Lacey Spring Elementary School

ABOUT LSES

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Lacey Spring Elementary School is a Rockingham County Public School that serves Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade students. About 220 students are enrolled this year!

We believe that education is a joint effort between parents, the staff at Lacey Spring, and the community. We appreciate all the parents, students, and volunteers that come to help us educate our children. Enter the office through the front door where you will sign in and receive a visitor’s tag to wear while you are in our school.

Location and Map

8621 North Valley Pike

Harrisonburg, VA 22802

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A Note from the Principal

Looking Forward to Seeing You

2021-2022 New School Year



Hello Lacey family!


I hope this letter finds you happy, healthy, and ready to start back to school. As I look towards this new year, I continue to be grateful for the students, staff, community, and parents as we have worked closely together to make great things happen for our school. Our school continues to sparkle as a result of the hard work and dedication of our custodial staff. The teachers are also gearing up for safe, eye appealing, and enjoyable classroom environments.


Our new playground will be installed in the coming month, and our students will be able to enjoy a safe and sturdy structure. In addition, our school’s new wind turbine is due to be placed at the top of the hill near the track. We are eager to see how the wind can power a variety of things that are of interest to students.


Your child(ren) will not need to purchase school supplies again this year. Due to the generosity of many local businesses, churches, and individuals, supplies are available for students on the first day of school. You will probably want to get a special backpack prior to the start of school. If not, we do have these available, too.


School Messenger and Seesaw:

Throughout the school year, information will come home to you via School Messenger, Seesaw, Facebook, and other written communication. Please read and/or listen to all information carefully as it pertains to your child(ren).


Mitigation Information (Per RCPS):

RCPS will begin the school year with masks being required for all staff and students regardless of vaccination status. Our main objective is to provide a safe in-person learning environment for all students and staff.


Back to School and Meet Your Teacher Afternoon/Evening:

This will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 4 - 6 p.m. All persons coming into the building will need to wear masks please.

*Due to some special circumstances with some teachers, they may be calling to schedule individual times to meet with you.


We will continue with our mission to promote healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy relationships. This is best accomplished with our work with Community Circles, our school garden, and other calming activities in classrooms.


PTA to PTO (from our PTA President, Patti Phillips):

Lacey Spring no longer has a parent teacher group affiliated with the State or National PTA. Instead, we now have the independent Lacey Spring Elementary School PTO. Being independent allows us to support our school and our kids without oversight or regulation from the parent PTA organization. Every family is automatically granted membership in the PTO. The PTO will continue to support the same activities as the PTA did in the past. These include staff appreciation meals, events such as the back to school picnic, Christmas cruise in, End of year picnic and family fun nights (dance/fitness night, etc).

A successful PTO needs all families to be involved. When the PTO is in need of volunteers we will let you know by sending out a Sign Up Genius. We need hands-on volunteers to help at school and/or fundraising events and provide donations for events. We also greatly need volunteers to take on leadership roles in the organization. The PTO board meets monthly and anyone is welcome to attend these meetings to give input and be involved in discussions about PTO business. You may contact the PTO with ideas or suggestions by email at laceyspringpto@gmail.com.


As always, we at Lacey Spring Elementary School strive for positivity, connectedness, care, and collaboration. If you have any questions, concerns, or needs, please email me at tmay@rockingham.k12.va.us or call me at 433-7819. I look forward to spending time with you and your family this 2021-2022 school year.Most sincerely,


Tammy May

Principal

School Motto

We strive to work towards healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy relationships.

School Philosophy

We believe:


Every child is entitled to a well-planned, well-organized, and well-implemented instructional program in a warm and supportive classroom setting. It is designed to:


  • build the self-confidence and self-esteem of students.


  • give children opportunities to develop their unique skills, communication, and leadership abilities.


  • help children to understand that learning is lifelong and that the skills of "learning how to learn" are critical throughout the whole school program.


  • prepare children for a technological future through the use of technology in the classroom and school.


  • prepare children to be creative thinkers and problem solvers.

History

The first public school at Lacey Spring was built on a hill overlooking the spring in 1884. The principal of this school was John W. Taylor, who had operated a private school in the area since the late 1860′s. The school was well-known throughout Rockingham County and offered an advanced course of study which included modern and ancient languages and higher mathematics.

During the first decade of this century, citizens of the Lacey Spring community began to see a need to replace the aging original structure and appealed to the county school board for funds to erect a new school. The second Lacey Spring school was built on a lot south of the village and opened in January, 1919. The school operated at its new location until May of 1953, when the school was closed and the students bused to Linville-Edom and Broadway.

In 1987, the Rockingham County School Board, in order to relieve crowded conditions at Plains Elementary School and Linville-Edom Elementary School, chose a site at Lacey Spring for a new school. In September, 1989, the new Lacey Spring Elementary opened its doors and became the third public school to serve the Lacey Spring community

During its first six years, Lacey Spring experienced rapid growth, growing from 370 to 410 students. A mobile unit was added to provide additional classroom space. In the spring of 1995, the school board decided to alleviate the space problems at Lacey Spring by redistricting and sending 110 students to Plains Elementary and 30 students to Linville Edom Elementary. In October 2006, the Rockingham County School Board voted to approve the construction of a new elementary school on the Montevideo Middle School site. Redistricting was done and in August 2008 approximately 75 students from Lacey Spring Elementary were sent to the new Cub Run Elementary School. Lacey Spring Elementary received approximately 40 students from Plains Elementary. The current enrollment at LSES is approximately 220 students.