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

Update from LaPerche--September 2, 2016

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Classroom Assignments are in the mail!!

 With only a few weeks of summer left, are you feeling ready to send your children back to school?  The staff and teachers at LaPerche are busy preparing their classrooms and planning engaging lessons. 2016-2017 is going to be a great year at LaPerche!

Classroom assignments are being mailed to families tomorrow, Saturday, August 13.  You should receive your letter on Monday or Tuesday.  Please shoot an email to jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org (jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org) if you do not receive your letter inTuesday's mail. 

Classroom assignments do not pertain to incoming kindergarten students as teachers will be assigned after kindergarten screenings.

Included with the classroom assignment is a welcome back letter detailing upcoming dates.

For all upcoming dates, visit the school website at http://rles.smithfield-ps.org/laperche-school-calendar.

I look forward to seeing all LaPerche families in a few short weeks! Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

​Julie Dorsey



Summer Learning Opportunities for LaPerche Students

June 21, 2016


Dear LaPerche Families and Students,

Summer is here and with that comes endless hours of fun and relaxation for our students and hopefully some relaxing time for you too!  Throughout the school year, every LaPerche student  made great academic strides and we are depending upon our families to assist us in maintaining those important skills throughout the summer months.

Research tells us that children who don’t read and write outside of school, especially during long breaks such as summer vacation, face a big loss in their academic growth compared to those who do continue learning all year long.  This means the summer months and other breaks from school offer wonderful opportunities for families, caregivers, and out-of-school educators to help improve reading, writing, and math.

How can you as a family member, caregiver, or educator help your child continue learning all summer?  This year we are offering a variety of summer learning opportunities to engage all LaPerche students.  Students who complete their summer learning will be invited to an Outdoor Fun Festival which will take place during school on Friday, September 25.  Choose activities from the list below to provide your child with a balanced learning experience.  The students are not expected to complete all of the activities but they are expected to spend 30-45 minutes (depending on age) 5-6 days a week on summer work.  Additional time can certainly be spent reading for pleasure!

Please feel free to email (jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org) with any questions. I hope you and your family have a safe, relaxing and fun-filled summer break!

Happy Learning,

Mrs. Dorsey


  • Summer Bridge Book--  Don’t forget that you are ordering the book that indicates the grade that your child is leaving and the grade the your child entering.  For my son who is going into 3rd grade, I ordered the Grade 2-3 book. Summer Bridge Books can be ordered online at http://www.summerbridgeactivities.org/. Additionally, Barnes and Noble also has them for sale.


  • Packets from the School-Your child may have received a packet from Mrs. Beckel, Mrs. Ferreira, Mrs. Furtado, Mrs. Wrytral, Mrs. O’Hara or another teacher at LaPerche.

District Summer Reading List--Refer to the Smithfield Public Schools Summer Reading List and choose some interesting books to read. After your child has read the book(s),he/she may choose to complete an independent book project.  A suggested project list can be found on Page 14 of the Summer Reading List.  Families can purchase summer reading books or simply borrow from the library. http://www.smithfield-ps.org/sites/smithfield-ps.org/files/summer%20reading%202013%20final-%20elementary_1_0.pdf


First Day of School for the 2016-2017 School Year

Enjoy the summer with your family and we look forward to seeing all first through fifth graders on Tuesday, August 30 for the first day of school. All incoming kindergarten students should have received a screening invitation for Tuesday, August 30 or Wednesday, August 31.  First day of school for all kindergarten students in Friday, September 2, 2016.  If your child is an incoming kindergarten students and did not receive a kindergarten screening appointment, please email principal, Julie Dorsey at jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org for an appointment. 

Volunteer Training--Thursday, May 12 at 8:15

Are you joining your child's class for a field trip in the next few weeks?  Remember that you need to have completed volunteer training with Mrs. Dorsey and have a current BCI on file.  

Volunteer training needs to be completed once during your child's career at LaPerche but BCI's need to be completed each year.  If you need a new BCI, you can download the form.  There is a link to the form on the right hand side of the school website.  Or you can stop in to school and see Mrs. Bazinet or email her at at sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org and she will send you home the paperwork.  

Our next volunteer training will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 8:15 at LaPerche.  The training will take about 15 minutes. Thank you for volunteering!

LaPerche Olympic Family Night--Wednesday, April 13 5:30-7:30

Please join us for the LaPerche Olympic Family Night on Wednesday, April 13 from 5:30-7:30.  Compete in bowling subtraction, fraction ring toss, coin value target practice and many more Olympic events!

We are all part of Team USA and are ready for a night of investigation, problem solving and game fun! Join us for opening ceremonies at 5:30 on the blacktop!

Show your American pride by dressing in Red, White and Blue and come ready for hands on learning and fun!

PARCC Testing Schedule

This year, LaPerche students will only take the PARCC state assessment once, at the end of April or beginning of May. At LaPerche our goal is to create a stress free environment during state assessments and anytime our students take a test. The students are well prepared for the assessments not because we teach to the test but because we teach the standards and base our curriculum on those standards. The PARCC test was created to test students knowledge of standards.

 Third, fourth and fifth graders will each have 4 sessions of ELA and 3 sessions of math. LaPerche students will take one ELA session in the morning and one Math session in the afternoon. After 3 1/2 days of testing, the grade level will be finished!

 Please do your best not to schedule any doctor or dentist appointments or vacations during testing to avoid the need for make ups. Student taking make ups will be missing institutional time in the classroom. If you have any questions about the testing schedule, please feel free to email or call Mrs. Dorsey at jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org or 231-6652.

 Third and Fourth Grade--Tuesday, April 26-Friday, April 29

Fifth Grade--Tuesday, May 3-Friday, May 6



LaPerche Ledger--March 2016

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Reminder to all third, fourth and fifth grade students:

Please bring your recorders and band instrucments to school on Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29.  We will hold two grade level rehearsals in preparation for the concert on Wednesday, March 30 at Smithfield High School. 

LEAP Afterschool Classes Begin on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

 Visit http://rclaperchepta.org/leap-2/ to sign your child up for Mad Science, Dodge Ball, Animal Adventures, Carpentry, Multi Sports, and more!  Classes being on Tuesday, February 23!

Kindergarten Registration--January 25-28, 2016

Do you have a child who will be coming to Kindergarten in the Fall? Do you know of a Smithfield family who has a Kindergarten age child? If so, kindergarten registration will take place at all Smithfield Elementary Schools from January 25 through 28. If your home school is LaPerche, please call Mrs. Bazinet at 231-6652 to schedule an appointment. Thank you for helping us spread the word.

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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.