Eagle Eye 04-6-2017

This week, KG students shared their music learning with parents on Sunday, and the Book Parade was a lot of fun on Tuesday with our students and teachers parading their characters. The whole school practiced the Shelter drill on Wednesday and early dismissal today allowed teachers to share their learning from research group findings.

Egypt Festival 2017

You are cordially invited to share the annual Egypt Festival to celebrate the different aspects of our host country culture. Activities will take place Tuesday, April 11th, Wednesday, April 12th and Thursday April 13th. The three days events are planned to give a flavor of Egypt. Galabeeyya vendors, brass and mashrabeyya craftsmen, renowned artists displaying their ceramics, mosaics, paintings and automated toys are part of the activities. Tasty Egyptian bread will be freshly baked in our very own mud-brick oven on Thursday. All talented CAC elementary students will participate in the morning assembly on Thursdayat 7:55 in the theater. The rest of the day students will be engaged in learning different Egyptian arts' activities related to their Egyptian Culture curriculum culminating with the closure assembly at 2:30 in the theater.

Please check the schedule of events  to plan accordingly.

Thanks,
Egypt Festival Team

Core Values

The ES tree going through seasonal changes

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Student council movie night success

PreK learning about 'who plays with balls'

What's for lunch

Please see next week’s menu here.

Monday April 10. Pizza.

      

  • April 13 Egypt Day Festival

  • Spring Break April 14- 22. Return to school Sunday April 23

  • School holiday April 25 (Sinai Liberation Day)

  • ES Family Picnic, PreK 11-11:30am and Grades KG-5 12:10-12:50am

Counseling Corner

Positive Discipline
Here is a strategy from positive discipline that helps parents deal with problem behaviors in a more positive way. The article explains different ways to deal with frustrating behaviors while keeping your cool. Take a minute to check it out and let us know what you think.

Core Value
The core value for April is Courage. In the elementary school at CAC, we define courage as, “being brave in words and actions”. For some of us this may mean being assertive with our friends and for some it might mean jumping into the pool for the first time. You can help your child understand the different ways in which people show courage by sharing a time that you felt that you acted courageously.

Courage Quotes from grade 2
“My friend showed courage by saying sorry like she really meant it after she hurt my feelings.” “I saw my friend showing courage by telling middle school to do the right thing.” “I saw someone being courageous by admitting that they did something wrong.”

Carey Harris                                    Dana Purpura
Guidance Counselor                         School Counselor
charris@g-cacegypt.org                   dpurpura@g-cacegypt.org

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From the ES Library
Book Parade - Thanks for the costumes! It was so fun to see all the clever costumes this week. It’s great to see kids thinking about favorite characters and how to “become” them for a little while. Here are some photos. Special thanks to the ES Library Council for leading the assembly. They did a great job!



If you have photos of clever costumes and you post on social media, please tag with #CACESBookParade or #CACESReads so that others in the community can find them.

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Alumna Vegan Cookbook Author Visit, April 10 
Join us in the MHS library on April 10 to chat with alumna Yasmine Nazmy, class of 2009. She is the author of a vegan cookbook, Happy Belly, which promises delicious plant-based recipes that are free of allergens. Drop in at the MHS library from 2 to 4. Books for sale at 300LE.

CAC libraries open on Saturdays
Here are the dates the CAC libraries will be open until the end of the school year:
April 8 and 29
May 6, 13, 20, and 27
June 3

New database trial
We are considering a new Britannica Encyclopedia product for our school. It is called Britannica Launch Packs and can be found here. Use the Quick Login when prompted to log in. (Don’t know the Quick Login? All students in grades 2 and up should know it. If they don’t, email me. We do not publish it on public webpages.) The Launch Packs are collections of articles and media about different social studies topics. Of interest to the elementary school are the packs on Ancient Egypt (grade 3) and Nubia (grade 2), the US revolution (grade 4) and Aztecs (grade 5). Our trial will run for only 2 weeks, so be sure to check it out before April 11. Let me know if you have any trouble with it or questions.

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From the Development Committee
New Dry-Fit ES PE Uniforms coming soon!

In continuation to the integration of the ES with MS & HS, starting 2017/2018 the ES will be changing its PE uniform to match that of MS. The new uniform will consist of a Red t-shirt and black shorts; both being Dry-fit!!

Samples of all the sizes will be available for pre-orders on April 26 (at the ES family Picnic) and April 27 (By the theatre where the ES Talent Show will take place).

Please note that next year (2017/18) will be considered a transitional year so the kids will be allowed to wear both the current PE uniform as well as the new one. The current school uniforms will be on sale starting April 26.

So make sure to come check out the new uniforms and place your orders to ensure your child receives the right size!!

For those who do not pre-order, the school will measure the children and make an estimate of the sizes to order for the school store, where you will be able to buy the uniform next year, should you wish to buy it.

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Fifth Grade Junior Girl Scouts - repeat
Hello, parents and teachers. This is from the FIfth Grade Junior Girl Scouts, and we are happy to present that we are going to be holding a bake sale on April 13, after school in the back and front gates, right after school. We are working on our Bronze Award, which is the highest award you get in Juniors, so all the money will go to the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals, which is a society that houses dogs. The Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (E.S.M.A.) was formed in 2007 to save dogs from a horrific shooting spree that shot street dogs, which were sent by the Egyptian government. Then, a group of Egyptians and expatriates came together to fight this terrible group of people, and to protect and rescue the animals in that were in danger. ESMA is a charity, and has a shelter and adoption center.  They currently house about 300 dogs and 300 cats.  Help us by raising money for them and for the injured dogs by coming to the sale. We will also be holding other sales at unknown dates, so keep checking the news letter!

