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

Guitar Lessons at LaPerche-October 2014

Is your child interested in learning how to play the guitar?  We are now offering guitar lessons at LaPerche on Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:00-8:45.  Please email Mrs. Bazinet for an application at sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org or call LaPerche at 231-6652.

After School Enrichment Classes--Sign Up Today! September 26, 2014

Our after school enrichment classes (LEAP) are quickly filling up. Tuesday LEAP classes begin on September 30 and Thursday LEAP classes begin on October 9--Tuesday start date was changed due to Election Day!!  If you would like to register your child for any class, please visit the PTA website at http://rclaperchepta.org/leap-2014/  for registration information and class descriptions. This fall we are offering :

                              i.      Hip Hop Dance--3 spots left!!

                              ii.     Creative Writing

                              iii.    Flag Football

                              iv.     Card Making--4 spots left!!

                              v.      Stop Motion Animation--2 spots left!!

                              vi.      F.A.S.T. Sports

                              vii.     Carpentry—1 spot left!!

BE....KIND--School Wide Challenge

 Has your child been extra kind this week?  Hopefully so because KIND is our word of the week!  Right now we have a school wide challenge of acting KIND towards all at all times!  Students are writing down acts of kindness on colored hearts and displaying them in the main foyer.  If your child is KIND at home encourage him/her to complete a heart and hang it on the wall.  During lunch I showed a video from Kid President who shared the “20 things We Need to Say More Often”. When you have a chance, rewatch it and discuss it with your child! Kindergarten has not seen it yet!



Class Clone Spirit Day--Friday, September 26

 Our September student council has chosen their spirit day! Friday, September 26 is CLASS CLONE DAY!!  Classrooms will determine a theme such as “Hat Day” or “Sunglasses Day” and the whole class will participate together!  Look for information to be coming home from your child’s teacher about the class theme. 

PTA and 5th Grade Committee Meeting--Wednesday, September 10

Come out to LaPerche tomorrow night and join us for our first PTA meeting of the year.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 from 6:30-7:30. 

Immediately following the PTA meeting will be a 5th Grade Committee Meeting that will run from 7:30-8:30. At the 5th grade meeting, the results of the student survey will be shared!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 2 @ 7:00 in the LaPerche Library--5th Grade Committee Meeting-

This is a meeting all 5th grade parents will want to attend! Students will be included in future events, but this meeting is geared to parents. The 5th grade parent group was created and is maintained to provide 5th grade students opportunities to strengthen relationships with their peers through social events as they begin their transition to the middle school.  We hope to see you there!

Week of September 2--Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 4 @ 5:30--Volunteer Training--If you would like to volunteer at school this year, you must complete volunteer training with Mrs. Dorsey and a BCI check with the Smithfield Police Department.  Volunteer Training needs to be completed once during your child's time at LaPerche. If you plan to attend volunteer training on Thursday, please email Mrs. Bazinet at sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org (sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org).

Thursday, September 4 from 6:00-8:00--Open House at LaPerche-Come out to LaPerche to meet your child's teacher, tour the school and visit with other families.  Students are invited to attend!  At 6:45, Smithfield Superintendent, Robert O'Brien, and Assistant Superintendent, Bridget Morisseau, will join us in the cafeteria for an informational session about elementary school configuration.

Friday, September 5--All Summer Work Signature Forms are due TODAY! This form is your child's ticket to the summer work movie reward to be held on Friday, September 19. The form can be found under "parent info", then "summer reading list" then scroll to the bottom of the page.

Friday, September 5 @5:30--Back to School BBQ at LaPerche--Please join us as we welcome old and new friends back to school with a BBQ!  Chainsaw artist, Mike Higgins, will be there to create a unique work of art for LaPerche.  This is an event you do not want to miss! 

Teacher Assignments--August 16, 2014

Is your child excited to learn who her/his teacher will be? Teacher assignments were mailed to students on August 15.  If you do not recieve your letter by Monday, August 18, please call Mrs. Bazinet at 231-6652 to inquire.  


Below is information about the volunteer background checks performed by the Smithfield Police Department.  All school volunteers need a new BCI check for the 2014-2015 school year. 


To have a background check done at the Smithfield Police Station, volunteers MUST be Smithfield residents.  Volunteers must complete the Smithfield Police Authorization for Release of Information form in its entirety and return the completed form, along with a clear and legible photo copy of a driver’s license or photo I.D., to the Smithfield Police Department, located at 215 Pleasant View Avenue.  The police department will not make photo copies of your driver’s license or photo I.D.  Completed forms are to be put into a designated mail slot in the front lobby (to the right of the entrance), at the Smithfield Police Department.  Detectives will process the background checks within 2 to 3 business days and will notify the volunteer and school department by e-mail.

Authorization for Release of Information forms are available at each school, each school’s website (on the right hand side of this website), and the Smithfield Police Department website (www.smithfieldpd.com).


Non-Smithfield residents

Non-Smithfield residents must inquire at the police station in the town they reside in, or go to the RI Attorney General’s Office in Providence.  The police department in the town you reside in will have their own authorization for Release of Information form.  If you are not a Smithfield resident you must contact the police station in the town you reside in for their process.

Non-Smithfield residents will be required to bring in the original BCI results to the Superintendent’s office.


2014-2015 School Calendar

 For a copy of the 2014-2015 Smithfield School Calendar visit http://www.smithfield-ps.org/sites/smithfield-ps.org/files/infopage/School%20Calendar%202014-2015.pdf



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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.