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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Facebook Page Has Launched--November 2016

The Raymond C. LaPerche facebook page has launched!  When on Facebook, search for Raymond C. LaPerche and then friend us.  Mrs. Bazinet or I will accept the friend request and then you can view the posts and photos and see what's happening at LaPerche!

Update from LaPerche--October 28, 2016

When you have a minute, please read the latest update from LaPeche!  

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Nurse's Newsletter for October 2016

When you have a minute, please take a look at the Nurse's Newsletter for October 2016. Depending on your browser, you may click on the link below or copy and paste the link into a new window.

Thank you!
Mrs. Forte
School Nurse Teacher

Update from LaPerche--October 10, 2016

Please take a minute to read the latest update from LaPerche! Depending on your browser, you may need to copy and paste the link into a new window or simply click on the link below. 


PTA Meeting followed by 5th Grade Committee Meeting

 Please join us on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 for our PTA meeting.  5th Grade Committee Meeting will follow at 7:30!  

Update from LaPerche--September 27, 2016

When you have some time, please take a few minutes to read the latest update from LaPerche!  Depending on  your browser, you may need to click the link or copy and paste into another window.  Happy Reading!! Thank you!


Update from LaPerche--September 9, 2016

Please take a minute to read this update from LaPerche including information about an exciting start to our day, building reading stamina, flexible seating and details about open house. We hope to see everyone on Thursday night, September 15, between 5:30 and 7:30 for Open House and Friday night, September 16, for our back to school BBQ starting at 5:30. 


Update from LaPerche--September 2, 2016

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Classroom Assignments are in the mail!!

 With only a few weeks of summer left, are you feeling ready to send your children back to school?  The staff and teachers at LaPerche are busy preparing their classrooms and planning engaging lessons. 2016-2017 is going to be a great year at LaPerche!

Classroom assignments are being mailed to families tomorrow, Saturday, August 13.  You should receive your letter on Monday or Tuesday.  Please shoot an email to jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org (jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org) if you do not receive your letter inTuesday's mail. 

Classroom assignments do not pertain to incoming kindergarten students as teachers will be assigned after kindergarten screenings.

Included with the classroom assignment is a welcome back letter detailing upcoming dates.

For all upcoming dates, visit the school website at http://rles.smithfield-ps.org/laperche-school-calendar.

I look forward to seeing all LaPerche families in a few short weeks! Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

​Julie Dorsey



Summer Learning Opportunities for LaPerche Students

June 21, 2016


Dear LaPerche Families and Students,

Summer is here and with that comes endless hours of fun and relaxation for our students and hopefully some relaxing time for you too!  Throughout the school year, every LaPerche student  made great academic strides and we are depending upon our families to assist us in maintaining those important skills throughout the summer months.

Research tells us that children who don’t read and write outside of school, especially during long breaks such as summer vacation, face a big loss in their academic growth compared to those who do continue learning all year long.  This means the summer months and other breaks from school offer wonderful opportunities for families, caregivers, and out-of-school educators to help improve reading, writing, and math.

How can you as a family member, caregiver, or educator help your child continue learning all summer?  This year we are offering a variety of summer learning opportunities to engage all LaPerche students.  Students who complete their summer learning will be invited to an Outdoor Fun Festival which will take place during school on Friday, September 25.  Choose activities from the list below to provide your child with a balanced learning experience.  The students are not expected to complete all of the activities but they are expected to spend 30-45 minutes (depending on age) 5-6 days a week on summer work.  Additional time can certainly be spent reading for pleasure!

Please feel free to email (jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org) with any questions. I hope you and your family have a safe, relaxing and fun-filled summer break!

Happy Learning,

Mrs. Dorsey


  • Summer Bridge Book--  Don’t forget that you are ordering the book that indicates the grade that your child is leaving and the grade the your child entering.  For my son who is going into 3rd grade, I ordered the Grade 2-3 book. Summer Bridge Books can be ordered online at http://www.summerbridgeactivities.org/. Additionally, Barnes and Noble also has them for sale.


  • Packets from the School-Your child may have received a packet from Mrs. Beckel, Mrs. Ferreira, Mrs. Furtado, Mrs. Wrytral, Mrs. O’Hara or another teacher at LaPerche.

District Summer Reading List--Refer to the Smithfield Public Schools Summer Reading List and choose some interesting books to read. After your child has read the book(s),he/she may choose to complete an independent book project.  A suggested project list can be found on Page 14 of the Summer Reading List.  Families can purchase summer reading books or simply borrow from the library. http://www.smithfield-ps.org/sites/smithfield-ps.org/files/summer%20reading%202013%20final-%20elementary_1_0.pdf


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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.