News&Views, Week of October, 20th, 2021

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 short one, but it was nevertheless, productive for teaching and learning.

I want to wish you all a restful and fun three-day weekend. It came at a good time, and we will all benefit from it. While on holiday, please continue to keep our mitigation protocols at the forefront of your thoughts and actions. We are looking forward to welcoming you all back to school on Sunday.

A reminder that we will be having our Parent-teacher conferences next week. As I communicated in an email this past Sunday, it is important to sign up. We encourage you to do so ASAP because the slots for teachers get filled quickly.

Our students spent time in the advisory program this week setting goals on their approaches to learning. Teaching the skill of goal setting coupled with reflecting and revising goals can give students the self-regulated learning tools for a growth mindset toward academic and personal development. We believe setting academic goals is the first phase of self-regulated learning.

As a middle school we value goal setting because it is an essential component for growth and development in our students for several reasons:

  • It personalizes the learning process based on their needs.
  • It creates intention and intrinsic motivation that empowers students.
  • It establishes accountability to shift responsibility to students.
  • It provides a foundation for students to advocate for their needs.

A reminder that next Wednesday will be an ERD day. Therefore, students will be dismissed at 11:30 am. On Thursday, STUCO will be hosting the Halloween Social on campus from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

From the PTO – AIM Survey
CAC have engaged with the National Association of Independent Schools to use their Assessment of Inclusivity and Multi-culturalism to gauge and improve the inclusiveness of our school community for all members.

A component of that process is an anonymous survey, designed and tested by the NAIS, and administered by their organization to ensure security, anonymity, and confidentiality of the information that each respondent shares.

We are asking you to take 15-20 minutes out of your busy schedule to complete this survey by Tuesday, November 2, 2021. You can access the survey by clicking on one of the following links:

English Survey

Arabic Survey

Below are a few other things to keep in mind as you progress through the survey:

  1. The survey can be completed on a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone device.
  2. You must complete all of the required questions in order to advance through the evaluation. Required questions are marked with a red asterisk.
  3. As you move from page to page in the evaluation, please use the Back and Next buttons at the bottom of each survey page.
  4. The system will record your response as you advance through the questions. You can leave the survey at any time, and return later to resume your response. Simply click Save and Resume Later. The system will generate a URL for you to use in returning to the point where you left off and continuing your entry. You can choose to copy that URL and save it, or to have the system e-mail the URL to you.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this very important assignment.

Sincerely,

DEI Design Team

Community Meetup sign up sheet
Discussion Circle sign up sheet
CAC Talk Nurturing the Emotional Intelligence of Boys

 

MS Halloween Social 👻
Join us for some frightening fun at the Halloween Social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 on the MS Lawn! Be sure to dress up in your best costume and get into the Halloween spirit. We will have our annual costume competition and a “Trick or Treating” Trail during the event. Costume categories include Scariest, Best Impersonation, Most Creative, and Best Group/Pair. Bring some extra cash for food and fun treats from the Booster Club.

The entrance fee is a donation of either 2 regular-sized toothpaste or 3 bars of soap (recommended brands Close-up and Camay). If you do not bring a donation you will need to pay a 20 LE entrance fee. All donations go to the 6th grade African Hope Service Project.

Please complete the song request form for any special music requests. We hope to see you all there! 🎃

 

Advisory Competition – Halloween Candy Donation 🎃
Throughout the weeks leading up to the Halloween Social (Thursday, October 28), we will be running an advisory candy donation competition to help make the Middle School Halloween Social as sweet and enjoyable as possible. Bring in as much candy as you can each morning to your advisory. The advisory that brings in the most candy donations will receive a special gift basket of coupons and Krispy Kreme donuts for advisory. The last day to bring in candy donations is Thursday morning, October 28. Please make sure that candy is individually wrapped pieces. 💀🎃👻

 


From MS/HS Library

October is the month of COURAGE
In collaboration with the PTO, the MHS Library is promoting book connected to the theme of Courage during the month of October. The books are intended for MS students, HS students and parents. Please come check them out!


Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7

All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)

When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

 


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to all students and teachers for the stamina they have shown in the past eight weeks.

Three Cheers to our coaches who are training our athletes in cross country, volleyball and soccer.

Three Cheers to Mr. Johnson and our thespians who are practicing for the opening of the MS Drama production.

Three Cheers to the following volunteers; Dali Mukherjee, Ashley Reccord, Lina Sharkia,
Marcia Hoist, and Sara Salaheldin for serving pizza last Wednesday.

News&Views, Week of October, 14th, 2021

Middle School Principal’s Letter

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the news and views. It was a strong week of teaching and learning.

The 6th grade students showcased their learning at the Mesopotamia Museum in the courtyard with a captive audience. The Museum has been an ongoing tradition in the Middle School. While we were unable to have it last year in person, due to Covid restrictions, it was very welcomed this year by the students and the parents.

To quote a parent, “the students are so talented, and it is good to see the quality work that the teachers are getting from them.” “I think Ms. Tegenfeldgt and Mr. Kasal did a great job with the unit and with guiding the students to produce what they did.”

We had completed two weeks of X-block, and it was beautiful to see how engaged and passionate the students were in their activities. There is a wide range of activities, such as forensic, functional training, yoga, bracelet design, and coding, just to name a few. I want to thank the teachers who lead and facilitate the activities, so our students can learn, explore, and have fun.

In continuation of our study of Rigid Transformations and Congruence, students in grade 8 math have been exploring angle pair relationships. When parallel lines are cut by a transversal, we discovered that not only did we notice that vertical angles & linear pairs were formed, but we discovered that all pairs of corresponding angles are congruent (i.e., same measure), all pairs of alternate exterior angles are congruent, all pairs of alternate interior angles are congruent, and same-side interior angles are supplementary. To support recognition of these relationships in a fun & engaging way, students played Dance Dance Transversal, an activity that mixes the popular game Dance Dance Revolution with a little bit of Geometry (as you will in this video)!

