On Campus
9 seniors named National Merit Commended Scholars
Nine Keystone seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Composting arrives in Keystone cafeteria
In the first of many efforts to work more sustainably, Keystone has begun composting in the cafeteria.

Third grader’s story chosen for public library zine
Congratulations to third-grader Pia, whose story was chosen for the inaugural community collaborative magazine from the San Antonio Public Library.

First graders begin their trip around the world
As part of a unit on geography, the first graders are starting on their trip around the world.

Little School remembers Georgie
The Little School celebrated a special date with dinosaurs, stickers, laughter and a few tears.

Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“To me, rites of passage through life, that’s a wonderful, beautiful thing.”
–Lance Henriksen

Rites of passage really are beautiful things. Whether it’s a first communion, a quinceañera, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a vision quest, a walkabout, or sanskaras, these rituals signify the movement from one stage of life to another. 

Meet the Faculty
Kindergarten teacher Dawn LaVelle
Position: Kindergarten Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, UTSA

Why do you like working here: I have found incredible satisfaction in teaching, and a second home here at Keystone. I appreciate every year for the new, exciting experiences I enjoy, and the families and students that enrich my life.

Important Events and Notes
College Visits

For the week of Sept. 23-27, representatives will be on campus from: Colgate University, Drexel University, Duke University, Elon University, Georgetown University, Goucher College, Hendrix College, Hillsdale College, Holy Cross, Lehigh University, Miami University of Ohio, Occidental College, University of Redlands, Reed College, University of Richmond, Seattle University, Syracuse University and Willamette University.

Master Planning Sessions - Sept. 24 & 26

As we move forward on creating a new Master Plan for Keystone, we have gathered input from various members of the Keystone community: students, faculty and staff, alumni and the Board of Trustees. 

This plan will guide the future of the campus for many years to come and have engaged architects from Overland Partners to help us create a new Master Plan. This plan will re-imagine the entire main campus, including the Hildebrand House that was purchased three years ago, as well as the buildings and grounds of the Little School. 

The next sessions are for parents of alumni and current Keystone parents. Here are the dates:

  • Parents of alumni – Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 pm – Flex Lab
  • Keystone parents – Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 am – Dining Hall
  • Keystone parents – Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm – Flex Lab
Our colleagues at San Antonio Academy are presenting a speaker that may be of interest to Keystone families.

Psychologist Rob Pluke, author of "Parenting the Sensitive Child," and "A son to be proud of and his father's hopes, disappointments and discoveries," will deliver a talk at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 26.

Reserve your seat by emailing: sa-academy.org/robplukeRSVP
PTO General Meeting - Oct 2
Parents are invited to attend the PTO General Meeting  on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6pm  in the Flex Lab of the Shadfan Science and Creativity Center with a brief social starting at 5:30 pm. 

Alison Raymer and Dr. Erica Shapiro, Keystone Counselors, will be our guest speakers at the meeting, and will speak about the important role that resilience and maintaining a growth mindset play in the lives of our students and families. Alison and Erica will also provide specific, age-appropriate tools for helping our children navigate challenges and change. There will be opportunity for Q&A as well. 
Childcare for Keystone students will be available. Please RSVP to Adriana Villafranca (for attendance and childcare) at  avillafranca@keystoneschool.org .  
Paying for College Night - Oct 2

All Upper School parents are invited to attend a session on paying for college on Oct. 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Theater.

Christina Pikla, Director of Financial Aid at Trinity University, will be our guest speaker again this year. The program will include an overview of financial aid, both merit and need-based, the application process for aid, advice for families, and Q &A. We’ve decided to offer this program every year due to the importance of understanding the financial aid process when applying to college. 
Keystone Night at SAFC - Oct. 19
Admissions Open House - Oct 27
This year's Admissions Open House will take place on campus from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 27. Please share this date with friends who you think would be interested in what we offer here at Keystone. Feel free to share the event from the Keystone page on Facebook .

Register for the Open House at KeystoneSchool.org .
Online lunch payments

If your family buys hot lunch here at Keystone, please remember that all payments must be made online with our food contractor, Cafeteria Services.

Go to the parent portal ( parents.keystoneschool.org ) and click on "lunch."

Support Keystone while you shop on Amazon
When you shop on Amazon, please use AmazonSmile and designate Keystone as the beneficiary. This way, your savings can help your school
We want to hear from you!
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