News and Views 02-8-2018

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February 8, 2018
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MS Valentine's Sales Week

Sunday February 4th - 
Thursday February 8th



MS Valentine's Delivery

Wednesday February 14th 


 MS House Event

Wednesday February 14th
Lunch time - MS Auditorium










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February 13



February 14 



February 15




Dear Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s news and views.  It was another productive week of teaching and learning in the Middle School. We hope you have taken the time to talk to your child and find out what they have learned this week.

On Sunday we held the City wide Spelling Bee competition finals to see which three students would be representing our middle school. These are the names of the students who participated in the final round:Kurian George Koshy, Elliot Loveless,Yunseo Jang, Marwan Haggag, Kylie Thomas, Jay Meyer, Ava Goodall-Riley, Yomna El Shabrawy, Vidhi Sikarwar, Shayaan Jadoon, Niamh Kelly, Hazem Elmokadem.

The top three students are as follow:

Sripriya Sanil: 1st place

Natalie Tiglao: 2nd place

Safwan Bhuiyan: 3rd place

We will be hosting our very first, MATHCOUNTS competition with schools coming from the United Arab Emirates, India, and South Africa. This event will take place on February 9th & 10th. MATHCOUNTS is an individual and team-oriented competition created to challenge kids to think logically and differently about the math that they learn day-to-day.  The competitions have three rounds: Sprint (individual, non-calculator), Target (individual, calculator permitted), and Team (team of 4, calculator allowed). Math Counts is a fantastic opportunity to get kids to challenge each other in the realm of Mathematics! We would like to thank the Booster club and the PTO for their support of this event.  We wish our Math athletes and their coaches the very best of luck this weekend.

The wrestling team returned from their competition in Abu Dhabi and once again our team performed admirable. The CAC wrestling team traveled to the ACS Abu Dhabi Invitational Wrestling Tournament from February 1-4, 2018, to join six other schools from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, New Delhi, and Bombay. Round robin matches were held all day on February 2, with double elimination finals brackets on February 3. This year’s team represented us with passion and pride.  See the CAC middle school boy’s results below.

Stefan - Gold medal

Selim - Bronze medal.

Kirill – first time – learned from the experience.

We have seen a rash of bullying in the Middle School, and I would like to share with you what is our definition of bullying in CAC’s handbook “ Bullying is the physical and emotional mistreatment of another person or persons.” What I am finding out as I continue to read about the topic it that it isn’t going away. What is shaping this generation of young boys and girls?

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, and a free concert in the mud—plays an outside role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curriculum and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we have not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and potentially making them seriously unhappy.

The current research has mentioned that the rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011.  It isn’t an exaggeration to describe the iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced back to their phones. My question for you as parents is how are you going to work with the school to help your child become a good digital citizen? Which is the ability to use digital technology and media in safe, responsible and productive ways?

We had a special guest speaker on Wednesday in the Middle School sharing with us the story about his walk from Cape Town to Cairo. Mr. Mario Rigby traveled over 12,000km on foot. Mr. Rigby talked about his journey to our students and three things that he said resonated with me. “Walking was the metaphor of how far you can go” another quote I remembered distinctively is “ In Africa, nobody stands alone, a community will help you” According to Mario his take away from this journey was that it taught him empathy, humanity, and sharing. Our students were privileged to hear from someone first hand, who lived our core values of courage, perseverance, respect, and responsibility.

Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey

Middle School Principal 

News & Announcements


MS Student Led Assembly










 Guest Speaker: Mario Rigby 


Some of his quotes:

"Walking was the metaphor of how far you can go"

"In Africa, nobody stands alone, a community will help you"

"This journey taught me Empathy, Humanity and sharing"










 MS Spelling Bee










Girls Get Strong


Girls Get Strong will host its third Health and Fitness Conference on Saturday, March 17th. The theme of this years conference is Girls Get Strong: In Action.


We are looking for students, parents, and community members who have a strong desire to empower girls with the knowledge, confidence, strength, inspiration, and/or leadership skills to be socially, emotionally, and physically healthy.   If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or leading a fitness class please email Ms. Riddle at






2018 Theme: "CAC in Egypt"


Extended Deadline: 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018



·         There will be first, second and third in each of three age categories for students and one grand prize for the CAC community category.