Next week we will be celebrating the drama students with a lunchtime improv performance. Unfortunately, we are unable to invite guests on campus, however, we will be sure to share photos of the event.

The parent-teacher conferences will be taking place virtually on Monday, October 25th, after school from 3:30 -5:00 pm and on Tuesday, October 26th from 7:45 – 4:10. Please sign up for an appointment on either day. Parents will be given ten minutes on both days with the teacher. We expect that your son/daughter attends the conference with you. The sign-up link will be shared in a separate email.

Conferences are structured to last no more than ten minutes to maximize the time available for all parents to meet with teachers. Teachers will keep track of time and inform you when your time has come to an end.

Thank you for your continuous support of Middle School.

 

In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

Congratulations to the Soaring Eagle Certificate Winners

 

Advisory Competition – Halloween Candy Donation 🎃
Throughout the weeks leading up to the Halloween Social (Thursday, October 28), we will be running an advisory candy donation competition to help make the Middle School Halloween Social as sweet and enjoyable as possible. Bring in as much candy as you can each morning to your advisory. The advisory that brings in the most candy donations will receive a special gift basket of coupons and Krispy Kreme donuts for advisory. The last day to bring in candy donations is Thursday morning, October 28. Please make sure that candy is individually wrapped pieces. 💀🎃👻

 


From MS/HS Library

October is the month of COURAGE
In collaboration with the PTO, the MHS Library is promoting book connected to the theme of Courage during the month of October. The books are intended for MS students, HS students and parents. Please come check them out!


Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7

All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)

When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

 


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to all core teachers for offering an activity during X-block.

Three Cheers to the following parents for volunteering to serve Pizza on Wednesday.

Three Cheers to Mr. Miller, Ms.Christensen, Ms. Deakin, Mr. Harris, Ms. Urbiztondo, Ms. Spencer, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Staley for leading Wednesday Well-being activities.

News&Views, Week of October, 6th, 2021

Middle School Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version for the news and views. It was a four-day week as we all go off on a three-day weekend. Nevertheless, it was a busy week in the classrooms.

We had our Grade 8 Parent Tea on Tuesday morning and it was well attended. We want to thank all the parents who were in attendance. Thanks to Ms. Torky, Mr. White, Ms. St. Amand, and Mr. Storey, but most of all, thanks to our students who started the event by sharing a synopsis of their learning in the classroom.

Language Arts 6
In 6th Grade Language Arts, students are practicing reading skills such as inferring, through the lens of character. They have been challenged to look beyond external physical traits and begin to consider characters’ inner lives, supporting their claims with evidence from their reading and examples from what they already know about people in daily life.

Social Studies 6
Students have begun the year by looking at the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia. This unit leads students to understand the work that archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists engage in as they create artifacts and write museum labels to accompany them. Families will celebrate the work of our young historians at the Grand Opening of the Museum of Mesopotamia next week.

Language Arts 7
In 7th Grade Language Arts, students read and explore texts to analyze themes and plot progressions. They also studied descriptive writing before taking a sensory tour of campus. They gathered notes to write their descriptive pieces, using figurative language to bring their paragraphs to life. A study of Latin and Greek root words are also incorporated into the daily routine, positively impacting students’ access to a range of novel vocabulary across all subjects and the world around them.

Math 7
In 7th grade math we are just finishing Unit 2: Integers & Rational Numbers. The students are mastering single and multi-step equations involving positive and negative integers, decimals, and fractions. Their skills and self-confidence in math grow each day, along with their love of learning. It is inspiring to watch.

A reminder that you will have access to your child’s progress report at 3:00 pm. You can use your computer from home to print a copy. We will also allow the reports to be accessible to you and your children in a paperless manner. The Middle School uses Skyward only to report student progress during Progress Reports midway through each Semester and Report Cards at the end of each Semester.

As a reminder, all students receive a report on their Approaches To Learning in the class. All new students and those receiving a Rarely in their ATL’s will receive a comment.

We hope that you will find the information about your child both valuable and informative. When you view the reports today, we encourage you to talk with your child about both their ATLs as they relate to their academic achievement. While we report separately on these things, we see a direct correlation between the Approaches To Learning and academic success.

In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

From the PTO

  • The faculty and staff DEI design team are asking all parents to complete the AIM focus group survey. See the PTO Blog for more information and let’s support our teachers and staff.
  • Please submit a recipe for the PTO cookbook, Family Favorites: Celebrating CAC’s Culinary & Cultural Diversity The deadline for submissions is October 31.
  • For students interested in earning service hours as PTO language liaisons, please sign up here.
  • Mark your calendars for the first PTO DEI Discussion Circle next Wednesday 10/13 @ 1:30. The focus will be on wellness and the conversation will be facilitated by our PTO Wellness committee head, Shayanne Salama. Location to be announced.
  • Please visit the PTO / Booster Club Blog for current updates.

 

Grade 8 Parent Tea Presentation
Hello Grade 8 Parents,
We were happy to have you on campus this week for the Grade 8 Parent Tea. We hope that the information and resources provided will prove useful and help your child be an even more successful middle school student. Here is the link to the 8th Grade Parent Tea Presentation for parents who missed the meeting or who would like to explore the resources presented further.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to what we hope will be a fun and educational year at CAC.

Best Regards,
The Grade 8 Team

 


From MS/HS Library

October is the month of COURAGE
In collaboration with the PTO, the MHS Library is promoting book connected to the theme of Courage during the month of October. The books are intended for MS students, HS students and parents. Please come check them out!


Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7

All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)

When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

 


Three Cheers

Three Cheers To Ms. Torky, Ms. Spencer, Ms. St. Amand, Mr. White, Mr. Semlar, and Mr. Storey for sharing at the Grade 8 Parent’s Tea.

