• News and Views
  • News&Views, Week of October, 22nd, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. We have completed another week safely by adhering to the health and safety mitigation protocols. Looking at the phase reopening rubric, we will eventually enter into phase two.

    Thank you to our teachers and parents for your participation in the virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday and Tuesday. Although it was new for everyone involved, thanks to the creativity of Mona Abdel Hady in the tech office, things went very smoothly for the most part. We realized that doing a virtual conference is less stressful for parents and teachers. If you missed an appointment and would like to see the teacher, I encourage you to reach out and organize a Google Meet.

    We hope that after the conference, you take the opportunity to sit down with your child and discuss how they can continue or improve their approach to learning. The Approach to Learning is an indicator of how the child will master the standards studied in each unit. If your child is struggling emotionally, please inform our counselor, Ms. Spencer, to provide support. We realize that students are not getting the same amount of physical activities regularly, which might impact their socio-emotional well-being.

    Kudos! To the following parents: Rhea Jacobs, Carmen Allison, Elizabeth Kennedy, Cindy Chen, Hazel Birchall, and Sema Saurav of the Booster Club. They did a fantastic job designing the pumpkin patch. We are looking forward to the photo opportunities it will provide next week when students come to school in their Halloween costumes.

    There is so much we can learn from our students. How can we appreciate the good things in our lives, even when we’re struggling? What would happen if we all recognized how much kindness we receive from others? Recently, six of our middle school students did something truly remarkable. It was the birthday of one of the students and he told his friends not to give him a gift. Instead they gave him money. He then took the money and invited them to go grocery shopping. They purchased bags of staple food and drove around Maadi with their parents and gave it to the people in need around the Midans. I have said it many times, our students are good people.

    A reminder that next week Tuesday, October 27th, will be an Early Release Day (ERD). The school day will be an E-day in the rotation, and the day will end at 11:30 am. Our success depended not only upon the efforts we make at school but also upon families practicing safe social distancing away from campus. Please remember the 4 W’s: Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Mask, Watch Your Distance, and Work Together.

    Thanks for your continuous support of the middle school.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal


    Announcements

    Halloween in Middle School

    🎃👻 Happy Howl-oween! – Send a Trick or Treat
    The most fa-BOO-lous (Fangtastic) time of the year is here!
    The Student Council has organized delicious Halloween cookies and new BOO-tiful Halloween masks.
    Deliveries will be made on Sunday, Oct 25 (group 1) and Monday, Oct 26 (group 2) in advisory.

    Halloween Celebrations Are Almost Here 🎃👻
    Come dressed up in your best Halloween costume on Sunday and Monday, October 25 and 26. We will be celebrating Halloween in the Middle School with a costume competition and other festivities. Costume competition categories include:
    • Scariest
    • Most Creative
    • Best Impersonation
    Winners will receive goody bags filled with delicious Halloween candy. Costumes MUST follow school dress code guidelines and you must wear your regular face mask. NO fake guns, knives or other inappropriate Halloween accessories.
    Let’s have some fun and show Halloween Spirit!

    Halloween Raffle 🎃
    This year the Student Council is organizing a raffle with many prizes of Halloween Treats!
    To Enter you MUST:
    1. Come dressed in a Halloween costume
    2. Or bring an item for charity (eg. bag of rice, toothpaste, bar of soap)
    3. If you have done one of the above, you are allowed to buy up to a maximum of 2 extra tickets per student. Each extra ticket costs 20 L.E for added chances of winning the raffle.
    See you all on Sunday and Monday with your Spooktacular Costumes!

     

    PTO Monthly Meeting for OCTOBER

    Join us to find out the latest and greatest at our next PTO Monthly Meeting for OCTOBER – held LIVE and virtually!

    Zoom PTO Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/99506497883pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09
    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883 / Passcode: 353379

     

    Happy Halloween From the Booster Club

    The Booster Club is working together with HS/MS STUCO to provide you with some SPOOKTACULAR fun next week!
    Come Sunday and Monday dressed in your favorite costumes/Spirit Wear/PJs and have some
    lunchtime fun on the MS field.
    There will be a “red carpet” for you to show off on with spooky music and other surprises.
    Don’t worry there will be  sure to be “Treats” for all of your “Tricks”!!!
    There will also be “selfie” stations set up with some scary backdrops to let you spook up your social media. Can’t wait to SCARE you all there!!!

     


    From the MS/HS Library

    CAC Libraries Open This Weekend
    The CAC libraries will be open this Saturday, October 24, but closed on Saturday, October 31.
    Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    You can book a 30-minute appointment slot on the CAC parent dashboard’s “CAC Campus Facilities Online Booking” form. Bookings are accepted until Fridays at 7 pm and a week in advance.

    You can access the booking system through the new CAC School Stream app. Click “CAC” at the bottom of the screen, then scroll down to “Parents Dashboard.” You will be prompted to log in, which you’ll do with your parent CAC single sign on. Look for the “CAC Campus Facilities Online Booking” link and follow the prompts.

    Sora, our ebook and digital audiobook app
    With the Sora app, available on all mobile platforms, or soraapp.com, CAC students, parents and teachers can access a large and growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks. All you need is your CAC single sign on to log in.

    See a preview here. (Sora will ask for your Follett account. That just means your CAC single sign on.)

    Please write to librarian@cacegypt.org if you encounter any problems.


    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to all parents who were in attendance at the Parent-Teacher Conference.

    Three Cheers to all teachers for their preparation for the conferences.

    Three Cheers to Mona Abdel Hady and Carlos Bustamante for their efforts with the Parent-Teacher Conference.

