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 September 13, 2018



Back to School Night Success
Thank you to the over 100 high school parents who participated in back to school night.  Do not hesitate to contact the high school administration or teaching faculty if you have any follow-up questions.  In addition, information provided below per some common questions directed at the high school office.   
CAC MS/HS Library Learning Space
Thank you to the parents for sharing your questions concerning the acceptable noise levels in the library.  Responding to consistent feedback from middle and high school students and faculty about the lack of quiet study space, this year we are emphasizing that the library is a place for quiet productive activities.  In addition, we have one large collaborative room for large team projects and two collaborative rooms for smaller group work.  It is a difficult task to meet both the study environment preferences of our introverted and extroverted students.  Parents interested in this topic are encouraged to read the dynamic book by Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.  The book is a dynamic dive into the difficulties facing educators in creating learning environments that take into account the diversity of our learners.  
High School Student Lounge
Thank you to the high school counseling team for your continued work making the student lounge a fun place for students to engage in conversation, games, collaborative work, and relaxation.  The lounge is located a short one minute walk from the MS/HS building to the admin building adjacent to the counseling center and English classrooms.  There are also kitchen facilities available, a printer, a/c and plenty of tables and couches.  
High School Lockers
There are lockers available to HS students on the top floor of the MS/HS building; locks are checked out in the high school office.  Overall, most of the HS courses do not have textbooks checked out to students, so many students would not need to pack heavy textbooks around campus. The lockers are centrally located adjacent to the HS math, social studies, and science classrooms.  HS students typically do not use the lockers provided these days, rather choosing to take a more college like approach where they move about campus with backpacks.
MS/HS Cafeteria
Update regarding eating spaces while the high school building is still under renovation:  Once the renovated high school is opened, there will be a large air-conditioned café on the third floor, including an open air eating space.  Currently for grades 6-12 (all middle school and high school students) there is no large cafeteria where all students can eat together with air conditioning.  However, there is adequate space for all MS/HS students to eat comfortably, even with air- conditioning, if students spend a few minutes walking to locations.  
These are the different locations: 
- Small air-conditioned cafe with tables downstairs in MS/HS building;
- Larger air-conditioned student lounge with tables and couches located next to the English classrooms in the admin building; 
- Shaded tables outside of the tech office and shaded benches outside of the library (these are currently being painted);
- Shaded two tables outside the HS office where faculty also eat;
- Multiple shaded tables under the flame trees where the majority of HS students hang out;
- Shaded tables next to Coffee Bean;
- Shaded tables at Greco cafe;
- Two large shaded picnic tables next to new ES playground;
- Shaded area with furniture on the top floor of the MS/HS building, in addition to an air-conditioned foyer in front of the math classrooms;
- Finally, some students leave campus during lunch to eat at a local eatery.
Overall, there are numerous options; however, some do require students to walk for 1-3 minutes.  
Student Information System and Gradebook
SKYWARD is the secured student information system used at CAC that also has a ‘Family Access’ portal for students and parents to view demographic and academic information.  The grade book section of Family Access will allow students and parents to view student progress each fortnight, starting at 3:15pm every other Thursday (starting on September 13) till Sunday at 4pm. Teachers are available to speak to students face to face about progress and academic performance.  Gradebook opening dates are: Sept 13, 27; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 19; Dec 6. 
MAP Testing
During the weeks of September 16 – September 24, your child will take assessments called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). All students in grade 3 – 9 participate in MAP. Three tests are taken: reading, mathematics, and language usage. Each division coordinates testing for their students to ensure minimal classroom disruption. At CAC, we administer the MAP in the fall and spring. We use MAP tests to provide additional information about your child’s instructional level and to provide one measure of academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. Your child will take the tests on a computer. 
MAP tests are informational; they are not a graded assessment. Teachers will use the information provided by MAP to support instructional needs for your child and the class as a whole. Fall scores are baselines for your child’s growth; growth will be determined after the spring tests that take place in May. It is important that your child approaches each test seriously, well rested, fed and focused. Nonetheless, it is not something about which your child should be overly stressed or worried.
Following both testing periods, you will receive a report showing your child’s performance. 
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


