Eagle Eye 12-7-2017


Thank you to all those who came to Parent/Teacher Conferences last Monday. It’s another way of building parent/teacher partnerships, so important to school success.

Grade 5 set off to explore the Saqqara Complex this past Tuesday, visiting the Museum of Imhotep (which included seeing a royal mummy), the Complex of Zoser, and the Step Pyramid (the first stone building in the entire world). In the Tomb of the Nobleman and the Pyramid of Teti, they learned about ancient daily life and the afterlife, as viewed by the ancient Egyptians.

Core Values














New murals from the Art room






Grade 5G’s Positive passes making their way around

the school   

  KG learning about the people
who help us

What's for lunch

Our menu from Richoux for next week is attached


Lunch cards only accepted.

Monday, Dec. 11: Koshari (LE 25). Cash only.




  • Dec. 12 - ES Assembly - 3H (7:55 am - 8:25 am, ES Hal
  • Dec. 13 - 21C Libraries for Parents: Social Media, 8:30 am, MS/HS Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19, will be a Thursday schedule.
  • Dec. 21 - House Event (8:30 am -10:00 am) opening in the main gym, parents welcome.
  • Dec. 21 - ES Winter Assembly (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
  • Dec. 22 - Jan. 13 - Winter Break. School resumes Jan. 14.


From the Handbook

“Lost and found is displayed on tables outside the Playground Monitors office. Valuables are held in the Activities Office 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. You may email
egergess@cacegypt.org if you have lost something valuable (phone, jewelry, glasses, etc.). Unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year. Please ensure that your child’s belongings are clearly labeled.”

Page 55
Student/Parent Handbook


Warm Clothing & Toy Drive



Winter Celebration Community Service (Pass the Parcel)
The Service Learning Office, in partnership with the ES Student council is proud to announce Pass the Parcel. This year’s recipient organization is Stabl Antar Dreams School. We are collecting warm clothes and gently used toys.  The donation collection will run from Wednesday, December 6, 2017 to Sunday, December 17, 2017. Elementary school students will have boxes for donations in their classrooms. 

During the ES Winter Celebration, on December 21, 2017, from 10:30 am -12:00 pm, different stations will be set up to clean, fix, sort and wrap the donated items. Parents are welcome to help at these stations. You can find the full plan of the day here: Winter Celebration Community Service Plan . Please follow our announcements and updates on the CACN, newsletters and Tuesday morning assemblies. Thank you for your continued support of CAC and for helping others stay warm this winter.


Winter Celebrations - repeated announcement

On December 21st, the elementary students, faculty, staff and parents will be celebrating together by having a day of fun. We’ll start with a combined middle school/elementary house event, then participate in a community service opportunity, a special lunch, grade celebrations and end with a winter assembly. We may even have a special visit from Santa! All students need to wear their house shirts to school. Please see winter celebration schedule details here.

As we are planning for the last day of school which includes a house event, winter parties and culminating in a winter assembly at the end of the day, we hope you will all be here to join in the fun! If you can’t, we would appreciate knowing if you are planning to take your child/ren away at an earlier date as numbers will affect the house event. Please inform your classroom teacher.


From the ES Library

Libraries open Saturdays in December

The CAC libraries will be open December 9 and 16.

21C Libraries for Parents: Social Media - December 13

The libraries will be leading a discussion on the different social media apps that our CAC students are using. We will share results from student surveys on social media and explore parenting strategies. December 13, 8:30 am in the MS/HS Library.

Overdue notices

Overdue notices went out this week. Thank you to those who have heeded the reminder and returned books. If you have not yet, please consider returning library materials as soon as possible so that all can enjoy.

Stay in touch with the ES Library

Like us on Facebook:   CACESlibrary

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Follow us and tag your readers on Instagram: @CACEgyptLibrary  and #CACESreads


Counseling Corner


It is the time of year again when some of our friends will be leaving for new adventures.  For some people, moving is easy and for some it is  difficult and the transition can take up to 6 months. One approach in helping others make a smooth transition is called "building a RAFT".