    Three Cheers to Ms. Fides, Ms. Torky, Ms. Spencer, and our STUCO for their efforts with planning the Halloween Fashion Show.

    Three Cheers to Ms. Genidy and her Public Art class for the Halloween decorations around the building.

  • News and Views
  • News&Views, Week of October, 15th, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. It was a busy week for everyone. It is hard to believe we have already completed eight weeks of teaching and learning. The reason CAC has such strict mitigation protocols is for the safety of everyone on campus. While we can’t force you to implement the same protocols at home, we ask that you think of others when deciding not to wear a mask, practice social distancing, or wash your hands. We are all in this together, and the safety of everyone is our responsibility.

    We had a big turnout for our coffee morning on Wednesday. As I shared with you, we want to develop students who are antifragile. I noticed many parents were concerned about the attendance and how it is reported. We will look at it to give you a clearer picture of when your child is missing class. Due to our current norm, we do understand the word absence is misleading.

    We will have our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, October 19th, from 3:15 – 5:00 and Tuesday, October 20th, from 7:45 am – 4:15 pm. We would appreciate it if you didn’t sign into your Google meet until the time of your appointment. This is the first time we are running this format; therefore, we will have some challenges, but we ask that you are patient. Please be reminded you will need to use your CAC Gmail to access the Google meet. Conferences are structured to last no more than ten minutes with the teacher. The teachers will keep track of the time and inform you when your ten minutes have come to an end. We expect that your child attends the conference with you on both days.

    As we move into Phase 1.5 and eventually into Phase 2, we are looking at starting pre-season conditioning for athletes and activities programs after school. We will structure it the same as we do the physical education classes in pods. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to be active and connect with friends in a social setting while practicing social distancing. More information about this will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

    In 8th grade Language Arts, students read dystopian fiction novels and think about how it relates to the world around them. They consider what prompts authors to write cautionary tales about the future based on what they are concerned about in their present life, country, and world. 8th graders have discussed current social issues and ideas and connected how they could affect their own lives in the future.

     

    Thanks for all you do to support the middle school.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal

     


    Announcements

    The Booster Club would like to announce the opening of the Spirit Store for all products! We are happy to now be open during every school day from 8:30-10:00am and 1:30-2:45pm. Please stop by using Gate 7 and shop through our windows. We still cannot have customers inside the store, but we will soon be offering an online catalogue of all of our products for you to make your list at home and bring to the Spirit Store for us to fill! Come on by and shop for spirit wear, lunch box items and school supplies (as well as masks and PE uniforms). We can’t wait to see you at the Store!

    WELCOME BACK TO OUR SENIORS!!! The Booster Club is so happy to have our seniors back on campus 4 days a week. Seniors, look out for a special Booster Club “SENIOR SURPRISE” every day next week! Go Class of 2021!

     

    Q&A Session with Head Of School And All Principals

    Coming up! Join us at this school-wide LIVE Virtual Event! Our Head of School and all Principals will be there to answer questions from the PTO community. Please email questions in advance to cacpto@cacegypt.org .
    Advanced questions are encouraged and will given priority, but if time allows in the 1-hour session, we will take questions from the Zoom Chat feature. Note that we have learned from our previous Q & A 😀 and have now planned capacity for up to 500 attendees. Typed transcript will follow.
    Zoom Meeting Link: https://fundforteachers.zoom.us/j/96115447581?pwd=bzFLNW9STTdOM2dmenkzMUYvaWt6Zz09

    Meeting ID: 961 1544 7581 / Passcode: 499561

     

    CAC TALKS

    Welcome to the CAC TALKS PTO Archives! Below you will find a link to a document holding the recent recorded CAC Talks session, compiled notes, and additional resources.

    “COVID-19: Mental Wellness” – Dr Anne Justus, September 8, 2020 (recording only): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IHuZQNNHx1uCrfEMm0Aw2B6eLEvBfjES/view?usp=sharing

    “Talking [to Kids] About Feminism” – Dr. Jason Beckett, September 30, 2020:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_-QKrljYSU1qKjvoABJUsnbV5j5RBF9VK6ug8tlFKlA/edit?usp=sharing

    “Depression in Children & Adolescents” – Dr. Anne Justus, October 6, 2020:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zoIhVFfIbEQRRQYnTSom5ezM328h78nzk7Y7Lhw__Wc/edit?usp=sharing

     

    From the Service -Learning Office
    Let’s put our ideas together
    “THE IDEAS TANK”

    Get Inspired by others! The below are some amazing ideas that were submitted earlier in response to the question; “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety? explain by giving examples.”

    Stay healthy and improve your immune system during covid-19 cooking class. Also learning quick, easy healthy meals for University. (done on zoom). – HS Student

    Organize useful zoom talks, provide value through meaningful, yet safe involvement in community service, promote togetherness through projects that can be taken online, meet in small groups outside. – Parent

    We can plan online and act in a small group that can go to different organizations. – Staff

    Making a list of the best quality arts and crafts shops in and around Maadi made by disadvantaged people in our community. – Faculty.

    Maybe we can make a “love of wings”, a cloth that has two wings, each wing is one meter long, so it can keep the social distance. – MS Student

    A NEW Question!
    Proposed by a HS student
    “What is your experience with initiating or participating in service projects in the Maadi/Cairo community?”. Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK.

    If you have any questions,
    Please contact
    Ms.Ereeny Gawdat
    Service-Learning Coordinator
    egergess@cacegypt.org

     

     


    From the MS/HS Library

    CAC Libraries Open This Weekend
    The CAC libraries will be open for community this Saturday and October 23. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    Please book a 30-minute appointment slot on the CAC parent dashboard’s “CAC Campus Facilities Online Booking” form. Bookings are accepted until Fridays at 7 pm.