Sept. 13                       Skyward Gradebook Open, 3:15 p.m.
Sept. 16-25                 MAP Tests for Grade 9
Sept. 18                       Senior College Night, 5:00 p.m., Admin Building Classrooms
Sept. 23-27                 Spirit Week


Dr. Jared Harris        Jerry Duggan      
        HS Principal             HS Assistant Principal




Counseling Department Announcements


All Grades


For students and parents of students enrolled in the Higher Ground Learning SAT prep course, we will see you on campus on Saturday as the course gets underway! Look

for an email from Ms. Barker for additional details about Saturday's session.





This week, counselors visited 9th grade students during Study Hall periods to begin our Freshman Seminar series!  Our first session focused on how the HS Counseling Office can support students in their transition from middle to high school and some of the other resources available, as well as emphasizing the benefits of getting involved in sports and activities and setting goals for the first year of high school.




SAT Registration- Friday, September 7


If you plan to take the SAT I or SAT II Subject exams on October 6th, then you must complete your registration by September 7th.  You can register through the College Board's website: www.collegeboard.org 




Hello, Class of 2019!  Senior College Night is only a few days away:

WHAT DAY: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

WHAT TIME: 5pm to 8pm

WHERE: Classrooms in the Administration Building at CAC

WHAT: Presentations on USA (including EA/ED), UK & UCAS, Canada, USA Financial Aid, and a Q& A with counselors and Seth Green from Pomona College, representing the US State Department.

WHO: Seniors and parents

The counselors will run a variety of sessions so that students and parents can attend all the presentations that pertain to your individual university plans.

The sessions will run conference style, where you will RSVP to attend certain presentations and move from room to room for each timed session.  Light refreshments will be served.

For now, save the date and we will send out the RSVP to sign up for the exact sessions soon!





Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon

HS Counseling




Online Annual Student Information Update


Dear Parents,


Please complete the online Student Information Forms through Skyward by Saturday, September 15. For instructions, please see the email sent to you previously from the Information Technology Department. Click here for the online tutorial.




Grade 9 Medical Examinations


Dear Parents,


Please be reminded that ALL students in grade 9 require a physical examination completed by a doctor and submitted to the health office. This was due the first week of school. Your co-operation is very much appreciated.




"Flood the Field!" Monday, September 17


CAC soccer and STUCO bring you "Flood the Field!" Catch our Varsity soccer teams in action on Monday, September 17. The Boys' Varsity will play at 3:30, and the Girls' Varsity will play at 5:15. We’ll have extra seating, talented announcers, and soccer-themed competitions for the fans. Show your spirit and join the fun!


Flood the Field Pic





Campus Access Requests online


Parents wishing to bring friends and family to campus will request access through an online form  from now on. This form is available on the parent dashboard. This form will capture the needed information and send it to the appropriate administrator for approval and communicate the decision to the user and the security team. A tutorial is also available on the dashboard in case you need help with filling out the form.


Screen Shot 2017 12 20 at 12.55.24 PM   Campus Access Request




Santha Kumar

Director of Information Technology



From the CAC Libraries


On September 18-20, the CAC libraries will host a special visit from the author and illustrator of the book Stepping Stones. The author, Canadian children's book author Margriet Ruurs, and the illustrator, Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, collaborated to create this beautiful book which follows the voyage of a Syrian refugee family. They will meet in person for the very first time at CAC! Stay tuned for details. 



Library Picture


We are currently looking for volunteers to help with shelving and other clerical projects at both libraries. Please contact librarian@cacegypt.org if you would be interested in helping us out.


Stay up to date with news and information from the MHS library by following us on social media.





Mrs. Fitzgerald tweets about libraries and librarianship with the handle @fitziane 


Josianne Fitzgerald

MHS and Head Librarian



Booster Club


Please use this link to join our new Facebook group page! It's an easy way to keep up with the latest Spirit news. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2135733356686475/.  


