May 2021


A Note from Dr. Reynolds

WBE Families,

It is hard to believe that this is our last official newsletter of the year! It has been a different year for sure, but it has been a good year! Although we have been forced to learn new ways of doing things, we believe that we have grown stronger in so many ways. We are so thankful that we have been in person when so many students and districts around the country have not been in person most of the year. We appreciate all of your support and flexibility this year. It is our plan and hope that when we return in the fall that things will look normal. We can't wait to have parents in the building working in classrooms and to eat lunch with students. We hope that you enjoy a great summer and be on the lookout for information on our summer reading program to keep everyone skills sharp!

May Dates

May Dates

May 11th K open house 6:00-7:00 ( this is a walk thru event for K families to see the school)

May 11th 5th grade visit to KDDC 9:00-10:00 (students will walk to KDDC to visit the building)

May 12th PTO Meeting Zoom 9:00 to vote in new board (PTO will send link via Facebook page)

May 14th Field Day (parents welcome no limit)

May 17th Field Day Make up

May 18th JA Biztown (WBE Version) we will attempt to replicate this at WBE our teachers are working on the details more info to come

May 19th School wide stem day

May 21st Birthday celebration

May 21st Gallop Day (K-4 students will go visit the next year teachers)

May 24th House Celebration

May 25th class celebrations

K 9:30 Classrooms

1st 12:00 Playground

2nd 12:00 gym

3rd 10:00 Outdoor area between K/1 and 2/3 wing

4th Outdoor classroom 10;00

5th graduation in gym 9:00 /10:00 on playground

Join our Student Leadership Team celebrating the people who make WBE a great place to be! We can't wait to show our appreciation for the following staff next week:

  • Monday, May 10th- Cafeteria Staff
  • Tuesday, May 11th- Bus Drivers
  • Wednesday, May 12th- Nurse Melanie
  • Thursday, May 13th- Custodians
  • Friday, May 14th- Teacher Assistants

A Look Ahead to 2021-2022

Please be on the the look out for our pre-registration card. It should have come home in your child's folder. This form will help us plan for next year and ensure your child has a spot in a class Please contact Melissa Baxter with any enrollment questions.

You will need to come to one of the Back to School Nights to complete registration and meet your child's teacher. The dates are July 26th or July 27th between 4 and 7 pm.

Required Documents for registration:

ALL STUDENTS must bring TWO proofs of residency of be turned in or copied.

Acceptable Proofs of Residency

(Proofs of Residency must be dated within 60 days of the day from the 26th or 27th of July to demonstrate in-zone status.)
▪ Legal document/lease showing proof of residency for a specific address (Notary public or typed/handwritten letters from the landowner are not accepted) or
▪ Current bill assigned to a specific address—electric, gas, water. (Cell phone, medical, and credit card bills are not accepted)

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Summer Reading Program

Ms. Talbot will be sharing information soon about a summer reading program to get our students excited about reading. Be on the look-out for more information.

One Book One School

We are very excited to be doing our first One Book One School event at WBE. Everyone in the entire school is reading the book The Wishtree. Teachers read the assigned pages each day with their students and then we have a mystery reader each night that your teacher will email so you can follow along at home. We will end this amazing event with an art project and a culminating project that all students will have a hand in. Our STEM challenge this month will also be tied to the book.

Burrus Side Kicks

Next year we will be opening our own before and after care program. We have enjoyed our partnership with the YMCA. We realize that many of you use that YMCA for your children for before and after school care. Our daycare will run the same hours. We will be sending out more information sometime nest week. We are excited about this opportunity to put the proceeds back into our school therefore benefiting our students.
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SVA Information

Wonderful SVA families,

Please see the email below for information regarding SVA from our Central Office. If you have attended WBE in person at any point, you will just come on the Back to School Nights to complete registration for next year. That will be July 26th and 27th. If this will be your first time attending WBE in person, our attendance clerk, Melissa Baxter, will contact you regarding next steps. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Thank you for your partnership.

As schools begin the registration process for next year, we have had many questions about Sumner Virtual Academy.

Next school year, all Sumner County Schools will return to full time in-person learning. We believe that a return to in-person learning is best for our students.

Sumner County Schools aspires to provide a high-quality standard of learning for our students that is best achieved by in-person classroom instruction. While our SVA teachers this year have done an incredible job, we believe there is no suitable substitute for face-to-face time with our teachers.

Virtual learning options will still be available for high school students through our E.B. Wilson Virtual High School.

Our principals and teachers look forward to our students returning to their classrooms next year so that we can continue to provide students with the same first-rate opportunities parents and students have come to expect from our schools.

5th Grade Dedication

We are excited to honor our 5th grade students that have been at WBE since kindergarten. They are the first class to go all the way through. It's hard to believe it has been 6 years. We will have pavers and a ceremony to recognize these students. Parents of these students are invited to the dedication at 8:45 on May 25th, right before graduation.

Kindergarten Information

Upcoming Kindergarten families:

Please join us Tuesday, May 11th for a tour of WBE between 6 and 7 pm. We will have teachers and staff available to answer questions. Please see the flyer below for an informational powerpoint and a video that shows a day in the life of a Kindergartener at WBE.

Burrus Kindergarten Orientation Video
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Cross Country Information

We are excited to announce a Spring Cross Country Club at Burrus during April and May! Races will be held April 18th, May 2nd, and May 9th at Sanders Ferry Park. We will practice before school at 7:30am April 6th, April 9th, April 27th, April 30th, May 4th, and May 7th on the track at the playground behind the school. Please email Mrs. Black for a registration form and more information. This is open to ALL grades.

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- Colton Lawson, Zoie Singleton, Kingston Felton, Richard Shaw

Compassio- Camille Keyner, Grayson Allgood Will Barron, Nyla Stanton

Intergratis- Charley Gordon, Drew Jones, Allye Mullins, Cameron Ervin

Quantum- Brantley Carter, Greyson May, Mason Currey, Paxton Leffew

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Teacher Highlight

We now have 16 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, Jennifer Anglin, Casey Talbot, Courtney Cassetty, Alisha Gilmore, Jennifer Vaudrey, Lauren Akers, Angela White, Tina Ignatoski.

PTO Information

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