    You can access the booking system through the new CAC School Stream app. Click “CAC” at the bottom of the screen, then scroll down to “Parents Dashboard.” You will be prompted to log in, which you’ll do with your parent CAC single sign on. Look for the “CAC Campus Facilities Online Booking” link and follow the prompts.

    Sora, our ebook and digital audiobook app
    With the Sora app, available on all mobile platforms, or soraapp.com, CAC students, parents and teachers can access a large and growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks. All you need is your CAC single sign on to log in.

    See a preview here. (Sora will ask for your Follett account. That just means your CAC single sign on.)

    Please write to librarian@cacegypt.org if you encounter any problems.

     


    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to all parents who attended this week’s Principal Coffee Morning.

    Three Cheers to Ms. Gallagher and Ms. Osama for all their efforts with COVID – 19 contact tracing.

    Three Cheers to our Motor Pool for their efforts with keeping our students safe on the road.

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  • News&Views, Week of October, 7th, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. We have completed our seventh week. Due to strict mitigation protocols in place, we have only had one case of COVID 19. We are about to go off on a three day weekend, and I am asking that you do your part to remain safe and healthy. Please remember to follow the safety protocols to keep your family safe. We know that students are eager to socialize outside of the school but please remember to ask yourself if it worth risking the child getting the virus.

    A reminder that on Sunday, October 11th, we will be issuing our first Progress Report Cards. We will be reporting out on the student’s commitment to online learning and their Approaches to Learning (ATLs). Considering that students are doing online learning from home three times per week, we need to give them feedback and hold them accountable for their learning.

    • Their report cards will include a new ATL labeled “Commitment to Online Learning.”
    • Standard ATL feedback (Consistently, Usually, Sometimes, and Rarely) will be used to assess the students’ commitment to online learning.
    • Only students receiving Rarely in the ATLs at school, or online, will receive a comment.
    • New students will receive a comment welcoming them to CAC.

    In seventh-grade math class, students are learning about integers while working in small groups.

    According to the psychologist, Anna Johnson, many parents are stressed with their anxiety increasing day by day. This is a natural reaction to the students being mostly at home with little or no escape, with few options available to cope with their circumstances. Archana Basu, a renowned psychologist from the Chan Harvard School of Public Health, is worried that this may leave a lasting impact on a student’s mental health and education.

    Parental stress and negative attitude can affect children’s emotional well-being and cognitive development, says Basu. “Typically, we know children do best when they are with emotionally available, consistent, and responsive caregivers,” says Johnson. This is especially helpful during stressful situations, like this pandemic. We ask that you work with us to make sure your child is surrounded by positivity even during these difficult times.

    On Monday, October 19th, and 20th, we will be holding our Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences. This year all conferences will be held online. We will send out a sign-up sheet next Sunday. I encourage you to make sure your CAC email account is working as that will be the only way to access your Google Meet appointment.

    Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal


    Announcements

    The Booster Club Spirit Store Limited Opening Update

    The Booster Club Spirit Store would like to announce a limited opening until our online
    store is ready. For the next week we will open our on-campus shop in a Covid-safe
    manner. We will be selling 3 products:
    PE UNIFORMS (limit 2 per child),
    MASKS (limit 6 per family)
    PTO DESK CALENDARS
    The schedule for opening will be 8:30-11:30am daily. Please line up outside Gate 7 that
    is beside the Spirit Store (it will be marked). The gate will be opened at 8:30am and we
    will allow 3 people inside the gate to shop with a provided order form. You will receive
    your items and pay through 2 open windows (only Booster Club Volunteers will be
    allowed inside the store).
    Payments accepted are: USD, EGP and USD checks (from a US bank). Please respect
    the rules so that we are able to remain open for our community.
    Please go to the Booster Club’s Facebook page to see mask designs. Thanks so much
    for your support!
    The Booster Club


    From the MS/HS Library

    CAC Libraries Closed October 10
    The CAC libraries will be closed this Saturday. They will open again for community use on October 17. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    To book your 30-minute appointment slot on the CAC parent dashboard’s “Campus Facilities Online Booking” form for October 17, you will need to wait until October 10, as the system accepts reservations up to a week in advance.

    Sora, our ebook and digital audiobook app
    With the Sora app, available on all mobile platforms, or soraapp.com, CAC students, parents and teachers can access a large and growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks. All you need is your CAC single sign on to log in.

    See a preview here. (Sora will ask for your Follett account. That just means your CAC single sign on.)

    Please write to librarian@cacegypt.org if you encounter any problems.


    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to Ms. Ennis and Ms. Harouny for organizing our first X-Block that will take place next Tuesday.

    Three Cheers to our janitors for keeping the building sanitized and clean.

    Three Cheers to students and teachers for all they are doing to support each other.

    Three Cheers to the PTO for organizing “CAC Talk” it is a great way for our community to come together and learn together from experts.

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  • News&Views, Week of October, 1st, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. We have completed week six, and I want to thank you for your support during these challenging times.
    Our teachers and students benefit immensely when there is a home-school partnership.

    Thank you to the parents who attended our virtual tea on Monday afternoon. Here is a link to the presentation; it provides information, strategies, resources, and tools to support our student’s academic success and wellbeing of our students in partnership with parents. There is a link to the recording of the Google Meet on the second and third pages for parents that were absent.

    A reminder that October 6th will be a school day (E1) and October 8th will be the holiday with no classes. In conjunction with the home school partnership, please note the critical importance for all of our school community to carefully adhere to coronavirus mitigation. Our focus on health and safety must continue to guide all that we do during the pandemic.

