On Campus
Young alumni share college experiences
One of the many advantages of a tight-knit campus like ours comes from recent graduates who are willing to come back and mentor the students who are following in their footsteps.

Author Veera Hiranandani presents writing workshops
Author  Veera Hiranandani  visited Keystone to talk about her Newbery-award winning book, The Night Diary, and visit with students from kindergarten through 8th grade.

Seventh-grader reigns as Spelling Bee champ
Congratulations to Mara, a seventh-grader who won Keystone’s Spelling Bee.

Keystone receives silver certification for recycling efforts
Keystone has received Silver level certification from the city's ReWorksSA program.

The City of San Antonio recognizes schools, businesses and other organizations with this recycling certification. Keystone earned the distinction with its recycling efforts that include training, signage, and purchasing policies.

The Silver certification lasts two years, and then we can apply for an even higher level.
A Note from Nurse Penny

Dear Parents,

I have been receiving a few reports of positive flu test results from students here at Keystone School. Apparently even students that have received their flu shot can still have positive test results for the flu.

I am reaching out to you, the Keystone Community, for your help by keeping your children home if they are sick. The handbook states  “Parents: Please do not send children to school if they have an elevated temperature or have been vomiting or having diarrhea with the past 24 hours. Students should remain at home until they have been fever-free when the temperature has been taken without medication.”   It is important until they have been fever-free (temperature less than 100 degrees) without medication for a full 24 hours before they return to school.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • See Everyday Preventive Actions Adobe PDF file [257 KB, 2 pages] and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions – apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine – that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).

We will continue to monitor fevers, encourage frequent hand washing, and encourage covering your mouth and nose during coughing and sneezing here at Keystone. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Penny Moyer, Registrar/School Nurse
(210)735-4022; ext. 301
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
“The gym is so crowded! What’s the deal?,” my son and I asked each other as we noticed all the new people working out. Then we remembered; it’s January. It’s like this every year for a couple of months and tapers off by March.

Silently, we applauded the newcomers for their commitment and hoped that they would stick it out, even if it meant that we had to maneuver around more people than before.

Meet the Faculty
Meet the Faculty: Director of Enrollment Management Andrea Banks
Position:  ​Director of Enrollment Management

Education:  ​BA in Sociology from University of Southern California

Why do you like working here:  ​The minute I set foot onto Keystone's campus it just felt like home. The warmth that is exuded on a daily basis only makes my job that much easier when talking to prospective families.

Important Events and Notes
Quiz Bowl breakfast sale
Support the members of Quiz Bowl at the next breakfast sale on Tuesday, Jan. 14 before school begins, next to Nurse Penny's office.

On the menu: breakfast tacos, donuts and hot chocolate.
Quiz Bowl ice cream sale
Quiz Bowl members are putting on an ice cream sale on Thursday, Jan. 16 during Middle and Upper School lunch periods.

Come snag some sweet goodies and support Quiz Bowl.
photo for ice cream sale
Geography Bee - Jan. 15

The Geography Bee takes place Jan. 15 for students in grades 4-8. It begins at 8:30 am in the Gym.
10th Grade Parent Coffee & Conversation - Jan. 17

From Ms. Christiansen: Parents are invited to a 10 th  Grade Parent Coffee about college counseling on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the Dining Hall. This is an informal event to meet one another, share some information about Keystone's college counseling program, and answer any questions.
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!
Alumni News
Ally Chisenhall ’11 honored for automotive work
Ally (Chisenhall) Harding ’11 has been honored as one of  “35 Under 35” by the Specialty Equipment Market Association , an automotive trade association. 

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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