Eagle Eye 09-13-2018



This week provided a wonderful opportunity for teachers to learn more about the students as individuals with unique strengths and challenges (Parent Day). We thank you so much for your participation and look forward to your feedback. Please email your teachers or the principals.


We had our first announced fire drill of the year on Monday, and the students did a fantastic job. Throughout the year, we do talk to students about what to do in case of fire, earthquake, or intruder, with the subject matter and terminology adjusted for the grade level. The safety and security of our students is our highest priority, and through preparations in advance, we can ensure that students and staff know what to do in the case of an emergency.


Lifelong learning and staff development is important to us at CAC and so we look forward to welcoming and working with two Science learning consultants, who will be working with classroom teachers next week. They are supporting us in our school initiative to renew and revise our science units in the ES. We are excited to begin this journey and will keep you informed via grade level blog posts as new units are introduced.

Every month we focus on a core value. This month is creativity. Teachers in homerooms, specials, and Arabic look for ways to demonstrate and celebrate creativity. Books are a lovely way to spark conversations about our core values. We have sets of books in our classroom libraries that promote the core values and these will be rostered for coming home throughout the year. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Students are invited to wear white next Thursday, September 20th in honor of Peace Day.

Core Values



KG Students practicing Math          

 Art Class       


Music Class


What's for lunch

Our menu from Richoux for next week is attached here.


Monday, Sept. 17th: Pizza


Click here for the link:
ES Photos website.

If you would like to share photos that you have taken for ES events, please email them to: esphotos@cacegypt.org.


Click here for the LOST AND FOUND Report LINK



Sept. 16 - Oct. 11 - MAP Assessment
Sept. 16 - ES After School Activities Session 1 begins
Sept. 17 - Aug./Sept. Birthday Lunch
Sept. 18 - 20 - Author Margriet Ruurs & Artist Nizar Ali Badr Visit
Sept. 20 - Peace Day Assembly/All school (8:00 am - 8:30 am, Main Gym)
Sept. 22 - ES Production Rehearsal (12:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Sept. 25 - House Event (7:55 am - 8:25 am)
Sept. 27 - Grade 5 Unity Day
Sept. 30 - Oct. 3 - ES Photos

Oct. 2 - ES Assembly - 5G (7:55 am - 8:25 am, ES Hall)

After School Activities Website

Click here for the After School Activities website link.

Important Attendance Information

Dear Parents,

In order to check your child’s detailed attendance report, please follow these steps:


1- Login to www.cacegypt.org

2- CAC Dashboard

3- Skyward icon

4- Go to family icon

5- Click on attendance and you will see your child’s total attendance for the year.


Information about the Attendance Policy can be found in the handbook link available on the CAC website: www.cacegypt.org > Learning > Elementary School >Elementary Handbook

Click here for the 2018-2019 handbook link : Elementary Handbook  (Pages 50 - 51)

Attendance Timeline Information 2018 - 2019



Trimester 1

Aug. 27 - Nov. 8

Trimester 2

Nov. 11 - Feb. 20

Trimester 3

Feb. 24 - June 12

School days





15 % of Trimester

8 days

8 days

10 days

Absence more than 15% of Trimester

Students receive only comments on report cards, no grades  

Recently admitted students

Students who were here at least 50% of the trimester will receive grades and comments.

Students who were here less than 50% of the trimester will only receive comments.



Weekend Bike Route Directions

Looking for a place where your child/ren can safely ride? CAC has a weekend bike route.


- Start next to the Tortoise enclosure so it's on your left hand side

- turn left next the blue picnic tables

- turn right between the 2 ES playgrounds so the tree in the middle will be on your right hand side

- turn left so that the Health office is on your right hand side

- turn the first right, you will find a sign that says weekend Bike Route

- go all the way towards the old MS building

- turn left on the little ramp

- make a tight left turn, following the signs so the track is on your right hand side

- turn left

- turn right down the ramp so that the blue playground is on your left hand side

- turn left so that the blue playground is still on your left hand side

- turn left and you will be back at the tortoise enclosure


See the Elementary handbook for further details.
Safety is always important. Keep to the route. No biking in corridors. Enjoy!




ES Production News

Congratulations to all the students who auditioned for this year's ES Production, Shrek Jr. We are very excited to have begun our rehearsals. All detailed information may be found on the Drama Blog. Please do check this regularly for updates. Click here for detailed instruction on how to access the Drama Blog and the information for Shrek Jr.


