Head of School 04-13-2017


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 Head of School's Newsletter - April 13, 2017

Egypt Festival Final Day

CAC celebrates the rich, long, and fascinating culture of our host country this week. The festivities conclude today with assemblies, tanoura dancing, balady bread (baked on campus!) and Egyptian artisans sharing their talents and wares with CAC students. This is the final Egypt Culture Festival for our long time Egypt Culture teacher Dr. Jailan Abbas, and we want to take a special moment to recognize her contributions to this long-standing tradition at CAC. Dr. Abbas retires in June after more than three decades of learning, teaching, and sharing Egypt’s wonderful culture with CAC students. Her influence has touched CAC students who have taken her love for Egypt with them around the world...and some who stayed right here in Egypt. Click here for a story about a CAC alumnus, influenced by Dr. Abbas, who is now doing an archaeological dig in Egypt.


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The Egyptian Military Band kept the mood festive throughout the day.

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Artists and artisans, crafts and shopping Egyptian handmade designs.


Theater Seat Sale

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Help the CAC Theater, memorialize a student, graduate, alumnus or friend….CAC seeks your support as we work to give our Theater a ‘facelift’ and replace all the chairs in this important community center. As you will no doubt know, if you’ve been in the theater recently, many chairs are looking tatty and several are completely broken. It is time for an upgrade. Your support--by purchasing a chair--will allow CAC to accelerate this project and, hopefully, have all new seating installed in the Theater during winter break 2017-18. The new chairs look great and feel even better (I can attest). Please visit the ACE Office website
here to make your tax-deductible donation.



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CAC Teachers Take it to the Web

CAC Math and Tech teachers Brandon Zerr Smith, Matthew Miller, Eric Dunham and Kyle Purpura have been taking tech integration ideas to the web with their Tek Talks video and audio vlogs and podcasts. They are exploring various tech-in-the-classroom topics, including ‘gamifying’ lessons and units, and also providing teachers with quick, useful lessons in running a paperless classroom, using google docs to a teacher's’ advantage, and google classroom ‘add-ons’ that can increase functionality for busy teachers.

You can check out their podcasts here on Soundcloud, and see their YouTube video channel here.



Enjoy your Spring Break

It has been a long haul since our last significant break. We wish you all a safe, fun week and hope that you are able to engage in some regenerative activities, experience our wonderful host nation, get some sleep….or all of the above. See you in a week!



CAC’s Board of Trustees’ Annual General Meeting--April 26

The CAC Board of Trustees will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 26 from 6pm. It will be held in MS Room 115. The AGM is the Board’s annual report to the community about their work in governance and oversight of the school, its mission, the strategic plan, and the Board’s progress on their Goals for 2016-17. Each Board committee will report and there will be a report from Mr. Rutherford as well.  The Facilities Committee report will include its preferred option for Phase IV of the Master Plan; this will be the last opportunity for community input before the Board makes its decision.  All parents are welcome to attend.



PASS THE PARCEL -give to gain

On Saturday, April 8th, the ES Pass the Parcel Toy Drive Team and the HS Global Issues Service Club passed a parcel made of care and love to the children of Stabl Antar and delivered the toys they collected. They spent a lot of time preparing for the visit and worked hard to make this experience meaningful for the children of Stabl Antar.


Pass the Parcel is a “child-to-child” service initiative that seeks to empower children through giving. Founded by a group of CAC elementary students with a passion for kindness, Pass the Parcel is driven by CAC’s core values of integrity, creativity, perseverance, courage, respect, responsibility and compassion. Pass the Parcel is not about decluttering our rooms; it’s about giving something we still value to others, which also means giving our time and effort.


The mission of Pass the Parcel is to develop and promote the values of empathy, engagement, and empowerment in our children. This service initiative teaches important lessons in social responsibility, broadening our worldview because it requires us to step outside the comfort of our privileged world and embrace the challenges of others. By engaging with their extended community, our children will foster their sense of compassion and understanding. Giving is a truly fulfilling experience that fills us with contentment and satisfaction. It empowers the giver with an immense feeling of worth and a sense of responsibility toward others. It is important that our children come to believe that even the smallest action can make an impact on the world around them.


We have a team of friends to help us pass the parcel!


Our first initiative was a Toy Drive;  BILLY the REPORTER helped us announce our work, write the scripts for assemblies, and present in different events. SHASHA the COLLECTOR helped us gather toys to give and kept a detailed inventory of toys so  MINI the SORTER could help us prepare the parcels and ROCKY the GIVER could help us share our gifts with those in need.


To make a larger impact, this year we joined forces with the HS Global Issues Service Club to support the children of Stabl Antar. The HS GISC have been working with these children since the beginning of this academic year.


Stabl Antar Dream Project is a vocational school located on a small mountain in old Cairo. Residents of Stable Antar live in poverty and sometimes struggle to meet their basic needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health care, shelter, and education.


Check out this video the shares every step of the Pass the Parcel journey! goo.gl/UQ2vpY






Walking Tour of Heliopolis, Wednesday April 26, 2017

*Please note that due to a national holiday the date of this trip has been changed from April 25 to April 26.

We will stop by the Baron Palace, built by the Belgian-born industrialist, Baron-General Eduard Louis Joseph Empain (1852-1929) who also founded the modern Heliopolis area in 1907.

We will walk through the beautiful El Korba section, a quaint shopping district that boasts original architecture, fascinating cultural sites as well as some of Cairo’s finest cafés and restaurants. We will walk in the European style commercial streets, and try to see the Basilique church, Adly Madgar Jewish synagogue, Hippodrome square, Maryland park, El Tahra palace, and Saray el Qubbah. If there is time, we may stop at a cafe for coffee or lunch.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

You can sign up using the link below:



The Citadel, The Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, Al-Rifa’i Mosque

Monday May 22,2016

The Saladin Citadel of Cairo is a medieval Islamic fort, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo. The Citadel was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city.

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lex includes the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which dominates the skyline of Cairo with its beautiful alabaster dome, the Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad, the Mosque of Sulayman Pasha, Gawhara Palace; and several museums.

Afterwards we will visit the nearby Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, and Al-Rifa’i Mosque.

*Please cover shoulders and knees, wear loose pants or a long skirt, and bring a scarf.*

You can sign up using the link below:



All PTO trips cost 100LE per person for transportation, a professional tour guide and security when necessary.Entrance fees, meals, refreshments, and any shopping are the participants responsibility. We meet at 8:15 a.m. at the back gate of CAC and the bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. We will return to school by 2:00 p.m. Please be sure to leave a mobile phone number when you register. Minimum of 10 participants required.


Lost and Found

Part of educating students at CAC is encouraging independence through increasing responsible behaviors. We constantly encourage students to label their items so that they are easily identified and returned back to the owner. It is also important that students know what to do when they lose any of their items.

Here is what we advise students to do when they report a lost item:

1- Look everywhere (lost & found table/class/playground/inside backpacks/home,etc,...)

2- Ask Others (friends/teachers/parents/siblings,etc,..)

3-Ask parents to report to the lost and found link. Upper grade students can do this too.

4- Use the same link to report when item is found.

In order to support our students and community members with the above process, we created the below Lost and Found link to help us track of lost and found items.