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

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.

Happy New Year! School Reopens on Monday, January 4!

The LaPerche Faculty and Staff look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, January 4 as school reopens after the winder break!  We plan to return to school full of new energy and a fresh excitement for teaching and learning!  We can't wait to see our students!

Polar Express--All Aboard!

LaPerche 1st and 2nd graders are invited to wear their PJ’s and join the Polar Express as it takes off from school tomorrow, Friday, December 18! First and second graders will enjoy hot chocolate as they watch the Polar Express movie.  Students are invited to bring a pillow and blanket to sit on during the movie. All Aboard!!

Town Meeting--Tuesday, December 22 at 9:30

 Plan to join us for our second Town Meeting at 9:30 on Tuesday, December 22! You don't want to miss it!  

The Town Meeting will be hosted by our Principal for the Day, Second Grader, Abby Marzetta!

* Kindergarten Studens to Perform

* First Grade Students to Perform

* Ms. Clough's Second Graders to Perform

* 4th Grade Choir to Perform

* 5th Grade Band to Perform

* November and December Student Council to Perform

* And Mr. Austin's head will be shaved!  

Update From Laperche--November 28, 2015

Please click on, or copy and paste, the link below for more information about our Veteran's Day Ceremony, the responsibilites of Room Parents, Performance Reports, our Thanksgiving Feast and more! 


November Spirit Day--PJ Day--Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 The November Student council has chosen PJ Day as their spirit day!  Students are welcome to wear PJ's to school on Wednesday, November 18.  Please no slippers or pants that are too long.  

For a list of all spirit days, please visit the "Town Meetings and Spirit Days" tab under Parent Info above.

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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.