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, 2016

Dear LaPerche Families:

On behalf of LaPerche faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year! LaPerche staff members are excited to have the students back in the classrooms where they will fill the building with energy and enthusiasm for learning and a wonder about their world around them. LaPerche teachers spend countless hours preparing amazing learning opportunities that spark  imagination, foster thoughtful reflection, and heighten your child’s whole learning experience. Here we 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 Thursday, August 25 at 10:00.  During the tour your child can visit his/her classroom, meet the school secretary, tour the library and much more.  Please email me at jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org to let me know if you and your child will be attending the tour.

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 Thursday, September 8th 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.

First day of school for first through fifth grade students is Tuesday, August 30, 2016.  Kindergarten students have been invited to a screening and then will have their first day as a whole class on Friday, September 2, 2016. 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.  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.  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 our First Day Celebration on Tuesday, August 30 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!

I am pleased to announce a new face you will see at LaPerche Elementary School during the upcoming school year. Included is a short description of experiences from our new LaPerche educator.

  • Ms. Stephanie Bucci--ISE Teacher

    • Stephanie graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education. She earned her Masters in Reading from Rhode Island College in 2014. She worked as a special educator in an ISE room for six years, four of which had been in Warwick working with students ranging from 3rd grade to 6th grade. Stephanie is excited to bring her passion for teaching and love of students to the team at LaPerche and we are thrilled too!

As we begin this school year together, I want to again 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 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


  • Arrival Time: The school day begins promptly at 8:50.  Any child who arrives after 8:50 will need to be signed in at the main office even if Morning Meeting is still going on.  Parents are asked to walk into the office to complete this process. Your child can join us at Morning Meeting.  Visitors or students arriving late are admitted by ringing the buzzer at the main entrance, identifying themselves, and reporting to the office. Thank you for helping getting all students to school on time each and every day!

  • Front Office Hours:  LaPerche School front office is open from 8:00-4:00.  Please feel free to call or visit during those times. There is no one assigned to answer the phone or door before or after that time. LaPerche phone number is 231-6652 and fax number is 231-1141. At this time, we do not have voice mail but you can find email addresses for all staff memebers on the school website http://rles.smithfield-ps.org/directory.


  • Morning Drop-off and Supervision: When dropping off your child in the morning, you have two options.  As stated above, you are welcome to join us for any Morning Meeting.  When arriving, you can park and drop or stop and drop.  If you would like to park and drop (get out of the car and assist your child), please park near the FLAGPOLE on the left side of the driveway.  PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE CURVE as it blocks the flow of traffic.  If you would like to stop and drop (your child gets out of the car unassisted by you), please pull forward up to the school doors, remain in your car and have your child exit your car on the CURB SIDE ONLY. There will be adults there to direct you. When pulling away, carefully check your surroundings before passing the car in front of you.

  • In fair weather, students may play on the blacktop/playground area from 8:20 until Morning Meeting which starts at 8:45 a.m.  Supervision of students is provided starting at 8:20 a.m.  Due to lack of supervision, please do not drop your child at school prior to that time. Thank you! During inclement weather, students will meet in the cafeteria until Morning Meeting begins. Students are welcome to read, play a board or card game or draw while talking quietly with friends.

  • Dismissal: All car riders exit from the front (“gazebo side”) of the building.  If you plan to pick up your child, please park on the left side of the driveway, and come to the door across from the gazebo. Parents and caregivers are asked to form a line that runs across the front of the building.  At 3:20 students will be dismissed.  Each student must be met at the door by an adult. If you would like your child to walk home from school, please write a note stating that and one of our wonderful staff members will escort your child to the crossing guard at Limerock Road who will assist him/her across the street.  I encourage you to meet your child for the walk home.   Bus riders will be dismissed at 3:20 out the back door onto the buses. Please accompany, and carefully supervise, any student playing on the playground after school.  Thank you!

  • LaPerche Driveway: Our driveway at LaPerche School is ONE-WAY, entering from Ridge Road and exiting onto Limerock Road.  Parents waiting to pick up a student at 3:20 are asked to park on the flagpole side only please. Adult supervision will remain at the walker door until 3:30.  Due to the difficulty with finding a parking spot, adults are welcome to wait until that time to arrive.  Parents and visitors are, at all times, asked to drive slowly and with caution.

  • Dismissal Process: If there will be a change in the usual dismissal process, please send your child to school with a note, indicating whether the change is for one day or a permanent change.  Student dismissal procedures will not be altered unless there is note indicating so. During the 2015-2016 school year, we had many late day requests for dismissal changes.  These changes puts undue stress on an already busy part of the day.  Please plan to send in a note with your child on the day of the dismissal change.  Thank you for your help ensuring each student arrives home safely.

  • Visitors: Visitors are required to sign in at the main office and wear a visitor’s ID.  Please do not escort your child to his or her classrooms. We strive to maintain a secure, safe, and structured learning environment and appreciate the cooperation we receive from our families regarding this request.

  • Snacks for School and Allergy Information: Please help your child stay focused and on task throughout the day by providing a healthy snack each day.  Every classroom, including Kindergarten will have snack time. All classrooms at LaPerche are nut free zones.  Any snacks eaten within the classroom should be nut free.  In the cafeteria, there are nut free tables.  Peanut butter and other foods containing nuts are allowed in the cafeteria at all tables except the nut free tables. Students sitting at the nut free tables are always welcome to invite a friend to join them provided their lunch is nut free.   Healthy snacks may include fruit, veggies, popcorn, pretzels, yogurt, cheese, hummus, etc…Also, all LaPerche students are welcome and encouraged to bring a water bottle to school each day. Please do not send soda of any kind. Thank you!

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.