There's still time to get involved! If you'd like to get to know more people at CAC and can either fold clothes, use a cash register, bake cookies, create a spreadsheet, design posters, run a small business, or smile big, we'd love to have you volunteer with us. Please get in touch with us via email at boosterclubcac@gmail.com


Spirit Store


We have new CAC Athletics tank tops and muscle shirts for sale! Stop by during our regular opening hours, Sunday-Thursday7:45-10am, 11:00am-12:30pm, and 2:30-4:00pm.


Spirit Cafe


Our popular snacks are for sale every Thursday by the gym entrance from 3:15-4:45pm. Come look for our treats at Flood the Field, Monday Sept. 17th. Go Eagles!



Booster Club



From the PTO: 


We’re here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance. Our email is cacpto@cacegypt.org.  


Pizza Days!


Pizza day is Monday, Sept 17th!!! Other pizza days in October are the 1st, 15th, and 29th. 1 slice for 30le, 2 for 40le, 3 for 50le. Includes juice or milk + cookie. Extra cookie, juice, or slice is 7le. Kids use their bracelet to purchase. Prices increased this year due to vendor costs doubling.


Upcoming PTO Events:


Sun, Sept 16th—Parent Trip: Tour of Maadi’s Highlights and Hidden Gems. Almost Full!! For more info and to sign up: http://whoozin.com/QKV-R4N-6PQV. We will leave from CAC back gate promptly at 8:30 return  by 2pm. We will be exploring Rd 233 & Rd 9 as well as highlighting many shops and restaurants along the way. Questions? Contact Jean Wood at jeanwood261@icloud.com


Tues, Sept 25th—Book Club meeting at Osana Family Wellness at 1 pm. Our first book is "How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk" by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. To find the books please call Diwan Bookstores to pre-order & check availability. All are also available on audio books. Non CAC parents are welcome as well. This is an informal book club, having read the book is not an attendence requirement. 


Tues, Oct 2nd—1:30 pm—PTO Meeting, open to all parents


Thurs, Oct 4th—Felucca Sail for New Families


Mon, Nov 12th—Parent Trip: Heliopolis! For more info and to sign up: http://whoozin.com/HUY-NYG-DK6H 


Thurs, Oct 25th—Halloween Carnival 3-6 pm. Come for the Elementary School Parade and stay for the carnival!  This event is designed for elementary aged students and their families.


Friday, February 1st—CAC PTO’s annual Gala, THE GREAT BIG BOLLYWOOD BASH at Sofitel Nile El Gezirah


How to listen to kids picture PTO






*Help plan the Halloween Carnival on Oct 25th—contact Jennifer Tyler at Jennifertyler07@gmail.com.  

*Help with pizza day distribution and sales (11:45-12:45ish on alternating Mondays)—contact Sandy Kachour

*Help plan the book fair in December—contact Andi Simiskey at simiskey1@aol.com

The International Festival is one of our community’s favorite events and one of our main PTO fundraising events of the year. The International Festival takes place in the spring and celebrates the diversity of our CAC community. We are still in need of volunteers to lead the organizing committee for the International Festival on April 5th. Email us at cacpto@cacegypt.org for more information.

*Help plan the gala on Feb 1st—This is one of our main fundraising events of the year and as every year, we promise you a great party! If you’d like to volunteer in the gala committee, please contact Marcela Clavel at marcelaclavel@yahoo.com.ar or sending her a message at 0127-5243232.


PTO Facebook Page:


Join the CAC PTO Facebook page for updates, photos, and information about school and PTO events! Tell all your CAC parent friends! 




Monthly Meeting:


All parents and teachers are members of the PTO and we would love to see many of you at our meetings and activities. With rare exceptions, our monthly meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm, at the PTO room #626, on the second floor of the admin building, near the main gate.


Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 2nd. We look forward to seeing you there!



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