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.

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!

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.