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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Will you write a letter to a soldier? Letters are due 11-30-2012

Pack It Up-Letters to Soldiers:
In 2004, my family started an organization called Pack It UP. At Pack It Up, our mission is to make sure our troops who are stationed overseas know without a doubt that those of us back home are thinking of them, hoping for their safe return. We send over care packages to our contacts who distribute what we send to all the troops. We are getting ready to pack up our stockings on December 1st and we need your help to fill them with letters! We send about 1000 stockings---red paper bags---filled with all sorts of goodies but we always hear that the best part is the letters that are placed in each stocking. We like to send each soldier about 4-5 letters so we need 4000-5000!! 
I am asking each family to write some letters to go into the stockings! A great time to spend a few minutes writing letters is at Thanksgiving. As we all share what we are thankful for I am sure many of you think about the soldiers who are far from family. Please take a few minutes to write some letters! Below is the letter my sister sent out last week to rally everyone for this year’s letter writing campaign. When you have a minute check out the website so you can find out more information and learn about our past and current contacts! http://packitup.org/
Please have your child bring the letters into school by Friday, November 30th!! Thanks for your help!
 
Hi Supporters,
We are getting ready for our annual holiday packaging frenzy! Every year for the past 8 years, Pack It Up has sent out 1,000 Holiday Stockings full of candy, trinkets and most importantly letters from you (about 4 letters per stocking).
We are planning the same thing this year and we are packaging up on December 1st. This gives you about 3 weeks to write some letters and get them in the mail to us to make sure they arrive by Friday, November 30th. We hope you are up to the task! Many folks do their letters around Thanksgiving which this year is on the 22nd.
Letters should be from your heart, non political and full of gratitude for their sacrifice and service. We need about 4000 letters. You can write multiple letters - they will go to different people. We love getting the kids letters and pictures, but ask that you give clear direction on what should be written - for example: drawing a flag and writing "thank you" for our littlest supporters. We find that giving an outline and a focus of what school age kids should write works very well. Thank you for ________________. I appreciate you because ___________________. I think you're brave because ________________________.
Most of all, we need letters written from you to them so they know they are not forgotten and their sacrifice is appreciated.

Flu Clinic on 11-20-2012

Flu Clinic on Tuesday:
On Tuesday, LaPerche Elementary will be hosting a flu clinic at the school from 4-6:30.   You may register online at www.thewellcomp.com/school and the form will be sent directly to the clinic or you can simply fill out the consent when you arrive at the clinic.
The Rhode Island Department of Health encourages your entire family to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza. Your family will have the choice to receive the FluMist or the injectable vaccine. Although insurance information will be collected, there is no out of pocket cost for ANY child regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.
For more information visit www.health.ri.gov or call the health department information line at 401-222-5920

Weekly Update 11-14-12

 Thanksgiving Feast for LaPerche Students – Responses due November 16

Our Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for Monday, November 19th during lunch times.  Please complete the return slip indicating your child’s preference and return it by Friday, November 16th! The PTA will purchase lunch for each student as indicated on that form. Morning Kindergarten will participate in a special snack.  For parents who have participated in the Thanksgiving Feast in past years, this is a change from tradition. Due to district changes, the PTA must partner with Aramark to provide the food for this type of event during school hours. Therefore, the donations that were requested for this dinner and much appreciated in the past, may now be donated to the Thanksgiving Food Drive going on now at LaPerche. Parents are welcome, as always, to continue to participate in this event to assist with serving food to the children. The Feast has always been a great way to build a sense of community in the school, and we look to continue that tradition for years to come! Please contact Ruth Semerjian at ruthsimon1 [at] cox [dot] net if you would like to volunteer!
Thanksgiving Food Drive – Deadline Extension until Friday, November 16th
The Feinstein food drive has been extended!! When we give, Mr. Feinstein gives back.  He will donate one dollar to LaPerche for every food item we collect.  Last year we collected over 2000 items.  As of this morning we had collected 642.  Please send in your donations by Friday, November 16th!!  Thanks for all you do to support the Smithfield Food Bank and in turn, LaPerche School!
Please visit http://rclaperchepta.org/2012/11/food-drive-for-local-families-in-need/ for more information about the food drive.
Report Cards Come Home Wednesday, November 14th!
Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th, your child will come home from school with her/his report card.  Please spend a few minutes sitting and reflecting with your child.  Always start with the positives and celebrate the successes, and then discuss any areas of concern.  Perhaps you could have your child set a personal goal for the next quarter.  I would suggest recording and displaying that goal in a prominent place to facilitate ongoing discussions and periodic check- ins.
I had the opportunity to read the report cards and I am quite proud of your children!!  My goal was to include a personal comment on each report card but I only made it through half.  Next quarter, I plan to comment on the other half.  Please explain that to your child if she/he shares that friends or siblings received a comment from me.  I will do the same at Morning Meeting.  I look forward to seeing everyone at conference night which is Thursday, November 15th.  If you have not scheduled a time with your child’s teacher, please call the school at 231-6652 to do so. 