Three Cheers to all our parents who were in attendance at the Grade 8 Parent’s Tea.

Three Cheers to the students who presented at the Grade 8 Parent’s Tea.

Three Cheers to all teachers for the completion of Progress Reports.

News&Views, Week of September, 30th, 2021

Middle School Principal’s Letter

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. It was a busy week of learning, exploring, and having fun.

In grade seven physical education class, students learn about smart goals, and the benefits of setting a goal before participating in the fitness unit. Each student had to learn about the various components of fitness and how to take a resting and active heartbeat.

The focus message in the advisory program this week is on perseverance and developing a growth mindset. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to invite an extraordinary guest – Egyptian Paraolympian Zeiad Khalil (Our CAC cashier – Ms.Ghada’s son), who recently participated in the Paralympic Games in Japan. Zeiad gave a strong speech to our students about his life story of perseverance. It was a remarkable experience for our students given all that he had to endure growing up.



Grade 8 Parent Tea
: A reminder of the invite for Grade 8 parents to attend an informational session on Tuesday, October 5, from 8:00 to 9:00 AM in Room 116. Grade 8 teachers and students will provide parents with information about our coursework, strategies, resources, and tools for students’ academic success and social-emotional wellbeing. We will also explore ways to help your child prepare for the upcoming transition to High School. As we are in Phase 3 of CAC’s COVID-19 Operational Manual, we ask each attendee to complete this RSVP form by Monday, October 4, by 3:00 PM, so we can adequately accommodate the number of participants and meet mitigation guidelines. If you cannot attend, we will be sharing the information presented in both the Morning Announcements and the MS News & Views later that week.

On Wednesday, October 6th, we will be issuing our first Progress Report Cards. We will be reporting out on the student’s commitment to their Approaches to Learning (ATLs).

  • Standard ATL feedback (Consistently, Usually, Sometimes, and Rarely) will report the students’ commitment to learning.
  • Only students receiving “Rarely” in the ATLs at school will receive a written comment.
  • New students will receive a written comment welcoming them to CAC.

Progress Reports will give us a baseline for how students can grow over the course of the year.

Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

CAC Talks

Sunday October 3rd 5:30pm
Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84779716980?pwd=c3JoWE1yQ2w1em5uS1pKbDhxNGRvUT09
Meeting ID: 847 7971 6980 Passcode: 168709

 

From Swimming
CAC Swim-A-Thon Fall 2021
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G1m_u22AuP6pE8DN0eHvf-NDgakLqvjaOqM7Ge5a0KI/edit

 

NESA Parents as Partners Webinar Series – Session 3
October 5, 4:00-5:00pm (Athens, Greece GMT+3)

In Our Classrooms, In Our Schools: What is the Story of Learning?
With Mark Church

Consider these questions with the Harvard Project Zero Cultures of Thinking initiative: Just what would it mean for classrooms to take on an intentional stance to cultivate and grow thinking habits in students that supports their inquiry, their skill development, and their meaning-making? What difference does paying attention to developing students’ thinking dispositions make to what students can take with them long into adulthood?

PLEASE NOTE

  • There is no limit on the number of signups from your school. Parents/faculty who cannot attend live are welcome to view recordings on the NESA website. Recordings will also be sent by email following each session.
  • Parents who have not previously registered or cannot locate their link may register with Zoom HERE. A personalized link to join the session will automatically be emailed to them. This link may be used to access all the webinars.
  • We kindly request that you do not share the Zoom registration link or the recordings publicly.Thank you for joining us on this journey!
    The NESA Team

 


From MS/HS Library

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

 


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to Ms. Torky for spearheading the visit of Paralympian Zeiad Kahil.

Three Cheers to our leadership team and the work they do to support teachers and students.

Three Cheers to the athletic office for their organization of the Digla Dash last week in the Wadi.

Three Cheers to our parent volunteers Amanda Luck, Johana Zarkani, Dali Mukherjee, Gina Krapf, and Nina El Shabrawy on Pizza Day.

News&Views, Week of September, 23rd, 2021

Middle School Principal’s Letter

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. It was a week of learning, exploring, and having fun.

We are doing our part to be responsible by maintaining the layered mitigation protocol we have in place already. We are asking that you continue to socialize in your bubble and maintain a level of mitigation at home as well. Our success against the Covid-19 virus has demonstrated that by working together in partnership, we will be stronger.

The students did the MAP test on Monday for Maths, and on Wednesday, they did Reading. On Tuesday, we celebrated Peace Day with a creative assembly in the theater. The event was organized by Mr. McCuaig. The students in Mr. Johnson’s drama class did some powerful skits of what peace meant to them.


Grade 6 & 7 Parents Tea
: On Monday and Wednesday, Grade 6 & 7 parents were invited to a well-attended Morning and Afternoon Tea with Grade 6 & 7 teachers. The session was packed with valuable strategies, recommendations, and resources on topics such as the school-to-home transition, organization, study skills, habits and routines, and issues related to the social and emotional wellbeing of the sixth-grade students.

Thankfully, there was also coffee and plenty of chocolate chip cookies to cater to the social and emotional wellbeing of the parents. Here is a link to the Grade 6 presentation slides for parents who missed the meeting or would like to further explore the resources presented.

Grade 8 Parents Tea: We would like to invite Grade 8 parents to attend an informational session on Tuesday, October 5, from 8:00 to 9:00 AM in Room 115. During this session, Grade 8 teachers and students will provide parents with information about our coursework, strategies, resources, and tools for students’ academic success and social-emotional wellbeing. We will also explore ways to help your child prepare for the upcoming transition to High School. As we are in Phase 3 of CAC’s COVID-19 Operational Manual, we ask that each attendee please complete this RSVP form by Monday, October 4 by 3:00 PM, so we can properly accommodate the number of participants and meet mitigation guidelines. If you are unable to attend, we will be sharing the information presented in both the Morning Announcements and the MS News & Views later that week.

