LaPerche Ledger

News and Information about LaPerche Elementary--October 2018

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Spooktacular at LaPerche--Send in your DECORATED or CARVED Pumpkins starting Wednesday, October 17

Friday, Oct. 19th, 6-8:30pm

11 Limerock Road

Smithfield, RI

Dress up in your favorite costume and join us for an outdoor viewing of the movie Hotel Translyvania 3

Pumpkin decorating contest—please decorate a pumpkin at home and bring it to school to put on display.

4 Categories: Silliest, Spookiest, Most Creative, Most School Spirit. Pumpkins can be carved or painted... Please label pumpkins with name, grade & category.

October Spirit Day--Country Day

Friday, Oct. 19th, 8:30am-3:30pm

11 Limerock Road

Smithfield, RI

Our October Student Council has chosen Country Day as their spirit day! On Friday, October 19 feel free to dress in your best Cowboy or Cowgirl outfit! Or any other clothing you feel works for country day!
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Zones of Regulation

Last year, the Zones of Regulation was introduced at LaPerche. The Zones of Regulation is a program designed to help a student (or adult) gain skills in the area of self-regulation. The ZONES are designed to help students recognize when they are in different zones as well as learn how to use strategies to change zones or stay in the zone they are in.

What do kids learn from The ZONES of Regulation?

  • Increased vocabulary of emotional terms

  • Skills in reading other people’s facial expressions

  • Perspective about how others see and react to their behavior

  • Insight into events that trigger their behavior

  • Calming and alerting strategies

  • Problem-solving skills

There is no such thing as a bad ZONE.

  • It is important to note that everyone experiences all of the zones—the Red and Yellow Zones are not the “bad” or “naughty” zones.

  • All of the zones are expected at one time or another.

  • The Zones of Regulation is intended to be neutral and not communicate judgment.

Last year the Zones were introduced and taught in every classroom at every grade level at LaPerche. This year we are reintroducing and building on what we learned. You should hear about the zones from your children, classroom and school newsletters and take home flyers and worksheets.

Each classroom and area of the school has a Zones of Regulation Poster (pictured above). Classrooms will begin to build a classroom toolbox and add strategies to their classroom poster.

Individuals will create their own mini version and build a toolbox filled with strategies to help each person regulate and move back towards to the green zone where he or she is open to learning, ready to focus and feeling happy and calm.

Recently, we posted a question on the white board in the green hallway and asked students to share strategies that help them remain in the green zone or move from one zone back to the green zone. The students posted many interesting strategies and on Friday, the fifth grade visited the space and created their own tool boxes from the list of strategies. Other teachers will be bringing their class to the common area as well so the kids can use the ideas from the building to build their own tool box. Check out what the students added to the board and take some time to create a tool box for home.

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What strategies work to help you regulate your emotions? Don't forget to model how to use the strategies in the heat of the moment.

  • Share with your child how external forces are affecting the zone you are in and how you feel.

  • When you use unkind words at home I start to feel frustrated which moves me to the yellow zone. I know I am not my most focused when I am in the yellow zone so I am going to count to ten (or take deep breaths or go for a walk, etc...) to help me move back into the green zone. (And then do it, show how you calmed down and can refocus on the task at hand.)

  • When I am running late and caught in traffic, I can feel my body move quickly to the red zone. My teeth are clenched and I just yelled at you. I am going to put on the radio and use some music to help me get back to the green zone. (play the music) Ok, I feel my body moving to yellow. I know it takes time to get back to green but I can do this. I am taking deep breaths. When I sing along it helps me forget about the traffic! Oh, I am almost there. I am sorry I was yelling.

Just as we model how to read, tie our shoes or clean up after dinner, we need to model for our kids how we self-regulate. When you go quickly to the red zone, try and model what you are feeling and why and how you are going to get yourself back to the green zone so you are feeling calm and happy. More information will be shared throughout the year.

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Change in Dismissal--Send in the morning with your child!

We have many people calling at the last minute to make dismissal changes. Please refrain from changing your child's dismissal via phone unless it is an absolute emergency. Each time someone calls, Mrs. Bazinet has paperwork to complete that is shared with Mrs. Thibault (walker door monitor) and Ms. Deroche (bus monitor). Then she calls into the classroom and interrupts instruction and the teacher has to send a messenger to the room. The child returns with the message and interrupts the class again.

If your child's dismissal plan needs to be altered, please send a note on the morning of the change. Include your child's first and last name, teacher and grade level and reason for the dismissal so Mrs. Bazinet can mark the reason in the computer. Thank you.

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Helping Others is the LaPerche Way

From October 15th to November 9th, R.C. LaPerche is holding a food drive to help benefit our community and others in need. With the items we collect, we will be putting together Thanksgiving food baskets for our families. The remaining items will be donated to the Smithfield Food Bank.

We are asking you to please donate as many items as you can to help support our food drive. As an added benefit, Mr. Feinstein will give LaPerche $1.00 for every item we collect, up to $1,000.00! The October/November student council will keep a tally of the items we collect and the class with the most items will earn extra recess with Mrs. Dorsey.