PTA Meeting tonight with Mr. O'Brien and Mrs. Morisseau 11-13-2012

Where will you be tonight? Hopefully with us at LaPerche as we welcome Mr. O’Brien, Superintendent of Smithfield, and Mrs. Morisseau, Assistant Superintendent, to our PTA meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 in the library! Hope to see you there!!

Video: 10.26.2012 Town Meeting

Thank you to all the parents and friends of R.C. LaPerche School who attended the October 26 Town Meeting.  During the meeting, a video was shared that captured the first few weeks of school.  For those who could not attend the meeting, you are invited to watch the video below. 

 

Weekly Update 11-2-2012

 

Auction Night:
Last chance!  You are invited to the PTA Auction Night set for November 3rd, 7 p.m. at Twelve Acres in Smithfield.  Please visit http://rclaperchepta.org/events/laperche-night-out/ for more information and to purchase tickets. Also, you may purchase tickets at the door! Hope to see you there! 
Food Drive to support Smithfield families and the local food bank:
From November 1st-12th, LaPerche Elementary will be participating in a food drive. Some of the donated items will be used to create Thanksgiving baskets for LaPerche families and the rest will go to restock the Smithfield Food Pantry. Alan Shawn Feinstein and the Feinstein Foundation will donate $1 to LaPerche for every food item we donate. Last year, LaPerche donated over 2000 items which means we earned over $2000.00!! Let’s all work together to break that record!! 
Volunteer for Recess on Fridays:
We are looking for a few volunteers to join us for recess on Friday afternoons from 1:00-1:30 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. If you are interested, please email or call our wonderful school secretary, Debbie Cerullo at 231-6652.
School Store:
Due to the large number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders who would like to purchase items from the school store, we have decided to designate a day for each. School store will be open during lunch on Tuesdays for 1st grade, Wednesdays for 2nd grade and Thursdays for 3rd grade. 4th and 5th grade will continue to have access to the school store on Thursdays. If your child comes home and tells you there was no school store on a particular day, she may be right. Currently, our supply is low and we are ordering more items. 
Walking to Morning Meeting:
When the bell rings at Morning Meeting, many of our students are running to line and pushing and shoving to get to the front. Almost every day, a student starts the day in Mrs. Sepe’s office. Today at Morning Meeting we practiced how to walk to line when the bell rings. Can you please talk with your child about the importance of following this rule. Thanks for your help!
Health and Wellness:
Just a reminder that our Health and Wellness policy calls for healthy snacks anytime there is a classroom celebration. Suggestions include: fruit, cheese and crackers, hummus and pretzels, assorted veggies, fruit smoothies, cheese sticks, yogurt tubes
Please do not send Halloween candy to school with your child. Thank you!

School is Closed-Monday, October 29th!

Due to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, school is closed on Monday, October 29th.  Details will be provided as soon as they are received.  Stay dry and safe!

Almost Weekly Update 10-24-2012

 

