News and Views 11-22-2017

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November 22, 2017
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US Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday November 23rd



MS Trimester 2 ASA Start

Sunday November 26th 



Fall Athletics Awards Night

Tuesday November 28th

CAC Theatre 



Prophet's Day Holiday

Thursday November 30th






November 26



November 27



November 28



November 29



November 30




Dear Parents,


Thank you for reading this week’s edition of the Middle School News and Views. With a short week before a well-deserved holiday weekend, we have had much to celebrate in the Middle School.

First and foremost, I would like to “bravo” all involved with the General Services Staff Luncheon. It was beautiful to see the CAC school community come together and do something for the folks who work tirelessly behind the scenes, to make our day-to-day running of the school more manageable. It's great when students can come to school and leave feeling with a sense of joy. That happened this week, and it takes a ton of effort from all involved to make it happen. Well done to teachers Ms. Spencer, Ms. Knox, Ms. Coquillard, as well as to all of the Middle School, High School, and Elementary school students who donated food and helped out to serve the Support Staff. It was a terrific community event.

Today, we issued Trimester One Report Cards. Parents can log in to our online reporting system, SKYWARD to access the reports. Detailed instructions regarding how to access report cards were emailed to parents on Tuesday. Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance to you. You can also send an email to if you need any technical support.

We hope that you will find these reports to be informative and encourage you to open up a dialogue with your children about their learning over the course of the first twelve weeks of school. While we know the grades are essential “symbols of learning,” we believe that the essential conversations that take place between students and parents, should be focused on “what did you learn?” and not “what grade you got?” Please take the time to talk with your children about their learning experiences in their classes.

Please focus your attention on the Approach to Learning Traits that we report on separately from academic achievement. We firmly believe in developing these Approaches to Learning Traits and that there is a direct correlation between these and academic success.

I thank you for reading the News and Views, and I wish everyone a long restful weekend. We also want to wish all of our families who will celebrate the holiday this week, a very Happy Thanksgiving. The spirit of Thanksgiving embodies much of what is right about people – their desire to be together with family and friends, to give to one another, and to be grateful for the good things in our lives. Indeed, the following quote from William Ward captures what should be the spirit of Thanksgiving, “ Feeling gratitude and not expressing is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”


Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School.


In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey

Middle School Principal 

News & Announcements


The General Services Staff Appreciation Lunch  











 This Week's Soaring Eagle Award Winners






 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.




MS Maker Day - Monday December 4th


It’s time for another Maker Day!  Coming up on December 4th, middle school students will have an opportunity to develop their design thinking, problem solving, and practical skills through a variety of hands-on, collaborative making experiences.  

BUT we need your help!  

In order to give our students the best experience, we need a  wide variety of materials, including much of what might look like rubbish to another person.  If you have any old or odd items lying around, this is a great chance to donate them for a great re-use.  In particular, we are need:

Clean containers - tin cans, jugs, yogurt and other plastic containers, milk boxes/jugs.  (Thanks to generous donations, we have enough glass for now.)

Plastic bags


Old sheets, towels, or other bulk fabric

Magazines & newspapers

Used electric or electronic devices, whether working or not, particularly if they have interesting parts such as old game controllers, remotes, etc.

Utensils - forks, spoons, (dull) knives, drumsticks, etc.

If you have anything to donate, please bring it to school and leave it in the donation bin at the front courtyard, inside the gates.  Thank you!




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  


The PTO would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving weekend! We are grateful to be part of this wonderful CAC community.   



The next monthly PTO meeting will be on Tuesday December 5th at 1:30 pm at the PTO Room (#626A) which is located on the second floor of the admin building near the front entrance. All parents are welcome!

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



We are looking forward to the annual PTO Book Fair that will take place December 10th-14th.



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



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



Save the date: 

The CAC Gala will take place on Friday May 4, 2018. 

This year’s gala theme will be ancient Egypt! Ladies, channel your inner Cleopatra and get ready to step back in time in all your glamour!

Gentlemen, don’t worry! We don’t expect you to dress up as a Pharaoh, (unless you really want to!) but we promise you will have a fantastic time!


If you would like to be part of the gala committee which will start meeting early 2018, or if you can support/sponsor this important PTO fundraiser in any way, please send an email to Hengameh Murphy, the CAC Gala Coordinator at



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 all parents in the CAC community for their contributions to the General Services Appreciation Lunch.


Three Cheers to Ms. Fides and Ms. Fahmy, for their efforts with the organization of the General Service Appreciation Lunch.


Three Cheers to the ES/MS/HS student council for their efforts with the setup, and serving of food.


Three Cheers to all teachers for their efforts in getting report cards ready on time, to be issued today.




Come out this Friday to support your MS Volleyball teams. Both teams will be in action to solidify the best Cairo! Good luck Eagles!!



 Boys: CAC1, CAC2, HAYAH, Schutz.  Red Schedule

Girls: CAC1, Hayah1, HAYAH2, Schutz. Blue Schedule


Main Gym Court


Elementary Gym Court




CAC vs. Hayah1 BLUE


Hayah2 vs. Schutz BLUE

Hayah vs. Schutz RED


CAC2 vs. Hayah RED

Hayah1 vs. Schutz BLUE


CAC vs. Hayah2 BLUE

CAC1 vs. Schutz RED


CAC2 vs. Schutz RED

Hayah1 vs. Hayah2 BLUE


CAC vs. Schutz BLUE

CAC1 vs. Hayah RED


Boys- #1 vs. # 2 for 1st RED

Boys #3 vs. #4 for 3rd RED


Girls- #1 vs. # 2 for 1st BLUE

Girls- #3 vs. #4 for 3rd BLUE


Awards Presentation

Awards Presentation