We are mindful of the amount of time spent on technology last year, and therefore, we are using more pens and paper in the classroom this year . All students have been given a planner, and teachers are providing time in class for them to write down assignments and other upcoming events. Therefore we encourage you to check their planners as needed to stay informed.

The ASA program is up and running.

Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

The 25th Mike Ross Degla Dash
Friday, September 24, 2021-Wadi Degla
Register online

Contact CAC Athletics at 2755-5406 or sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org

Dedicated to Mr. Mike Ross — former Physical Education Teacher and coach of Cairo American College who passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 23, 1995–in appreciation for his wisdom and friendship to CAC and its community. The funds raised will be donated to the National Cancer Institute in Egypt. If anyone would like to donate without taking part, then your donation is more than welcome. Please contact the Athletic Office to do so.

Volunteers: First and foremost, if you would like to volunteer your services on the day of the event please contact the Athletic Office immediately. It is important that we have your contact information in order to allocate jobs and plan accordingly.

Events:
* 2.5K individual Fun Run/Walk (families welcome)
* 5K individual Cross Country run

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. SHARP! COVID NOTICE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING ON CAC BUSES.

CAC buses will depart from the Front Gate.

Start Time: All races will start at 9:00

Latest Return Time: CAC front gate at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Running Numbers: Will be handed out at the registration table outside the CAC front gate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. You MUST bring your own water, refreshments, and 4 safety pins (to hang your numbered bib).

Results: Will be posted on the CAC website the week following the race.

Online Registration: http://www.cacegypt.org/mikeross/register2021.php

Entry Forms: Please register online and pay to the CAC Cashier before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Any entries after this time will be considered late and incur an extra charge accordingly!

Late Registration: There is a limited late registration on race day between 7:00-7.45 a.m. ONLY.

On-line registration fee: US$ 10 or LE 150 (will be donated to the National Cancer Institute). Payable at the cashier’s office.

Paper or late entry fee: US$ 20 or LE 300. Payable at the Front Gate on race day from 7:00 am-7:45 am

For more information please contact:
sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org
dgomaa@cacegypt.org / 27555406
snasr@cacegypt.org / 27555428

 

CAC Talks

Sunday October 3rd 5:30pm
Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84779716980?pwd=c3JoWE1yQ2w1em5uS1pKbDhxNGRvUT09
Meeting ID: 847 7971 6980 Passcode: 168709

 

CAC PTO Monthly Meeting

Topic: PTO Monthly Meeting
Time: Sunday 26 @ 5pm

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

Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
Passcode: 353379

 


From MS/HS Library

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

 


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to Mr. McCauig, Mr. Kasal, and Mr. Johnson for their organization of the Peace Day assembly.

Three Cheers to Ms. Torky, Ms. Spencer, Ms. Urbiztondo, and STUCO students for the sale of the Peace Day bracelets.

Three Cheers to Ms. Harouny and Ms. Miller for the organization of the Parent Tea this week.

Three Cheers to our grade 6 & 7 teachers who presented at the Parent Tea.

Three Cheers to all our students who participated in the MAP test and gave it their best effort.

Three Cheers to Ms. Urbiztondo for her efforts in the absence of Ms. Fahmy in the office.

News&Views, Week of September, 16th, 2021

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 another busy week in Middle School with the taking of advisory and individual photos.

In the classroom of our grade eight Language Arts, students were improving their vocabulary through the use of board games.

In grade six Social Studies, the students were working on the Geography of Egypt.

Last week we had a fun Welcome Back Social for students. It was beautiful to see students running around with a smile on their faces, on the basketball court, soccer field, and in the swimming pool.

Kudos to the Booster Cafe volunteers; Seema Saurav, Karen Ortega, Elisabeth Kennedy, Brooke Fuser, Shaina Anderson, Carmen Allison, and Rhea Jacob for serving tirelessly from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Our students were thrilled to have the opportunity to buy from the cafe again.

We will be doing MAP testing next week on Monday and Wednesday. I want to encourage you to make sure your child is getting sufficient sleep the night before, as well as a good breakfast the morning of the test.

Next week we will celebrate Peace Day. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. In the advisory, our students will be writing a sentence about what “Peace” means to them.

We would like to ask all students to wear white on Tuesday, September 21st. Unfortunately, for our assembly, parents are not allowed to attend. Therefore we will record the celebration and share the link in the morning announcements and News and Views next week.

You are invited to attend a Grade 6 Parent Tea on Monday, September 20th, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in Room 115. During this session, Grade 6 teachers will provide you with information, strategies, resources, and tools for students’ academic success and social-emotional wellbeing.
Upcoming Grade 7 Parent Tea will take place on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 8:15 am in room 115. This will be followed by the Grade 8 Parent Tea on October 5, at 8:15 am in room 115. Please be on the lookout for an invite.

Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

From the Spirit Cafe
Spirit Café is open on Thursdays from 3:05pm to 4:30pm.

 

From the Booster Club
This month’s Booster Club monthly meeting will take place in the Cairo Room of the Library on September 21st from 10-11. All are welcome to attend to hear what the Booster Club is up to this month.

 

Peace Day at CAC
CAC’s annual Peace Day Assembly is coming up on Tuesday, September 21 during SSR! Remember to wear WHITE on Tuesday and come to school prepared for our Middle School Assembly.

Peace Bracelets – To commemorate Peace Day and to raise funds for charities that work to promote peace, Student Council is organizing the sale of Peace Bracelets, handmade by Middle School students. Bracelet cost will range from 30-50 LE. Sales will start on Peace Day (Tuesday) during lunch.

Peace Crane Origami – Student Council will have a booth during lunch to teach students how to make Peace Cranes. Find out more about Peace Cranes and get involved in promoting peace in our community and our world.