    On Sunday, October 11th, we will be issuing our first Progress Report Cards. We will be reporting out on the student’s commitment to online learning and their Approaches to Learning (ATLs). Considering that students are doing online learning from home three times per week, we need to give them feedback and hold them accountable for their learning.

    • Their report cards will include a new ATL labeled “Commitment to Online Learning.”
    • Standard ATL feedback (Consistently, Usually, Sometimes, and Rarely) will be used to assess the students’ commitment to online learning.
    • Only students receiving Rarely in the ATLs at school, or online, will receive a comment.
    • New students will receive a comment welcoming them to CAC.

    We received the results from the students on the Blended Learning Program survey. The feedback from the students is that they are enjoying the academics and how it is presented to them in school and online. However what we found alarming is that many of our students are anxious, afraid, and don’t know how to self-manage. This is something we take seriously and will be providing time in the advisory to address these concerns.

    Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal


    Announcements

    The Booster Club Spirit Store Limited Opening

    The Booster Club Spirit Store would like to announce a limited opening coming October
    4th until our online store is ready. For the next two weeks we will open our on-campus
    shop in a Covid-safe manner. We will be selling 3 products:
    PE UNIFORMS (limit 2 per child),
    MASKS (limit 6 per family)
    PTO DESK CALENDARS
    The schedule for opening will be 8:30-11:30am and go by last name. PLEASE come on
    the day of the first letter of your last name as to avoid large groups.
    Here is the schedule:
    Sunday, October 4 – Last Name A-F
    Monday, October 5 – Last Name G-L
    Tuesday, October 6 – Last Name M-R
    Wednesday, October 7 – Last Name S-Z
    Thursday, October 8 – School Holiday
    Please line up outside Gate 7 that is beside the Spirit Store (it will be marked). The
    gate will be opened at 8:30am and we will allow 3 people inside the gate to shop with a
    provided order form. You will receive your items and pay through 2 open windows (only
    Booster Club Volunteers will be allowed inside the store).
    Payments accepted are: USD, EGP and USD checks (from a US bank). Please respect
    the rules so that we are able to remain open for our community.
    Please go to the Booster Club’s Facebook page to see mask designs. Thanks so much
    for your support!

    The Booster Club

     

    PTO CAC Talks

    Salma Zaky is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:
    https://fundforteachers.zoom.us/j/91240179957?pwd=dmdwRW55aFVxLzBHMGhvTndCTElUQT09

    Meeting ID: 912 4017 9957
    Passcode: 866934

     

     

    From the Service -Learning Office
    Let’s put our ideas together
    “THE IDEAS TANK”


    Get Inspired by others! The below are some amazing ideas that were submitted earlier in response to the question; “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety? explain by giving examples.”

    • Stay healthy and improve your immune system during covid-19 cooking class. Also learning quick, easy healthy meals for University. (done on zoom). – HS Student
    • Organize useful zoom talks, provide value through meaningful, yet safe involvement in community service, promote togetherness through projects that can be taken online, meet in small groups outside. – Parent
    • We can plan online and act in a small group that can go to different organizations. – Staff
    • Making a list of the best quality arts and crafts shops in and around Maadi made by disadvantaged people in our community. – Faculty.
    • Maybe we can make a “love of wings”, a cloth that has two wings, each wing is one meter long, so it can keep the social distance. – MS Student
      A NEW Question!
      Proposed by a HS student
      What is your experience with initiating or participating in service projects in the Maadi/Cairo community?”. Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK.

    If you have any questions,
    Please contact
    Ms.Ereeny Gawdat
    Service-Learning Coordinator
    egergess@cacegypt.org


    From the MS/HS Library

    Open Saturdays in October
    The CAC libraries will be open on Saturdays on October 3, 17 and 24.

    Please book a 30-minute appointment slot on the CAC parent dashboard’s: Campus Facilities Online Booking” form by 7 pm on Friday evening. You will need an appointment to enter campus and the libraries.


    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to Ms. Harouny and Ms. Spencer for their organization of the sixth-grade Virtual Tea.

    Three Cheers to the parents in the Booster club for all they do to support activities and athletics.

    Three Cheers to our parents who attended the principal coffee morning presentation.

    Three Cheers to all our students for their outstanding effort in following the mitigation protocols.

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  • News&Views, Week of September, 24th, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. We have completed week five of the Blended Learning Program. Students and teachers are doing their best to follow the mitigation procedures. While this is challenging for everyone, we must continue to do what is best for us as a community.

    We started the week with a PEACE Day celebration. Both students and faculty wore white to school on Sunday and Monday, and students in the MS/HS Strings class performed during lunch.

    It was that time of year again to hold our STUCO elections, and our students mesmerized us with their speeches. We wish they all could be the president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. However, out of the fifteen students who participated, there were only four positions to be filled. Congratulations to all the participants for displaying our core values of Perseverance and Courage.

    Mary Millward
    Hoda Abou Ghali
    Tia Botros
    Bayleigh Donhauser
    Essam Allam
    Chadwick Luck
    Omar Dallal
    Ali Azab
    Omar Galal
    Amin Marei
    Sydney Gilreath
    Abdelrahman El-Naggar
    Hussein Abdou
    Saksham Chaudhary
    Isabella Harris

    On Sunday, October 11th, we will be issuing our first Progress Report Cards. We will be reporting out on the student’s commitment to online learning and their Approaches to Learning (ATLs). Considering that students are doing online learning from home three times per week, we need to give them feedback and hold them accountable for their learning.

