Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School turns 50

Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know about

Barnsley’s 50th Anniversary Celebration


10. There will be 5 Food Trucks available- Little Morocco, Holy Crepes, Java Cruiser, The Rolling Brick, and Fred the Ice Cream Guy

9.  Bring your own picnic blanket or camping chair (seating will only be available for the ceremony).


8.  Wristband Pre Sales END Thursday May 19th, You can purchase wristbands at the event for $5. Children younger than kindergarten are free; get their hand stamped at the wristband table.


7. There will be at least 6 inflatables, a rock wall, plus games and face painting at the Carnival. Thank you KAH!


6. The Rededication Ceremony starts at 7 PM and will last about 30 minutes. The Carnival will stop during the ceremony, but the food trucks will remain open.


5. The Silent Auction and the Art Show are inside, the Carnival and food trucks are outside.


4. The Silent Auction has almost $14,000 worth of donation to bid on!  Money will go to help our students and staff!!!!


3. The Silent Auction is accepting Cash and Credit Cards only, you can pay via Paypal onsight.


2. There will be a shuttle picking up at Crystal Springs at 6 PM. It will depart back to Crystal Springs at  8:15 PM and again at 9:00 PM


1. Parking will be available at Manor Woods Pool and Manor Woods Church of Christ on Norbeck. Only handicap parking will be available at Barnsley. Those that can are encouraged to walk.

Come join us on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Barnsley Elementary School for our 50th Anniversary Celebration.

There will be carnival games, moon bounces, food trucks, an art show and a silent auction.  ASL Interpreters will be at the event.

The Silent Auction includes: Disney Parkhoppers, Nationals Baseball Tickets, A full year of KAH, even a 

signed Raven's football!  Don’t belong to Manor Woods Pool, but always wanted to…

Manor Woods Pool is auctioning a family membership that is worth over $400.

Our Silent Auction is open to the public. Cash and Credit Card only!  Over 60 auction items! 

Silent Auction Instructions




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About Mrs. Lucy V. Barnsley

Lucy Lucy Virginia Hughes was born on September 30, 1881, in Travilah, Maryland (Travilah is now called Potomac). She was one of six children. She attended elementary school in Travilah and upon completion of the tenth grade, received a three year scholarship to Towson State Normal School.

She graduated from Towson in 1901 and started teaching grades one through seven in a one-room schoolhouse on Avery Road. After teaching for five years she married Thomas T. Barnsley, stopped teaching and moved to a dairy farm on Avery. Mr. and Mrs. Barnsley had three children, Theodore, J. Cullum and Virginia.

Miss Barnsley started teaching in a one-room school again in 1921 when her youngest child, Virginia, was ready for school. All of her children attended that school.

The Barnsleys sold their farm in 1927 because of Tom's ill health. He died in 1935. They moved into the City of Rockville and Miss Lucy started teaching sixth grade in Rockville Elementary School, later named Park Street School. There she specialized in teaching "slow learners and problem boys", and she started the first summer session to help them. She was a patient and understanding teacher. The children especially enjoyed her imagination and storytelling. During her career of approximately 35 years, she sometimes taught three generations of the same family. She even taught her own granddaughter, Cynthia.

After her retirement in 1951, Miss Lucy helped organize the Retired Teachers Association. Through her efforts retired teachers were permitted to become substitute teachers. Miss Lucy was able to continue working with children as a substitute for the next six years.

During her lifetime, Miss Lucy was an active member of many organizations, including the Methodist Church, 4-H, Girl Scouts of Rockville, Inquiry Club of Rockville (the club donated the first 100 books to start the first library in Rockville), PTA Retired Teachers of Montgomery County, Federation of Women's Clubs and was the founder of Young at Heart. In 1957 she was chosen as Maryland's Mother of the Year. In 1961 she was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate of Maryland State Teacher's College over a 60-year period.

Miss Lucy's motto was "Never too old to learn". Miss Lucy died in 1962 at the age of 81. Many of her former students wrote to the Barnsley family to tell them how much they appreciated having had Miss Lucy as their teacher. A dedication ceremony was held on May 19, 1966, naming this school in her honor, making Barnsley the first school in Montgomery County to be named for a woman.