Keep your eyes out for peace day posters, and remember to continue checking morning announcements for more information.

 

The 25th Mike Ross Degla Dash
Friday, September 24, 2021-Wadi Degla
Register online

Contact CAC Athletics at 2755-5406 or sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org

Dedicated to Mr. Mike Ross — former Physical Education Teacher and coach of Cairo American College who passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 23, 1995–in appreciation for his wisdom and friendship to CAC and its community. The funds raised will be donated to the National Cancer Institute in Egypt. If anyone would like to donate without taking part, then your donation is more than welcome. Please contact the Athletic Office to do so.

Volunteers: First and foremost, if you would like to volunteer your services on the day of the event please contact the Athletic Office immediately. It is important that we have your contact information in order to allocate jobs and plan accordingly.

Events:
* 2.5K individual Fun Run/Walk (families welcome)
* 5K individual Cross Country run

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. SHARP! COVID NOTICE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING ON CAC BUSES.

CAC buses will depart from the Front Gate.

Start Time: All races will start at 9:00

Latest Return Time: CAC front gate at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Running Numbers: Will be handed out at the registration table outside the CAC front gate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. You MUST bring your own water, refreshments, and 4 safety pins (to hang your numbered bib).

Results: Will be posted on the CAC website the week following the race.

Online Registration: http://www.cacegypt.org/mikeross/register2021.php

Entry Forms: Please register online and pay to the CAC Cashier before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Any entries after this time will be considered late and incur an extra charge accordingly!

Late Registration: There is a limited late registration on race day between 7:00-7.45 a.m. ONLY.

On-line registration fee: US$ 10 or LE 150 (will be donated to the National Cancer Institute). Payable at the cashier’s office.

Paper or late entry fee: US$ 20 or LE 300. Payable at the Front Gate on race day from 7:00 am-7:45 am

For more information please contact:
sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org
dgomaa@cacegypt.org / 27555406
snasr@cacegypt.org / 27555428

 

NESA Parents as Partners Webinar Series – Session 2
Tuesday, September 21, 4:00-5:00pm (Athens, Greece GMT+3)

A Parent’s Guide to the Science of Attention
With ANDREW WATSON
President & Founder, Translate the Brain

We’ve all asked the question: “Why don’t children just pay attention?” Brain research can give powerful advice by revealing that we have been starting with the wrong question. This lively and practical talk – based on years of classroom experience, and decades of brain research – provides both fresh brain perspectives and practical parenting strategies.

PLEASE NOTE

  • There is no limit on the number of signups from your school. Parents/faculty who cannot attend live are welcome to view recordings on the NESA website (coming soon). Recordings will also be sent by email following each session.
  • Parents who have not previously registered or cannot locate their link may register with Zoom HERE. A personalized link to join the session will automatically be emailed to them. This link may be used to access all the webinars.
  • We kindly request that you do not share the Zoom registration link or the recordings publicly.Thank you for joining us on this journey!

The NESA Team

 


From MS/HS Library

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Suscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to Ms. Fahmy for her organization of MS photos.

Three Cheers to teachers for their engagement during our ERD day on Tuesday.

Three Cheers to the following teachers who chaperoned at the social; Mr. Miller, Ms. Lorna Fay Mills-Ossmann, Ms. Spencer, Mr. Said, and Mr. Ossmann.

News&Views, Week of September, 9th, 2021

Middle School Principal’s Letter

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. It was another week of learning, exploring, and having fun for students and teachers.

I want to thank the new parents who attended the coffee morning and shared how their children are settling in. The reality is that many of us are still going through a transition. Whether it is having students back in school full-time or adjusting to a new country and culture. No matter where we are in our lives, we should be thankful that our children are having an opportunity to be kids again.

It was lovely to hear a parent say what their child likes best about the school is the teachers. We sure have talented and caring teachers, and it is important that we develop a home school partnership to help your child become the best version of themselves. Here is the link on the growth mindset that I promised to share, which has tips to help you communicate with your child.

We are proud of all the students who participated in the STUCO elections this morning. They demonstrated our core values of courage, responsibility, and perseverance. In our eyes, you are all winners and we hope you get involved and make this year a special one.

The Welcome Back Social will take place tonight from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. It is an opportunity for our students to have some good clean fun. At the same time, allowing you, the parents, to take this time and do something for yourself. That being said, we kindly ask that parents are on time to get their child once the social ends so that our chaperones can also go home to their families.

On Monday, September 21, we will be celebrating Peace Day with a short assembly. We want all students to wear a white top on that day to commemorate the white dove. On that evening, we will have a grade-six tea for parents to learn more about grade-six and what they can expect from their child’s teachers. All six-grade parents will be receiving an invite in the coming week.

Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

Student Council Executive Officer Elections
Congratulations to all the candidates for putting forth excellent effort with campaigning and performing superb speeches. We are so proud of all of you! Congratulations to this year’s newly elected Student Council Executive Officers:

President: Isabella Harris
Vice President: Maya Abou Ghali
Secretary: Ali Hefzy
Treasurer: Sydney Gilreath

STUCO Reps:
6th Grade: Sophie Senna, Nadia Kamal

7th Grade: Marwan Elnadi, Katherine Jacob, Elena Wight, Nayun Kim, Eulan Tovi Menardot, Prakhar Shrimali, Amin Marei, Kasra Feizzadeh.
8th Grade: Isobel Buckman, Chad Luck, Sharif Ramadan, Danielle Ortuzar, Milan Lambert.
We still need a few 6th grade representatives. If you are interested in being a Student Council Representative please email ttorky@cacegypt.org.

For Student Council Speeches Recordings CLICK HERE.

