Superintendent 03-23-2017


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 Superintendent's Newsletter - March 23, 2017

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Xanadu Opens Tonight!!

The high school/middle school production of the hit Broadway musical is on:

TONIGHT, MAR. 23rd at 7:00pm

FRI, MAR. 24th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm


GGS-- Girls Get Strong!


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conference on Saturday, March 25th.  This year we are expanding our model and inviting other international schools in Cairo to join us!  This year’s theme is Breaking Boundaries and it is without a doubt we have assembled a wide variety of experts to help our young women break the boundaries preventing them from living healthy lifestyles.

Some of the topics we will be addressing this year are gender profiling in athletics, goal setting, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and nutrition.  The conference will feature licensed counseling therapists, nutritionists, personal trainers, and physiotherapists.  Along with learning from qualified professionals, students will participate in a variety of fitness activities that include barre, body attack, crossfit, kickboxing, step aerobics, TRX, yoga, and zumba.  

Event Details:

Date: March 25, 2017

Time: 8:30-3:00

Location: Cairo American College

Grade Level:  5th-12th Grade

Contact Ms. Riddle for more info:


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Head of School’s Coffee:  

Monday, April 3 @8:00 AM in MS room 115. The  Head of School, Mr. Rutherford, will update parents who attend on key actions of the Board in their March meeting, progress on Phase III renovation of the High school, the outcomes of the Phase IV proposals for our athletics facilities and grounds, and on the teaching and learning work that has been taking place this year.




CAC Hosts Lab Sites Workshop and Visiting Teachers

On Sunday and Monday, CAC will host a group of teachers joining together with our teachers in pursuit of deeper understandings and better teaching. The Lab Sites workshop is a first for CAC, and we have invited educators to come and work with us towards greater effectiveness in the classroom on three areas in which we feel that CAC has excellent practice: Visiting Elementary educators will watch, discuss, and reflect on Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop instruction in our ES classrooms. Middle School educators will observe our Math teachers and discuss our use of the Challenge by Choice approach to differentiation and enrichment. In the High School, the focus will be on student-led discussion as a learning and teaching tool. Mr. Chadwell will also host discussions on the use and interpretation of MAP results, another area of strength for CAC though this will not involve classroom observations. So if your child mentions some new adults in the classroom on Sunday or Monday, this is what is going on: CAC leading in teaching and learning.


Art Show Opening

The CAC HS Visual Arts Department is proud to announce a special, upcomingart display. Over forty CAC custodians are represented by 64 HS Digital Arts and Studio Arts students in this exciting exhibition, entitled "The CAC Community Portraiture Project". This project challenges students to celebrate and honor the work of the General Services Staff at school; in our pilot year of this project, we began with the largest group, asking our custodians to participate on a voluntary basis. Students first interacted one-on-one with custodians on campus through an interview. This interaction offered both students and staff a starting point for the project. As a result, our HS art students thoughtfully considered their relationship to staff members on campus as they created a variety of painted and digital portraits highlighting the background and personalities of their art subjects. In a private "closing ceremony" on March 27th, students will give their completed portraits to staff as a final thank you. The Visual Arts Department invites you to view this incredible, colorful display which represents a collective sum of 1,500 hours. Our students' creative and purposeful art choices truly celebrate the breadth and depth of the rich community here at CAC. The show will be on view in the Theater Foyer from the opening night of Xanadu the Musical on 23 March until 10am on 27 March.


Spring is here!!

Join us on April 5th from 1:00 - 3:00pm on the Elementary field for a special Flower arranging workshop in the outdoor setting around our beautiful Elementary school tree!

Malak Taher, with the support of her niece Ingy Taher, will provide step-by-step instructions for stunning yet simple floral projects and equip you  with the skills to customize arrangements at home; Whether hosting a party, helping out with a friend's wedding, or wishing to incorporate the beauty of flowers into everyday life, this will allow you to do so!

Malak will cover everything from texture and color to foliage and containers, providing an overall approach to living and working with flowers, with an eye toward fresh, local, wild, seasonally influenced floral design.

Malak Taher is the founder & CEO of Flower Power, Egypt’s first floral design house renowned for its flowers and creative displays. With over 30 years of market expertise and a full-fledged team working across Egypt, the one-stop design house offers styling for weddings, themed events and corporate functions as well as merchandise displays and creative flowers for prestigious hotels and fashion brands.

Date: Wednesday April 5th

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Location: ES Field

Fee: LE 200 per person

* You will each get to take your flower arrangements home to add a touch of spring to your homes!!

* We will be collecting payment in advance as the flowers will be pre-bought for each enrolled participant; Please drop off an envelope with our name on it at the ES office! Deadline to pay:  April 2nd

Please note 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 Farida Khamis:


From the PTO:

International Festival:

The PTO would like to thank Sara Torosian and Dana McKnight for organizing this event and heading the efforts and hard work of many volunteers, parents and the CAC community in making the International Festival a huge success!

Thank you all!


Save the date:

Annual CAC PTO Gala Friday May 12

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 ( or Carmen Awn ( with questions or contributions.



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:


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.

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lex 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:

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.



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, 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!!!


Lost and Found

Part of educating students at CAC is encouraging independence through increasing responsible behaviors. We constantly encourage students to label their items so that they are easily identified and returned back to the owner. It is also important that students know what to do when they lose any of their items.

Here is what we advise students to do when they report a lost item:

1- Look everywhere (lost & found table/class/playground/inside backpacks/home ,etc,...)

2- Ask Others (friends/teachers/parents/siblings,etc,..)

3-Ask parents to report to the lost and found link. Upper grade students can do this too.

4- Use the same link to report when item is found.

In order to support our students and community members with the above process, we created the below Lost and Found link to help us track of lost and found items.




Parting Shots

Busy at work, busy at play, CAC students learning, exploring and having fun. Collaboration and Creativity in the sandpit, responsibility and perseverance with the laptops….so much that our students do each day supports our Mission and our Core Values.

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