Thank you for your continued support,

Ms. Dolly and the ES Production Team


Counseling Corner

Interesting Article

Talking to our kids about their day at school is a great opportunity to learn more about how they are doing, what they are learning and how they are getting along with their peers and their teacher.  Sometimes kids need some down time before they are ready to share and that is alright. A recent post in the Positive Parenting Connection by Ariadne Brill 25 Questions That Get Kids to Talk About School includes some great questions that encourage lively conversations about the school day.

Circle Solutions

It is important that as educators we support social and emotional literacy as well as academics.  As such, all elementary faculty go through training in Circle Solutions. Circle Solutions is a philosophy for building healthy relationships and a pedagogy for teaching them. It is based in the principles of agency, safety, positivity, inclusion, respect, and equality.  A few years ago, Circles founder Sue Roffey came and facilitated an all faculty training for teachers in the elementary school. Because of the dedication to student wellness and continued success of Circle Solutions, the administration sent 4 faculty members to become trainers. As trainers they are able to continue educating the faculty on how to successfully facilitate Circles and all teachers in the ES hold weekly Circles with their classes.  Circles is a structured, safe framework for group interactions that help develop self awareness, understanding of others, a sense of belonging, a focus on positives, increased emotional resources and better collaborative decision making. The students build connections while having fun. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

Dana Purpura

School Counselor

Guidance Teacher Gr. K-3


Carey Harris
Guidance Teacher
Gr. 4 & 5


Library News

Author and Illustrator visit next week! Next Tuesday - Thursday, Author Margriet Ruurs and illustrator Nizar Ali Badr will visit to share their book Stepping Stones - A Refugee Family’s Journey. Margriet will speak to Prek, KG, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students on Tuesday the 18th, to Grade 3 and 5 on Wednesday the 19th , and to Grade 4 students on Thursday the 20th. Book signing will not happen this visit, due to materials being unavailable - our apologies.

Bring stones for our art project! Inspired by the art in the book Stepping Stones, next week ES students will be involved in an art project with stones. Starting now, your student can bring small, flat stones to the Library.


After School Activities

Activities begin next week. It is very important that you share your child/children’s plan with them before they come to school.
We share those schedules with: homeroom teachers/aides/office & transportation
If your child decided that he/she will not be doing an activity, please submit this Form.

Unexcused absence may result in cancelling the activity for your child.

Please review first week procedures here: First Week Procedures


Repeated Announcements

Dismissal Card - New System

Dismissal cards allow a designated adult to pick-up your child. By you giving the card to the designated pick-up person you are authorizing that adult to pick up your child. The card would then be shown to security in order for the student to be allowed off campus. The card allows for pick-up at the front or back gate only, not campus access. Examples, a driver, nanny or arranged playdate adult would show your child’s dismissal card at the gate in order for your child to be allowed off campus. Cards can be ordered from the Parent Dashboard the first week of October.


In the meantime, please send an email to your child’s teacher detailing the full names of the designated adult, your child and date before 1:00 pm on the day. This allows time for the school to inform security and ES office.


We ask that playdates be arranged ahead of time. Parents can give a dismissal card to allow pick-up.



MAP Assessment Information - Grades 3, 4 and 5

Please click the link for further information and see grade level blog for class schedule information coming soon.


Niall Williams  nwilliams@cacegypt.org

Curriculum/IB/AP Coordinator


Food Services in the School

The School contracts with food service vendors to provide opportunities to purchase food items on campus. Hot lunch is catered for KG-Grade 5. The menu was created from parents’ and students’ recommendations. NOTE: The PTO organizes pizza bi-weekly on Mondays.

Check the Eagle Eye for weekly lunch menu. Payment is made at CAC’s cashier in our Welcome Center. Minimum payment of 500 LE per student is required. Your Skyward secure online food service tab is part of your Skyward account and the link can be found on your parent dashboard. This system will support if you have more than one child in our division as each child has a personalized bracelet which will register who, when and cost of each hot lunch purchased. Parents, you can view this on their Skyward account.


Health/Photo Permission Updates

Skyward is our student information system which hosts all the important data such as emergency contact, health information and other information related to students. It is important that this data is current so that we can use this data for the school-related travel and for emergencies. Kindly check that the information we have for your child is accurate. If not, please log in to your Skyward parent account and update the information. Also, parents are required to provide medical authorization at the beginning of the year, which can now be done through Skyward. We no longer send paper copies home. However, new students and students in grades 3 will still need to hand in a doctor's physical examination by Sept. 27, 2018.

Kindly update this information by Sept. 27, 2018. Students whose health records are not updated will not be permitted to attend school after Sept. 27, 2018.