 

The 25th Mike Ross Degla Dash
Friday, September 24, 2021-Wadi Degla
Register online

Contact CAC Athletics at 2755-5406 or sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org

Dedicated to Mr. Mike Ross — former Physical Education Teacher and coach of Cairo American College who passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 23, 1995–in appreciation for his wisdom and friendship to CAC and its community. The funds raised will be donated to the National Cancer Institute in Egypt. If anyone would like to donate without taking part, then your donation is more than welcome. Please contact the Athletic Office to do so.

Volunteers: First and foremost, if you would like to volunteer your services on the day of the event please contact the Athletic Office immediately. It is important that we have your contact information in order to allocate jobs and plan accordingly.

Events:
* 2.5K individual Fun Run/Walk (families welcome)
* 5K individual Cross Country run

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. SHARP! COVID NOTICE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING ON CAC BUSES.

CAC buses will depart from the Front Gate.

Start Time: All races will start at 9:00

Latest Return Time: CAC front gate at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Running Numbers: Will be handed out at the registration table outside the CAC front gate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. You MUST bring your own water, refreshments, and 4 safety pins (to hang your numbered bib).

Results: Will be posted on the CAC website the week following the race.

Online Registration: http://www.cacegypt.org/mikeross/register2021.php

Entry Forms: Please register online and pay to the CAC Cashier before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Any entries after this time will be considered late and incur an extra charge accordingly!

Late Registration: There is a limited late registration on race day between 7:00-7.45 a.m. ONLY.

On-line registration fee: US$ 10 or LE 150 (will be donated to the National Cancer Institute). Payable at the cashier’s office.

Paper or late entry fee: US$ 20 or LE 300. Payable at the Front Gate on race day from 7:00 am-7:45 am

For more information please contact:
sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org
dgomaa@cacegypt.org / 27555406
snasr@cacegypt.org / 27555428

 

RECORDING & FEEDBACK: NESA Parents as Partners Webinar 1

Thank you for joining us for the NESA Parents as Partners Series: Webinar 1, “Journeying Together: Parents as Partners in Social Emotional Learning” with Ellen Mahoney.
The webinar recording from the September 7, 2021 session is now available.
If you have not already, we ask that you take a few minutes to share your thoughts on the webinar.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE NEXT WEBINAR

September 21, 2021 | 4:00-5:00pm (GMT+3) [VIEW LOCAL TIME]
Andrew Watson
A Parent’s Guide to the Science of Attention
Presented by Andrew Watson

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, TRANSLATE THE BRAIN

We’ve all asked the question: “Why don’t children just pay attention?” Brain research can give powerful advice by revealing that we have been starting with the wrong question. This lively and practical talk – based on years of classroom experience, and decades of brain research – provides both fresh brain perspectives and practical parenting strategies.

IMPORTANT
To join this session, you don’t need to re-register. You may use the same link you used previously. Or, you may register again to receive a new email/link.

RE-REGISTER – ONLY IF YOU NEED A NEW LINK

 

NESA Workshop
The CAC Faculty DEI Team invites parents to participate in an upcoming NESA* sponsored workshop, “Advancing the Work of Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging & Social Justice in International Schools.” The six-session series runs September 22, 2021 – February 16, 2022. CAC is allowed 10 participants, and team leads Ms. Coaxum and Mr. Miller would love to have different constituencies across the school join them.
*Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools

 


From MS/HS Library

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Suscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

 


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to Ms. Torky and Ms. Spencer for the organization of the STUCO elections.

Three Cheers to Mr. Perez and his ELL class for the welcome they extended to a new student.

Three Cheers to Ms. Kamel and Mr. Ywakim for the video and photos of the STUCO speeches.

News&Views, Week of September, 2nd, 2021

Middle School Principal’s Letter

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. It was the second whole week of the school year, and we had a taste of how busy CAC can be.

I don’t know about you but this week seems to have just flown by! We are getting the hang of our schedule for the new school year, which can always feel a little bumpy. Time to take a deep breath and remember new routines will soon feel familiar!

We had our Back to School Night virtually, and I want to thank all the parents who attended. Our parents learned about the advisory program and had an opportunity to meet advisory teachers. Please take the opportunity to look at their child’s teacher’s video on the dashboard. We will leave those up for another week.

A big thank you to the PTO volunteers who hosted the new parent’s orientation on the MS lawn. It would have been nice to see more of our new parents in attendance. I wish to thank the PTO volunteers who served pizza at lunchtime as well. The commitment and dedication shown by our parent volunteers are what makes our school community so welcoming.

Inside the classroom, students are learning, exploring, and having fun. The String students are diligently working on rehearsing a musical piece.

Also, eighth graders are beginning a unit concerning motion and forces. They are learning to calculate the average speed of objects such as automobiles, rockets, and tortoises. Later in the unit, students will consider the concepts of acceleration, momentum, and Newton’s Laws of Motion.

And the Stagecraft students planned and designed the bulletin board for the upcoming MS Play Egyptian Pirates!

 

This is a reminder that STUCO speeches will be on Thursday, September 9th. The speeches will be recorded and shared in the News and Views newsletter for parents to view.

We will be starting the ASA program on September 12th. Therefore we encourage you to tell your child to sign up. We have activities such as Coding and Math Counts and First Lego League. For athletics, we have Flag Football and intramural Volleyball. The middle school play also had auditions this week.

I want to remind parents that we will be hosting grade-level teas during September. Please be on the lookout for the date and time.

Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

Cairo Girl Scouts Council

 

Hassan-Webb Aquatics Center Announcement
Age Group swimming team practices begin on Sunday Sept. 5th and are held every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the following times:
Elementary School swimmers’ practice from 3:15-4:05pm. Elementary school swimmers’ grades KG-5 practice two days per week, either Sunday & Wednesday or Monday & Thursday.
Middle and High School swimmers’ practice from 4:10-5:15pm. MS/HS swimmers practice a minimum of three days per week.
HERE are more information/details.

