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.

LEAP Registration is OPEN!! Classes begin Tuesday, October 15

Sponsored by the R.C. LaPerche PTA, the After School Enrichment Program (LEAP) provides a safe environment beyond school hours in the Fall and Spring where students have the opportunity to participate in activities and socialize with friends. LEAP offers exciting activities which offers programs for children to be healthier and happier, including sports, art activities and dance. From the classroom to the playground, students spend out-of-school hours in safe and stimulating environment. All program leaders are respectful and positive toward students, mindful of the importance of appropriate role models.


Visit http://rclaperchepta.org/leap/ for more information about classes and prices.  Thank you to Valorie Poirier for running the LEAP program!!


Huge Multi-Family Yard Sale at LaPerche-- Saturday, September 28--9:00-2:00

The 5th Grade class is having a multi-family yard sale on the grounds of Raymond C. LaPerche School on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The yard sale is from 9am-2pm. Items will include: clothes, household items, games, dvd/vhs tapes, furniture. There will also be coffee, candy, popcorn and baked goods for sale. Proceeds from yard sale will help to off set the costs of activities the 5th grade class will be doing throughout the school year Please come and support us!!!!

Back-to-School BBQ and Movie Night--Friday, September 6th

Please join us for our Family Back-to-School BBQ and movie night scheduled for tonight, Friday, September 6th at 5:00! The cost is $5 per person and capped at $25 for a family! The event begins at 5:00 and families are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs! Hope to see you there!

Classroom Supply Lists-August 2013

A link to the school supply lists by grade level can be found under the "Parent Info" link at the top of this page.

Summer Learning-July and August 2013

Summer reading lists are now on the district home page and include independent reading activities to go along with summer reading.
Also, each student was sent home with a summer learning packet. In order to attend the outdoor fun festival students must return the packet and three independent reading activities from the summer reading list by September 13th.
 If you are looking for additional work, we recommend the Summer Bridge workbooks. At the top of the book there will be two grades listed. Choose the book that represents the grade your child is leaving and the one she is entering. For example, my daughter is going into third grade so I would choose the 2/3 book. You can get these books online for $10-$15. 
For math fluency practice, we recommend signing your child up at xtramath.org. It is a free program which will help your child master his math facts. If your child can answer the fact in under three seconds, he has mastered it. It took me about three minutes to sign my three children up for the program and the practice sessions are short, just a few minutes long. The program will show you which facts your child has mastered and which he still needs to work on.

June 17, 2013 Town Meeting

Please click play on the below video to watch the June 17, 2013 Town Meeting video.  Have a safe and wonderful summer!


Summer Learning Opportunities in RI from the Rhode Island Department Of Education

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Alton Jones Summer Camps offer outdoor environmental education that encourages scientific inquiry and discovery for students. Various day and overnight camps, located in West Greenwich. For more information, see http://www.uri.edu/ajc/eec/camp.htm


Audubon Society of RI offers nature day camps that connect students (pre-K through 7th grade) to the environment through interactive outdoor activities; Bristol and Smithfield locations



Brown Summer Sports Camps cater to student athletes in a variety of sports



Community Environmental College is a summer program run by the Environmental Justice League that offers engages high school students in interactive educational coursework and activities



Get Fresh - Buy Local sponsored by the Department of Environmental Management will link you to farm stands, Pick-it-yourself farms, and farmers markets



Places to Play in Rhode Island is an illustrated collection of parks and recreational venues drawn completely by preschoolers! Venues range from the Roger Williams Park Zoo to museums to local parks. More information at



Rhode Island State Parks offer a wealth of summer camping and other outdoors activities



Save the Bay offers educational opportunities through its Beachfront Aquarium and summer camps.



URI Summer Garden School offers classes on gardening and botanicals at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence, RI. For more information, see




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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.