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


School Pictures


Lifetouch will be here to take your child’s picture on Wednesday, August 29th from 1-6 pm, prior to and during our Open House.

Please make every effort to have your child’s picture taken during the day, at their assigned times (please see information here on the website or in the summer mailing for your time.) This will reduce lines during our Open House from 5-6 pm.  If you do choose to have their picture taken during that time, please allow enough time to visit your child’s classroom and expect a long wait in the picture line.

Now you can order your pictures online, no need to write checks or fill out a paper order form! Just click the link below and take care of it before picture day!



Picture retakes will take place on Thursday, October 25th during our school day.  More information will be made available closer to that day.

Open House 2018-2019


We will be trying something new for our fall Open House on Wednesday, August 29!

 Things to do:

4:00-7:00 pm

We will tentatively have food trucks for dinner, music, garden demonstrations, or check out the garden while it is in full bloom.

Visit the Back to School Fair in the gym connect with community groups, school nutrition,pick up your bus tag and get your picture taken,

if you haven’t already.


Meet your teacher:

5:00-6:00 pm 

(This excludes Preschool students, but they are invited to join us for the garden, pictures and Back to School Fair activities!)

Stop by to meet your child’s teacher, bring your school supplies and check outtheir classroom.

Classrooms will ONLY be open from 5:00-6:00 pm.  Please do not go to the classroom before or after that time. Thank you!


Lifetouch will be here to take your child’s yearly picture from 1:00—6:00 pm

Last names:

A-G 1:00-2:00 pm

H-N 2:00-3:00 pm  

O-Z 3:00-4:00 pm

*If you are unable to come during the day, Lifetouch will be taking pictures from 4:00-6:00 pm. To avoid long lines, please make every attempt to have your child’s picture taken during their assigned time.  If you do need to come 4:00-6:00 pm, please make sure to allot enough time to enjoy the Open House festivities and be aware the lines may be lengthy.


Spence will once again be a Summer Meal Program site.  We will offer FREE breakfast and lunch for any child, under 18 years old.

Breakfast: 7:30 am-8:30 am  M-F

Lunch: 11:30 am-12:30 pm   M-F

*There will be no meals July 2-6*

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.  


Additional Directions

School News

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.

Follow these

classrooms and

clubs on


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