    • Their report cards will include a new ATL labeled “Commitment to Online Learning.”
    • Standard ATL feedback (Consistently, Usually, Sometimes, and Rarely) will be used to assess the students’ commitment to online learning.
    • Only students receiving Rarely in the ATLs at school, or online, will receive a comment.
    • New students will receive a comment welcoming them to CAC.

    In six-grade Math, students continued their study of geometric figures, area, and surface area, specifically targeting parallelograms and triangles. Students were designing, decomposing, and rearranging figures in and out of class, comparing shapes to discern relationships, and using mathematical algorithms to calculate area.

    In seventh-grade physical education, we continued our study and practice of fitness in class through various movements that, if done as a part of a regular exercise routine, will increase explosiveness, quickness, and endurance. We also introduced the game of Cornhole in this week’s classes to offer students a fun yet challenging game as a reward for their fitness work. During student’s off-campus days, students engaged-in and documented their physical activities, as well as reflected on their overall well-being and long and short-term goals in physical fitness.

    Virtual Tea for Grade 6 Parents
    We would like to invite 6th-grade parents to attend an afternoon Virtual Tea on Monday, September 28 th from 3:30 – 4:30 to check in with you after the first few weeks in Middle School. We will discuss strategies for success, technology, classes, and the social/ emotional aspects of middle schoolers. We are here to answer questions you may have to support your child’s success in Middle School. Since we are social distancing, a link to the Virtual Tea will be sent to your email before the event. If you have any questions, please contact Rana Harouny at rahouny@cacegypt.org or Bridgette Spencer at bspencer@cacegypt.org

    I encourage you to please update your calendars to reflect that October 6th will be a school day (E1), and October 8th will be the holiday with no classes. In conjunction with the home school partnership, please note the critical importance for all of our school community to carefully adhere to coronavirus mitigation if deciding to travel domestically. A focus on health and safety must continue to steer all that we do during the pandemic.

    Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal

     

    Announcements

    PTO Monthly Meeting Link:
    https://zoom.us/j/99506497883?pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

     

    From the MS/HS Library

    CAC libraries on Saturdays
    As we get ready to allow the ES students in to the library to browse and checkout, we have made more changes to the ES library. For our parents who visit the ES library on Saturdays, please expect the library to look a little different. Signs on the door will outline the set up for students during the week and for parents on Saturdays. You can preview the poster here.

    The MHS library will remain the same.

    To make a 30 minute appointment to visit our libraries on Saturdays, please log in to the CAC dashboard and look for the box “Campus Facilities Online Booking.”

     

    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to Ms. Genidy and Ms. Badr for their efforts to support our students in making the peace doves posted around campus.

    Three Cheers to Ms. Fides for organizing the voting ballots and supported the elective process.

    Three Cheers to Mr. Dzamashvili for the organization of the String student’s performance on Peace Day.

    Three Cheers to our teachers who are doing a tremendous job of teaching and keeping students safe.

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  • News&Views, Week of September, 17th, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. We are into our fourth week, and we couldn’t have made it this far without your support. Although we are in phase one of our mitigation protocol, we modify some things to provide our students with more opportunities.

    Our teachers have been intentional about finding options to help our students build essential skills. With self-management, guiding students to learn to manage their time, to deal with the stress that may result from these transitions, now and in the future, is essential. We want students to develop and sustain self-reliance and understand their needs and manage emotions as well as stress. We realize that their competency in SEL (Social Emotional Learning) can positively impact their future success as a student.

    With students learning from home three times per week, parents need to have a positive mindset to promote a positive environment. Parents must make an effort to understand what children are going through and how hard it might be for some to stay engaged. We can empower them to look at all the positive aspects to avoid them feeling overwhelmed or depressed. We must also act as role models by being determined and letting our young people know the crucial role they play in rebuilding this world. During these times, children are counting on the school-parent partnership to help them stay in the learning game.

    In 8th Grade science, students are applying the concepts of velocity and acceleration to real-world situations. The students are calculating the top velocity and acceleration produced when they are running. They are also working to determine a tennis ball’s acceleration when dropped off of the middle school building. Next week, the students will discuss and experience examples of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

    In Grade Six Language Arts this week, students have been working on understanding character traits and emotion when reading fictional texts. We are exploring the idea that characters may be complicated and may have many characteristics. Students have read a short excerpt called “Popularity” as a guiding short story text. Next week, students will start their book clubs and come home with a physical book.

    In 8th Grade Social Studies, students have reviewed a brief history of government development from prehistory to the Enlightenment. We have looked at the single-person rule and the evolution of shared power systems; they have completed work online, and a physical packet of information sent home with them last week. We are beginning to discuss the evolution of thought in the Enlightenment era and what it meant for modern governmental systems, especially the Enlightenment language, directly inserted into the US Declaration of Independence.

    In 8th grade Language Arts, we are using a truly blended learning model where we begin and end class together. Students are currently reading Dystopian Fiction, where they connect the world’s complexities around us to our novels. Students have studied symbolism, plot structure, archetypes, and systemic obstacles that characters have to overcome in the past week. Additionally, they are using their notebooks to analyze while reading and writing. The reading clubs are used to discuss and collaborate to support deeper analytical thinking and real-world connections with their novels.

    Monday, September 21st, is Peace Day, and we will celebrate it on Sunday and Monday with our students. In 2002 the United Nations General Assembly officially declared September 21st as the International Day of Peace. The International Day of Peace is devoted to the goal of worldwide peace for all humankind. The U.N. Resolution that established the International Day of Peace suggested that:

    Peace Day should be dedicated to commemorating and strengthening peace ideals both within and among all nations and peoples. This day will serve as a reminder to all people that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should help all of us here within the organization as a constantly peeling bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.

