Staff and Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Robyn Lacasse, Support Staff of the Year, Laurie Hudson, and Volunteer of the Year, Michelle McLain.

Teacher of the Year – Robyn Lacasse: Robyn has been with Stonehouse for over ten years and has played an integral part in the success of our students.  She is a valued third grade teacher and has served in many leadership positions throughout her career.  She is presently Team Leader and a member of the MTSS Committee.  She has written and/or revised curriculum for the school division and is a model teacher for collaboration.  She has been an inclusion teacher for many years and has been extremely successful in providing creative and engaging lessons which have moved her students to record goals.  She is a member of the Clinical Faculty at The College of William and Mary and has played a huge role in working with student teachers.  Robyn is also one of those truly talented teachers who can take a lemon and turn it into lemonade.  She displays a positive attitude and will go above and beyond in helping any and all colleagues.  Robyn is a very talented teacher who greatly contributes to the success of our school, but does not expect accolades and does not seek the limelight.  She still strives to be the best at what she does for teacher betterment of the school and her students.

Support Staff of the Year – Laurie Hudson: Laurie displays the best showcases to support our curriculum.  She works tirelessly between the library, recycling, and decorating.  She greets students daily and models how they should behave.  She is a charter member of SES.  If you’ve never put together a display case, you should see Laurie’s.  They are beautiful, colorful, and support what we are covering in our school curriculum.  She pays for many of the items used with her own money.  Honestly, if she lived in NYC she could get a job decorating Macey’s window fronts.  She has an incredible eye for color and design.

Volunteer of the Year: Michelle McLain: Michelle McLain is the definition of volunteerism.  Since day one of her children entering  Stonehouse she has been available to their teachers for anything!  This includes creating amazing bulletin boards, door covers, and other displays that capture the imagination of the children and expand on what is being taught in the classroom.  Her work does not stop there, Michelle often helps with students who do not have the support at home to finish important work such as science projects,  civil war journals, or just reading with them.  As many teachers can attest to, once Michelle’s own children have moved on, she continues to help out in the lower grades as needed, always with a smile and can-do attitude.  She volunteers for every special event, party, and trip – and she is always the first parent assistants look to when they need help with anything.  She will be sorely missed next year when her youngest moves on to middle school, although I would not be surprised in the least if we still saw her around the halls, hanging up something!

D.O.G. Street 5K

Our SHIP running club participated in the annual DOG ST 5K on April 21st. Thanks to our students, staff, and families for a great race.

Orchestra Solo Festival Winners

On Saturday, March 24, many of our Stonehouse orchestra students performed at Solo Festival at Blayton Elementary School.  These students did a fantastic job and received Superior ratings on their solos.  They will be receiving a gold medal for their great job!

Math, Science, and Wellness Night

Tuesday, March 13th, was Math, Science, and Wellness Night. Individual student projects from 4th and 4th grade were showcased as well as classroom projects in grades K-3. The night was filled with Math, Science, and STEM activities as well as fitness and wellness opportunities. Thanks to everyone for a great night.


Read Across America Day 2018

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Stonehouse participated in our annual Read Across America Day. It begins with a parade of storybook characters. Students in grades K-2 dress up as a favorite character as students in grades 3-5, staff, parents, and community members cheer them on. The parade is followed by a guest reader in every classroom to share a special story. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a huge success!

Gifted Student Referral Process

The Williamsburg-James City County Program for Gifted Students is currently accepting referrals for the following students:

  • Initial referrals for current K-4th grade enrichment;
  • Initial referrals for current 4th grade students for specific academic classes (language arts and/or mathematics)
  • Initial referrals for current 5th grade students for specific academic classes (language arts and social studies)

Referral Deadline: February 15, 2018

If you are interested in learning more about this program, or would like to know if your child is a candidate for screening for gifted services, please contact David Poon. He can be reached by phone at 566-4300, or by email at

Pennies for Patients

Student Council volunteers lead the Pennies for Patients Clean Out Your Console drive. You can catch them again on Wednesday 1/31 during morning arrival outside at the front entrance and car loop. Check your pockets, cup holders, and between the seats for loose change! All donations go to support families of patients. 


VA Studies Guest Speaker

Visitors from Colonial Williamsburg treated 4th grade students to a fun lesson tied to their Virginia Studies Unit.


Cold and Flu Season

It’s Cold and Flu Season in Virginia!

Symptoms of flu include:

  • fever (usually high)
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness
  • dry cough (colds generally have a more “productive” cough)
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away.

Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

Stay away from sick people and stay home if sick.

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill. Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for up to 48 hours after being deposited on a surface. Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them.

CDC recommends that sick children stay home for at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.

SCA Bell Ringers

Our Student Council Association officers and representatives volunteered their time this season to help raise money for the Salvation Army. They braved the cold outside our local Farm Fresh to spread cheer and good will this holiday season.