Kindergarten - Stuffing or Rice

Grade 1 - Instant Potatoes/Pasta

Grade 2 - Peanut Butter/Boxes of Cereal

Grade 3 - Cranberry Sauce/Canned Vegetables

Grade 4 -Peanut Butter/Boxes of Cereal

Grade 5 - Gravy (Plastic Bottles or Cans Only Please)/

Boxed Dessert Mix

Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Extra Sports Equipment to Donate

Do you have any sports balls (soccer, football, playground, etc...) or other equipment (frisbee, badminton, etc...) that you would like to donate to the recess cart? We welcome any donations that are in good condition. Although we purchase new equipment each year, we constantly need to replace. Thank you in advance!
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Responsive Classroom--What is it?

During the summer, 30 Smithfield elementary educators attended a four day workshop on Responsive Classroom. At LaPerche, our team consisted of three classroom teachers, two special educators, our school psychologist, social worker, school nurse and principal. This group of educators are the Responsive Classroom Leadership Team for LaPerche.

Responsive Classroom will be fully implemented school wide in all four elementary schools during the next two years.

What is responsive classroom?

From the website: Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.The program helps elementary and middle school educators to create safe and joyful learning communities where students develop strong social and academic skills and every student can thrive.

Throughout LaPerche, you will see Responsive Classroom (RC) practices and hear RC language. One such practice is Interactive Modeling. Interactive Modeling is a seven step strategy that can be used to teach routines, social and emotional skills and academic skills. Here is how it works:

1. Say what you will model and why.

2. Model the behavior.

3. Ask students what they noticed.

4. Invite one or more students to model.

5. Again, ask students what they noticed.

6. Have all students practice.

7. Provide feedback.

Check out the website and video to see how a teacher would interactively model how to choose a partner in a responsive classroom. You can use the strategy when you want to teach your children a routine or expectations for home! Say it, model it, ask what your child noticed, have him or her practice and then give feedback. It is a powerful tool! More information about RC strategies will be shared throughout the year!

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Pink Out Day--Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!

Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 8:30am-3:30pm

11 Limerock Road

Smithfield, RI

Sent home on Friday in backpacks--

October 12, 2018

Dear Laperche Families,

Recently, we had the pleasure of having a special guest, Dianne Fonseca, visit with our fifth grade students during health class. Mrs. Fonseca was here to discuss different types of cancer and how to prevent them. We are thrilled to share that Dianne is a cancer survivor! If your child is in the fifth grade, please ask him/her what was learned from the discussion.

In addition to learning from Mrs. Fonseca, we introduced our fifth grade students to “advocacy” as part of this health unit and would like them to understand the concept of helping others by participating in a real life “advocacy” activity. The fifth grade would like to involve our entire LaPerche School community with this wonderful idea of helping others.

The fifth grade students are holding a fundraiser and encouraging each student to donate one dollar to Making Strides for Breast Cancer. We encourage our students to give their own money and take this opportunity to do a chore or two at home and earn the money to give to Making Strides. Once we receive the card and donation, we will then post the cards around the school to show how our students are supporting this worthy cause.

To kick off our drive we will have Pink Out Day on Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Every student can wear as much pink as possible that day and are encouraged to make a donation. Attached is a card upon which you and your child may write in a name of someone you know who has or had breast cancer or another cancer or you can write a special message to all who are impacted.

Of course, you are always welcome to contribute more than $1 and if you would like to contribute by check, please make all checks out to Making Strides against Breast Cancer.

Thank you for supporting this cause and helping put an end to breast cancer!

Fifth Grade Health Class Student Advocates

Contacting LaPerche

As always, please feel free to email me at or 231-6652 with any questions, suggestions, comments or words of wisdom!

Julie Dorsey


To see photos of all the great things happening at LaPerche, FRIEND Raymond C. LaPerche on Facebook.

For all of our upcoming events, please visit the school website at Our school calendar can be found under the "parent info" tab. You can sync the school calendar with your calendar by clicking on the +Google Calendar in the lower right-hand corner.

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Thank you to Mr. Feinstein for the journals and junior scholar card! The card can be found on the back of the journal and provides free access to many locations! Don't forget to record your good deeds in your journal and cut out the card for safekeeping!

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Lost and Found is growing! See anything you recognize? All items are on the stage in the cafeteria!

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This blanket was left at movie night! Please claim it!

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Mrs. Calderone practices skip counting with her hardworking students!

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Ms. Clough's class works to solve a brain builder math problem!

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Tanner leads the class in the tree pose during a brain break. Look at that balance!

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Mr. Plante works with Aiden on his print making project.

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Print Making in fifth grade involves intense concentration

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The fifth Grade band works together to get in sync!

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Mrs. Schnell teaches a group of students how to lead a math group. Together, they create step by step directions for the leaders to follow. She models the process with the leaders who each taught a group the following day.

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Every student in Mrs. Schnell's class will have the opportunity to lead a group

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