    Each year on September 21st, events are organized globally to commemorate and celebrate this day. The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is indeed profound. CAC is proud to participate in this global event, and we look forward to our students and teachers wearing white on this special day to show their support.

    Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal

     

    Announcements

    PTO Monthly Meeting Link:
    https://zoom.us/j/99506497883?pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

     

    From the Service -Learning Office
    Let’s put our ideas together
    “THE IDEAS TANK”
    We have created a google form that will serve as a tank of ideas. Questions proposed on this form will vary based on the school phases, safety measures & the calendar. This form will serve as a channel of communication with our CAC community to coordinate and put our ideas into action. The Ideas Tank Form link will be shared regularly in the newsletters. Students may share their ideas and suggest the next questions, teachers may use these questions in a discussion in their classrooms, parents may start the conversation at their dinner table. We need everyone on board! Our first question will be;
    “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety?”.
    Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK. Selected ideas may be shared for inspiration.
    Ereeny Gawdat
    Service Learning Coordinator
    egergess@cacegypt.org
    CAC Stories Showing Compassion

     

    From the MS/HS Library

    CAC libraries on Saturdays
    As we get ready to allow the ES students in to the library to browse and checkout, we have made more changes to the ES library. For our parents who visit the ES library on Saturdays, please expect the library to look a little different. Signs on the door will outline the set up for students during the week and for parents on Saturdays. You can preview the poster here.

    The MHS library will remain the same.

    To make a 30 minute appointment to visit our libraries on Saturdays, please log in to the CAC dashboard and look for the box “Campus Facilities Online Booking.”

     

    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to Mr. Fadi El Duweini for his presentation to faculty on Progress Report input into Skyward.

    Three Cheers to Ms. Mona Abdel Hady for her support with the operations of the dashboard.

    Three Cheers to the board of trustees for their support of the administration and teachers.

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  • News&Views, Week of September, 10th, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. We have completed three weeks of school. I want to thank our students and teachers for following our mitigation protocols. This week the students had the opportunity to sign up for activities during lunchtime on the field. It was great to see the smiles on their faces, even though they were not playing games. For sports like basketball, we encourage students to bring a ball from home.

    We are happy to be able to go back to school and we are doing everything we can to keep our students and teachers safe. We believe we will continue to add modifications as we go to provide students with more opportunities while maintaining the strict measures we have in place will help keep us going forward safely and healthily. As parents, we ask you to practice the same protocol at home to help form the student’s habits.

    During this stage in their development, students value their friendship more than anything else. I have observed our students being creative during breaks, playing games whereby they imitate each other’s actions. While for some students, sitting around and talking means more to them.

    On September 14, we will have an Early Release Day for PD. It is a Monday. We will have a revised tutorial schedule that day, so the week will go as follows:

    Sunday, Sept. 13: A1
    Monday, Sept. 14: Tutorial Day (EFGH) (8:00-11:30) dismissal at 11:30 am.
    Tuesday, Sept. 15: A2
    Wednesday, Sept. 16: E1
    Thursday, Sept. 17: E2

    Here is the video for the parents who did not have an opportunity to see the advisory presentation during Back to School Night.

    Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal

     

    Announcements

     

    From the Service -Learning Office
    Let’s put our ideas together
    “THE IDEAS TANK”
    We have created a google form that will serve as a tank of ideas. Questions proposed on this form will vary based on the school phases, safety measures & the calendar. This form will serve as a channel of communication with our CAC community to coordinate and put our ideas into action. The Ideas Tank Form link will be shared regularly in the newsletters. Students may share their ideas and suggest the next questions, teachers may use these questions in a discussion in their classrooms, parents may start the conversation at their dinner table. We need everyone on board! Our first question will be;
    “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety?”.
    Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK. Selected ideas may be shared for inspiration.
    Ereeny Gawdat
    Service Learning Coordinator
    egergess@cacegypt.org
    CAC Stories Showing Compassion

     

    From the MS/HS Library

    Community hours for the CAC libraries
    Both CAC libraries will be open on Saturdays between 10 and 2 for our parents, faculty and students, for 30 minute appointments. Please book your time on the CAC Dashboard where you see “Campus Facilities Online Appointments.”

    You will be asked for the number of people coming. If you are a parent, please include your child/ren in the count. We can only have 10 patrons in the library at a time. Appointment requests are only accepted until Friday, at 7 pm. You will not be able to come on to campus without an appointment.

    Please note that library community hours are ONLY for Saturdays at this time. The weekday lunchtime appointment slots are only for HS students.

    Parents can only check out on Saturdays. We will resume holds delivery in a modified format when we have received all the students’ books back from the summer.

    Students are returning their books, now it’s the parents’ turn
    Our overdue numbers have decreased thanks to all the students returning their books.
    Now it’s the adults turn to bring back their materials. There are book drops at ES gates 6 and 7, as well at the MS gate (the main gate to CAC).

    Do please return all of your library materials so that others can enjoy them.

     

    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to MS PTO rep Tatiana Foda for organizing popsicles for students.

    Three Cheers to Mona Abdel Hady for all your support with the Back to School Night Organization.

    Three Cheers to Mr. Ywakim for all the beautiful photos he takes of our students.

    Three Cheers to our teachers for their support of student’s health and safety.

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  • News&Views, Week of September, 3rd, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. First and foremost, I would like to thank our new parents who attended the New Parents’ Coffee morning. Secondly, I want to thank all the parents who attended our virtual Back to School Night. I wish I could have given you a personal tour of the building, but hopefully soon.

