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.

Field Day and Strategic Planning Meeting--Thursday, May 30!!

Field Day is this Thursday, May 30th! Please send your child to school wearing sneakers, comfortable shorts, a t-shirt and SUNSCREEN.
It is scheduled to be 90 degrees!! Please also send your child to school with a water bottle full of ice and water and a hat to block the sun!!  
First grade thru fifth grade will be eating outside on the grass so please send a beach towel to sit on
At 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 30th, please plan to join us for a Strategic Planning meeting for the PTA!! We want, and need, your thoughts and opinions and assistance with planning the course of the PTA!

Student Directory and Online Tool for Kids!

Student Directory
The PTA is in the process of creating a student directory for all LaPerche families that will come home in family folders before the end of school. A directory is perfect for when you want to reach out to a friend over the summer. If you do not want your child’s name, phone number and family email address included in the student directory, please email Sandra Bazinet at sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org (sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org) or call the school at 231-6652 by Friday, May 17thThank you!
Online Library Catalog
At our last PTA meeting, LaPerche librarian, Jen Swartz, introduced the families to the online library catalog she has created for our school. On our library site, Mrs. Swartz has included links to search engines that are excellent tools for kids; links to World Book Encyclopedia for kids, a magazine search engine, links to typing games, etc… There are many tools students can access from the LaPerche site which can be found at www.ricat.net. Once the page opens, scroll down to “LaPerche” and click there. If your child is in third, fourth or fifth grade he/she has been taught how to use this online tool so ask him/her to demonstrate it for you! Thank you to Mrs. Swartz for creating the site and then sharing it with us at the PTA meeting.

April 30, 2013 Town Meeting

Please click play on the below image to view the February 27, 2013 Town Meeting Video.

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
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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.