RAFT is an acronym that the late David C Pollock developed to help people transition. If you know someone, child or adult, who is moving soon, you can help them with the transition by supporting them in saying goodbye.  


Reconciliation- The goal is to help people reconcile broken relationships before leaving. Problems don't go away when we move and we need to do our best to make things "right" with others before we go.

Affirmation- It is important to acknowledge those in our lives who we are thankful for or appreciate.

Farewells-This can be the hardest part of moving. We can often think of who we want to say goodbye to but often don't know how.  Saying goodbye is very important to a smooth transition.

Think Destination-Finding out as much as you can about where you are going helps people when transitioning.


Interesting Article

The closer we get to the holidays the harder it is for some kids to regulate their excitement.  Nicole Schwarz is a parent coach who writes a blog at imperfectfamilies.com and has some tips on how we can help.


Helping Your Child Self-Regulate During the Holidays


From Aquatics

CCS Cross Country is Coming
The second event for 2nd-5th grade, the cross country running race around campus is coming the week of December 17. All races will be done at lunch time. In the event of bad air quality, races will be combined with another grade on the next available day. All students that are competing should have proper footwear and a packed lunch from home. Please encourage your student to compete!

December 17 - Grade 2
December 18 - Grade 3
December 19 - Grade 4
December 20 - Grade 5


After School Activities

After School Activities Next week

Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: Gr.1-5 students go directly to their ASA

Monday : Gr.1-5 students go to the lunchroom to meet their ASA teachers

Share the schedule with your child - Repeated

We had a great start to the after school activities this week. Thank you to all the parents who had shared the schedules with their children, they came to school knowing what activities they had which helped them have a great day.

ASA Attendance, Commitment, Excuse & Cancellation - Repeated

As many students were scheduled to at least one of their choices, therefore the expectation is that they attend all these classes. If they are absent from school, they are automatically excused and no need to inform us. If for any reason students cannot attend their ASA on a specific day, parents must submit this Form.

Students who miss
1 class of ASA without an excuse will be dropped out of this class and parents will be notified. That way we can enroll other students who are on the waiting list. We do appreciate so much the parents who have already submitted the form as it helped us send “happy e-mail” to others who were on the waiting lists. The waiting lists will no longer be counted after the winter break i.e. if we have not contacted you before then, that means that no spots were opened up and schedules will be set as is.

Click here for the ASA Website

ES Photos

Link to the ES Photos website

We now have a website for the ES photos. This is a live link and we will always continue to add to it. If you would like to share photos that you have taken for ES events, please send to esphotos@cacegypt.org. Hope you enjoy them.


The MBA is Back!

The Maadi Basketball Association (MBA) is a basketball league for community children ages 5 to 15. The MBA is played at the Cairo American College. The season runs from January 20th to March 17th. Here is the link for the online registration:

MBA 2018 Registration Form

Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

  • Saturday, December 9th: MBA Information booth during the YSL tournament at Victory College field. Parents may get more information about the season and pay their child’s MBA fee.
  • Saturday, December 16th: MBA Skill assessment at 10:00 am at Cairo American College. Registered players ages 9-15 will go through a skills assessment. (Players between the ages of 5-8 will not be assessed and need not attend).
  • Over winter break: Coaches will contact parents regarding their child’s team placement.
  • The week of January 14 - 18: MBA Team practices begin.
  • Saturday, January 20th: The first MBA games begin. Games will start at 8:00 am through 1:00 pm.


If you have any questions, please contact Monte Davis, MBA Coordinator, at: mdavis@cacegypt.org .

Booster Club News

Please join the Spirit Cafe in celebrating another wonderful PTO Book Fair!


We will be there to help keep you warm while shopping for those wonderful books. Sip on hot cocoa and warm apple cider, while snacking on some fresh baked goods. Sunday - Wednesday from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.


In addition, and as part of the Christmas Market on Thursday, the Spirit Cafe will have a different menu to help celebrate the season, including  hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, chicken tenders, and chili... Thursday 3:00 pm -6:00 pm.


See you there after school December 10-14!

