National Merit Finalists
Seven Keystone seniors have been named Finalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This makes 19 percent of Keystone’s senior class named Finalists.

Keystone in the News
KSAT featured a story about Keystone's anniversary
KSAT-TV ran a story this week on Keystone's 70th anniversary. It included interviews with alumnus Christopher Zhu '16, science teacher and former student Mr. Nydegger and Mr. Handmaker. Click here to see it.
On Campus
Valentine's Day celebrates friendship, fun
The Keystone campus filled with balloons, candy and lots of red on Valentine's Day.

Platinum Gala broke all records
Our Platinum Gala was a huge success, thanks to your help. In all, it raised more than $40,000, plus more than $100,000 specifically for scholarships.

For more details, check out the special Gala issue of the Communiqué. Read it here.
Destination Imagination team takes second in tournament
Congrats to our 5th graders for taking second place in the weekend’s Central Region Destination Imagination tournament!

8th grader advances to state in MATHCOUNTS competition
Congrats to our Mathcounts team! The top scorer, 8th grader Andy, advances to the state competition.

Dr. Caraway serves as reviewer for new textbook
Congratulations to Dr. Caraway for serving as a reviewer of the latest edition of " A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present ," by Yale professor John Merriman.

Meet our Upper School students: Gowri and Jacob
What do you hope your legacy will be at Keystone? 

I try to be very social with my teachers, so they get to really know me and me, them.

Eighth-grader's team goes for repeat victory

Last year, a team with a Keystone student -- eighth-grader Londyn -- created a video about a math problem for the Mathcounts math film challenge, and won. Now they're going for a repeat title. This flyer shows how you can help them win.

Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“Overall, rates of vaping are second only to alcohol among substances surveyed with 17.6 percent of 8th graders, 32.3 percent of 10th graders, and 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting past-year vaping.” National Institute on Drug Abuse

... when the vaping craze began a few years ago and it was advertised as an alternative to smoking, parents and educators could sense that trouble was headed our way.

Meet the Faculty
Fourth grade teacher Joya Holden
Position: 4th Grade Teacher

Education: BA and Masters in Education - University of Michigan

Why do you like working here: The kiddos and staff are phenomenal!

Important Events and Notes
Blood drive honoring Dev -
Feb. 14-17
The South Texas Blood & Tissue is holding a blood drive honoring Dev, a second-grader.

No taco sale Feb. 19
There's no morning taco sale on Feb. 19, so make other plans for breakfast that day.

Taco sales will resume Feb. 26.
Presentation for Parents on Substance Abuse - Feb. 20

FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) Educational Services counselor Will Strahan will offer a presentation for parents on the current trends with drugs and alcohol with young people, and the best approaches for parents to combat addictive substances.
The talk runs from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Theater.
Lower School Coffee - Art of Writing: Part 2 - Feb. 27

Join Mr. Vilagi and Mrs. Denny at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 27 in the Lower School Library as they share more of the Lower School's journey with the Writing Units of the Writer's Workshop. Download a flyer here.
5 th and 6 th Grade Parent Social - March 1

Fifth and 6th Grade parents are invited to a social at Tycoon Flats from 5-7 p.m. on March 1, before opening night of Miss Nelson is Missing . The play will begin at 7:30pm. If you have questions, please feel free to email Kat Golando at   kgolando@keystoneschool.org
Coming soon: Alumni meet-ups in Austin, Houston

Attention Austin Alumni: Register now for a Meet and Greet with Billy Handmaker from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Houston Alumni – Save the Date! Meet and Greet with Billy on Thursday, March 21.
Cafeteria Services is now online!
Did you know you can view and pay your balance online?

Find out how to create your online account by clicking here . Then go to ezparentcenter.com . Once Cafeteria Services activates your account, you're all set.

If you have any problems, contact Mrs. Mlcak at kmlcak@keystoneschool.org  or 210-735-4022 x356 or Cafeteria Services at 210-348-7667.
Have you signed the Family Handbook?

Several families haven't signed the Family Handbook for the 2018-19 school year. Find out if you're one of them by logging into Renweb (now called FACTS). You'll see a notification that you haven't signed the the Required Family Handbook Form.  This form asks that you acknowledge that you have familiarized yourself and agreed with the terms and conditions of our Family Handbook. 

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