Elementary School
2150 Bennett St | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7773 | Fax: 608-789-7174

Welcome to Spence Elementary School! Home of the Mustangs!

Mrs. Shelley Shirel, Principal

Office Hours: 7:00 – 3:30pm
School Day: 8:00 – 2:40pm


This year’s Spring Break is March 29th-April 3rd.  If you are planning a trip around that time, please be aware that any students missing more than 3 consecutive days of school will need to fill out, and return, a Request for Excused Absence-Family Vacation form, available in the office or download and print one here

We kicked off our Spence PTO Read-a-thon with an awesome video made by two of our wonderful, creative staff. Check it out!  The Read-a-thon starts today and goes until March 1st, when money and forms are due.  Information, donation forms and collection envelopes came home in backpacks, but if you need another copy you can find it below. You can also donate online at bit.ly/spenceread18.

Read-a-thon information

Read-a-thon pledge form

Read-a-thon extra pledge form


If you would like, you can scan this QR code to donate online.

Influenza (Flu) Information and Guidelines

We have seen a large increase in the number of people testing positive for influenza (flu) within La Crosse County.  The flu shot has not been as effective as hoped, but it is still worth getting the flu shot, giving your child and you a little extra protection to avoid a trip to the emergency room or hospitalization. We have seen an increase in the number of people hospitalized with influenza (flu). Please read the following guidelines and suggestions about keeping you and your family healthy, as well as what to do if you become ill.



annual update

Keep Your Information Updated!

Has your phone number changed?  Do you need to update emergency contacts? Have you moved?

As the School District of La Crosse continues to move towards additional access through Family Access, families now have the ability to update their own phone numbers, email addresses, emergency contacts, doctor, dentist, and hospital information throughout the school year.  You will also have the ability to update your address.*


*Updating your address will still require verification.  Your address will not be updated in our system until you provide this verification.  Please provide address verification (utility bill, phone bill, or mortgage/lease) to Spence or the Registrar’s office at the Hogan Administrative Center.  


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Spence Food Pantry

If your family is in need of assistance from the Spence Food Pantry, please fill out the form available in the office or here, and return it to your child’s teacher. If you are not in need of assistance, but would like to donate to the food pantry, we accept donations any time throughout the year.

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Facebook - Spence Studio - Ms. MetzFacebook - Spence Servant LeadersFacebook - First Grade- Mrs. BlakstadFacebook - First Grade- Mrs. BuxtonFacebook - First Grade - Mrs. LoveFacebook - Second Grade- Ms. FriedmanFacebook - Third Grade - Ms. WoolleyFacebook - Fifth Grade - Ms. GrayFacebook - Fifth Grade- Ms. Gudgeon

 Spence in the News!



Mr. Bina’s 3rd grade class helped edit books written by Western students.  This is the fourth year Mr. Bina’s students have partnered with Western Creative Non-fiction class.  

Elementary Students Edit Western Students’ Books



Asher M., and his partner Dr. Scott Rathgaber, recently won the annual RSVP’s Who Will Be Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Contest.  RSVP stopped by to present the $1,000 check to Asher, who will use the winnings for a project of his choice at Spence.  Congratulations, Asher! 

Who Will Be Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Contest



The Spence Garden Party was a blast.  Thank you to all who made the garden and the party possible.  We are excited to watch our garden bloom and learn in our outdoor classroom space.

Spence Garden Party