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.

Doodle4Google Winner for Rhode Island is Katie Heenan!!

Katie Heenan, a 4th grader at LaPerche Elementary, was recently named the winner of the Doodle4Google competition for all of Rhode Island.  There was one winner for each of the 50 states and Katie is currently competing against the other 49 to be named the National Winner!


Please take a minute to view her Doodle and vote for her at :


Voting closes on Friday, May 10, so please vote ASAP!!

Thank you very much for supporting Katie!

Parent Volunteers needed for the Walking Club

Our walking club is up and running as of today! But, we need parent volunteers to keep it going! Please contact Nicole Selma at nselema [at] gmail [dot] com   if you can help out. The walking club is every Wednesday from 12:12-12:45 and 1:00-1:30. Thanks in advance for your help!!

Science Fair and Plant Sale is May 21st from 5:30-7:30

Science Fair and Plant Sale:
Our annual Science Fair and Plant sale is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st from 5:30-7:30. All students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participate in the Science Fair. All grade level details will be provided by your child’s classroom teacher.  Third through fifth grade are required to prepare a backboard for their project. Our own Cathy Catarina has ordered backboards for the students because she can get them at a significant discount. The cost of each backboard is $2.50The fifth grade teachers asked Cathy to order 2 for each fifth grader because the students will need one for the Science Fair and one for the Author’s Festival. If you have a child in third or fourth grade please send in $2.50 to your child’s teacher. If you have a child in fifth grade, please send in $5.00 to your child’s teacher. Feel free to send in cash or a check made out to LaPerche Elementary. Please know that at LaPerche we realize that times are tight for families and if you are experiencing a financial hardship, feel free to call Julie Dorsey at school and the school will certainly pay for your child’s backboard.

Family Book Fair TONIGHT 4/24/2013

Book Fair TONIGHT!! Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 at LaPerche

PTA Meeting Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2nd, with District Data Manager

PTA Meeting—Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30--Learn How to View your child’s attendance, state testing scores and grades online
Jo Ann Robitaille, the Smithfield Public School Data Manager, is joining us at our PTA meeting. She will be teaching us about Infinite Campus, Smithfield’s online parent portal. 
From Jo Ann:
Using Infinite Campus, parents will be able to see in real time their child’s courses, attendance and state testing scores. Also, parents will have the ability to email teachers and share information per classroom. Furthermore, parents can update their contact information through the parent portal. For the 2013-2014 school year, we are looking forward to adding grading and assignments.
Come on out and join us to learn more and get signed up that night!

Pennies for Patients Total and Class Placement for 2013-2014

Pennies for Patients:
The total is in….LaPerche Families raised $3,886.36 to help find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma!! Wow, were the kids and staff impressed with everyone’s generosity! It was wonderful to see the children work together to raise money for such an important cause. We received buckets of change, stacks of dollars and endless checks. THANK YOU to every family for your contribution. You far surpassed the student original goal of $1,500.00! 
Class Placement for 2013-2014 School Year:
As we head into April, we are beginning to think aboutclass groupings for next year. It is important for families to understand the process for placing students in their classrooms each year. It is the philosophy of the Smithfield Public Schools to place all elementary students in heterogeneously grouped classes which means that students of all academic levels are placed into classrooms together. Much thought goes into class placement and many factors are considered. At LaPerche, a team comprised of the principal, the current grade level teachers and special area teachers will work together to decide appropriate placement for each child. We consider many factors as we create classrooms including student learning styles, adult teaching styles, district and state assessment performance, gender, peer relationships, social development and behavioral considerations and parental input. Please know that we will think about each child as an individual and carefully place her/him in a classroom. However, if you would like to share any academic or social/emotional concerns that you feel should be considered when placing your child, please submit a letter or email (jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org) to me by April 12th. Thank you for your ongoing partnership while we work together to make the best decisions for your child!

Attendance Policy, Websites and Homework Help 3-16-13

Updated Attendance Policy:
At our last School Committee meeting, the board voted to approve a revised attendance policy. The policy was sent home to families but the biggest change is the shift back to requiring a note following any absence.
1.       On the day your child is absent, please call the school to let us know why your child will be absent.
2.       On the day your child returns, please provide a written notification explaining why your child was absent including your child’s name, date of absence and reason for absence. If your child does not return to school with a note, the absence will be marked unexcused. 
If after reading the revisions you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me. 
Websites for Kids:
Do you find yourself looking for websites to send your children to that are educational and fun? Our own librarian, Jen Swartz, has two websites that she wanted to share with LaPerche Families!
Funbrain.com – free educational games, online books (Diary of a Wimpy Kid!), and comics for kids ages preschool through grade 8. The Playground can help parents introduce preschoolers to the Internet and teach them how to manipulate the mouse and keyboard. The games on Funbrain can help build on math and reading skills that students have learned in class, such as spelling, parts of speech, money, and fractions.
Freerice.com - a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Program. Free Rice has two goals: to provide education to everyone for free and to help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people. This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site. Free Rice is an online trivia game with questions in areas such as Math, English, the Humanities, foreign languages, science as well as SAT prep questions. For each correct answer, FreeRice.com will donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Program. Check it out. You’ll get addicted!
Website for Homework Help:
Have you ever found yourself unsure about how to help your child with her/his homework? Khanacademy.org is a free online resource with over 4000 videos covering k-12 academics. Each video is a short, clear description of how to complete an activity. Your child has to divide fractions? Multiply decimals? Watch the video together to refresh your memory! Also, if your child is struggling with a concept, this is a great resource as your child can stop and replay it as many times as necessary to understand the concepts.
Here is the web address to get started: http://www.khanacademy.org/about
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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.