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.

Principal Blog

Fidget Spinners

Dear Elementary Families,

Happy Friday! We are sure that by now you have heard about "spinners" from your children. Over the past few weeks, we have seen a huge increase in the number of students coming to school with spinners.  As a district, we certainly recognize the need of a fidget for some of our students for therapeutic purposes.  However, the spinners are being used by most students as toys.  Students are spinning them on the top of their water bottles, playing with them in the lunchroom vs. eating their lunches and distracting others during instruction in the classroom.

As of Monday, May 8, students will no longer be allowed to bring spinners to school.  As we always have, our schools will continue to provide appropriate sensory tools for students who need them.


Thank you for your cooperation,

The Smithfield Elementary School Principals 


Smore News from LaPerche --May 3, 2017

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Update from LaPerche--May 1, 2017

Update from LaPerche!!
Amazing Volunteers:
Today, we had an amazing group of students, parents, grandparents and teachers volunteer their time to help prepare the area near the gazebo for planting! It was hard work and the group persevered and are thrilled to report that we are ready for phase 3 of our garden project--PLANTING TIME! Next Monday, May 8, and each Monday going forward, we will meet at 3:30 near the gazebo to work on our garden. Grab your tools, gardening gloves, water bottle and come and join the fun! Pictures were posted on facebook. If you would like access to the pictures, please "friend" Raymond C. LaPerche on facebook and Mrs. Bazinet or I will get you access.  If you are not on facebook, consider creating an account simply to view all the awesome things happening at our school!
Perseverance and Work Ethic:
Today was our first day of PARCC testing for the third and fourth graders.  The students were so focused and put forth their best effort working diligently to share their knowledge.  The teachers were beyond impressed with the work ethic, but as we told them this morning, they have the knowledge and skills to complete the test.  Thank you to all who sent in gum and mints!  We ask you to continue to send it in throughout the testing window.  The kids certainly love this privilege of chewing gum!
Variety Show:
Our annual LaPerche Variety Show will be held on Friday, May 5 starting at 6:00.  Please plan to come out to support our friends who are brave enough to take to the stage to entertain us all! We have 34 acts in all with students from kindergarten through fifth grade prepared to wow you with their talent!
Supporting the Garden Project:
On Friday, May 5, during the Variety Show, the garden committee is hosting a bake sale and concession stand.  We are looking for wonderful LaPerche families to help us raise money for the garden by supplying items for the bake sale.  We are asking for dinner type food (calzones, pizza, etc...), desserts, chips, granola bars, water and anything else you think the crowds will enjoy! PLEASE, NO FOOD WITH NUTS.  THANK YOU!   If you are able to supply an item, please email Mrs. Bazinet at sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org Thank you in advance for your support!!
PTA Meeting
Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 followed by a 5th-grade committee meeting at 7:30!  
See you all soon!


Welcome Back! April 2017

LaPerche Families,
Tomorrow, Monday, April 24, WE head back to school and then after school, WE break ground on our new Edible Ecosystem at LaPerche!!  
Who is we?  WE is all of us at LaPerche!  
Our Revive the Roots leader, Chris English, will guide us tomorrow afternoon as we edge the new beds and lay down the mulch for our garden.  We plan to start right at 3:30 so grab your wheelbarrow and shovels and join us at the gazebo tomorrow at 3:30!
A huge thank you to Apple Valley Earth Products for our first donation! Apple Valley Earth Products is owned by our own Mrs. Harrison and her husband, Joe, and his family.  They donated 8 yards of mulch which we will spread tomorrow over the newly edged garden beds!! Thank you, Apple Valley Earth Products!
We have many needs for our garden including tools, a shed, plants, trees, rain barrels, and more!  If you know of any company that might be interested in supporting this incredible educational opportunity or if you are someone who is comfortable asking for donations, please email me and I will share the donation letter with you. 
I look forward to seeing all of our kids tomorrow at 8:20 and seeing you at 3:30 ready to garden! 
Enjoy the last day of vacation!


