On Campus
Do you have your tickets for Keystone's Platinum Gala? This year will take place on campus and will celebrate our 70 th anniversary in style. There's still time also for your business or family to become a sponsor.
Keystone grads offer advice and perspectives on Alumni Day
In the middle of studying, striving, appyling for college and balancing extracurriculars, the perspective of people who have gone through the Keystone experience can prove invaluable.

Seven Keystone grads came back to campus for Alumni Day and offered their remembrances of what the school was like when they were here, how their experiences here helped shape their lives and some advice on how the students can make the most of the opportunities they have while they're at Keystone.

Author/illustrator Nancy Carlson touts the joys of doodling
Author and illustrator  Nancy Carlson  visited campus and presented to Lower School students, with separate sessions for each grade level.

While here, she spoke about her love of doodling and encouraged students to take time for their own doodling and not to worry so much about being perfect.

Keystone's Model UN club excelled at the Model UN of San Antonio, snagging the award for best large delegation for the third conference in a row.

Keystone students show well at Scholastic Art Awards
The Scholastic Art Awards of San Antonio selected work from eight Keystone students.

Three of them -- eighth-grader Carlie, sophomore Anjali and sophomore Hashim -- received the Gold Key. Their works advance to national judging in New York.

Upper School robotics team advances to State
At the Texas Computer Education Association regional robotics competition, the Upper School team of junior Min Ji, junior Yuqi, junior Donnie, and sophomore Ali won 1st place in the Arena category and will now advance to the State competition in April.

The upper school team of freshmen Zofia, Liza and Clara placed 4th.

Soccer space is now the Cobra Court
The play area between the playground and the Science Building now has a new name: the Cobra Court.

It was informally known before as simply the soccer field, but the new name and schedule for different activities means that it can serve as a multi-purpose area for all kinds of games.

Fourth-graders advance in their first competition
In its inaugrual competition, the Moonwalkers, a independent team with Keystone 4th graders in the FIRST Lego League, placed fourth in a competition last weekend.

They also won second in robot design.

Keystone at MLK March - Jan. 21
For the third consecutive year, Keystone is formally organizing a group to attend the MLK March on Jan. 21. If you're going, the easiest way to get there is to 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 a.m. 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 a.m. 

Keystone has created a special T-shirt to raise funds for the MLK Jr. Scholarship connected with the march. To buy yours, click here . The T-shirt design was created by Keystone Upper School art classes, working with Ms. Arnold.
Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“It’s the toughest job you will ever love.”

I thought about this motto of the Peace Corps developed by the AdCouncil in 1961 as I listened to Keystone alumni last week. Over two days, I heard from former Cobras as they recounted their times in high school and college. 

On Tuesday, January 8th, alumni returned to campus and served on panels speaking to current students in grades 9-12. They offered advice on how to handle the workload of high school, how to plan for the college process, how to manage the competing demands of senior year, and what to look for in a college.

Meet the Faculty
Pre-kindergarten teacher Erin Ochoa
Position: PK4 Teacher "Rainforest Monkeys"

Education: Bachelors of Science in Education with a certification in EC-4 and ESL

Why do you like working here: I love being able to share my love of learning and meeting everyone's needs with an abundant amount of support from my colleagues.

Important Events and Notes
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Middle and Upper Parents session on cyber safety - Feb. 13
If you're Middle or Upper School parent, please make time for a presentation on Feb. 13 from attorney Donna McElroy on cyber safety . It takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Theater. Child care is available in the Cafeteria.

Have you signed the Family Handbook?

Several families haven't signed the Family Handbook. 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. 

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.
Breakfast tacos and more - Jan 22
The sophomore class is running a breakfast sale from 7:45-8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Look for breakfast tacos, hot chocolate, doughnuts, and juices.
Sophomore bake sale - Jan 24
The sophomore class will present a bake sale on Thursday, Jan. 24. It's for Middle and Upper School students only. The sale runs from 12:05-1:50 p.m.
Chicken and Waffle Sale - Jan. 25
The Upper School is selling chicken and waffle plates on Friday. Download your order form here.
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.
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