Eagle Eye 09-27-2018


It’s fantastic to see all of the learning taking place in classrooms! Students are communicating about their mathematical solutions, sharing excitement about their books with reading partners, starting new units…classrooms have a fun and focused “learning buzz” as you move about the school.


Kudos to our students for their playground behavior as they look after equipment and pick up their litter. A whistle goes 1 minute before the end of recess to allow time for them to keep our playground tidy.


We are looking forward to seeing you at the Family Picnic, October 7 and our Family Math Night, October 9, 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm. See details below.

Chiara & Federica Burini’s Farewell Book

Our own Chiara and Federica Burini dedicated a beautiful book “CAC in Egypt” to the ES Office before departing to Mexico on September 20th after four years with us.

The book highlights memories, core values and their reflections about their time at CAC. They thanked all students, teachers and community members for all the joy and support they offered them.

We wish them all the best.

Core Values



House Event                

PreK Water Fun


Grade 5 Unity Day


What's for lunch

Our menu from Richoux for next week is attached here.


Monday, October 1st: 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. 27 - Grade 5 Unity Day & Health records due
Sept. 30 - Oct. 3 - ES Photos

Oct. 2 - ES Assembly - 5G (7:55 am - 8:25 am, ES Hall)
Oct. 7 - 11 Global Math Week

Oct. 7 - ES Family Picnic (Student eating times are 11:00 am (PreK), 12:10 pm (K-2) & 12:30 pm (Grades 3-5)

Oct. 7 - ES Principal’s Coffee (10:30 am - 11:30 am, Gr. 1 Common Room)

Oct. 9 - ES Assembly - 4D (7:55 am - 8:25 am, ES Hall)
Oct. 9 - Family Math Night (3:45 pm - 5:00 pm)
Oct. 16 - ES Assembly - 3H (7:55 am - 8:25 am, ES Hall)

After School Activities Website

Click here for the After School Activities website link.

From the 7th to 11th October the CAC elementary school will be celebrating Global Math Week, the world’s biggest community mathematics event. The aim of the event is to unite ten million students around the globe in a shared experience of joyful uplifting mathematics. The ultimate goal of Global Math Week is to change the way the world sees math. We want to help our students appreciate math as joyful, relevant, meaningful and creative. Join us in celebrating the wonder of math!

- During this week at CAC there will be a number of different mathematical activities going on for students and families to enjoy. These include:


- During their math class that week, students will participate in the Global Math Week focus activity - Exploding Dots!

- A Math Trail will be set up around the elementary school grounds. Students and families can complete the tasks during recess or after school. Parents are encouraged to check out the math trail with their children during Family Math Night.

- A Problem of the Day will be shared with all classes each day to encourage mathematical discussion and reasoning.

Family Math Night, October 9, 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Will offer an opportunity for parents and students to enjoy mathematical games together. Come play math games with your child. Games develop fluency with math skills and problem solving. Experience the fun of learning through games!

Our Family Math Night games are intended to help build fluency in math in a fun and engaging way. You’ll find the rules and instructions for a wide range of math skills games using a variety of different resources, including playing cards and dice. We’ve assembled games for different skill levels ranging from Grades Pre-K through 5, all with an educational math twist.


Campus Access Requests Online

Parents wishing to bring friends and family to campus will request access through anonline form  from now on. This form is available on the parent dashboard. This form will capture the needed information and send it to the appropriate administrator for approval and communicate the decision to the user and the security team. Atutorial is also available on the dashboard in case you need help with filling out the form.

The confirmation goes to your CAC gmail account which you should set to auto-forward to your personal email as we always recommend. Click here for the instructions on how to set the auto-forward to your personal email:Auto Forward CAC Gmail to Personal Emails




Counseling Corner

Positive Discipline

Children have an innate desire to help.  This Positive Discipline tool, by Jane Nelson, emphasizes the importance of including children in positively contributing to their community.  If you would like more information on Positive Discipline we have several books in the counseling office that you can check out.

Core Value

This month’s Core Value is Creativity.  The elementary school defines creativity as ‘being inspired to imagine and explore’.  A lot of the times when we think of creativity we think of the arts. However, creativity is more complex and fascinating.  In elementary, we will be spending the month exploring the idea of creativity. You can help support our efforts at home by investigating the concept with your child.  


How do you define creativity?  Is there anything that might block creativity?  


Attached is a thought-provoking article in the New York Times about developing creativity.  

