdorsey [at] smithfield-sp [dot] org) to set a time that works for you.
  • We have many additional events scheduled for the remainder of the year.  Please see the calendar for all upcoming events



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Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School is one of four elementary schools in the Smithfield Public School system. Our school is dedicated to Raymond C. LaPerche, a former teacher, principal and superintendent in the Smithfield Public Schools for 41 years. LaPerche first opened its doors in 1968 and presently serves students in kindergarten to grade five.