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's Message

August 15, 2014

Dear LaPerche Families:

On behalf of LaPerche faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year! The dedicated staff at LaPerche is busy preparing for the start of school. LaPerche staff members, in partnership with you, are committed to ensuring that your child is engaged in amazing learning opportunities that stir creativity, cultivate thinking, and optimize your child’s whole learning experience.

I want to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families and students! In order to provide new students the opportunity to become more comfortable navigating the school grounds, I am hosting a new student tour on Tuesday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. or Thursday, August 21 at 2:30 p.m. During the tour your child can visit his/her classroom, meet the school secretary, tour the library and much more. Please email or call our school secretary, Mrs. Bazinet, at sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org or 231-6652 to let her know if you and your child will be attending the tour.

I strongly encourage everyone to come out to the PTA meetings! Our PTA is very energetic and full of ideas, but we are ALWAYS looking for new members to bring their own experiences and suggestions. Our first PTA meeting is Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 in the LaPerche library. Together we will continue to plan engaging and educational programs to enrich the lives of our children! Please visit our PTA website at http://rclaperchepta.org/ for additional information.

Our school day begins at 8:50 with morning supervision beginning at 8:20. Again this year, our mornings will begin together with a school wide daily Morning Meeting. The meeting will be held outdoors or indoors depending on the weather. Morning Meeting will begin promptly at 8:45 and last approximately five to ten minutes. During this time, announcements will be made, successes celebrated, and expectations will be reviewed. We will also announce birthdays and end our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. It is a daily opportunity to begin the process of building a relationship as a school family!! Please feel free to join us for Morning Meeting when we are outdoors. To ensure the safety of all, please plan to stand off to the side so we can monitor what adults are in the area. Thank you!

If you would like to contact any LaPerche staff member you may call the school at 231-6652. Furthermore, each staff member has an email address. All email addresses can be found on the LaPerche website under the “Staff Directory” tab. The website can be found at http://rles.smithfield-ps.org/.

I am pleased to announce new faces you will see at LaPerche Elementary School:

• Mr. James Connell--Physical Education and Health Teacher

LaPerche Families, My name is James Connell, Jr. and I am excited to return to your school as the new PE/Health teacher. I have been teaching Physical/Health Education for the past 5 years at the elementary school level and had the privilege of teaching at LaPerche a few years ago. My hope is to motivate and mentor your children to grow and become strong, healthy learners. I look forward to meeting you all in the near future.

• Mrs. Celine Forte--School Nurse Teacher

Hello LaPerche Families, I am excited to begin my practice here at LaPerche as your new School Nurse Teacher. I have had the pleasure of being at Winsor Elementary School for the past 20 years and am thrilled to continue my journey at LaPerche. A little bit more about myself: I have three children, Antonio, Nicholas and Monique. Nicholas will be beginning his college career at Maine Maritime in Castine Maine this fall. Antonio has already graduated from college and is looking at graduate schools. Monique will be a Junior in high school and has just received her driver’s license. I love to travel and have traveled to China, Italy, Croatia, and Vienna, and am planning on traveling to France and Germany next summer. I have a weakness for all things chocolate!

Please don't hesitate to call me for any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. My goal, for this year, is to get to know all of our students, parents, teachers and staff within our LaPerche community. I am looking forward to my new home here at LaPerche Elementary School.

As we begin this school year together, I want to again express my commitment to open, positive communication within our school community and between LaPerche School and the Smithfield community. I have an open door policy which begins day one. Feel free to stop in with any concerns or suggestions you might have!

Together, we will work to achieve success for each LaPerche child and his/her family. Welcome back and thank you for trusting that we always do what is best for our children and that we will continue to work in partnership with you.


Warmest Regards,


Julie Dorsey

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.