Town Meeting:
TIME CHANGE!! Town Meeting will start at 2:15 not 2:00 and is scheduled for tomorrow, October 26, 2012.   This extra 15 minutes will allow Mr. Newman enough time to set up the cafeteria!   All are invited to attend. The student council members from September and October will be presenting at the meeting and the third grade will be performing. We look forward to seeing you then!
Auction Night:
Last chance!  You are invited to the PTA Auction Night set for November 3rd, 7 p.m. at Twelve Acres in Smithfield.  Attached is a list of raffle and auction items, as well as a description of the 50/50 Putting Game and LaPerche Raffle Board, where you have a chance to win a Kindle Fire! If you purchase tickets before Friday, October 26th, you will be entered into a raffle to win a free Dunkin Donuts basket!  (If you have already registered, you will automatically be entered) Please visit http://rclaperchepta.org/events/laperche-night-out/ for more information and to purchase tickets. Thank You! 
Morning Drop Off:
As you know, in the morning parents are welcome to drop students off anytime between 8:20 and 8:50 am. Dropping during this time allows your child(ren) time to play and socialize before school begins. Arriving after 8:50, when Morning Meeting had already begun, mean students are late to school. Please come into the building with your child and sign him/her in late. Please do not drop students without signing them in when the meeting has begun and students are in line. 
As a mom who drops off kids every morning, I truly realize the drop off line can get long when it is close to the start of school. However, cars may not pass the buses when the yellow lights are flashing and the STOP sign is visible. 
When you arrive, please look for the staff member directing traffic and pull all the way forward so we can maximize the amount of space we have to unload students. PLEASE STAY IN THE RIGHT LANE AND HAVE YOUR CHILDREN EXIT THE CAR ON THE SIDEWALK SIDE!! And then wait for the car or bus in front of you to pull away before exiting. Thank you for your help keeping all of our children safe!
5th Grade Band Instruments:
We are so thrilled to bring Band back to the 5th grade and are enjoying the music coming out of the classroom! We are however, having quite a few students who need to call home for instruments every Monday and Friday. Today, I let the 5th graders know that we will no longer be calling home for instruments. Please continue to help your child remember his/her instrument for band practice. Thank you!
Early Dismissal:
Please send a note to school when your child needs to be dismissed early. If it is a last minute dismissal, please call the school on your way to ensure the teacher has a few minutes to prepare and organize any materials your child may need to take home that evening. The main number is 231-6652. We appreciate your help!
 
October Spirit Day:
Our October student council has chosen Costume Day as our spirit day for the month of October. Students are invited to wear costumes to school on Wednesday, October 31st. Listed below are the costume guidelines:
·         Please wear sneakers with all costumes; leave the high heeled shoes at home!
·         Please keep your face uncovered and refrain from wearing masks or any face make-up!
·         Please keep all swords and other weapons that go with your costume at home!
·         For those classes that have PE that day, please plan to wear your PE clothes under your costume so you will be able to participate!
School Store:
The amount of students who would like to purchase items from the school store during 1st-3rd lunch is so large that we need to choose a day for each grade level. Going forward, the schedule for school store for will be Wednesday, first grade, Thursday, second grade and Friday, third grade. The store will be open every Thursday for 4th and 5th graders during lunch time.  All items are less than $2.00 each.

Fit Kids Fun Run 10-18-2012

Join Mr. Gruczka on Saturday, October 20, 2012 for the Fit Kids Fun Run. Registration at 9:00 and the races begin at 10:00 at Smithfield High School. Check out the website for more information!! www.fitkidsfunrun.com

Almost Weekly Update 10-16-2012

Book Groups featuring our own Mrs. Swartz:
Our librarian, Mrs. Swartz, is hosting two different books groups at the East Smithfield Public Library. The first is for 4th and 5th graders and their parent/caregiver and begins this Thursday October 18th at 4:00 and the second is for 3rd graders and their parents/caregiver and begins next Thursday, October 25th at 4:30. What a wonderful way for parents to join with their child and explore some interesting texts!
New Student Lunch:
All of our LaPerche friends who are new to the school in grades 1st-5th should have received an invitation to a special lunch with Mrs. Dorsey on Thursday, October 18th. We are planning a “get to know you” pizza party!! If your child does not like pizza, he/she is certainly welcome to bring his/her own lunch. Please let Mrs. Dorsey know if your child is a new friend and did not receive an invitation. Thanks! Jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org
Town Meeting:
Our first Town Meeting will be held on Friday, October 26th at 2:00. All are invited to attend. The student council members from September and October will be presenting at the meeting and the third grade will be performing. We look forward to seeing you then!
October Spirit Day:
Our October student council has chosen Costume Day as our spirit day for the month of October. Students are invited to wear costumes to school on Wednesday, October 31st. Listed below are the costume guidelines:
·         Please wear sneakers with all costumes; leave the high heeled shoes at home!
·         Please keep your face uncovered and refrain from wearing masks or any face make-up!
·         Please keep all swords and other weapons that go with your costume at home!
·         For those classes that have PE that day, please plan to wear your PE clothes under your costume so you will be able to participate!
School Store:
Our school store officially opens this Thursday, October 18th with our student council members as store employees.  All items are less than $2.00 each. The store will be open every Thursday during lunch time.
 
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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.