Cahaba Elementary Newsletter

September 2022

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Building Legacy

One building. 4 generations. The building that houses Cahaba Elementary has played many roles in the lives of citizens in Trussville. It opened as a high school in 1938, was converted to a middle school in 1984, and finally an elementary school in 2016. Many students of all ages have walked these halls. From Mrs. Dorothy Lancaster Vernon who graduated Hewitt-Trussville High School in 1949 to her great-grandaughter who began Cahaba Elementary in 2022, the Vernon Family have shared their memories and experiences through 4 generations of this school building. Dorothy Lancaster Vernon her son, David Vernon, and her daughter-in-law, Sandra Cato Vernon are all graduates of Hewitt Trussville High School. All three attended school at the original high school building. David and Sandra's son, Ryan, attended this building as a middle schooler. And now, his daughter Amelia Claire is attending school in the same building at Cahaba Elementary. As Amelia Claire walks the halls of Cahaba, she is walking the same halls as her great-grandmother, two of her grandparents, and her dad. It's legacy. It's family. It's Cahaba.
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Pictures provided by Sandra Vernon

Rising to the Challenge!

Mrs. Fortenberry creates and directs the most amazing programs and we keep adding more and more students to her stage! Last year, CES worked to earmark some school funds to purchase risers for the music program. Risers would give more places for students to stand. The risers we chose were priced around $4000. The day before we were ready to purchase, our bookkeeper, Barbara Seal reached out to Lance Pate at FBCT to see if he had another vendor we could check for more competitive pricing. He gave us a name and laughingly sent Barbara a link for risers on FB Marketplace. They were perfect!! Priced at $270 !!! BUT you must pick up in Kentucky! Enter Carson Greene, our HERO! He drove to Kentucky and picked up our “like new” risers. Thank you, Mr. Greene!
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Mo Willems

First graders will tell you their favorite author right now. Mo Willems. First-grade classes have been studying the author and illustrator. They have loved learning about his writing style, making story maps of his books, practicing his illustration style, and even taking a virtual reality tour of areas that inspired his work. Enjoy the video of what some first graders had to share about Mo Willems.
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Alabama the Beautiful

Fourth-grade students completed their Alabama state projects. Students researched cities, landmarks, popular attractions, and state symbols. Students used this research to create a state map with images detailing the information they had learned. Their projects are on display in the hallway to teach others interesting facts about the state of Alabama.
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Morning Meetings

From the first day of school, Cahaba has engaged in what we call, Morning Meetings. After morning announcements, every class gathers together and has a morning chat. It's a great time for teachers and students to connect by talking about the day, discussing important information, having a family chat, or just sharing something fun. Teachers and students are enjoying an emphasis on Morning Meetings this year!

CES Dogs

At the beginning of the year, fifth-grade students apply to participate in the CES Dogs program. These students are considered student leaders. They assist with welcoming and encouraging students at the car rider line, the cafeteria, the library, and school entrances in the morning. They also help students load into their cars in the afternoon. These student leaders bring a smile to everyone they meet. Thank you CES Dogs for all you do to make Cahaba great!

Cahaba Java

Students in Ms. Fulmer's class began a new project this year. Cahaba Java! Students received orders from faculty and staff and filled those orders. Cole Hogan and Layla McConico delivered coffee, creamer, sugar, and refreshing drinks to school staff. The service was as good as the drinks. Thank you, Ms. Fulmer's class!
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Ready, Respect, and Responsible

Cahaba students and staff are focused on 3 foundations of character this school year. Those foundations are ready, respect, and responsible. At the beginning of the year, art and counseling collaborated to bring a beautiful piece of artwork to our school. Students worked to create these three banners that are featured outside our cafeteria.

Virtual Reality is Back!

Our virtual reality collaborations are in full swing. The virtual reality goggles take the students on virtual field trips. These trips are a collaboration between the teachers and the library. Students learn about 360 topics related to the standards they are learning in class. In September, 1st graders took a virtual trip to NYC to learn about Mo Willems' inspirations for his books, 2nd graders learned about pollination, and 3rd graders viewed and learned about different types of clouds. VR headsets are a great way to add content and technology to CES instruction.
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Upcoming Events

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September 19 - 23: Book Fair

September 20: Fall School Pictures

September 22: Book Fair Sidewalk Sale with Food Trucks (4:00 - 7:00 p.m.)


October 3: Taco Mama Spirit Night

October 4: Makeup Fall School Pictures

October 10: Fall Break (no school)

October 12: PTO Meeting (9:30 @Public Library)

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week

October 24: Third Grade Music Program (6:15 p.m. @Gym)

October 25: Freddy's Spirit Night


November 7 - 18: Food Drive for TEAM

November 7: PTO Meeting (9:30 @Public Library)

November 10: Veterans Day Parade

November 11: No School


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