Annual Community Surveys Coming Soon
Every year CAC surveys community members to gather important feedback about multiple topics: student learning, campus facilities, curriculum, activities and sports, and leadership. Surveys are sent to parents, students, teachers and staff, and trustees. Surveys are completed electronically and are anonymous.

Input from parents is especially important because you selected CAC as the place to educate your child. The surveys will arrive by email in the near future. The surveys will take less than 20 minutes to complete. There are opportunities to provide written feedback as well. As with last year, if you have more than one child attending CAC at different grade levels, you have the opportunity to complete a portion of the survey for each child at CAC separately. This gives you the chance to provide specific feedback based on the different experiences of each child. Each parent/guardian is encouraged to complete the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact
David Chadwell,
Curriculum Coordinator,
dchadwell@g-cacegypt.org 

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Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?
To help us plan for next year, and to prepare your records in time for your departure, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC this year.
https://www.cacegypt.org/index.php/withdrawal-request

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From the Welcome & Integration Committee
Join us on the Egypt Festival day on Thursday April 13th from 1:00 - 2:30pm in the ES Cafeteria for a special Egyptian Dessert making event for parents!!
Take advantage of having a wonderful local community and get together with CAC parents to learn how to make Mouth watering Kunaffa from scratch!

This is a hands-on experience, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and get cooking!!

We will be working in groups to make the most delicious local dessert together and as participants you can take a whole one home to enjoy with your families!

Menu: Kunaffa: An Egyptian specialty pastry.
The fee: LE 130 per person.
Materials for individuals to bring: Apron, Spatula and a bowl. Please note that due to space, the event will be limited to 20 people, so if you are interested please sign up quick!!
(The first 20 to sign up will be confirmed)

To sign up, please email Alya El Wakil: alyaelwakil@gmail.com 

 

Annual CAC PTO Gala 
GALA MAY 12th
Calling all artists and business owners in the CAC Community!
We are less than two months away from the PTO Gala and we need your help!We would love to feature your artwork or business services in our raffle and silent auctions raising funds for our children.

Please let us know if you can donate any original artwork or offer services that your businesses provide. We also need more cash donations and business sponsors!
And our raffle can use any new gift items that you may have around the house and do not need.
Please contact Hengameh Murphy (murphysaroundtheworld@yahoo.com) or Carmen Awn (carmenawn@gmail.com) with questions or contributions.

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PTO Open Positions
If you want to get more involved and help out, come join us on the PTO Board. We have the following positions open: Vice President, Treasurer, MS CAF and ES CAF.

If you are interested or need more information please send an email to ptonominatingcommitte@gmail.com , by April 27th

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UPCOMING PTO TRIPS
Walking Tour of Heliopolis

Wednesday April 26, 2017
*Please note that due to a national holiday the date of this trip has been changed from April 25 to April 26.
We will stop by the Baron Palace, built by the Belgian-born industrialist, Baron-General Eduard Louis Joseph Empain (1852-1929) who also founded the modern Heliopolis area in 1907.
We will walk through the beautiful El Korba section, a quaint shopping district that boasts original architecture, fascinating cultural sites as well as some of Cairo’s finest cafés and restaurants. We will walk in the European style commercial streets, and try to see the Basilique church, Adly Madgar Jewish synagogue, Hippodrome square, Maryland park, El Tahra palace, and Saray el Qubbah. If there is time, we may stop at a cafe for coffee or lunch.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

You can sign up using the link below:
http://whoozin.com/KVC-3DD-PW9P

The Citadel, The Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, Al-Rifa’i Mosque
Monday May 22, 2016

The Saladin Citadel of Cairo is a medieval Islamic fort, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo. The Citadel was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city.
The complex includes the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which dominates the skyline of Cairo with its beautiful alabaster dome, the Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad, the Mosque of Sulayman Pasha, Gawhara Palace; and several museums. 

Afterwards we will visit the nearby Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, and Al-Rifa’i Mosque.
*Please cover shoulders and knees, wear loose pants or a long skirt, and bring a scarf.*

You can sign up using the link below:
http://whoozin.com/HTE-ACK-CFDF

All PTO trips cost 100LE per person for transportation, a professional tour guide and security when necessary. Entrance fees, meals, refreshments, and any shopping are the participants responsibility. We meet at 8:15 a.m. at the back gate of CAC and the bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. We will return to school by 2:00 p.m. Please be sure to leave a mobile phone number when you register. Minimum of 10 participants required.

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A.P.E. needs your used Nespresso Capsules!

In support of Earth Day and CAC's relationship with A.P.E., (The Association For The Protection Of The Environment http://www.ape.org.eg/), the PTO has organized a school-wide collection of the much-loved Nespresso capsules!
After collection, CAC will deliver the empty capsules to A.P.E., who use them to create fun jewelry. We also look forward to a school visit from A.P.E. in the future as another way to support their cause.

What to do: after use, empty out the capsules and start a collection bag. Drop off boxes will be on campus starting April 2. Start saving those capsules!!! Lets see how much we can collect for A.P.E!!!

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