On Campus
3 seniors named National Hispanic Scholars
Three Keystone seniors have been named National Hispanic Scholars. This means they were among the top 2.5% of Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region.

(From left) Congratulations to Mario, Sophia and Ben.
Kinder Bear Parade kicks off geography study
This year’s Bear Parade kicked off this year’s kindergarten geography study. During the parade, Lower School and even Middle School students cheered on the little ones as they made their way through the main campus.

9th graders learn, grow in Pacific Northwest
The ninth grade trip to the Pacific Northwest gave students an unforgettable experience, and a wealth of educational and social experiences.

Middle schoolers speak out on climate change
While students around the world walked out of school during the Global Climate Strike, middle schoolers at Keystone gathered to discuss climate change.

Parenting class at Little School packs classroom
More than 40 parents attended the inaugural Little School Parenting Class.

Counselor Dr. Erica Shapiro presented on “Balancing Love and Discipline.”


Barbie Bungee unit tests AP stats class
How many rubber bands does it take to keep a doll safe from a fall from the stairwell in Founders Hall?

Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“They tell me you are a man of true grit.” (from the movie)

At my age and having travelled a fair amount, I thought I had seen a great deal. Nevertheless, nothing prepared me for the beauty and magic of watching salmon leap out of the water and up a waterfall during last week’s 9th grade Outdoor Education trip to Olympic National Park.

Meet the Faculty
Counselor Alison Raymer
Position: Counselor

Education: BA in psychology from Southwestern Univ., MA in Marriage and Family counseling from St. Mary’s

Why do you like working here: I love being surrounded by wonderful people who are curious and kind and love learning.

Important Events and Notes
College Visits

For the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4, representatives will be on campus from: American University, University of Chicago, George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, Southeastern University, Southern Methodist University, Texas State University and Wesleyan University.

PTO General Meeting - Oct 2
From the PTO: 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. 
Lower School Playdate - Oct. 14

Attention Lower School families -- a playdate for all Lower School families will take place at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14. More details coming soon from PTO.
Picture Day - Oct. 16

Picture Day is set for Oct. 16, if you want to start planning haircuts and outfits. Picture retake day is Tuesday, December 3. 7th graders will take photos on the retake day, because they'll be out on an Outdoor Education trip.
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 .
Parent Connection Book Club - Oct. 30

The next session of the Parent Connection Book Club will discuss "How to Raise Successful People," by Esther Wojciki. Parents will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Oct 30 in the Cafeteria. Click below to download a copy of the flyer.
Alumni News
Elmo Ponsdomenech '76 wins second Emmy
Congratulations to Elmo Ponsdomenech '76 for winning his second Emmy.

He won in the category of  Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy or Drama Series , for his work on the  HBO series Barry .

He won his first Emmy last year. His first nomination came in 1999 for sound mixing for NYPD Blue.
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
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