    We are aware that not all parents managed to make it to the advisory session, and not all parents have gone on the dashboard to see their child’s teacher’s video. Accordingly, we will leave those up for another week.

    We hope that you had an opportunity to put a name to your child’s teachers’ faces through the virtual Back to School Night presentation. We are looking forward to when we can have our students all back on campus. In the meantime, we have completed week two, and students and teachers are practicing all the stack measures that we have in place.

    We know it is easy to fall back into the old ways of doing things, but we must continue our efforts to promote and demonstrate health and safety measures like Washing hands, Wearing Masks at all times, and Physical distancing. Everyone has done a fantastic job coming together to support our safe reopening guidelines, and it is time now to keep up the hard work at home.

    According to the WHO, teenagers need at least an hour of moderate to vigorous activity per day. Anyone who has tried to sit through dinner with a wiggly child can see that the human body is made to move. Given our mitigation protocols at school, our students are now receiving physical education once per week. However, making sure teenagers keep moving, despite the constraints of dinnertime, screens, online learning, and our sedentary culture, can help set good life habits. The researchers emphasize that all physical activity matters, not just the heart-pounding variety. As much as possible, make movement a family affair, and everyone will benefit.

    Thank you for your continuous support of the Middle School.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal

     

    Announcements

    Student Council Elections and Class Reps

    If you are interested in running for a Student Council Executive Officer (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) or as a class representative, you must attend an important virtual informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept 8th at 12:15 PM. We need members from ALL grade levels. A link to the Google Meeting will be posted in Tuesday’s Announcements.

    During the meeting, you will receive job descriptions, teacher recommendation forms, and election procedure information. Get involved and become an active member of your middle school Student Council!! This is your chance to develop your leadership and problem-solving skills.

    Please sign up on this form if you are interested in running for one of the officer position: Student Council Sign-Up

    Ms. Spencer, Ms. Fides and Ms. Torky

     

    COVID-19 Mental Wellness Session

    At the request from many parents, CAC PTO is organizing this session. Please join us as we hear from dr. Anne Justus, Senior Clinical Psychologist, and a CAC Mom. We will have an opportunity to receive guidance on how to best talk to our children and students about Covid-19 without raising their fears to an unhealthy level. Dr. Justus will also take questions from the audience.
    This session is open to all CAC teachers and parents, and admin. Please join us on September 8, at 5 PM via Zoom. Details for the Zoom meeting will be provided once you RSVP via this link: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/9040d4daea829a2ff2-webinar

     

     

    BSA Scout Troop 701
    Established in 1998

    Troop 701 meets Sunday nights from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Middle School Gym at Cairo American College. [note: Due to COVID our meetings are virtual until further notice].

    Our community service projects have benefited local underprivileged communities in Maadi and the downtown area as well as communities serving the refugee population in Cairo.

    Our outdoor activities have included hiking, canoeing, swimming, and cooking among many other skills. Our campouts take us to the North Coast, the Red Sea coast, Wadi Degla Protectorate and other cool places in Egypt.

    We pride ourselves on building a positive and safe environment for our Scouts to grow and challenge themselves and their abilities through activities that foster team building with positive encouragement.

    The troop is open to boys 11-18 years old. To join BSA Troop 701 or to inquire about our troop activities, please contact our Scoutmaster, Matthew Miller at troop701cairo@gmail.com.

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    From the MS/HS Library

    Community hours for the CAC libraries
    Both CAC libraries will be open on Saturdays between 10 and 2 for our parents, faculty and students, for 30 minute appointments. Please book your time on the CAC Dashboard where you see “Campus Facilities Online Appointments.”

    You will be asked for the number of people coming. If you are a parent, please include your child/ren in the count. We can only have 10 patrons in the library at a time. Appointment requests are only accepted until Friday, at 7 pm. You will not be able to come on to campus without an appointment.

    Please note that library community hours are ONLY for Saturdays at this time. The weekday lunchtime appointment slots are only for HS students.

    Parents can only check out on Saturdays. We will resume holds delivery in a modified format when we have received all the students’ books back from the summer.

    Return your books!
    We hope everyone read lots during the summer holidays, but it’s time to return the physical books to the libraries. Thank you to those who already have.

    There are still 446 books out from the MHS library and over 900 from the ES library. Let’s get them all back please.

    Overdue notices will go out on Sunday, after we have checked in the books in quarantine from today. (As a COVID19 precaution, we quarantine books for 72 hours before returning them to the shelves.)

     

    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to Ms. Harouny for her presentation to students during Tutorial Tuesday.

    Three Cheers to Ms. Torky, MS. Harouny, Ms. Spencer, and Ms. Ennis for planning our Tuesday schedule.

    Three Cheers to MS. Urbiztondo and Ms. Fahmy for their support of our students and teachers.

    Three Cheers to Mr. Brown for creating a schedule to support our student’s well being during these times.

    Three Cheers to Mr. Ibrahim, our Science support teacher, for all he has done to engage our students in Science.

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  • News&Views, Week of August, 27th, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for reading this week’s version of the News and Views. We have made it through the first week of school with our Blended Learning schedule. I want to reassure you that from a teacher and administration perspective, we are ecstatic about seeing the kids back on campus.

    We believe that reinforcing the strict measures we have in place will help keep us going forward safely and healthily. As parents, we ask you to practice the same protocol at home to help form the student’s new habits. A quote goes like this; “First, you form your habits, then your habits form you.”

