Important dates for 2020-21

Please mark your calendar for these dates next school year:

Aug 19, 2020: Start of school
Dec 16-18: Exams
Dec. 18: End of 1st semester
Jan 5, 2021: 2nd semester begins
March 15-19: Spring Break
May 26, 2021: Last day of exams
May 30: Commencement
On Campus
Alumni offer perspectives of life after Keystone
Nine alumni ranging from the Class of 1983 to the Class of 2013 returned to campus for Alumni Day to share their experiences about their lives after Keystone, how they got to where they are and lessons they learned along the way.

Internship Fair brings nearly 20 organizations to campus
For the first time, Keystone brought representatives of companies and organizations to meet with Upper School students and share information about internships and job shadowing opportunities.

Last year’s runner-up takes Geography Bee
Congratulations to Joaquin, an eighth-grader who was runner-up in last year’s Geography Bee and took the title this year. 

22 Keystone students receive Scholastic Art and Writing honors
Congratulations to the visual art students who recently received recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
A special shoutout goes to Ali, a senior whose painting "I Hate Myself," was chosen as one of only five works selected as the "Best in Show" across all categories and grades in the region.

10th graders advance in state robotics competition
Congratulations to 10th graders Shreya, Elle and Tessa for placing first in the advanced area of the TCEA Robotics Competition and moving on to state competition.

Eighth-grader earns spot in All-Region Band
Congratulations to eighth grader Joanna for winning a spot in the San Antonio area's All-Region Band, and on her recent performance.

Model UN delegation takes several individual honors
Keystone's delegation scored several individual honors at the Model UN conference at Trinity University.

MLK March - Jan. 20

Join other Keystone families for the annual Martin Luther King March, taking place on Jan. 20. The San Antonio march draws around 300,000 participants each year, the largest march in the country.

Last year, some 60 Keystone students, family members and staff marched together. The march begins at 10 a.m., lasts about two hours and ends with a celebration at Pittman Sullivan Park. Find more info and a map at   https://www.sanantonio.gov/MLK/MLKMarchRoute .

To join the Keystone contigent, park at the Freeman Coliseum and use the free VIA bus service to drop you off at the march. Keystone will have staff members at the Freeman Coliseum near the bus stops starting at 9 am. We will collect all Keystone arrivals and use the bus service to take groups to our meeting point in the parade line at around 9:30.

See you there!
Keystone fanwear available
Good news – Keystone apparel is now for sale in TWO locations!

On campus: we have an apparel closet located in the Development Office, on the second floor of Founders Hall. We have adult and youth t-shirts and full-zip sweatshirts, in addition to dri-fit hats. We also have Keystone Yeti’s and Hydroflasks available for purchase.

Vivroux Sports : Adidas merchandise is available for purchase at Vivroux Sports, located at 2222 Breezewood Blvd in Alamo Heights. They carry additional tshirts, sweatshirts, shorts, drawstring backpacks, and more! 

If you have any questions, contact Hannah Hyde or Lynda Ciment .
Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
--Annie Proulx

Contrary to what some prognosticators forecasted with the advent of email, texting, and social media, we’re not writing less than before; we’re writing more than ever. Consequently, writing may be different than earlier iterations, but it may be more important. We communicate in writing for a variety of reasons, including socially and professionally, and we are judged by how well we do.

Meet the Faculty
Meet the Faculty: Assistant Head of Middle School Kassi Mlcak
Position:  Assistant Head of Middle School

Education:  Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Texas at San Antonio

Why do you like working here:  I like working at Keystone because of the supportive staff and fun students!

Important Events and Notes
Junior Class breakfast sale
Support the members of Junior Class at the next breakfast sale on Tuesday, Jan. 21 before school begins, next to Nurse Penny's office.

On the menu: breakfast tacos, donuts and hot chocolate.
3rd Grade Parent Coffee - Jan. 22

Mrs. Vilagi will host a coffee for 3rd Grade parents at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Lower School Library.

She will discuss the Science Fair process and offer some time for our librarian, Mrs. Denny, to share resources for research. There will also be time for parents to bring up other questions and concerns, too.
Junior Class ice cream sale
Officers of the Junior Class are putting on an ice cream sale on Thursday, Jan. 23 during Middle and Upper School lunch periods.

Come snag some sweet goodies and support the Junior Class.
photo for ice cream sale
Keystone Connections networking event - Jan. 24
One of the many advantages of our community is meeting parents who treasure the value of the Keystone experience.

Those shared values form the base of Keystone Connections, the first in a series of events to bring parents together and discuss personal and professional interests. Maybe you’ll form a workout group or wine tasting gathering, or perhaps you’ll share some business connections. The possibilities are limitless.

The first Keystone Connections event takes place Friday, Jan. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Lower School Library in West Hall on the Main Campus.

Childcare will be provided for Keystone students at both the main campus and the Little School. Please email Adriana Villafranca at avillafranca@keystoneschool.org with name and grade of children.

Parent Connection Book Group - Jan. 28
From Mrs. Raymer and Dr. Shapiro: Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Parent Connection Book Group! 

We will meet on  Tuesday, January 28 at 8:30 am in the Lower School Library and will be discussing  The Power of Habit  by Charles Duhigg. Let's start the new year off strong by learning about how to create and keep new habits, and change existing habits that are getting in our way. Please join us! The Parent Connection Book Group is open to all parents of Keystone students. 

Please rsvp to Alison Raymer at  araymer@keystoneschool.org  or Erica Shapiro at  eshapiro@keystoneschool.org . Hope to see you there!
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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