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.

Essential 55--Rule #5

 At LaPerche, the 5th grade student council teach a different RULE from the book The Essential 55 by Rob Clark every few weeks. Mr. Clark is an award winning teacher who wrote these 55 rules for "discovering the successful student in every child". When the 5th grade student council is asked to chose a new rule, they reflect on what they see happening in the building and choose a rule they feel needs to be introduced or reinforced.

 

Recently the student council chose Rule #5--If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger. This rule applies to all areas of school not just on the playground or in the gym.

 

At Morning Meeting we talked about sportsmanship and the importance of winning with GRACE. This means you give a high five and say good game whether you win or lose.

 

Rule #5 also applies to the classroom. At times, some academic areas come easy to a student. During those times, we may hear him or her say "this is so easy" even when he or she see that others are struggling. We talked to the kids about feeling proud of yourself on the inside but not bragging about your accomplishments. 

 

Feel free to use the same language and refer to RULE #5 at home to reinforce good sportsmanship.

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.