·         Age categories are 4-8, 9-13, and 14-18 and CAC Community Adults

·         The following prizes will be awarded in cash in 4-8 and 9-13, 14-18 age categories.

1st - $100, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25.

·         CAC Adult Community member grand prize is $200 in cash.



·         All CAC students, alumni, teachers, staff and parents are eligible to participate,


Artwork Specifications

·         Artwork must address the given theme.

·         Only flat media will be accepted.

·         Any medium (pastel, watercolor, oil, pencil, crayon, digital art, etc.) is acceptable.

·         Submissions must be entirely or essentially the artist’s original work.

·         Found material such as bits of wallpaper, photographs or printed matter may be used, e.g., in a collage, but must be presented in an original way in the context of an essentially new composition.

·         Dimensions of submitted work should be minimum 13.4" x 14.2" or 34 cmx 38 cm and maximum 21.65" x 27.5" or 55 cm x 70 cm Portrait dimensions

Use of Artwork

·         Artwork will become the property of CAC/PTO/Booster Club and will not be returned to artist.

·         CAC may use submitted artwork in CAC-related publicity or products and retains the right to sell the artwork for fund-raising purposes.


Submitting Artwork:

·         All entries, including digital artwork, MUST be dropped off at the Spirit Store.

·         For digital artwork, please include both a printed and the digital version.

·         Artwork must ARRIVE by the stated deadline of March 15, 2018.

·         A completed Entry Form MUST accompany the artwork and be attached to the back of the submission.


Entry forms available at the Spirit store. Artwork and Entry Forms must be dropped off at the Spirit Store by 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Click here for: Art Contest Entry Form


Art Contest



Seeking Race to Clean the Air Student Ambassadors
Deadline Extended

Racetocleantheair logo Final Courtesy of Enterprise by InkTank

This year the third annual Race to Clean the Air will be on Sunday, April 22nd, coinciding with Earth Day! Leading up to the event, we’re seeking one (1) student ambassador per grade level (grades 6-8) to communicate information to the middle school public about current environmental concerns affecting us, ways we have and can make an impact, and specific activities connected with the race itself.  

Student Ambassador Responsibilities include:

-Attending weekly or bi-weekly meeting (time to be determined)

-Communicating information to the MS via assembly announcements and morning announcements

-Sharing ideas for activities to build awareness about the race and its efforts

-Collaborating with ES and HS Student Ambassadors

-Promoting the race to CAC community

-Assisting in pre-race and race day activities

Students are to create a brief statement (i.e. drawing, writing, persuasive speech, dance, or any other form of presentation they feel inclined to display) explaining why they would like to be a student ambassador for Race to Clean the Air. Submissions are to be turned in to Mr. Brown ( Thursday, February 23rd.




 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  


PTO International Festival needs your HELP. We need Country Reps for Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Canada ( all the supplies for Canada booth are available). 

We need volunteers in the Raffle committee. Without your help and time this event wont be possible!! We will be having our last meeting  before the Festival for all our Country Reps and Raffle Volunteers, Wednesday 14th at 8 am in the ES Library.   



The next Parent Trip will be an Arts and Crafts Walking Tour of Zamalek on Monday, February 19.
please register using the link below:

Arts & Crafts Walking Tour of Zamalek.


The CAC Gala is one of our major fundraising events for all our activities throughout the year. 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 (Egyptian inspired) 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!
The gala committee had its first meeting on Sunday, January 21 at 10:00 am.
If you would like to get involved or if you can support/sponsor this important PTO fundraiser in any way, please contact 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 the ladies in the Booster club and PTO for organizing  accommodations for the Math Athletes.


Three Cheers to Cristian and Celine for all their efforts in getting the students prepared for the MathCount competition.


Three Cheers to Engy for all her efforts in making it possible for Mario Rigby to come and speak to our students.


Three Cheers to all the parents who are hosting the students who are here to compete in the MathCount competition.



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