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 December 7, 2017

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The Risks of Social Media


Thank you to Mr. Rutherford for his informational presentation during his recent coffee on the risks associated with student use of Social Media.  Specifically, the topic of ‘sexting’ was addressed where students share compromising photos through an application called ‘Snap Chat’.  Through research and other sources, Mr. Rutherford shared some of the serious legal implications that can affect minors who take, share, or store inappropriate images on their devices.  One alarming new tech app also allows smart phone users to ‘stealth store’ images on their mobile devices through icons that suggest a calculator or other non-related use.  


During second semester more informational sessions will be made available to parents, and implemented for MS/HS students, along with the already digital citizenship conversations.     



Student Progress Monitoring


The grading platform in SKYWARD ‘Family Access’ will open today for students and parents to view learning progress (grades).  The Gradebook portal will be closed again Sunday evening, December 10.



Final Exam Week Off-Campus Permission Form


If you wish to have off-campus privileges during Exam Week, you must complete the Exam Off-Campus form, have it signed by your parent/s, and return the signed form to the HS Office. Make sure you bring your I.D. card with your signed form. Students who have lost off-campus privileges must get permission from Mr. Duggan to have them restored during final exams. Thank you.

Final Exam Off-Campus Form December 2017 



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.  



Registration, Exams, and Graduation


Course Registration – Course registration for the 2018-2019 academic year will start in February.  We encourage all high school students to register for classes for 2018-2019 even if they think they may not return. 


2nd Semester Exams – Semester exam information (for seniors and underclassmen) is being organized and will be published to students and parents in March.  Please keep in mind while you plan your summer travels that seniors are able to depart after graduation and underclassmen after their final examination.  


Graduation – A memo will be circulated to all parents of seniors in early March outlining the events leading up to graduation.  As we know that some extended family members plan to come to Cairo please note that this year’s Graduation Ceremony is on Friday, June 1. 



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, or any other school communication method.



Upcoming Events


Dec. 7                   Skyward Gradebook Open

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

Dec. 9                   ACT Test

Dec. 13-14            HS Play, 7:00 p.m., Theater; 

                              HS Exam Review 

Dec. 17-20            HS Sem 1 Final Exams

Dec. 21                Skyward Gradebook Open



Dr. Jared Harris        Jerry Duggan      
        HS Principal             HS Assistant Principal




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.  




Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon

HS Counseling





CAC Athletics Newsletter



Scott Fitzgerald

Athletics & Activities Director





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.

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




HS Play


Dracula tickets are now on sale (50 LE) at the front gate after school and at the HS Office. You may also contact Jenny Jeong with more information. Please note that unaccompanied young children will not be admitted. Outside guests are welcomed with advance notice. Performances are on Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the CAC Theater.




CAC Theater





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





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Warm Clothing & Toy Drive

Winter Celebration Community Service (Pass the Parcel the Parcel)


The Service Learning Office, in partnership with the ES Student council is proud to announce Pass the Parcel. This year’s recipient organization is Stabl Antar Dreams School. We are collecting warm clothes and gently used toys.  The donation collection will run from Wednesday, December 6, 2017 to Sunday, December 17, 2017. Elementary school students will have boxes for donations in their classrooms.  Middle and high school students can leave donate in the boxes at Eagle Plaza (The front gate). 


During the ES Winter Celebration, on December 21, 2017, from 10:30-12:00, different stations will be set up to clean, fix, sort and wrap the donated items. Parents are welcomed to help with at these stations. You can find the full plan of the day here:  Winter Celebration Community Service Plan. Please follow our announcements and updates on the CACN, newsletters and Tuesday morning assemblies.  Thank you for your continued support of CAC and for helping others stay warm this winter.


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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 





Booster Club News


Please join the Spirit Cafe in celebrating another wonderful PTO Book Fair!


We will be there to help keep you warm while shopping for those wonderful books. Sip on hot cocoa and warm apple cider, while snacking on some fresh baked goods. Sunday-Wednesday from 3-5 pm. 


In addition, and as part of the Christmas Market on Thursday, the Spirit Cafe will have a different menu to help celebrate the season, including  hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, chicken tenders, and chili... Thursday 3-6 pm.



See you there after school Dec 10-14!



Booster Club



From the PTO:  


PTO Meetings:


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. Come join our activities everyday from 3-5 in the MS backyard and enjoy the Booster Cafe hot chocolate and treats. And on Thursday the 14th we will have a mini christmas bazar fom 3-6pm.



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Upcoming PTO Parent Trips


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 cacinternationalfestival@gmail.com.  




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




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.  








From the Welcome & Integration Committee



Postponed to next Monday 11th December at 1 p.m.


Positive Discipline Workshop; Ages 0-6: 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.

Please email Fkhamis@orientalweavers if you would like to sign up!   




‘Promoting healthy living, one dessert at a time;’

December 14th at 1:30 p.m. in the ES lunchroom by

Nadine Azzam, Founder, Baked - a cookie company. 

Cost - 150LE per person for ingredients. 


Nadine Azzam is a 38 year old mother, wife and business owner from Cairo, Egypt. Baked started specializing in soft baked, America inspired cookies, using only gourmet ingredients and then moved onto developing a range of products based on making all natural desserts that are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Wholesome desserts that cater to people with dietary limitations due to illness or allergies or for people that just want to follow a clean healthy lifestyle. She created a side brand for baked’s healthy range called be good today and has developed a significant following on Instagram. 



In our upcoming workshop I will be demonstrating how to make an indulgent dessert using only natural ingredients (nothing processed); free from gluten, dairy and sugar that will be healthy while satisfying your sweet tooth.

To sign up please contact fkhamis@orientalweavers.  




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!!!
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.
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