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off


Dana Purpura

School Counselor

Guidance Teacher Gr. K-3


Carey Harris
Guidance Teacher
Gr. 4 & 5


Library News

Author Visit
We very much enjoyed visiting author Margriet Ruurs last week. She did a wonderful job presenting her books and sharing about her life as an writer. Margriet has awebsite where you can find her books. Though illustrator Nizar Ali Badr could not visit, students participated in an art project inspired by his example. Many students brought small stones for the art project, thank you!


Family Picnic - Oct. 7

Dear parents,


On October 7th, we will be having our first ES picnic- BBQ day of the school year!  

Kindly sign up through this google form Family Picnic Order Forms if interested!


There is a google form for each grade. For siblings, please sign up each child in their respective grade form.


Following the new lunch system that has been put in place, payments will be done through the child's meal accounts. Once orders are placed, the money will be deducted from the accounts. Parents can also place their orders on the google form of their children.

The deadline for orders is on Wednesday, October 3rd by 3:00 pm.   


Kindly note that that Pre-K will eat lunch at 11:00 am, followed by KG to grade 2 at 12:00 pm and grades 3-5 at 12:30 pm.

Unfortunately we will not be able to take orders after the deadline nor on the day of the BBQ.


We look forward to seeing you all!!



Shrek Jr. Bake Sale!

This coming Thursday,October 4th will be the first of five fundraising Bake Sales for our upcoming ES Production, Shrek Jr. If you would like to donate items to sell, please contact Shirin Skov, at shirinskov@gmail.com. The Bake Sale will be after school, at the Front Gate. All proceeds go to support our ES Production. Last year we raised over 11,000LE!


Thank you all for your continued support,

Dolly Shalaby
ES Production Director


Music Performance Opportunity

We would like to announce a music performance opportunity for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. The performance will be for the ES Family Picnic on October 7 from 12:10 pm - 12:40 pm.


Students interested in performing will need to audition for Mr. Eric and several other teachers during lunch (12:10 pm - 12:45 pm) on Monday, October 1. Due to the limited time available, performance slots will go to polished performances only and is "first come, first serve." Students may sing and/or play an instrument. Mr. Eric is available to accompany the students on guitar or piano. Each performance may not exceed 2 minutes.


For students not chosen or not currently ready to perform, other performance opportunities will be happening throughout the year. Looking forward to hearing some wonderful music! Thank you for your support.


Follow this link to sign up for an audition time during Lunch on Monday October 1


Repeated Announcements

School Photos - (Sept. 30 - Oct. 3)

It’s time for the Elementary School students to be photographed. We have arranged for a professional photographer to come to school from September 30 - October 3rd, 2018. She will photograph each student individually as well as take a class group photo. Parents will have the option of selecting one of the packages outlined on the envelope that was sent home.

To order photographs, write your child’s name and class code on the envelope and check the package you would like to order. It is necessary to fill out a SEPARATE ENVELOPE FOR EACH CHILD IN YOUR FAMILY. Please include the money in the envelope and send it with your child on the day his/her picture is scheduled. Click here for ES Photo Schedule 18-19

If you would like to take a Sibling photo, this will be after school starting 3:15 pm on Tuesday, October 2nd, or Wednesday, October 3rd ONLY in the Grade 1 Common Room (1st floor). Sign-up sheet will be in the office starting September 23rd.

All orders should be paid in Egyptian currency. No checks are accepted and exact change is required. A make-up day will be scheduled for students who are absent or need to be retaken at a later date.

For those who would like a family photo at an additional cost, you may arrange a separate appointment with the photographer: Kathrin Sombold (0100-566-0979), email: ksombold@gmail.com.

We expect all photos will be returned in time for the winter holidays.


Skyward Directory Parent Email

Dear CAC Parents,

This year, due to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), we will no longer print and distribute a hard copy of the CAC Family Directory. We will, however, be making family contact information available through our Student Information System, Skyward. The Skyward directory has some great features: you can search for families by homeroom or by grade level. You can choose which contact information you wish to include and you can print your search results. However, each family which agrees, needs to “opt-in” to the directory; in other words, families need to verify that they would like to make their contact information available to other CAC families. If you choose not to opt-in, your contact details will not be listed in the Skyward directory.

To opt-in to the directory, please log into Skyward Family Access: Click here for instructions.

If you need any technical help with Skyward’s Family Access, the Technology department will be available to support you if you drop in to the Technology Center (ground floor of the Middle School Building) on Tuesday, September 25th between 8:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm


Please understand that if you do choose to print the data to have it easily accessible at home, that it is confidential and should be destroyed when you no longer need it.

