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, 2015

Dear LaPerche Families:

On behalf of LaPerche faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2015-2016 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 Wednesday, August 26 at 9:30.  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.

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 3rd 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.

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 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 our First Day Celebration on Tuesday, September 1 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 the new faces you will see at LaPerche Elementary School during the upcoming school year. Included is a short description of experiences from each new LaPerche educator.

  • Mrs. Sandy Barrette--Music Teacher

    • I have been teaching elementary music in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over fifteen years. I play all of the band instruments, and am passionate about helping children develop a life-long love and appreciation of music. I am also a Smithfield resident, and have two children who currently attend Smithfield schools.

  • Ms. Caitlin Kelleher--Librarian

    • I have worked in the Smithfield School system at McCabe and Winsor Schools for 9 years. I am passionate about all aspects of creating a successful library program, including instruction, collection development and collaborating with students, teachers and families.  I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with the LaPerche family.

  • Mr. Will Plante--Art Teacher

    • I have been teaching art in Smithfield for the last five years and I am very excited to join the LaPerche community. I am extremely passionate about teaching and art; I can't wait to see what amazing things your children will create. I'm married and have three children, my son is 13 and my girls are 10 and 5.

  • Ms. Megan Feeley--ISE teacher

  • Ms. Lauren Paolino-Kindergarten Teacher

  • Mr. Joe Petrone--Day Custodian

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


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.