February 2021


A Note from Dr. Reynolds

WBE Families,

It's hard to believe that we are already into February, this year is going by fast. As I hear all the things in the media about other districts not being in school, I can't help but feel thankful that we have had our building full of students this year. I know things have looked different and the students have been separated from other groups, but they are here and they are learning. I am also thankful that our district has provided the option of online learning through the SVA for those who need to learn from home. I know we have missed having our parents here to volunteer each day and we have missed not having events and programs. As we complete the year we will try our best to do as many things as we can to provide opportunities virtually. Typically we have a family stem night each year. While we will not be able to have one in person, we do plan to have a Virtual Family Stem week and will have information coming soon. We also want to have as many things for our 5th grade students as possible. We will have steam club for 5th, as well as a 5th grade program. We are still working on the details and will let you know as things progress. Many of you may not know but there are forty 5th grade students who were here when the school opened in August of 2015. We are working on a special way to recognize these students. As always thank you so much for your continued support and partnership.

Dr. Reynolds

February Dates

February Dates

2/1-2/14- Online donation period for American Heart Association

2/8-2/12- Kids Heart Challenge during PE

2/4- Papa Johns Spirit Night

2/5- STEM Day/ National Wear Red Day

2/11- House Spirit Day*

2/15- No School

2/19- Birthday Celebration

2/18- Spirit Day/Night Sams Sports Grill

*We will have our first House Spirit Day on February 11th. Students will wear their House shirts/House colors. The PTO will come around on February 10th to sell some House swag. There will be a House Spirit count on the 11th and the winning House will get points added for their team. Proceeds from the sales will go towards the House program.

The week of February 22nd our 3rd-5th graders will be taking the Spring EnCase benchmark. These tests help teachers know where our students are to adjust instruction and also lets students practice test taking skills as they prepare for TCAP.

Save the Date:

March 2nd is Literacy Day- Students can dress as favorite book character. There will be a special drive through parade for SVA students. More information to come.

House Update

We are so excited to be adding house shout-outs to our program! Teachers write shout-outs to students going above and beyond. Every Wednesday, a shout-out is chosen from each house. The students get to come to the front office and spin a wheel of house points on the announcements. Here are our exceptional students that have earned house points for their teams so far.

Glarea- Walker Pierson, Libby Lax, and Kristen Neltner

Compassio- Hunter Krawiec, Carter Pugliese, and Julianna Kammerer

Intergratis- Luke Rich, Charlie Price, and Myles Isble

Quantum- Lincoln Baker, Lily Lovison, and Jenna Morrow

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Flag Retirement

Flag Retirement Ceremony January 25, 2021

Teacher Highlight

We have 9 teachers that have earned their Google Level 1 Certification. This is an incredible accomplishment that gives our teachers the tools they need to be successful with technology, both while at school or if students are remote. Congrats to the following educators: Samantha West, Caroline Welch, Alison Rexroat, Molly Wear, Meredith Hawkins, Emily Castle, Emily Hodges, Mollie Reeves, and Jennifer Anglin.

STEM Update

Upcoming STEM Challenge- February 5th

This months STEM challenge is February 5th. Below are some of the grade level challenges. We look forward to updating you next month with pictures and artifacts.

Kindergarten will be designing and creating a podium for Martin Luther King Jr. to use during his "I have a Dream" speech.

1st grade will be completing their Project Based Learning Unit that goes along with their module on animal features.

2nd grade will be doing stations that focus on push/pull for their unit on forces.

3rd grade will have a Super Bowl Theme-designing and testing a football goal post and a football catapult using EDP.

4th grade will be creating Valentine's cards that light up to practice using circuits.

5th grade will be creating a liquid combination that will increase candy hearts dancing in liquids after an investigation where the students explore different liquids.

SVA Updates

Literacy Day:

Save the Date:

March 2nd is Literacy Day- Students can dress as favorite book character. There will be a special drive through parade for SVA students. More information to come.


We would like to have a section in the yearbook dedicated to our students learning virtually. If you would like your child to be included, please submit 1-2 pictures per child using the following guidelines:

1. Pictures of your child doing a school related activity. (Zoom, work, STEM project, ect.)

2. 1-2 pictures per child

3. Emailed to Jennifer.green@sumnerschools.org

They will have to be checked

100th Day of School

Monday, January 25th we celebrated the 100th day of school. Students dressed as 100 year olds or decorated shirts/capes with 100 items and explained how they were grouped. They were adorable. We were especially thankful this year to be able to share this day with our students.

PTO Information

Please see the newsletter below for more information.

February Spirit Nights

2/4- Papa Johns Spirit Night

2/18- Spirit Day/Night Sams Sports Grill

Contact us and stay informed:

Email: BurrusElementaryPTO@gmail.com

Website: BurrusElementaryPTO.org

FB: Facebook.com/wbepto

Online Spirit Shop

Email: Orders@burrusElementaryPTO.org

Website: BurrusElementaryPTO.org/shop

FB: Facebook.com/wbespiritshop

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Nurse Updates

Please continue to monitor your child and consult with your doctor for any symptoms of illness such as fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, new loss of taste and/or smell, vomiting or diarrhea. If your child has a fever >100, they must stay home and be fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications before returning to school. Also, as a reminder, if your child is tested for COVID-19, they must remain out of school until the test results come back. Please email or fax the results to me.

Thank you!


Melanie Shepard, BSN, RN

School Nurse

About us

Dr. WIlliam Burrus Elementary is a STEM designated school located in Hendersonville, TN with about 600 students. We have also been designated by the State of Tennessee as a Reward School for student achievement and growth. We are dedicated to building student leaders who possess the 21st century skills necessary to lead and achieve.

Principal: Mary Day Reynolds, Ed.D

Assistant Principal: Jennifer Anglin, Ed.S