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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November Spirit Day--PJ Day--Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 The November Student council has chosen PJ Day as their spirit day!  Students are welcome to wear PJ's to school on Wednesday, November 18.  Please no slippers or pants that are too long.  

For a list of all spirit days, please visit the "Town Meetings and Spirit Days" tab under Parent Info above.

PTA Meeting, Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30/5th Grade Committee at 7:30

Please join us at our November PTA meeting at 6:30 at LaPerche.  Mrs. Dorsey, school principal, and Ms. Furtado, reading specialist, will present information about our STAR assessment administered to all students in grades K-5. 

5th Grade Committee Meeting will follow at 7:30 where we will discuss plans for our 5th Grade Pasta Dinner scheduled for Friday, December 11.


Costume Day is Friday, October 30

With any spirit day, dressing is optional and students do not have to participate.

If students would like to, they are allowed to wear their school appropriate costume to school. Please nothing too scary that will frighten the little ones!

Here are the do;'s and dont's for Costume Day!

Student's may wear:

* a wig, crown, face paint, tails, wings, gloves with cut off fingers

Student's may not wear:

* masks, fancy shoes, weapons, scary costumes, extra long pants or costume, anything that masks their vision or ability to hold a pencil.

If a student is having difficulty staying focused while in the costume, he or she will be asked to take off the costume so please be sure that your child has on clothes under the costume.

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 13

Come dressed to impress for picture day!

For the latest newsletter from Laperche, visit the following link:


PTA, 5th Grade Committee and Funny4Funds Meetings--Tuesday, October 6 at LaPerche

 Please join us Tuesday, October 6 at LaPerche:

6:30--General PTA Meeting

7:30--5th Grade Committee Meeting

7:30--Funny4Funds Committee Meeting

Volunteer Training

Would you like to volunteer at LaPerche this year?  If so, you need to complete volunteer training with Mrs. Dorsey one time during your child's career at LaPerche.  We have three volunteer training events scheduled. The training takes 15 minutes and will take place in the conference room. Please email Mrs. Bazinet at sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org to let her know you plan to attend.  

Friday, September 11 @ 8:20

Tuesday, September 15 @ 3:30

Thursday, September 17 @ 8:20

Wednesday, September 23 @ 8:20

Thursday, September 24 @ 3:30


In additon to the volunteer training, volunteers need to have a background check completed with the Smithfield Police Department.  Forms can be found on the right hand side of this website. Thank you in advance for volunteering!

First Day of School--Tuesday, September 1, 2015

 The staff at LaPerche is excited to welcome our first through fifth grade and ISE students back to school on Tuesday, September 1.  

Our Kindergarten classes will have a staggered start. 

In order to provide your kindergarten child with an opportunity to learn the routines and begin to navigate the classroom, the school year will begin for Kindergarten students as follows:

·       On Tuesday, September 1st and Wednesday, September 2nd, half of each class will attend school. This will allow an opportunity for students to begin to learn the routines and expectations in a smaller setting. On Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY, Kindergarten students and their families are invited to school at 9:30.  Students will remain at school for the day and be dismissed at the regluar time, 3:20.


·       All Kindergarten students will have their first full day together as a class on Thursday, September 3rd.  Kindergarten start time for Thursday is the same as the rest of the school.  Students can be dropped off starting at 8:20 with Morning Meeting beginning at 8:45.

All kindergarten students were sent a letter in the mail letting them know their start date.  Please email Mrs. Dorsey @ jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org if you do not recieve your letter by Tuesday, August 18. Thank you!

Summer Learning Opportunities for LaPerche Students--June 26, 2015

Please visit the "Summer Reading" tab found under the "Parent Info" tab above for a variety of summer learning opportunites. All students who complete their summer learning will be invited to an Outdoor Fun Festival on Friday, June 25!

Last Day of School-Tuesday, June 23

The last day of school for students is Tuesday, June 23. 

Walk-a-Thon to Benefit Smithfield Animal Shelter-May 26, 2015

Wednesday, May 27 is our annual Walk-a-Thon. As you know the children chose the Smithfield Animal Shelter as the organization that would receive our donations.  Please send in all donations with your child tomorrow. Also, please put sunscreen on your child and send him or her to school with a water bottle, hat or sunglasses, and wearing sneakers.  Thank you for your help making the Walk-a-Thon a success!

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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.