Superintendent's News 12-01-2016

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 Superintendent's Newsletter - December 01, 2016   


College Admissions News--Congrats Seniors!

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 9.08.55 AM.png‘Tis the season! College admissions news is gradually trickling in for CAC seniors, which means parents should start looking for signs of the dreaded ‘senioritis’ striking the admitted! Congratulations to the seniors listed below for their early admissions news. Most ED and EA decisions come out between Dec 15 and Dec 20, so the coming weeks might find seniors biting their nails, pulling their hair, and checking their email inboxes incessantly as they await university decisions. We look forward to celebrating CAC seniors’ successes with them in the coming months. In the meantime, congratulations to:

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  • Sam Knox (University of Kentucky)

  • Beth Korte (Hope College and Michigan State Univ.)

  • Anna Chadwell (Univ. of South Carolina)

Way to go Eagles!!!








Get ready for a very festive CAC Book Fair! This year, it will take place from December 4 to December 7 at the MS back courtyard, from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm! So leave your afternoons open and come attend some of the events we have in store for you from 3:20 pm onwards: Rania Hussein Amin, the author of the popular Farhana series will be hosting a book talk and signing; the MS/HS String Ensemble will provide us with a fabulous holiday-themed musical performance; as well as a live performance by Danny Malak, a talented local musician; Dr. Nigel Fletcher-Jones will read How I Became a Mummy by Leena Pekkalainen, and many more surprises! To add to the fun, everyday from 3:00-5:00 pm, there will be arts and crafts, as well as yummy snacks and treats provided by the Booster Club’s Spirit Café. Look for our posters to see the detailed program of activities.

This year the book fair is all about the holiday season and our theme is to “Give the Gift of Reading,” so please send in books if you’d like to donate to schools in need and it’s also the perfect opportunity to do some holiday gift shopping for yourself as well.

Teachers, please bring your CAC IDs with you to receive a special 5% discount from all the vendors.

Parents, we really need volunteers, so if you’d like to volunteer to help out, please sign up in the following Google doc (the schedule of ES class visits to the book fair is included in the sign-up sheet):


CAC International Festival 2017

Preparations are underway and we’d like to extend this invitation to invite anyone who would like to host or co-host a country specific booth at this year’s International Festival on Friday, March 17th to contact Sara Torosian at


Our first meeting for Country Representatives and those looking for more information will be held Monday December 5th at 8:15am in the Elementary School Library Front Classroom.


PTO Parent Trips December 7 and December 12: Khan el Khalili

Get your holiday shopping done in style while learning to haggle with the best!  We will guide you to our favorite shops in the Khan, stopping to absorb the history of this medieval market.  Cap the day with a delicious lunch at Naguib Mahfouz!


All trips need at least 10 people to operate. The cost is 100LE, which covers transportation, security, and tour guide. Entrance fees, meals, refreshments, and any shopping is the participant’s responsibility.

We meet at 8:30 a.m. at the back gate of CAC and return no later than 2:00 p.m.

We will be accompanied by a professional tour guide and a security guide from CAC.


Sign up via the links below:

Dec 7:         Dec 12:


Confirming: Prophet’s Birthday Holiday

CAC will observe the Prophet’s birthday holiday as scheduled on Sunday, December 11.  There will be no classes on Sunday, December 11.  The school will resume on Monday, December 12.


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Superintendent’s Coffee:

Mr. Rutherford will hold a parent coffee with information about recent Board work, strategic plan work, and the ongoing work of CAC’s Board and Administration during interesting economic times in Egypt. All parents welcome on Monday, December 5 @8:00 AM in MS room 115.


Semi-Annual Clothing Drive for the Benevolence Committee

From November 30-December 13 there will be a collection box near the front entrance of the school for the Benevolence Committee clothing drive. The Benevolence Committee is a group of women from the community that work all year to support 80+ charitable organizations (orphanages, homes for the elderly, schools for the disabled, etc.).  Twice a year they collect and distribute gently used household items, clothes, toys as well as rice. Thank you for any contribution you are able to make!

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Congratulations and Thanks to our 6th Grade Service Class! Students gathered useful items and bagged them in new Christmas backpacks to give to children at the African Hope School. CAC continues to partner with the African Hope school in a variety of ways, and we appreciate the work of our sixth graders (and their teachers) in continuing this good work! Way to go!



Perkins Eastman Architects Visit Campus

The CAC Trustees, performing their duty to ensure the future excellence of CAC, have hired Perkins Eastman Architects to conduct Concept Designs for Phase IV of our Campus Master plan. Perkins Eastman is one of the top architectural firms in the world that works with international schools. CAC’s Phase IV includes the athletic facilities, and will follow the completion of Phase III, the HS renovation. During three days of meetings, the architects met with students, parents, alumni, PE teachers, coaches, the CAC Administration, and the Board of Trustees to gather information about programs, as well as ‘hopes and dreams’ for CAC’s athletics facilities. Mr. Bailey, during the conversation with Administrators made the challenging and visionary statement: “CAC is the top school in Cairo and has been a top school in ISSTs for generations. Our Athletics facilities should set the bar for other schools.” The Architects will compile their data and bring back to campus in February as set of possible concepts for the Board to review for planning the next phase of CAC’s excellence.

Parting Shots


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Students getting down and dirty and learning about erosion in Ms. Smith’s MS Science class.

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Grown men cry. Saying farewell to our retiring Transportation Manager, Mr. Gamal

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Anticipation! Parents and friends await the CAC Winter concert on Wednesday evening.