Head of School 08-19-2018

 

 

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 Head of School's Newsletter - August 19, 2018
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Welcome Back!

Welcome to our new CAC families and Welcome Back to our returning folks. CAC is excited to welcome 142 new students from 22 different countries this year, complimenting our 638 returning students. We will open with about 780 students, just about where we closed in June. Several of our grades are full or nearly full, and so we’ll have busy classrooms this year.

 

Over the summer, significant facilities work took place at school, including safety upgrades to our ES Transformer room, new energy-efficient LED lights in the main gym, an ES Office facelift, and--our biggest project--a renovation of the Theater public spaces. The theater looks GREAT, and I hope you’ll enjoy taking your seat for the first time in our upgraded and updated theater.


While we are getting a later-than-usual start this year, we will be at full speed next week. As a quick reminder, some key dates:

  • Sunday, Aug 26, 8am: New family and student orientation at CAC.
  • Monday, Aug 27: School Starts, regular time!
  • Monday, Aug 27: PTO Welcome for parents, 8am, ES lawn.
  • Tuesday, Sept 4: ES Back to School Night, 5-7pm

New Teachers On Board


CAC is thrilled to welcome our new faculty for School Year 2018-19. Coming from near and far (Dubai and Brazil, as well as Korea, Bombay, the US, and Ghana), we had a very successful recruiting year and have some wonderfully passionate and creative educators joining the CAC faculty. They are an experienced bunch, as well, and are already adding to their departments and divisions. Please be sure to give them a warm CAC welcome when you meet them. (below: new hires and their families enjoy a warm evening on the Nile).


 

CAC has Advanced this year

Our Alumni and Community Engagement Office has been changed to the Office of Advancement. What does this mean for CAC community? The office has broadened how it supports student and teacher programs, communication and marketing, admission, alumni and corporate relations.

The office is located on the 3rd floor of the Administration building, beside the head of school office. We encourage you to knock on the door where the team; Cynthia, Engy and Diana will be more than happy to greet you.

Office of Advancement Team Photo.jpg

 

Teachers Hit the Ground Running...and Learning

CAC teachers have been back on campus since the 14th, and our educators have dived right in with some stimulating Professional Development to start the year. The Elementary Team hosted an Adaptive Schools workshop for four days (with teachers involved through the weekend). This workshop aims to establish positive working relations, meeting norms, and provides many strategies for working well and efficiently together in groups. CAC was joined for this workshop by educators from Schutz and El Alsson School.


In the high school, Andrew Watson, a brain and memory researcher, shared his work for two days with the high school staff. In this engaging workshop, Mr. Watson shared a variety of research-based strategies to better ensure that teaching and learning gets through our working memory processes and into our long-term memory for genuine learning. You can learn more about his work and research at his website
Translate the Brain.

Along with this provided training, CAC teachers were working in teams, departments and individually to prepare for the upcoming school year. Ready for the new year, our Teachers are very excited to welcome your children to their classrooms and learning environments.

(at right: Mr. Brown, Mr. Waldoch, Ms Gramolini, and new CAC HS English teacher Ms. Morgan plan for the HS English department’s upcoming year.)

From the Booster Club Spirit Store

The Spirit Store will be open for extended hours as everyone returns to school, then we will return to our normal operating hours.

Sun 26 August 7:45am-4:00pm

Mon 27 August  7:45am-4:00pm

Tuesday 28 August and all weekdays following:

7:45am-10am

11:00am-12:30pm

2:30-4:00pm


Contact us at:

Spirit Store email: spiritstore@cacegypt.org

Booster Club Facebook page: CAC Booster Club