Note to the Keystone Community: We will continue to publish the Communiqué every two weeks during the summer. Look for the next issue on June 12.
Message about the parent survey and coming school year
Last week, Mr. Handmaker delivered a message to parents concerning a recent survey and some preliminary details concerning the beginning of the upcoming school year. Click on the picture or here to watch it .

In addition, division heads will send out videos in the coming week sharing some of the changes to expect in the 2020-21 school year.
Graduation set for June 13
Seniors this year will have an in-person graduation, but it will be different than previous events.

Graduation for the Class of 2020 will take place June 13 on the grounds of the Little School. In accordance with the Texas Education Agency, the ceremony will take place outside, and all guests are required to fill out a health screening questionnaire and undergo a temperature scan.

Only the graduates and their five allotted guests are allowed to attend. All attendees must maintain physical distancing and wear face masks.

For those who can't attend, the event will be live-streamed on Keystone's YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Virtual Art Gallery now online
Art teacher Mrs. Arnold created a virtual art gallery to spotlight the visual creativity of Middle and Upper School students. Click here to check it out.
How to talk with your children about recent events
This message went out to Keystone parents from Mr. Handmaker this week. We're reprinting it here:

Dear Keystone Community, 

Like people all over the country, my family and I have watched the recent news with a combination of anger and profound sadness. As the video of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis circulated, I was infuriated while my heart sank.

Over the past few days, I have wrestled with what to say to you, the Keystone community. 

First of all, to the African-American families at Keystone, I want to say how sorrowful I am. Please know that I am here to listen if you would like to talk, and I am happy to be in dialogue with you. 

Graduating senior shares her perspective on race
Senior Isabella shared an essay offering her perspective as a young African-American. She prefaces it with this:

Please read this through. This post is my own opinion, based on my own experiences. I’m always open to dialogue and modifying my beliefs, and I hope you read this and allow it to sink in. I don’t harbor negative feelings for anyone mentioned in this, nor was this made to “call them out,” but I wanted to use my own experiences to educate those around me and offer maybe a new perspective.

I’ve refrained from sharing my thoughts on recent issues until now, as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to speak on such a personal matter on my social media, or if I could effectively express myself in a post instead of a dialogue.

Instead of talking about police brutality, as I think enormous awareness of that issue has been raised by myself and my peers, I would like to talk about a bigger picture of racism in America, and the little ways it is prevalent in our day to day life that you might not realize. Part of sharing my thoughts include sharing my own experiences, so I ask that you read this with an open mind and heart.

Keystone community responding to pandemic

Members of the Keystone community are living out the school's pillars of Community Involvement and Responsible Leadership by launching or supporting fundraisers to help organizations involved in the pandemic. We'll include them on the Keystone website at: https://www.keystoneschool.org/covid-19-resources . Click on the "fundraising efforts" tab.
Important Events and Notes
Summer Online at Keystone

Sign up for one of Keystone's fun and enriching summer programs: 

NHS Study Buddies: Keystone National Honor Society members are available to work with rising 3rd-9th graders at Keystone and other schools. Cost is $30/hr. Program runs through June 30. Sign up here:  https://forms.gle/iqSiqyzLjKqcwgRA8

Math Enrichment: For rising Keystone 5th and 6th graders with Middle School Math Teacher Mr. Mustafa. Experience fun and challenging activities that prepare students for the coming school year and beyond. The sessions are filling up and limited space is available. Program runs from June 22-July 3. The cost is $162.50 per session.

Young Writers’ Workshop: For rising Keystone 1st through 4th graders with new 2nd Grade Teacher Mrs. Trivizo. Students will have an opportunity to elevate their fluency and confidence with the written word. The sessions are filling up and limited space is available. Program runs from June 22-July 3. The cost is $162.50 per session. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/2LBbN3Q1ARBzmHaF6

"Me and My Friends," - a free online educational television program for grades PK-6. Theatre teacher Ms. Gypsy has created a show that runs weekdays until June 19 . Her characters and special guests will present fun activities that students can do at home. Access is limited to current Keystone families, who receive an email with the link to that day's show.
Keystone apparel available online
Get your Keystone clothing through Vivroux Sports.


Or visit the company's store at 2222 Breezewood Blvd. in Alamo Heights to shop in person.
Support Keystone while you shop
If you're getting school supplies or adding to your home office from either Office Max or Office Depot , please mention Keystone. As part of the Give Back to Schools program , the stores give 5% of the purchase price of qualifying school supplies in credits to Keystone for office supplies. Be sure to include the school's ID number when you make your purchase. Keystone's school number is: 70100727.
If you're purchasing items from Amazon, please consider supporting Keystone with your purchases and use AmazonSmile. Just designate Keystone as the beneficiary and a portion of your purchases will go to the school.

Make sure to install the Smilematic browser extension. It works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari and automatically redirects users to AmazonSmile when they visit Amazon. Here's the tool: https://couponfollow.com/smilematic.
We want to hear from you!
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