Head of School 10-11-2018



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 Head of School's Newsletter - October 11, 2018

League Latest

What’s up with the CAC sports league situation? On Sept 30 we were informed that new membership criteria had been voted on and accepted by the ISST membership of 18 schools, and that CAC was going to be excluded from the league since we don’t meet the new criteria of ‘being in Europe’. (this also affects WBAIS in Israel) Since then, I have written a formal appeal to the Heads of ISST schools. News on the appeal is pending, but it does seem that the appeal will be reviewed by the Heads of six schools--those ISST schools with Athletic Directors on ISST’s Executive Committee. I will say, honestly, that I think that the appeal has little chance of reversing the vote but the appeal was written with a solid foundation in ISST By Laws, so perhaps...


In school, we’ve been working to figure out the best way to distill a difficult question: If we are to join a new league, what is most important for CAC as we think of a new league? What must that league have? What would it be nice to have? In our work, we’ve designed a survey that will be sent to students, teachers, parents and alumni today. The survey has 17 identified possible criteria and asks respondents to rank them from most important to least, and then to identify how many are ‘non negotiable’. I believe that in this way, we’ll be able to get an idea of what we as a community value most in a league what we want most and hopefully, what is best for CAC moving forward.


On Oct 17, CAC’s ADAC along with Dr. Harris will meet with other ADs in Amsterdam to talk about what a new European league might look like.

On Oct 28th, Mr. Kenny MacCauley, AD at ACS Abu Dhabi (and former CAC AD) will come to campus to present to us the MESAC league our other option.


After Mr. MacCauley’s presentation, we will attempt to clarify which of our criteria the two league options meet, and thereby see which one is best for CAC moving forward. There will be no perfect answer to this difficult question. We will not duplicate ISST, but we hope to replace what we’ve lost in being removed from that league. Further, we hope to create something that might serve more of our students, be more suited to CAC in some ways, and in identifiable ways be ‘better’ for CAC.


To inform Mr. Fitzgerald’s work, surveys must be returned by Oct 16th, so if you want your voice included, please complete the short survey quickly.


College Fair Comes to CAC

CAC will host a very large college fair on Oct 25th in the morning. The event will be held on the MS lawn and will feature over 50 universities from more than a dozen countries. A super event brought to us by our CAC HS Counseling Department. You can review a list of the colleges currently committed to attend (the list may change) here.


A Great Week on Campus!

Despite the MS PRIME trips and HS Week Without Walls trips being away this week, there was a lot of amazing activity on campus, in the ES and HS. The ES had a busy week with the Family Picnic on Sunday, and Math Week all week long. Family Math night was held on Tuesday, and was busy and very well attended.

Showing mom what she can do!

A busy ES Family Math night

A very well attended ES Family picnic...

...and a little help from my friends...


In the HS, seniors, in particular, took advantage of the Academic Retreat option of WWW to stay back and focus on College Applications, IB extended essays, and Internal Assessments. It was a chance to get a lot of work done, and this year’s seniors seemed to take the opportunity very seriously.


Calvin checks out static electricity.

Friction and resistance in the Physics lab.

The doppler effect gets a deeper examination

Sam works extracting caffeine from tea.


And a Great Week Off Campus

Week Without Walls provides memories for a lifetime. From challenging climbs, to meaningful service work to exploring some of the world’s great museums, CAC students spanned the globe in search as they lived the CAC Mission: learn, explore, and have fun!


Urban rafting in Prague!

Hiking in the Alps!

At the Reichstag in Berlin!

Camping in Croatia!


Save the Date

Oct 17 at 12:15 PM - Middle School Building


Come meet our CAC Alum (class of 2000), Micah Hughes, the founder of The Mango Project. Micah's project has had a substantial effect on sustainability in Africa by helping to fight malnutrition, and empower local villages. He is currently writing his dissertation to complete a PhD in Education from University of the Rockies in the topic of how international experiential learning influences racial bias in global health students.


Micah will be a guest speaker at CAC inspiring our students from October 16-17. We are inviting alumni and community to come have coffee, mingle and get inspired by one of CAC's very own on Wednesday October 17 at 12:15 in the Middle School Building Lounge (beside the Tech Office).



From the PTO:

Halloween Carnival

CAC Halloween Spooktacular

Thursday, October 25 - 3:30-6:30 pm

All ES, MS, and HS students invited!

Games and haunted house for all students!

Trick or treat lane for elementary students!

200LE for a ticket (punch card includes entry and 12 punches for games, haunted house, and trick or treat)

tickets go on sale on Sunday, October 14. You can buy your tickets in the CAC entrance every day before or after school until October 25. All CAC ID holders may purchase tickets. Please fill out the campus access form on the Dashboard if you would like to bring guests to the carnival..








Upcoming PTO Events:

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


Dec 9-13—Book Fair with holiday market on Dec 13th


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



From the Welcome & Integration Committee

Relax, Rejuvenate & Revitalise! Hatha Flow Yoga Class focusing on breathing and postural alignment. It is open to all levels!

Date: Sunday, October 14th at 8:00 am in the Grade 1/2 Common Room, First floor of ES building (please bring your own yoga mat). Admission is by donation. The money will go to Baby Wash - an organization many CAC parents volunteer with.

Vanessa Moar is a yoga teacher - RYT 200 and a registered physiotherapist - McGill University from Canada. Her family moved to Egypt just over two years ago after living in Kenya and various parts of Canada. Her passion for yoga has grown steadily over the past 20 years as she noticed how much it helped her and her patients stay limber, more relaxed, breathe better and recover quicker from minor and major injuries.

To sign up please email Luna Abou Daoud luna_aboudaoud@yahoo.com Or Farida Khamis fkhamis@orientalweavers.com

Volunteer!!!  Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0944aaab29a3f94-cachalloween

We need volunteers for ticket sales ahead of time and day of, decorating before the event, and to help Trick or Treating! Contact Jennifer Tyler at jennifertyler07@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Heliopolis Parent Trip-Monday Nov 12th 8:15am-2 pm

We will first stop by the Unknown Soldier Memorial , and the tomb of President Anwar Sadaat, We will continue on to 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.


For more information and to RSVP: http://whoozin.com/HUY-NYG-DK6H.  Questions? Contact Jean Wood at jeanwood261@icloud.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 with pizza day distribution and sales (11:45-12:45ish on alternating Mondays)—contact Sandy Kachour at +20 122 241 0241.


*Help plan the book fair (Dec 9-13)—contact Andi Simiskey at simiskey1@aol.com.


*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


Elementary Parents

Please check out the email for the new Pick Up Card and order them on the dashboard


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:

Next Meeting on Tues, Nov 6. Location: PTO room #626, on the second floor of the admin building, near the main gate. We look forward to seeing you there! Come hear about our events and learn how you can help! All parents are automatically PTO members.