January 2021


A Note from Dr. Reynolds

WBE Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and that your children come back to school ready to learn and have fun. We are beyond thrilled that we get to see your child's face in person. We have missed them so much. We will pick up Monday right where we left off. We hope that the last three days of virtual learning have been beneficial for getting back into the swing of things. This is the time of year we accomplish a lot of learning. We will continue to follow our COVID protocols and re-entry plan and will not be allowed to have visitors in the building at this time. You can find the latest information on COVID protocols on the Sumner Schools website: https://sumnerschools.org/index.php/covid-19-information-for-parents. Our WBE website contains information about our re-entry plan. Thank you for partnering with us.

Thank you,

Dr. Reynolds

January Dates

January Dates

1/11- All students back in person

1/18- No School

1/21- Spirit Day/Night Firehouse Subs

1/22- Birthday Celebration

2/4- Papa Johns Spirit Night

2/18- Spirit Day/Night Sams Sports Grill

House Update

Wow! Our students earned over 16,000 points this 9 weeks. That’s 16,000 times a student went above and beyond. Pictured are our top house earners from each house. Our Compassio winner was Avery Smith. Congrats to all four of you!

Our overall winning house was Glarea. Our students are awesome and we are so proud of them.

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

Virtual Career Fair

Our annual Career Expo was better than we could have ever imagined. Each day, a different career was featured both in front of the school and in our Burrus Broadcast. Thank you to our parents and community members for making this week so special for our students.

Here is one our Burrus Broadcast from the week:


Virtual Tour

October 2020

Teacher Highlight

Congratulations to Mrs. Danielle Tanner for being selected as WBE's 2020-21 Teacher of the Year. She is an incredible teacher, mother, and person. We are so lucky to have her at our school.
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STEM Update

School-Wide Holiday STEM Challenge

This month we had a Holiday themed school-wide STEM day. Each grade level completed a STEM challenge tied to a movie to help solve a problem.

Here is what 5th grade accomplished:

5th grade worked collaboratively to make reindeer from sticks students collected from outside and other provided materials. Students were given certain requirements that each deer had to meet. (Reindeer must have 4 legs, be able to stand, have a head, neck, body, etc.) Students used the engineering design process to plan and create their reindeer.

5th grade also had to create a device to hold “Kevin” from Home Alone, to escape down a zip line. Students were given a budget to purchase materials they chose. (Materials included small cups, straws, yarn, washers, etc) Students worked in small groups to create their device and then tested them on zip lines in the classroom. Students used the engineering design process to plan and create their device.

PTO Information

January Spirit Nights

1/21- Spirit Day/Night Firehouse Subs

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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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