Our intention is to minimize the number of emails sent to parents to collect student information for various activities. In order to achieve that, the student information on Skyward must be current. Kindly help us by keeping your information current on Skyward Family Access.


If you have questions about this information, please reply to this address: skumar@cacegypt.org.

If you have technical questions, please direct them to technology@cacegypt.org.


Thanks and regards,

Santha Kumar

Director of Information Services

Booster Club

Please use this link to join our new Facebook group page! It's an easy way to keep up with the latest Spirit news. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2135733356686475/

There's still time to get involved! If you'd like to get to know more people at CAC and can either fold clothes, use a cash register, bake cookies, create a spreadsheet, design posters, run a small business, or smile big, we'd love to have you volunteer with us. Please get in touch with us via email at boosterclubcac@gmail.com.

Spirit Store

We have new CAC Athletics tank tops and muscle shirts for sale! Stop by during our regular opening hours, Sunday-Thursday; 7:45 am-10:00 am, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm-4:00 pm.

Spirit Cafe

Our popular snacks are for sale every Thursday by the gym entrance from 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm. Come look for our treats at Flood the Field, Monday, September 17th. Go Eagles!


Flood the Field
The CAC soccer programs, in conjunction with the High School Student Council, are holding their "Flood the Field" event on Monday, September 17. The CAC Boys' Varsity will play at 3:30 pm, and the Girls' Varsity will play at 5:15 pm. There will be extra seating brought in, announcing, soccer-themed competitions for the fans, and just great fun on that day.

Thank you in advance for your support, and we look forward to seeing you all at the games!


From the PTO

We’re here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance. Our email is cacpto@cacegypt.org.

Pizza Days!

Pizza day is Monday, Sept 17th!!! Other pizza days in October are the 1st, 15th, and 29th. 1 slice for 30 LE, 2 for 40 LE, 3 for 50 LE. Price includes juice or milk and a cookie. Extra cookie, juice, or slice is 7 LE. Kids use their bracelet to purchase. Prices increased this year due to vendor costs doubling


Upcoming PTO Events

Sunday, Sept. 16th — Parent Trip: Tour of Maadi’s Highlights and Hidden Gems. Almost Full!! For more info and to sign up: http://whoozin.com/QKV-R4N-6PQV. We will leave from CAC back gate promptly at 8:30 return  by 2pm. We will be exploring Rd 233 & Rd 9 as well as highlighting many shops and restaurants along the way. Questions? Contact Jean Wood at jeanwood261@icloud.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 25th — Book Club meeting at Osana Family Wellness at 1 pm. Our first book is "How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk" by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. To find the books, please call Diwan Bookstores to pre-order and check availability. All are also available on audio books. Non CAC parents are welcome as well. This is an informal book club, having read the book is not an attendance requirement.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd — 1:30 pm — PTO Meeting, open to all parents.


Thursday, Oct. 4th — Felucca Sail for New Families


Monday, Nov. 12th — Parent Trip: Heliopolis!
For more info and to sign up: http://whoozin.com/HUY-NYG-DK6H


Thursday, Oct. 25th — Halloween Carnival 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Come for the Elementary School Parade and stay for the carnival!  This event is designed for elementary aged students and their families.

Friday, February 1st — CAC PTO’s annual Gala, THE GREAT BIG BOLLYWOOD BASH at Sofitel Nile El Gezirah.


*Help plan the Halloween Carnival on Oct. 25th—contact Jennifer Tyler at Jennifertyler07@gmail.com.


*Help with pizza day distribution and sales (11:45 am - 12:45 pm on alternating Mondays) — contact Sandy Kachour.


*Help plan the book fair in December—contact Andi Simiskey at simiskey1@aol.com.

The International Festival is one of our community’s favorite events and one of our main PTO fundraising events of the year. The International Festival takes place in the spring and celebrates the diversity of our CAC community. We are still in need of volunteers to lead the organizing committee for the International Festival on April 5th. Email us at cacpto@cacegypt.org for more information.


*Help plan the gala on Feb. 1st — This is one of our main fundraising events of the year and as every year, we promise you a great party! If you’d like to volunteer in the gala committee, please contact Marcela Clavel at marcelaclavel@yahoo.com.ar or sending her a message at 0127-5243232.


PTO Facebook Page

Join the CAC PTO Facebook page for updates, photos, and information about school and PTO events! Tell all your CAC parent friends!



Monthly Meeting

All parents and teachers are members of the PTO and we would love to see many of you at our meetings and activities. With rare exceptions, our monthly meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm, at the PTO room #626, on the second floor of the administration building, near the main gate.


Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 2nd. We look forward to seeing you there!