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 November 29, 2017

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HIGH SCHOOL  ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

December 4th - Half Day for Students 

 

Please note that December 4 is a half-day for students, as staff and faculty continue to engage in professional development activities around service learning. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am. 

 

 

Skyward Gradebook Opening Dates

 

December 7; December 21

 

 

 

Winter Vacation Begins December 22

 

Making travel plans for the Holiday Season, a reminder that the first day of Winter Break is December 22.  The last day of winter break is January 13th, as classes will resume again on the 14th of January at 8am, with an assembly in the Theater.  

 

 

First Semester Final Exams

 

Semester 1 final exams begin on December 17 and continue to December 20.  Please do not make travel plans that depart before final exams are finished. Please see this link for the first semester final exam schedule.

 

The next three weeks be stressful busy times for students. We have a few suggestions to make in order to help alleviate the stress that most of our students experience as exams approach. 

Your child should be working to make sure his/her class notes and graded assessments are in order and are readily available for study and revision.

He/she should be devoting some time per day to prepare for exams as well as making wise use of Flex times during the school week.

We encourage your child to make an appointment to see his/her teachers for extra help if needed.

Make sure your child is getting proper rest during the days/weeks leading up to exams. One of the best ways to prepare for an exam is getting adequate sleep.

Your child should avoid cramming – almost all academic studies reveal that cramming is not a particularly efficient method of test preparation.  Continually self-test throughout the semester has been shown by cognitive scientists to be one of the most effective ways to prepare for final exams.  Please see this recent article on study tips:  https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/11/22/a-better-way-to-study-through-self-testing-and-distributed-practice/ 

 

Following these suggestions will not ensure a completely stress-free, pre-exam period for your child, but it will help alleviate harmful stress, thus providing for a better outcome.

 

 

CAC and ISTA Accepting Applications for the Cairo HS Festival February 2018!

 

February 1st-3rd, 2018, Cairo American College (a founding member-school of ISTA*) will host five other international schools over three days of exploration and creation with visiting artists from around the world. Ensembles led by the visiting artists will create original performances that will be presented at the end of the festival. The festival participants will take excursions together to sites around Cairo to take inspiration from the history and landscape of Egypt. Students will also take two skill-based workshops in performing arts. This is a wonderful opportunity to get training in the performing arts for students interested but unable to take coursework. It’s also loads of fun. At least two international schools need homestays and we are looking for families who are excited to host our visitors. The fees for CAC students are 220USD/3800EGP and include lunches, workshops, field trips, social dinner, and t-shirts. Visit www.cacegypt.org/ista to apply now. More information about ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association) can be found at www.ista.co.uk. For questions about the Cairo Festival, you can inquire with Mr. Orion or Dina Gomaa in the Activities Office. 

 

 

 

High School Twitter Site

 

As an additional quick and easy method to experience the daily lives of our CAC high school students, feel-free to follow Dr. Harris’ twitter feed at https://twitter.com/CACHSupdates.  This is not meant to replace Moodle, Google Sites, or any other school communication method.

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Nov. 30                 Prophet's Birthday Holiday

Dec. 2                   SAT Test

Dec. 4                   Early Release Day, All Students Dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Dec. 6                   CAC Winter Concert, 6:00 p.m., Theater

Dec. 7                   Skyward Gradebook Open

Dec. 7-11              NESDA Speech & Debate Fall Tournament - Luxembourg

Dec. 9                   ACT Test

 

 

Dr. Jared Harris        Jerry Duggan      
        HS Principal             HS Assistant Principal

 

 

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Counseling Department Announcements

 

Seniors:  Make sure to check your Spam folder every few days during college application season for potential communication from colleges and universities.  Also, check your application portals regularly for any communication about any documents or information necessary to complete your admissions file.  

 

Freshmen: Next Tuesday and Wednesday during Study Hall, counselors will be conducting a Freshman Seminar on Preparing for Final Exams!  9th graders will hear from experienced CAC students about balancing athletics and activities with study, and strategies for success.  A makeup session will be held for students who are unable to attend on Thursday December 7th at lunch in MS 115.

 

 

College Visits:

 

ECAM School of Engineering in Lyon will be visiting CAC on December 4th during the HS Lunch hour.  This school is located in a beautiful region between the Alps and Mediterranean.  Many of their engineering programs are taught entirely in English.