Epi Pen Recall--April 2017

There has been another recall. Please visit the site and check all of your epi-pens.
Thank you,
Mrs. Forte
They are also listed below.
HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTSBURGHMarch 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced that Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan's manufacturing partner for EpiPen® Auto-Injector, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This recall is being conducted as a result of the receipt of two previously disclosed reports outside of the U.S. of failure to activate the device due to a potential defect in a supplier component. The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency (failure to activate or increased force needed to activate) and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Both reports are related to the single lot that was previously recalled. The incidence of the defect is extremely rare and testing and analysis across the potentially impacted lots has not identified any units with a defect. However, the recall is being expanded to include additional lots as a precautionary measure out of an abundance of caution.
The recalled product was manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company, and distributed by Mylan Specialty between December 2015 and July 2016. The expanded voluntary recall is being initiated in the U.S. and also will extend to additional markets in EuropeAsia, North and South America.
The recall impacts the 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths of EpiPen Auto-Injector. None of the recalled lots include the authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector, which is also manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies. 
U.S. Impacted Lots:
NDC Number
Lot Number
Expiration Date
EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg
April 2017
EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg
April 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
April 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
May 2017
EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg
September 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
September 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
September 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
September 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
October 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
October 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
October 2017
EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
October 2017
EpiPen 2-pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg
October 2017


A Few Reminders--April 2017

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A Few Reminders From LaPerche--March 2017

* Every Wednesday, students and staff are encouraged to wear their Feinstein sweatshirts or t-shirts--if your child is new to LaPerche and has not received a t-shirt, please let your child's teacher know and we will get one to him or her. Tomorrow is Feinstein Day!

* The February student council chose FANCY DAY as their spirit day. We are celebrating Fancy Day this Thursday, March 9. Dress in your best but please wear safe and appropriate footwear. Thank you!

* On Wednesday, March 1, you should have received an email or paper invitation regarding an Educational and Facility Planing Meeting for all elementary families scheduled for Thursday, March 9 from 6:00-8:00. Please plan to join us at 6:00 at Smithfield High School for this important meeting where we will discuss the long-term elementary facility needs.  Childcare will be provided if needed.  Please click on the link below for more information about the committee meeting and to register your child for care.

* Attached is a brochure about the Smithfield Special Education Local Parent Advisory Committee--Please take a few minutes to read the document and find out how you can get involved.

* Mark your calendars for the LaPerche Spring Music Show scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 from 6:00-8:00.  The show will take place at Smithfield High School.  If you attended last year, you already know how fantastic the show will be under the direction of Mrs. Barrette.  The K-2 show will start at 6:00 and the 3-5 show will start at 7:00.  

* Our next Town Meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 10 at 9:15.  The student council for January and February will be performing and Mrs. Clapprood's class will be sharing a video they made.  The video will be shared via our Facebook page on Friday to inspire us all! For access to our Facebook page please "friend" Raymond. C. LaPerche and Mrs. Baizinet or I will grant you access.  Thank you!

* Our Broadway Bound production is scheduled to take place at Woonsocket High School on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00.  We have a fantastic group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders ready to take the stage and perform for you!  One of the best things about last year was that so many students who were not in the show came out to support their friends.  Please consider joining us at Woonsocket High School to celebrate a talented group of students!

* For all upcoming events, please visit the LaPerche webpage at http://rles.smithfield-ps.org/. Click on parent info and calendar.  

Thank you,
Julie Dorsey

Update from LaPerche--February 2017--Edible Ecosystem, Kindness Poem Contest and more...

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Nurse's Newsletter--February 2017

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Updates from LaPerche--January 31, 2017

TomorrowWednesday, February 1, is the January spirit day!  The student council has chosen mix-match day where you can wear your clothes inside out or mix match! Crazy/mix match hair is encouraged too!

* On Thursday, February 2, we have a PTA meeting scheduled for 6:30.  Please plan to come and join us!
* We have two Volunteer Trainings scheduled for this week, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 1 at 8:30 am and Friday, February 3 at 9:00 am.  Please plan to join us if you need to complete volunteer training!
* 5th Grade Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00.
* Family skate is scheduled for Sunday, February 12 from 12:00-2:00 at Smithfield Ice Rink.  This skating event is also open to the public. 
* Please send your child to school with snow clothes tomorrow and every day we have snow including snow pants, boots, gloves and a hat.  If your child does not have snow pants, feel free to send an additional pair of pants instead.
Stay safe and warm!!
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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.