From the Welcome & Integration Committee

Wednesday’s parenting workshop run by Amina Diab was great! She was very interesting and was able to have the parents interact and role play and really allow for the information to sink in rather than just presenting theoretical information. All parents requested that she runs many more workshops in the new year. See testimonials below.

“It was a great resourceful session and I already learnt a lot!!! Can’t wait to learn more and more...” Yasmeen Guindy, grade 5 parent

“We are all as parents are doing our best efforts to raise our children. Sometimes however we are surprised with the reactions or don’t get the outcome we hoping for. In this workshop we got to learn simple tweaks to our communication with our kids that could make our communication more effective and  we also learned how our kids process our words. It’s  an amazing workshop. Highly recommended.” Ahmed El Kilany Grade 2 and 7 parent


Don’t miss out! Attend next week’s workshop

Positive Discipline Workshop (Ages 0-6)

Postponed to Monday, December 11th at 1:00 pm in the Common room by Amina Diab, Child Psychologist

Workshop duration: 2 Hours; Price: 400 L.E.

Amina Diab is a child psychologist, parent educator and parent coach. She strives to help families build strong parent-child relationships based on the foundations of respect, love and trust. Amina advocates gentle guidance and positive discipline parenting to help raise competent, responsible and self-reliant children. Amina Diab is currently a doctoral researcher in Education at the university of Bath. After pursuing her masters in child & adolescent psychology, she has been working with a variety children ranging from behavioral issues to developmental abilities to learning disorders.

Workshop Information

Title: Positive Parenting Level 1: fostering stronger parent-child relationships (Ages 0-6)

During this workshop, we discover the main criteria for implementing positive parenting into our daily routine by empowering parents with proven yet practical tools to apply today. All topics discussed fall under the umbrella of developing strong parent-child relationships based on love, trust and respect. This is the first out of our 3 level positive parenting series; each level builds on previous knowledge and enriches your parenting learning experience further.

Topics we will explore together:

• Developing an understanding of the different forms of parenting styles; which one do you fall under?

• Understanding your child’s cognitive developmental stage and whether this meets expectations.

• How to better communicate and connect with your child through your method of discipline; why punishments and bribes are not preferred and what to use instead.

• Discover the influence of words you might be using everyday; are they discouraging or empowering your children.

• Proven Strategies and tools that cushion your everyday power struggles during morning and bedtime routines.

To sign up for this workshop please email:

Heba Elsamni - hebaelsamni@gmail.com or

Farida Khamis - fkhamis@orientalweavers.com

Promoting Healthy Living, one dessert at a time

December 14th at 1:30 pm in the ES Lunchroom by Nadine Azzam, Founder, Baked - a cookie company. Cost - 150 LE per person for ingredients.

Nadine Azzam is a 38 year old mother, wife and business owner from Cairo, Egypt. Baked started specializing in soft baked, America inspired cookies, using only gourmet ingredients and then moved onto developing a range of products based on making all natural desserts that are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Wholesome desserts that cater to people with dietary limitations due to illness or allergies or for people that just want to follow a clean healthy lifestyle. She created a side brand for Baked’s healthy range called be good today and has developed a significant following on Instagram. Her future plans for Baked include opening a healthy bakery in Zamalek, to make Baked’s healthy desserts accessible to the good people of Cairo. http://www.facebook.com/bakedcookiecompany

In our upcoming workshop I will be demonstrating how to make an indulgent dessert using only natural ingredients (nothing processed); free from gluten, dairy and sugar that will be healthy while satisfying your sweet tooth.

To sign up for this workshop please email :

Heba Elsamni - hebaelsamni@gmail.com or

Farida Khamis - fkhamis@orientalweavers.com


From the PTO

PTO meetings
generally take place on the first Tuesday of every month.

Book Fair

We are looking forward to the annual PTO Book Fair that will take place December 10-14. Come join our activities everyday from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmin the MS backyard and enjoy the Booster Cafe hot chocolate and treats.  On Thursday the 14th we will have a mini christmas bazaar from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Upcoming PTO Parent Trips

Spaces are limited. Please sign up using the links below:


Islamic Cairo & Khan el Khalili Shopping - Dec. 11



Islamic Cairo & Khan el Khalili Shopping - Dec. 18