Parents and students are invited to come and speak with the ECAM Admission officers from 11:00-12:00 on Tuesday, Dec. 4th.  You will be able to find them at an information table outside the HS/MS Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon

HS Counseling

 

general ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

 

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.

 

https://www.cacegypt.org/about/withdraw14.php 

 

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.

Admission/Registrar Office

  

 

 

 

CAC Tech Cafe

 

CAC Tech department is launching "Tech Cafes" on Tuesdays from 8 am to 9 am to help parents with any tech related questions and issues, such as access to Parent dashboard, personal device registration, non-receipt of email communication etc. Please visit them if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Venue: Near Cafe Greco

 

 

 

Santha Kumar

 Director of Information Technology

 

  

 

CAC Winter Concert 2017

 

CAC Music Department will present Winter Concert 2017 on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the Theater

 

MS/HS Band, Strings, and MS/HS Choir will be featured at the Concert. 

It's free admission. Come and enjoy a night with the sound of the holiday.

 

Winter Concert Poster 

 

Ian McCuaig, Jenny Jeong, Pascale Rozier

 

 

 

 

Maadi Community Theatre

 

Maadi Community Theatre Season 3 is here! Auditions are coming up in two weeks December 1 and 2. If you are interested please sign up with the link below. 

 

Thanks! 

 

Link to Sign up for MCT

 

 

Maadi Community Theatre Production Team 

 

 

 

CAC and ISTA Accepting Applications for the Cairo HS Festival February 2018!

 

February 1st-3rd, 2018, Cairo American College (a founding member-school of ISTA*) will host five other international schools over three days of exploration and creation with visiting artists from around the world. Ensembles led by the visiting artists will create original performances that will be presented at the end of the festival. The festival participants will take excursions together to sites around Cairo to take inspiration from the history and landscape of Egypt. Students will also take two skill-based workshops in performing arts. This is a wonderful opportunity to get training in the performing arts for students interested but unable to take coursework. It’s also loads of fun. At least two international schools need homestays and we are looking for families who are excited to host our visitors. The fees for CAC students are 220USD/3800EGP and include lunches, workshops, field trips, social dinner, and t-shirts. Visit www.cacegypt.org/ista to apply now. More information about ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association) can be found at www.ista.co.uk. For questions about the Cairo Festival, you can inquire with Mr. Orion or Dina Gomaa in the Activities Office.

 

Apply Now

 

 

Oliver Orion

CAC Performing Arts

Stagecraft, Acting, IB Theatre

 

 

 

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  

 

Ereeny Gawdat Gergess

ES Activities Coordinator 

 

 

From the PTO:  

 

NEXT PTO MEETING:

 

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.

 

 

BOOK FAIR

 

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

 

PTO Picture   book fair

 

UPCOMING PTO PARENT TRIPS:

 

Spaces are limited. Please sign up using the links below:

Islamic Cairo & Khan el Khalili Shopping Dec 11

http://whoozin.com/VWG-JRA-KVGH 

Islamic Cairo & Khan el Khalili Shopping Dec 18

http://whoozin.com/VGX-TY7-QVQF 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL:

 

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 cacinternationalfestival@gmail.com.  

 

CAC GALA

 

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 murphysaroundtheworld@yahoo.com

PTO FACEBOOK GROUP:

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.  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/967673493286462/ 

 

 

 

PTO

 

 

From the Welcome & Integration Committee

  

  

Positive Discipline Workshop; Ages 0-6:  December 4th at 8:30 a.m. 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, avoiding confrontations 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; fkhamis@orientalweavers.com.

 

   

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 keep track of lost and found items.

 

 

Click here for the LOST AND FOUND Report LINK

 

 

  

CAC Parents - 
 
Due to an unexpected injury of one of our travelers for the Passo Tonale Italy Ski Trip (15 - 22 April), we have one spot open for any last minute interest. 
 
If you are interested please contact Mr. Dino ASAP at abajagilovic@g-cacegypt.org to book this opportunity. Happy Skiing!
 