 

Faculty DEI Call for Parent Volunteers

The Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Team are beginning the work on our AIM survey, to gather information about the CAC community’s perceptions of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. There will be a survey, to be administered in October, followed by focus groups. One of the constituent groups we will survey is parents. We’d like to get parent input on the planning side, if there is anyone interested and available to work with us on this.

Planning would involve some time in the next few weeks to review documentation about the survey and at least one face-to-face meeting with us to review the focus group’s plans. Much of this could be done asynchronously. You’re also welcome to join us in our meetings – these will be on Tuesday, Sep 7, and Tuesday, Oct 5, from 3:30-5:00pm.

In partnership,
DEI Team Co-chairs
Matthew and Kamara
mmiller@cacegypt.org
kcoaxum@cacegypt.org

 

CAC PTO Commitment to DEI
Have you heard of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at CAC? Click here to Learn more about it.
The PTO is inviting our community members to join its DEI committee. Please email cacptodei@cacegypt.org if your interested in joining the committee and/or becoming a Language Liaison.

 

Pool Operation Time Starting September 5, 2021
From The Aquatics- Pool Operation Time/ Open Swim:
-Sunday/ Tuesday/ Thursday. 5:00-7:00am.
-Sunday& Wednesday. 6:30-8:00pm.
-Monday& Thursday. 5:30-8:00pm.
-Tuesday 5:00-8:00 pm.
-Friday& Saturday. 9:00 am-8:00pm.

 

NESA Parents as Partners Webinar Series – Session 1
Tuesday, September 7, 4:00-5:00pm (Athens, Greece GMT+3)
“Journeying Together: Parents as Partners in Social Emotional Learning”
With ELLEN MAHONEY, CEO, Sea Change Mentoring & The Circulus Institute

We will set the stage for the Parents and Partners series, starting with an exploration of the inner work required of the adults in young people’s lives. What mindsets and social emotional competencies can we strengthen to learn alongside our youth while guiding them towards a life of fulfillment and meaningful societal contribution? Through the lens of Adult SEL, participants will explore some of the most important Adult SEL competencies and create a plan for deeper reflective practice as parents.

PLEASE NOTE

  • There is no limit on the number of signups from your school. Parents/faculty who cannot attend live are welcome to view recordings on the NESA website. Recordings will be posted the day after each session.
  • Parents who have not previously registered or cannot locate their link may register with Zoom HERE. A personalized link to join the session will automatically be emailed to them. This link may be used to access all the webinars.
  • We kindly request that you do not share the Zoom registration link or the recordings publicly.

Thank you for joining us on this journey!

The NESA Team

ACCESS PARENTS AS PARTNERS INFO HUB

 

The 25th Mike Ross Degla Dash
Friday, September 24, 2021-Wadi Degla
Register online

Contact CAC Athletics at 2755-5406 or sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org

Dedicated to Mr. Mike Ross — former Physical Education Teacher and coach of Cairo American College who passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 23, 1995–in appreciation for his wisdom and friendship to CAC and its community. The funds raised will be donated to the National Cancer Institute in Egypt. If anyone would like to donate without taking part, then your donation is more than welcome. Please contact the Athletic Office to do so.

Volunteers: First and foremost, if you would like to volunteer your services on the day of the event please contact the Athletic Office immediately. It is important that we have your contact information in order to allocate jobs and plan accordingly.

Events:
* 2.5K individual Fun Run/Walk (families welcome)
* 5K individual Cross Country run

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. SHARP! COVID NOTICE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING ON CAC BUSES.

CAC buses will depart from the Front Gate.

Start Time: All races will start at 9:00

Latest Return Time: CAC front gate at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Running Numbers: Will be handed out at the registration table outside the CAC front gate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. You MUST bring your own water, refreshments, and 4 safety pins (to hang your numbered bib).

Results: Will be posted on the CAC website the week following the race.

Online Registration: http://www.cacegypt.org/mikeross/register2021.php

Entry Forms: Please register online and pay to the CAC Cashier before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Any entries after this time will be considered late and incur an extra charge accordingly!

Late Registration: There is a limited late registration on race day between 7:00-7.45 a.m. ONLY.

On-line registration fee: US$ 10 or LE 150 (will be donated to the National Cancer Institute). Payable at the cashier’s office.

Paper or late entry fee: US$ 20 or LE 300. Payable at the Front Gate on race day from 7:00 am-7:45 am

For more information please contact:
sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org
dgomaa@cacegypt.org / 27555406
snasr@cacegypt.org / 27555428

 


From MS/HS Library

Return your summer checkouts please
All materials checked out last school year are now due back in the library. Please return or renew as soon as possible so others may enjoy them. Students, teachers and parents should have received overdue notices via email. If you feel there has been a mistake, please let us know.

NEW BOOKS have arrived and are now on display in the library!
Come check out our new additions to the collection!

 

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

 


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to our PTO parents volunteer who sold pizza during lunch.

Three Cheers to all parents for attending Back to School Night.

Three Cheers to Ms. Mona Abdel Hady and Mr. Bustamante for their support with Back to School Night.

Three Cheers to the following parents volunteers; Nina El Shabrawy, Johana Zarkani, Sara Salaheldin, Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta, and Dali Mukherjee.

News&Views, Week of August, 26th, 2021

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 our first full week back to school. The students are enjoying the freedom they have now that we are in phase three. However, as we all know, with freedom comes responsibility.

We are doing our part to be responsible by maintaining the layered mitigation protocol we have in place already. We are asking that you maintain a level of mitigation at home as well. We are in this together, and if we work in partnership, we will be stronger, as we demonstrated last school year.

Back To School Night will be taking place next week, Tuesday, August 31, beginning at 5:00 pm.
We will be using WebEx as our virtual platform. To access the site, you must sign in using your CAC account. Teachers will not be giving access to anyone using a non-CAC email. If you don’t have one, please contact (monaabdelhady@cacegypt.org) and make sure to get all the access info before the BTSN.
Please check the MS Back to School Night Webex Instructions HERE. 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 10 -1 5 minutes. Your child’s advisory teacher will share a link with you. Parents will have an opportunity to watch a short video by each of their child’s teachers. We will share the links to these early next week.

