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, 2017

Dear LaPerche Families:

On behalf of LaPerche faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year!   LaPerche staff members have been busy preparing the classrooms to welcome your child to the new school year!  Teachers spend countless hours throughout the summer reading new literature, investigating current teaching practices and planning an engaging and exciting transition back to the classroom! Let’s go!

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 Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00.  During the tour, your child can visit his/her classroom, meet the school secretary, tour the library and much more. There is no need to call and register, simply join us at LaPerche at 10:00 on the day of the tour.  I look forward to meeting you all!

Do you have a desire to get more involved this year at LaPerche?  Our PTA members are very energetic and full of ideas, but we are ALWAYS looking for new members to come and bring their own experiences and suggestions.   Our first PTA meeting is Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30 in the LaPerche library. Our first Fifth Grade Committee Meeting will be held right after the PTA meeting at 7:30.  If your child is going to be a fifth grader at LaPerche, please plan to join us as we plan an exciting year for our fifth graders.  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.

The first day of school for first through fifth grade students is Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  Kindergarten students have been invited to a screening and then will have their first day as a whole class on Friday, September 1, 2017. If your kindergarten child has not received a screening time, please email our school secretary, Mrs. Sandra Bazinet, at sbazinet [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org for an appointment. Thank you!

Our school day begins at 8:50 with morning supervision beginning at 8:20. Families are welcome to drop students off starting at 8:20 for outdoor or indoor supervised play.  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 minutes. Please make every effort to get your child to school on time for school everyday.  During Morning Meeting, 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 our First Day Celebration on Tuesday, August 29 at 8:45 and at any Morning Meeting throughout the year.  To ensure the safety of all, please plan to stand at the back of the cafeteria when inside or off to the side when outside so we can monitor what adults are in the area.  Thank you!

Please mark your calendars for two exciting events.  Open House at LaPerche is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13 from 5:30-7:30.  This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and other support professionals, visit the classrooms and tour the school. On Friday, September 15th please join us at the Back To School Celebration being held on the playground at LaPerche beginning at 5:30 pm. More details to follow.  

I am pleased to announce some changes and new faces you will see at LaPerche Elementary School during the upcoming school year. Mrs. Elefsiades has joined Mr. Austin in fifth grade and is our new fifth grade teacher.  Mrs. Clapprood has become our new librarian, Ms. Deroche will be our new building paraprofessional and taking her role as an ISE paraprofessional will be Mrs. Melo.  Also, we welcome Miss Brush as a new speech language pathologist!  Additionally, we hired a new third and a new fourth grade teacher and Ms. Paolino was recently married and is now Mrs. Friel.  Check out below for a word from our library media specialist and third and fourth grade teachers.

Mrs. Melissa Clapprood-New Library Media Specialist--Hello Everyone!  I am very excited to be starting the 2017-2018 school year as the new librarian!  I look forward to introducing your children to new literature and authors and hope to contribute to their love of reading.  We will be learning about how libraries are set up, what they have to offer and most importantly, how to locate information and conduct research.  In this age of the internet, it is incredibly important that we teach our children how to locate appropriate and accurate resources.  We will also be exploring different technologies, such as coding, and creating some new products as the students learn to work collaboratively and independently.  I will be more than happy to provide you with tips for reading with your children and resources for using technology safely at home!  

Miss. Alyssa Martino-New Third Grade Teacher-   I am SO excited to return to the wonderful school community at LaPerche! Three years ago, I was a student teacher in Mrs. Moretti’s 3rd grade classroom.  Being hired as a 3rd grade teacher at LaPerche is a dream come true!  This school year will be my second year of teaching.  I graduated from Providence College in 2014 with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education.  I also played on the soccer team there.  In 2016, while finishing my master’s degree at Providence College, I also did some substitute teaching at LaPerche.  While I may be familiar to some parts of the community, I cannot wait to get to know all of the students and families at LaPerche!  I look forward to this upcoming school year!

Mr. Andrew Medeiros-New Fourth Grade Teacher--Hello to all Raymond LaPerche Elementary School families.  My name is Andrew Medeiros and I will be teaching in fourth grade alongside Mrs. Schnell this upcoming school year.  I earned a BA in Secondary Education History from Rhode Island College. It wasn’t until I taught grade five in Townsville, Australia for three years that I found my passion for teaching in an elementary school setting.  Upon returning back home to Rhode Island, I worked as a substitute teacher in both the Smithfield and Burrillville school districts while I studied at RIC and received my elementary certification.  My hobbies and interests include hiking, traveling, playing soccer, and Azorean genealogy.  I look forward to meeting all of you at the beginning of the school year and I am very excited to be joining the staff at Raymond LaPerche Elementary School.

As we begin this school year together, I want to express my commitment to open and ongoing communication within our school community. I have an open door policy which begins day one.  Feel free to stop in, call or email me 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 have children in mind when making decisions and that we will continue to work in partnership with you.

Warmest Regards,

Julie Dorsey


jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org

LaPerche School Webpage--http://rles.smithfield-ps.org/

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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.