    Please remember to provide your child with a labeled water bottle. To reduce the student’s backpack contents, remember to support us by going through it each day before they come to school. At the moment, they should only be bringing what they need for that day. All students who purchased a supply packet should have received it by now. Please let us know if your child still needs one, and send the money in an envelope to the middle school’s office.

    Next week Tuesday, September 1st, we will be holding our Back to School Night virtually at 5:00 pm. I will start with a big-picture overview of the new school year; then, each child’s parents will have a more intimate advisory session with advisory teachers for ten minutes. Parents will then have an opportunity to watch a short introduction video by each of their child’s teachers. We will share the links to these early next week.

    Congratulations to all of our community for the triumphant return to campus. I have no doubt our perspectives of cautious optimism and positivity will carry us during these times.

    Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

     

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal

     

    Announcements

    PTO Monthly Meeting


    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/99506497883?pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

     

    From the MS/HS Library

    Community hours for the CAC libraries
    Both CAC libraries will be open on Saturdays between 10 and 2 for our parents, faculty and students, for 30 minute appointments. Please book your time on the CAC Dashboard where you see “Campus Facilities Online Appointments.”

    You will be asked for the number of people coming. If you are a parent, please include your child/ren in the count. We can only have 10 patrons in the library at a time. Appointment requests are only accepted until Friday, at 7 pm. You will not be able to come on to campus without an appointment.

    Please note that library community hours are ONLY for Saturdays at this time. The weekday lunchtime appointment slots are only for HS students.

    Parents can only check out on Saturdays. We will resume holds delivery in a modified format when we have received all the students’ books back from the summer.

    Library materials are now due
    Please return all your library materials checked out during last school year. There are drop boxes outside the MS gate and the ES gate 6 until September 1. After that, please send your books with your student to deposit at the libraries.

    After September 1, students with overdue books may find their access to Skyward blocked.

     

    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to Ms. Fahmy and Mrs. Jacobs for their efforts in getting the school supplies ready for students.

    Three Cheers to Ms. Spencer and Ms. Urbiztondo for their efforts in helping students with conflicts in their schedule.

    Three Cheers to Mr. El Duweini, Ms. Harouny, and Ms. Fahmy for their efforts with Skyward and the taking of attendance.

    Three Cheers to Mr. Bustamante and Ms. Kamel for their presentation to students during our grade level assemblies on Tuesday.

    Three Cheers to our team leaders Ms. Torky, Ms. Harouny, and Ms. Ennis, with the planning of the grade level meetings on Tuesday.

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  • News&Views, Week of August, 19th, 2020

    Middle School Principal’s Letter

    Dear Parents,
    Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the news and views. We have a three day week with the celebration of the Islamic New Year holiday. I hope you enjoy your long weekend.

    While we never thought we’d see a school year like this, we know that together, we can meet this moment. It was fantastic to see the students back on campus going through our health and safety orientation.

    Our students, new and old, had to navigate a new school environment that is under strong mitigation protocols. It is our hope that teachers and students will adjust quickly and together we can be stronger.

    Thanks for your continuous support of the middle school.

    In Partnership,

    Courtney Bailey
    Middle School Principal

     

    Announcements

    PTO Monthly Meeting


    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/99506497883?pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

     

    New CAC Bus Application Form
    The new Bus application form, including the COVID-19 School Transformation Rules, is now available on the parents’ dashboard.
    Below is the direct link:
    New Bus Application Form

     

    Student physical reminder – 2020/2021
    A physical is required to be completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school for the students in Grades 3,6 and 9.
    Forms are accepted either by email or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.
    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

     

    From the MS/HS Library

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
    We are happy to be back on campus. Mitigation measures are in place at the library too, and we are looking forward to helping students with their research and reading this year.

    COVID mitigation in the CAC Libraries
    Please read this document to see the procedures we have put in place to keep our staff and the CAC community safe. It will be updated as circumstances require it.

    All library materials due
    All library materials checked out after March 11 are now due back in the library. There will be a drop box at the front gate this week for book returns. After Sunday, August 30, books must be returned to the MHS library itself. Overdue notices will go out on August 23 and will continue monthly throughout the year. Please clear your library accounts now to start the year fresh. Failure to return library materials on time will result in blocked Skyward access.

    Please note that returned library materials will stay in quarantine for 72 hours, and will be checked in after that, so patrons may see books they returned on the monthly overdue notice.

    Weekly notices
    An email from the library system with everything that has been checked out by a student will also go out on Sunday. Not everything on that notice is overdue. This email is meant to help students pack the books they need to return. As stated above, books are quarantined for 72 hours, so they may still appear on the notice even when they have been returned.

    To check your library account, simply visit the library catalog, library.cacegypt.org, choose your division, (parents all choose the ES library collection regardless of where their students attend) and log in with their CAC single sign on. The tab “My Info” will have a real-time list of materials checked out.

     

    Three Cheers

    Three Cheers to Ms. Fahmy, Ms. Spencer, and Ms. Urbiztondo for their efforts in preparing for the health and safety orientation.

    Three Cheers to our team leaders Mrs. Torky, Mrs. Enni, and Mrs. Harouny for their leadership during our in-service preparation.

    Three Cheers to all our teachers for all their efforts to get ready for the first two days of health and safety orientation.

    Three Cheers to all the parents who attended the Welcome back and New Parents virtual presentation

    Three Cheers to Mr. El Duweini, Ms. Urbiztondo, and Ms. Spencer for their efforts with balancing the students into groups.

    Three Cheers to Mr. Miller for his efforts behind the scene with our in-service presentation.

    Three Cheers to Ms. Ahmed and the janitors for their efforts in getting the building ready for our health and safety orientation days.

    Three Cheers to our guards for their efforts at the gates checking temperatures.