Brown Bear, what do you see?
The procession of kinder students always brings a smile, but for a couple of weeks, the little ones are even more cute than usual because they're dressed in matching colors.

Burgers With Billy went big
The inaugural edition of Burgers With Billy on Aug. 17 drew an estimated 375 people, and set a tone of incredible possibilities for this year and beyond.

How to give directions to an alien
In Sarah Rardon's sixth-grade class, the students took on the project of helping an alien get to campus.  

Seniors visit West Texas
In keeping with the annual tradition to begin their final year at Keystone, this year's seniors, along with college counselor Sara Christiansen and coach Kyle Unruh, spent the weekend camping and exploring in the mountains of West Texas. 

Sports Notes

The Varsity Girls' Volleyball team on Tuesday defeated Austin Waldorf: 25-19, 25-18, 25-17.

Stat leaders are Bella Sullivan with 13 kills, 22 digs and 16 assists; Nina Koneru and Maysoon Tirhi with two blocks each, and Stephanie Rao, Abby Parker and Jackie Pavlovsky with one ace each. This win brings the team's record to 2-0.
Billy's Blog
“So prepare for a chance of a lifetime
Be prepared for sensational news
A shining new era
Is tiptoeing nearer”

If you’re a fellow fan of  The Lion King , you may recognize these lyrics from the song “Be Prepared.” Although this catchy tune may refer to regicide and succession, it does have applicability to other areas of life. Read more here.
Education Insights Blog
Editor's Note: Faculty and staff members will regularly offer perspectives and share their expertise in education and the development of young people. The first piece comes from Bill Spedding, Head of Upper School.

"Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see."
- Lin-Manuel Miranda

As is the case with most fathers of young teenage daughters, I am more than a little familiar with Miranda’s paean to America in Hamilton : youthful ambition and hard work. Read more here.
Important Events and Notes

New at Founders Hall

Please welcome our new receptionist, Cecy Morado.

She succeeds Shannon Nutt, who has moved into a new role as Assistant to the Head of School. If you need to reach either Cecy or Shannon, call 210-735-4022 x300.
 Shannon Nutt (left) and Cecy Morado
Middle School Attendance

All information about middle school student attendance, including absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals can be emailed to receptionist Cecy Morado at  cmorado@keystoneschool.org  or you can call her directly at 210-735-4022 x 300.
Middle and Upper School Back to School Night - August 30

Please join us for an evening with your child’s teachers. Travel through your child’s schedule in 10-minute sessions to get an overview of each course, meet the teachers, and see the classroom environment. Mr. Handmaker will give brief remarks in the gym at 5:15 p.m. Bells will ring to signal the move to the next class. Childcare will be available. Parents and students interested in the Upper School’s Travel Society’s 2019 trip to the Galapagos Islands will meet at 7:50 pm in Theater. Here's the flyer for more info.

Fifth Grade Parent Coffee - September 13

Fifth grade parents are invited to join Head of Middle School Theresa Powers and Counselor Alison Raymer for coffee and an informal conversation about what we are seeing as parents with the fifth grade transition to middle school on from 8:30 - 9 a.m. Thursday, September 13 in the Dining Hall.
Introducing Keystone's Counseling Team

Alison Raymer and Erica Shapiro make up the counseling team at Keystone School.  We’d like to take this opportunity to tell you more about ourselves and the work that we do with your children here at Keystone.




Erica Shapiro (left) and Alison Raymer
Parent Connection Book Club - October 3

Please join Keystone Counselors Alison Raymer, Erica Shapiro, and Keystone parents for a lively discussion of  Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen , in which author Dr. Wendy Mogel invites us to discover how each age and stage of a child’s life brings new opportunities to connect through language. The event takes place at 8:30 a.m. in the Lower School Library. Here's the flyer. Please RSVP to either araymer@keystoneschool.org  or
Calling all alumni interviewers!

If you are involved as an official alumni interviewer for your undergraduate institution, we would love your assistance helping our seniors prepare for admission interviews. We are looking for volunteers to conduct mock interviews with seniors this fall. If interested, please contact Sara Christiansen, Director of College Counseling, at schristiansen@keystoneschool.org .
Alumni in the News
Pasta folding machine
Ronald Heisser '12 solves spaghetti mystery that baffled Nobel laureate
Here's the question: Why does spaghetti break into several pieces when you try to bend it in half?

Toya Cirica Cook '83, to receive honor for her work for nonprofits in Austin

Toya Cirica Cook '83 will be the featured honoree at the Mission Capital Awards in October for her work supporting nonprofits in Austin. In a statement announcing the 2018 Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year award, Mission Capital said she "has truly made community service and trusteeship a central part of her life."

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