 
 
PTO Nespresso Capsule Collection:
 
In support of Earth Day and CAC's relationship with A.P.E., PTO will be holding a school-wide collection of the much- loved Nespresso capsules... After collection, CAC will deliver the empty capsules to A.P.E., who use them to create fun jewelry. We also look forward to a visit from A.P.E. in the future as another way to support their efforts in raising money. 
What to do: after use, empty out the capsules and start a collection bag. Drop off boxes will be on campus starting April 2. 
Start saving those capsules!!!  Let’s see how much we can collect for A.P.E!!!
 
 
GALA MAY 12th
 
Calling all artists and business owners in the CAC Community! We are less than two months away from the PTO Gala and we need your help! We would love to feature your art work or business services in our raffle and silent auctions raising funds for our children. 
Please let us know if you can donate any original artwork or offer services that your businesses provide.
We also need more cash donations and business sponsors! And our raffle can use any new gift items that you may have around the house and do not need. Please contact Hengameh Murphy (murphysaroundtheworld@yahoo.com) or Carmen Awn (carmenawn@gmail.com) with questions or contributions.
 
 
PTO PARENT TRIP:
 
Walking Tour of Heliopolis, Monday, April 24, 2017
*Please note that due to a national holiday the date of this trip has been changed from April 25 to April 26.
We will stop by the Baron Palace, built by the Belgian-born industrialist, Baron-General Eduard Louis Joseph Empain (1852-1929) who also founded the modern Heliopolis area in 1907.
We will walk through the beautiful El Korba section, a quaint shopping district that boasts original architecture, fascinating cultural sites as well as some of Cairo’s finest cafés and restaurants. We will walk in the European style commercial streets, and try to see the Basilique church, Adly Madgar Jewish synagogue, Hippodrome square, Maryland park, El Tahra palace, and Saray el Qubbah. If there is time, we may stop at a cafe for coffee or lunch.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
You can sign up using the link below: http://whoozin.com/KVC-3DD-PW9P
 
The Citadel, The Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, Al-Rifa’i Mosque
Monday May 22, 2017
The Saladin Citadel of Cairo is a medieval Islamic fort, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo. The Citadel was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city.
The comp
lex includes the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which dominates the skyline of Cairo with its beautiful alabaster dome, the Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad, the Mosque of Sulayman Pasha, Gawhara Palace; and several museums.
Afterwards we will visit the nearby Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, and Al-Rifa’i Mosque.
*Please cover shoulders and knees, wear loose pants or a long skirt, and bring a scarf.*
You can sign up using the link below: http://whoozin.com/HTE-ACK-CFDF
All PTO trips cost 100LE per person for transportation, a professional tour guide and security when necessary.Entrance fees, meals, refreshments, and any shopping are the participants responsibility. We meet at 8:15 a.m. at the back gate of CAC and the bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. We will return to school by 2:00 p.m. Please be sure to leave a mobile phone number when you register. Minimum of 10 participants required. 
 
Spring is here!!
Join us on April 5th from 1:00 - 3:00pm on the Elementary field for a special Flower arranging workshop in the outdoor setting around our beautiful Elementary school tree!
Malak Taher, with the support of her niece Ingy Taher, will provide step-by-step instructions for stunning yet simple floral projects and equip you with the skills to customize arrangements at home; Whether hosting a party, helping out with a friend's wedding, or wishing to incorporate the beauty of flowers into everyday life, this will allow you to do so!
Malak will cover everything from texture and color to foliage and containers, providing an overall approach to living and working with flowers, with an eye toward fresh, local, wild, seasonally influenced floral design.Malak Taher is the founder & CEO of Flower Power, Egypt’s first floral design house renowned for its flowers and creative displays. With over 30 years of market expertise and a full-fledged team working across Egypt, the one-stop design house offers styling for weddings, themed events and corporate functions as well as merchandise displays and creative flowers for prestigious hotels and fashion brands.
Date: Wednesday April 5t
Time: 1:00-3:00pm Location: ES Field Fee: LE 200 per person 
* You will each get to take your flower arrangements home to add a touch of spring to your homes!! 
* We will be collecting payment in advance as the flowers will be pre-bought for each enrolled participant;
 Please drop off an envelope with our name on it at the ES office! Deadline to pay:  April 2nd 
Please note the event will be limited to 20 people, so if you are interested please sign up quick!! (The first 20 to sign up will be confirmed)
 
To sign up, please email Farida Khamis: fkhamis@orientalweavers.com