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



No school Monday, March 27th for Staff Development.  Have a great weekend.  See you Tuesday!


Butter Braid Fundraiser Sale

March 14-24

Try a sample at Parent/Teacher conferences!

Butter Braids will be delivered on April 11th, 2:40-5:00 pm

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Farm 2 School Survey

It is that time of year again when Farm 2 School asks for your help in making the program better.

Below is the link to a short survey for parents/caregivers to take. It is very similar to the survey sent out last year. The surveys will remain open until 4/14. We will again be giving away six $50 farmers’ market gift cards so it may be very well worth the time to take. Your feedback is important to us. The more responses we receive the more accurate a picture we get to view. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this important survey.


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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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Save the Date!

Garden Party at Spence

May 4th

4-7 pm

Food, games and garden fun!  Come help us plant our garden.

GROW Spence shirts and plants from GROW La Crosse will be for sale.

Follow these

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Facebook - Spence Studio - Ms. MetzFacebook - Food Pantry - Community HelpersFacebook - Second Grade - Mrs. LoveFacebook - Second Grade - Ms. WoolleyFacebook - Third Grade - Ms. GrayFacebook - Fifth Grade- Mrs. BuxtonFacebook - Fourth Grade- Ms. Gudgeon

Spence in the News!




 Thank you to La Crosse Public Education Foundation for their generosity! Spence classroom teachers received 3 grants.  With LPEF’s support, we will continue to create our school garden and outdoor classrooms, we will train teachers to support and guide Preschool parents, and we will continue to increase our students’ social skills and awareness through the books of Julia Cook. 


La Crosse Public Education Foundation Grants (WKBT)

LPEF Grant to Support Spence’s School Garden (WXOW)




We are proud to have honored the veterans we know and love, as well as all the other men and women who have served or continue to serve our country. Thank you, veterans!


Veterans Day Program




CHECK THIS OUT! This is AMAZING if you have not seen it yet! We are so incredibly lucky and grateful to have a hero like this in our own school, every single day. Debbie lights up our students’ lives with her hugs, comments, smiles, and incredible attitude. Debbie is so deserving of this honor. Mustang Pride!


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