Head of School 11-29-2018



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 Head of School's Newsletter - November 29, 2018

Many Community Events Coming Up!

Several great community events coming up in the next few, very busy weeks. We hope you and your family will come out and support CAC’s musicians, our Student Council and our PTO. Each of these events contributes to the very special community feel that makes CAC stand out among international schools. Soak it up!

Winter Concert Next Week:

StuCo Family Movie Night

Join us on December 6 for a festive winter themed family movie night packed with fun activities and treats! Make sure to bring blankets and a picnic dinner. Children must be supervised.     ---Sincerely,  HS Exec StuCo

League Latest

CAC thanks The British School in the Netherlands for sharing their Athletic Director with us this week. Tom Archer came to CAC on Tuesday and met with Students, Parents, Board members and Faculty to talk about the new European sports league that is being formed in the wake of ISST’s “realignment.” 15 quality international schools are engaged in conversation and planning, and this is one of two options for CAC for next year. The new league will host the same varsity sports on the same seasons as ISST, and may offer a few JV sports next year. The tournaments have been reduced in length of time to cut down on absences, and for the most part, students will be housed in hotels, rather than home-stays. The schools are committed to making the league work and be more open with shared leadership, as opposed to ISST.

CAC has now to decide on whether we will pursue this new European league option or the MESAC option. Two committees are working simultaneously and will make a recommendation to the Board for the an endorsement. We should know the outcome of this momentous decision on Dec 12th.


College News:

Several Seniors have received admission notices in the past few weeks. GREAT JOB EAGLES! Here’s a list of the good news recipients:

Omar A: Carleton University and Univ Ottawa.

Gloria B: University of Bradford and University of Manchester

Alex B: West Virginia Univ, and Univ of Texas San Antonio.

Hussein F: University College of London.

Titus O: University of Alabama Birmingham, Georgia State Univ, and Temple University.

Nathan V: University of Oklahoma

Alina Ww: Trent University.

Rutherford Family News:

After (nearly) seven full and busy years of growth and learning at CAC for the Rutherford family, our time in Cairo will draw to a close in June. Our search for ‘what’s next’ has recently come to an end, and I am happy to share that I will be the next Director at The American School of Milan, in Italy. ASM is very much like CAC, and in fact there are a handful of former CAC students attending ASM right now (I met two of them when I was there interviewing). ASM has 900 students and facilities much like ours. It is a warm school community, and Yoshiko and I felt an immediate affinity. We are also excited to be in a different part of the world offering a whole new range of things to explore and learn about. We will take CAC’s Mission with us, as we set out to Learn, Explore, and have Fun in a whole new environment.

CAC’s 2018 Battle of the Books winners!

Congratulations to all of the  MS students who participated in this year’s Battle of the Books. We had the final round of the reading competition on Wednesday, and six finalist teams battled it out for bragging rights and grand prizes. One team of super readers won overall:  Orange Purple Dinosaurs, but all teams demonstrated excellent recall and comprehension of the six titles selected for this year.

All finalists joined us for a pizza party today to celebrate their reading and to talk about books. We welcome recommendations for next year’s shortlist. Emaillibrarian@cacegypt.org


Parent session on Overdrive - December 12

Join us to learn how to access our ebook and audiobook collections in either of 2 training sessions we will offer on December 12, at 8 am or 2:20 pm.

Please download the Overdrive app to your mobile device before the session. You will need your CAC Single Sign On (the school account you use to access Overdrive.)

Both sessions will be in the ES library.

Booster News:

Our final meeting of 2018 will be on Tuesday, 27 November at 11am in the library. Join us and be a part of the action!

Spirit Cafe:

Specialty soft-serve ice cream is now a regular item at the cafe. Come taste it for yourself, and try one of our other homemade treats too—we debut something new almost every week!

Spirit Store:

We have cozy CAC hoodies in all sizes. They make a great holiday gift item! Stop by and take care of everyone on your gift list with fun CAC apparel.

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.

What a great parent trip to Heliopolis! Thanks Jean Wood, Hengameh Murphy, and Vanessa Moar for running it.


Our next parent trip is to Khan el Khalili for shopping! We have TWO identical trips, so pick the date that works best. Monday Dec 3rd—http://whoozin.com/QJ6-YGC-HE4N and Wednesday Dec 12— http://whoozin.com/CV9-RQD-XW7U


Book Fair News

The next big PTO event is the Book Fair Dec 9th-13th.  Sun-Weds is 7:30-6:00 and Thurs is 7:30-7:00. It includes 7 book vendors, special visit by Alumni author Dina El Abd, Spirit Cafe, bookmark contest, live music, origami, and crafts.  All students may enter the bookmark contest. See your school library for details! It will also include a holiday market on the last day.


We are also holding a charity book donation drive! Any new or gently used books would be greatly appreciated! Watch for the book box near the main CAC gate.


To volunteer or for questions, email Andi Simiskey at simiskey1@aol.com or Yara Tatanaki at yaratatanaki@gmail.com.





Other PTO Events:

Sun, Dec 2nd—Book Club at Osana, 10 am. Book: The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Leonard Sax. This is an informal book club, having read the book is not an attendance requirement. Come have coffee.

Tues, Dec 4th—PTO Meeting at 1:30 PM. All are welcome.

New on Facebook!

Every Monday we will be having Merchant Monday! Facebook members can comment on the post with their own business, a local business recommendation, or an invite to an event they are involved with. Visit our Facebook page every Monday for more information and to see everyone’s businesses.

Parting Shots

MS teams at this week's Battle of the Books final event. Six teams made the finals from an original 18 teams.

6th graders present their Egypt Travel Videos as part of their social studies class. A panel of evaluators included parents from the US Embassy, Travel agents, and Egypt Culture experts.

Senior boys soak up the sun Thursday at lunch