With kind regards,


Danya Amin



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

Booster Cafe

Visit the Cafe after school on Thursdays for your long-time favorites, hot dogs and taco-in-a-bag! We are also offering great new healthy options: fresh fruit and veggies, and homemade spring rolls. Run don't walk to get them while supplies last!


Spirit Store

The store has new youth and adult sweatshirts in stock. Get ready for Fall and your chilly WWW trips! What better way to show off your CAC spirit than with a cozy logo hoodie?

We are in desperately in need of small change! Do you have Egyptian LE coins or 5-pound bills to spare? Please bring them in to the store and we will gladly change them for larger bills!

A car key was found outside the store; please visit during open hours to claim it.


Fly Like an Eagle!

We want your summer and WWW shots! Take a great photo that clearly shows you wearing a CAC logo, and you may win some serious Spirit swag! Watch for the upload link soon.


The next Booster Club meeting with be on Monday, October 22nd at 11:00 am in the Library. Please join us!


From the Welcome & Integration Committee

Relax, Rejuvenate & Revitalise!

Vanessa Moar is a yoga teacher - RYT 200 and a registered physiotherapist - McGill University from Canada. Her family moved to Egypt just over two years ago after living in Kenya and various parts of Canada.


Her passion for yoga has grown steadily over the past 20 years as she noticed how much it helped her and her patients stay limber, more relaxed, breathe better and recover quicker from minor and major injuries.


She will be teaching a Hatha Flow yoga class focusing on breathing and postural alignment. It is open to all levels.


Admission is by donation. The money will go to Baby Wash - an organization many CAC parents volunteer with.


Date: Sunday, October 14th at 8:00 am in the Grade 1/2 Common Room, first floor of ES building (please bring your own yoga mat).

To sign up please email:


Luna Abou Daoud - luna_aboudaoud@yahoo.com
Farida Khamis - fkhamis@orientalweavers.com

From the PTO

What a great first Parent Trip exploring the hidden gems and highlights of Maadi! New families — don’t forget to sign up for the felucca!


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.

Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 2nd at 1:30 pm! Location: PTO room #626, on the second floor of the admin building, near the main gate. We look forward to seeing you there! Come hear about our events and learn how you can help! All parents are automatically PTO members.


Pizza Day!

Monday, October 1st is Pizza Day!!!


Upcoming PTO Events

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


Thursday, Oct. 4th — 8:00 am — Gala Planning Meetingin the PTO Room (room 626, 2nd floor Admin building). Come learn how you can help out!


Thursday., Oct. 4th — 10:30 am — Felucca Sail for New Families — see more info below and at http://whoozin.com/TQY-QHY-HR4W


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


Thursday, Oct. 25th — Halloween Carnival 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Come for the Elementary School Parade and stay for the carnival!  This event is for all ages and grades!


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



CAC Halloween Spooktacular
Thursday, October 25th
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

All ES, MS, and HS students invited!

Games and haunted house for all students!

Trick or treat lane for elementary students!

200 LE for a ticket (punch card includes entry and 12 punches for games, haunted house, and trick or treat)


We need all the candy you can donate to make this event a success! Candy donations will be accepted from Sunday, September 23 - Thursday, October 11 in the ES, MS, and HS offices.


Volunteer sign up sheets will be going out soon! We need volunteers for ticket sales and to help run games and activities! Contact Jennifer Tyler at jennifertyler07@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Newcomers Felucca Sail

Welcome New Parents!

You are invited to the New Parent-PTO Felucca Brunch.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Meet at CAC back gate at 10:30 am (returning by 1:30 pm).


Join other new parents and the PTO on a relaxing felucca (sailboat) ride on the Nile. Don't worry about the heat; it's breezy and cooler on the water, and we'll be under shade. The outing is Free -- all you need to do is to reserve your place by Monday, October 1 at this link (please include your mobile number when you sign up: http://whoozin.com/TQY-QHY-HR4W



*Meet at CAC's back gate at 10:30 am.

*Arrive at the Nile Corniche and board the feluccas by 11:00 am.

*Introductions to PTO members and each other; brunch* and conversation on the Nile.

*Return to dock at 1:00 pm to board the buses.

*Return to CAC’s front gate by 1:30 pm.


*Menu to be determined; we usually try to highlight restaurants/caterers with CAC connections, and always provide vegetarian options.


We look forward to seeing you on this annual tradition :)


Ken & Keli Oldham,

PTO Welcome Committee



*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 with Pizza Day distribution and sales (11:45 am - 12:45 pm on alternating Mondays) — contact Sandy Kachour at +20 122 241 0241.


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

*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!