We will begin our Fall athletics/activities season during the week of September 12th. We will start with intramurals, volleyball, and flag football. Our activities for season one will be announced on September 5th. We need your support to get as many students to participate as possible. Studies have shown that physical activity helps with the child’s physical, mental, and social development during the middle school years.

I will have a New Parent Coffee Morning on September 8th, beginning at 8:15 AM. A link will be shared with you in the morning announcements next week. We will use WebEx; therefore, you need to use your CAC email account to get into the meeting.

Congratulations to all of our community for the triumphant return to campus. We 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.

Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


Announcements

Booster Club Coffee Morning
The hours for the Booster Club Spirit Store this week will be: 8:00-10:00am and 2:40-4:00pm daily. Come and get all of your school supplies, MS packs and spirit wear!

 

PTO Monthly Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84779716980?pwd=c3JoWE1yQ2w1em5uS1pKbDhxNGRvUT09

Meeting ID: 847 7971 6980
Passcode: 168709

 

New MS Parents Coffee

 

Cairo Girl Scouts Council

 


From MS/HS Library

Return your summer checkouts please
All materials checked out last school year are now due back in the library. Please return or renew as soon as possible so others may enjoy them. Students, teachers and parents should have received overdue notices via email. If you feel there has been a mistake, please let us know.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

 


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to the volunteers in the spirit store for getting the school supplies ready for students.

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

Three Cheers to Ms. Nibal and the janitorial staff for keeping the campus clean and safe.

Three Cheers to Mr. Moataz and the security guards for their efforts daily.

Three Cheers to our team leaders Ms. Torky, Ms. Harouny, and Mr. Miller, with the planning of the grade level meetings next week.

News&Views, Week of August, 19th, 2021

Middle School Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents,

Thank you for reading our first edition of the News and Views. We want to welcome our new families to our learning community. Each year, we welcome new teachers, and this year we have an outstanding group of educators joining the Middle School.

Lorna Fay Mills-Ossman – Math/LSS in MS/HS
Alanna Deakin – Phys Ed/Health
Caitlin Tegenfeldt – LA & SS
Roberto Perez – ELL/Resource Teacher
Rich Harris – Phys Ed/Health
Tatiana Petrovna – Aquatics Coordinator
Meghan Ennis – MS/HS Librarian

It was fantastic welcoming new students and parents to campus for orientation. Despite the masks, you could feel the happy energy on campus. Although we don’t know what lies ahead for this school year, we are responsible for practicing our mitigation while in phase three. On Thursday, we spent the day providing students with opportunities to bond and collaborate.

Congratulations to Ms. Harouny and Ms. Spencer for the organization of our 5th to 6th-grade orientation. It made a difference for our students on the first day of school. The students have access to their lockers again. However, we will not be issuing locks this year. Nevertheless, we encourage you to provide a lock for your child to use in the PE changing room.

Thanks to the PTO for the welcome back Pizza lunch provided for the students and faculty today. We want to thank the following volunteers who served the pizza (Nevine El Shabrawy, Gina Krapf, Lina Sharkia and Brooke Fuser, and Andrea Nour).

We have decided that going forward, our focus will be on well-being, engagement, and feedback. We are prioritizing well-being more than ever this year. This paradigm shift is putting Maslow’s hierarchy as a priority over Bloom’s taxonomy. Maslow’s hierarchy categorizes basic human needs, and Bloom’s taxonomy identifies different levels of learning.

Whether learning occurs virtually or in person, students do not learn if they are not engaged. Therefore, we are designing learning opportunities that engage all students, behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively. We devised the word RAMP as a means to ramp up student engagement. It stands for Relationships (with teachers, peers, and content), Autonomy – student choice, Mastery (understanding and feedback), and Purpose – beyond class.

Looking ahead, on August 31st, we will be having our Back To School Night. I encourage you to make sure you have an activated CAC account. More information to come.

Thanks for your continuous support of the Middle School.

Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office

 


Announcements

CAC Robotics Club
The CAC Robotics Club challenges students to design, build, and program a robot using the VEX robotics platform. Using the VEX EDR system, teams of students learn how to create and program robots to complete specific tasks in various tournaments throughout the school year. Through these experiences, students learn to problem solve, present research and design, and work with teammates to accomplish a variety of goals.

Link: https://forms.gle/je79vXicTZNtYq2L7

 

PTO Monthly Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84779716980?pwd=c3JoWE1yQ2w1em5uS1pKbDhxNGRvUT09

Meeting ID: 847 7971 6980
Passcode: 168709

 


From MS/HS Library

Return Your Summer Checkouts Please
All materials checked out last school year are now due back in the library. Please return or renew as soon as possible so others may enjoy them. Students, teachers and parents should have received overdue notices via email. If you feel there has been a mistake, please let us know.

Middle School Student Book Recommendations
MS students were in the library today for a Scavenger Hunt activity. They have put aside books that they recommend to others. Come in and check out the display!


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to Mr. Geoffroy and the maintenance staff for all the work done on campus this summer.

Three Cheers to Ms. Nibal Ahmed and the custodial staff for their efforts to clean the campus.

Three Cheers to Mrs. Abdel Hady, who has worked endlessly over the summer to create a new website and dashboard design.

Three Cheers to Ms. Fahmy, Mrs. Urbiztondo, Ms. Spencer, Mr. El Duweini for helping with scheduling and getting the school ready for opening.

Three Cheers to Ms. Torky, Ms. Harouny, Ms. Spencer, and Mr. Miller for their organization during our orientation week.

Three Cheers to Ms. Amin and Ms. Abdel Maaboud in the admissions office for their work with our new parents.