News and Views 11-9-2017

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November 9, 2017
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General Service Staff Lunch 

Monday November 20th



Early Release Day

Wednesday November 22th


US Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday November 23rd



MS Trimester 2 ASA Start

Sunday November 26th









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November 16




Dear Parents,


Thank you for reading this week’s edition of the Middle School News and Views. We have had another successful week of learning here in the Middle School. As Trimester One comes to an end on Thursday, students have been busy preparing for and completing final assessments and projects. We will issue report cards on November 22nd.

In Grade 6 Social Studies, they have been working hard all week to prepare for the Mesopotamia exhibit, that many of you attended on Tuesday morning. Each year this project has been the flagship to highlight the creativity of our students.


In Design Technology the students have an opportunity to personalize their learning. This photo is snapshot of what some of the students are working on:



In Grade 7 Math the students just completed their first project of the year. It will give them an opportunity to reflect on their various strengths while putting a variety of Math skills to work. By applying skills of data analysis, percent calculations, proportions, and angle measurements, they’ll create a 100% Smart Pie Graph. This project is also their chance to experience a taste of what’s to come in 7th grade Math; Students will always be asked to select the level of challenge that’s appropriate for them.


On Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00 pm parents and students were treated to some highly entertaining and memorable middle school performances during the trimester one MS DRAMA SHOWCASE! Students showed great versatility in performing on-the-spot created improv scenes, comedic sketches, monologues and a puppet performance. Highlights and laughter were abundant, and the middle school community should be sure not to miss future drama sharing events at CAC! Big thanks to all the student performers who demonstrated perseverance in getting their pieces ready for performance and showed great courage and creativity while on the stage! What exciting adventures lie ahead in trimester two? Stay tuned! Also, thanks to all who attended and supported the show!

Those are just a few examples of the learning engagement that has been happening with our students this week.


We are also fortunate to have poet Kenn Nesbitt visiting us this week. Mr. Nesbitt spent time in our grade six and grade eight Language Art class throughout the week. He presented to our entire Middle School today during lunch.


Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School.


In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey

Middle School Principal 

News & Announcements


The 6th Grade Mesopotamia Museum  





For more Photos, please visit THIS LINK




Poet Kenn Nesbitt's Visit




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 Moving on from CAC before the Winter Break? 


To help us prepare your records in time for your departure, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC this semester.


A few days before your departure, a withdrawal form that includes several signatures must also be completed and turned in to the Admission/Registrar‘s Office to release records. Withdrawal forms can be picked up from the counseling offices or can be downloaded from the same website.

Please note that High School transcripts including this semester's grades will not be available until January 18, 2018.



 From the Welcome & Integration Committee


Photography workshop: November 29th at 1.30pm 
in MS Room 115 by Amani Ismail.

Amani Ismail is a fine art photographer specialising in babies and families. She is a molecular biologist by profession and a photographer by serendipity! What started as a hobby photographing her two young children quickly morphed into a full time job as the founder of Sweet Pea Photography.

This short workshop titled 'How to Photograph Your Children' will cover the basic principles of using natural light, optimal camera angles, composition, how to capture emotion, and how to document everyday moments. This workshop does not require the use of a professional camera; a good old phone will do just fine!



Positive Discipline Workshop; Ages 0-6:
December 4th at 8.30am 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 ever day; are they discouraging or empowering your children.
• Proven Strategies and tools that cushion your ever day power struggles during morning and bedtime routines.


Positive Discipline Workshop; Ages 7-12:
December 6th at 8.30am in the Common room
by Amina Diab, Child Psychologist.

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

Parenting your Preteen (Ages: 7-12)

Preteens have a lot going on and can be difficult to parent. They need your guidance, patience and most importantly a strong relationship to lean on during these rough times for them.

Here are some the topics we will explore in our session together:
• What are preteens years and what should parents expect during this developmental stage.
• Discover the proven strategies that empower you to guide your child to competence and confidence.
• Building stronger parent-preteen relationships by mastering emotional honesty and respect.
• Is your preteen beginning to bend the truth, avoidingconfrontations or withdrawing from opening up to you? Find out why and what you can do to encourage self-expression.
• Learn several parenting tools that you can use to guide your child to embrace and looking forward to challenges using ‘Growth Mindset’ thinking.


 To sign up please contact Farida Khamis;



 Tortoise Club 

We would Love to hear your questions, comments and information about the Tortoises in the enclosure. Please click the link below to share any interesting information or ask any questions Link to the :Tortoise Club Information Sharing
Those will be will be reviewed by Mr. Said and the club members and will be published in the Tortoise Club web. page.
Link to the :Tortoise Club Page




Lost and Found


Part of educating students at CAC is encouraging independence through increasing responsible behaviors. We constantly encourage students to label their items so that they are easily identified and returned back to the owner. It is also important that students know what to do when they lose any of their items.


Here is what we advise students to do when they report a lost item:

1- Look everywhere (lost & found table/class/playground/inside backpacks/home ,etc,...)
2- Ask Others (friends/teachers/parents/siblings,etc,..)
3-Ask parents to report to the lost and found link. Upper grade students can do this too.
4- Use the same link to report when item is found.


In order to support our students and community members with the above process, we created the below Lost and Found link to help us track of lost and found items.



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From the PTO  


Planning is underway for the Cairo American College’s 2018 International Festival on Friday March 16, and we are in need of volunteers!
If you are interested in organizing a booth for your country or volunteering in any other capacity, please contact the International Festival Coordinator, Kourtney LaGesse, at


Please sign up using the links below:
City of the Dead and the Glass Blowing Workshop November 13

Islamic Cairo and Khan el Khalili Shopping Dec 11

Islamic Cairo and Khan el Khalili Shopping Dec 18


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.





Three Cheers to Mr. Brown, Mr. Miller, and Ms. Hicks who are off in Paris with our cross country team. There are five Middle School students competing. We wish all the athletes good luck.


Three Cheers to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Orion and our students who performed during the Drama showcase on Wednesday night.


Three Cheers to Ms. Coquillard for bringing in the poet Mr. Kenn Nesbitt.


Three Cheers to the following moms; Dana Lesiak, Faith Green, Jennifer Dinwiddie, Kathy Lanpher, and Jacqui Goodall for helping out with the pizza sale on Wednesday.


Three Cheers to all our Maya Ammar and Injy El Samahy for hosting our Celebrations of Learning.


Three Cheers to Jana Ahmed and Lina Nakhla for introducing our guest poet Mr. Kenn Nesbitt.


Three Cheers to MS. Shadia Samaha and the GIN class for their organization of the movie night to support the Syrian Refugees.