Head of School 02-8-2018


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 Head of School's Newsletter - February 8, 2018

 CAC Hosts Math Counts

CAC is proud to be hosting an international Math Counts event this weekend. Math Counts is a US Dept of State Office of Overseas Schools supported mathematics contest for middle school students. CAC is hosting ACS Chennai, ACS Abu Dhabi, AES New Delhi, American School of Bombay and others. Many thanks to our CAC families who agreed to host visiting Mathletes.

Third Annual Girls Get Strong Conference

Girls Get Strong will host its third Health and Fitness Conference on Saturday, March 17th.  The theme of this year's conference is Girls Get Strong: In Action.  We are looking for students, parents, and community members who have a strong desire to empower girls with the knowledge, confidence, strength, inspiration, and/or leadership skills to be socially, emotionally, and physically healthy.   If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or leading a fitness class please email Ms. Riddle at rriddle@cacegypt.org.

Health Office Update Flu Season and More

As we go further into the flu season, I would like to share some information which you may find helpful.

The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and November and can continue to occur as late as May, and can peak at any time. Onset of flu is usually quite sudden, whereas a heavy cold is generally gradual.

What happens in the body when someone has the flu?

Influenza viruses usually infect the respiratory tract (i.e., the airways of the nose, throat and lungs). As the infection increases, the body’s immune system responds to fight the virus infection. This results in inflammation that can trigger respiratory symptoms such as cough and sore throat. The immune system response can also trigger fever and cause muscle or body aches.

Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of flu viruses! Get adequate sleep and maintain a healthy diet to keep your immune system in tip top shape.  Avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often (with soap and water), and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses. A gargle with an antiseptic such as Hexitol can help kill the bacteria that irritates the throat. Discourage your family and friends from sharing water bottles!

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care orantiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people.

You will no doubt have seen, or read, reports of Meningitis in the community. Thankfully the suspected case at an International school tested negative. Nevertheless, we must be vigilant and be aware of the symptoms which can be similar to those of the common flu and can develop quickly.

The main symptoms to look out for are fever, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and drowsiness or altered consciousness. The signs and symptoms do not appear in a definite order and some may not appear at all.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. The swelling from meningitis typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck.

Most cases of meningitis is caused by bacteria and viruses that often live in our bodies. Usually these germs are present in the intestines or in the nose and throat, but if they spread to the tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord, they cause inflammation. 

Preventative measures like those above will help minimize the risk of becoming ill. .

As always, if you have concerns about you or your family’s health or wellbeing, please contact the health office on 2755 5533. Alternatively, call your health care practitioner


Valentine’s book display

We have a “blind date with a book” display in the library this week.  We’ve wrapped some books and provided just the essential details of the plot.  Come pick up a surprise for your weekend reading.

Genrefication Update

We are halfway through our genrefication process.  We have completed labeling and changing the catalog records on 3000 of the 6000 fiction books in the MHS



New Books! New Books!  New Books!

We received hundreds of books this week and they are ready for check out.  Fiction for both students and adults, non-fiction for students and adults in addition to movies and documentaries are waiting for you to read/view.







Community Service/Core Values Award:

CAC Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for the Community Service/Core Values Award.  This award honors individuals who have exhibited CAC’s Core Values, contributing exceptional and varied voluntary service to the CAC Community. Examples:

  1. Activities in which CAC students are engaged

  2. Activities of benefit to the broader CAC community

Any member of the community not currently on the Board of Trustees is eligible for consideration for this award.

If you would like to nominate someone for his or her contributions, please request a nomination form from:

Nawal Gamal, Head of School’s Executive Assistant,

Admin Building – 3rd floor or

via email to board@cacegypt.org

Nomination forms are due no later than 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

From the Booster Club:

New Spirit Store Choices!!!

Need a smaller-sized PE uniform? Looking for new CAC spirit wear?

New choices arrived over the break and old favorites are back in stock!

Stop by the Spirit Store to see our new choices of spirit and athletic apparel. Kids and adult sizes available, plus restocks of our bestselling hoodies, logos, and school supplies.

Store Hours: 7:45am - 10am; 11am - 12:30pm; and 2:30pm - 4pm

Booster Cafe is open Thursdays 3-4:30.

Stop by to celebrate the end of another week!

Hot dogs, Taco In A Bag, homemade brownies will be available, plus all your other favorites.


2018 Theme: "CAC in Egypt"

Extended Deadline: 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018

Prizes - There will be first, second and third in each of three age categories for students and one grand prize for the CAC community category.

Age categories - 4-8, 9-13, and 14-18 and CAC Community Adults

The following prizes will be awarded in cash in 4-8 and 9-13, 14-18 age categories.

1st - $100, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25.

CAC Adult Community member grand prize is $200 in cash.

Eligibility - All CAC students, alumni, teachers, staff and parents are eligible to participate,

Artwork Specifications

Artwork must address the given theme.

Only flat media will be accepted.

Any medium (pastel, watercolor, oil, pencil, crayon, digital art, etc.) is acceptable.

Submissions must be entirely or essentially the artist’s original work.

Found material such as bits of wallpaper, photographs or printed matter may be used, e.g., in a collage, but must be presented in an original way in the context of an essentially new composition.

Dimensions of submitted work should be minimum 13.4" x 14.2" or 34 cmx 38 cm and maximum 21.65" x 27.5" or 55 cm x 70 cm Portrait dimensions

Use of Artwork

Artwork will become the property of CAC/PTO/Booster Club and will not be returned to artist.

CAC may use submitted artwork in CAC-related publicity or products and retains the right to sell the artwork for fund-raising purposes.

Submitting Artwork:

All entries, including digital artwork, MUST be dropped off at the Spirit Store.

For digital artwork, please include both a printed and the digital version.

Artwork must ARRIVE by the stated deadline of March 15, 2018.

A completed Entry Form MUST accompany the artwork and be attached to the back of the submission.

Entry forms available at the Spirit store. Artwork and Entry Forms must be dropped off at the Spirit Store by 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Click here for: Art Contest Entry Form

International Festival:

PTO International Festival needs your HELP. We need Country Reps for Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Canada ( all the supplies for Canada booth are available).

We need volunteers in the Raffle committee. Without your help and time this event won’t be possible!! We will be having our last meeting  before the Festival for all our Country Reps and Raffle Volunteers, Wednesday 14th at 8 am in the ES Library.  


Upcoming PTO Parent Trips

The next Parent Trip will be an Arts and Crafts Walking Tour of Zamalek on Monday, February 19.

Please register using the link below:



CAC GALA: Friday May 4, 2018

This year’s Gala theme will be ANCIENT EGYPT! Ladies, channel your inner Cleopatra and get ready to step back in time in all your (Egyptian inspired) glamour!

Gentlemen, don’t worry! We don’t expect you to dress up as a Pharaoh, (unless you really want to!) but we promise you will have a fantastic time!​​

The gala committee will have its first meeting on Sunday January 21 at 10 am.

If you would like to get involved or if you can support/sponsor this important PTO fundraiser in any way, please contact Hengameh Murphy, the CAC Gala Coordinator at murphysaroundtheworld@yahoo.com




This private group is a good way to keep informed of all the PTO activities, see pictures of our events and communicate with fellow PTO members.

You can join the CAC PTO group on Facebook using the following link.