On Campus
G ate codes changing in January
In Keystone's ongoing efforts to upgrade and maintain security on campus, the gate codes on the main campus will change over the winter holidays.

When students return to class in January, there will be a new gate code.

Only faculty and staff, and Upper School students will know the code and are responsible for safeguarding it. Gate codes will change every semester.

We understand this may cause some inconvenience. Please understand that SAPD has advised us to change the gate codes regularly and restrict access to them. This is one of several steps we’re taking to better secure our campus and protect our children.
Ms. JoAnn is a true hero
When a first-grader got some Doritos stuck in his mouth, it could have turned into a serious situation, but aftercare teacher Ms. JoAnn performed abdominal thrusts to dislodge the chips.

She quickly noticed something was wrong, kept the situation under control, acted quickly, knew what to do and never lost her cool.

Foreign Language Club adopts family for Christmas
An uplifting note for the holidays.

The Foreign Language Club adopted a family from Hawthorne Elementary School in the San Antonio ISD to give their children toys for Christmas.

Fourth graders radiate sunshine on TV
After a visit from  KSAT  meteorologist Justin Horne, the fourth-graders offered some questions that he answered on the air.

Horne visited campus last week and spoke to the class about his job and the general topic of weather. 

Hiking Club visits Enchanted Rock
The Middle School Hiking Club, under the direction of Coach U, went to Enchanted Rock on their most recent excursion.

The seventh and eighth graders meet monthly for day trips to nearby state parks.

Spelling Bee set for Jan. 10
Keystone's Spelling Bee will take place Jan. 10. It's an exciting competition that pits representatives of grades 4-8 against some difficult words and each other.

Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.  
--Neil Gaiman
As we know, one of the traditions at this time of year is to make our New Year’s resolution ... I thought about our desire to improve while reading the advice dispensed by Ms. Sarah Rardon’s 6th grade advisory.

Meet the Faculty
Pre-K3 teacher Alle Neesham
Position: Pre-K 3 Busy Bug Teacher

Education: I have a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an EC-6/ESL Certification. I am currently pursuing a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Administration.

Why do you like working here: Teaching students that love to learn is the most rewarding job in the world and I love my Keystone family!

Important Events and Notes
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. 

College Panels - Jan. 8

Upper School’s College Panels will convene the first day back to school on Tuesday, January 8 th  during 6 th  Period (1:05-1:55pm). Keystone alums who are currently in college will be here to share advice, encouragement, and answer questions about their transition from Keystone to college.

Pizza lunch will be available to all Upper School students. Room assignments by high school grade level will be sent by email shortly.
Junior Class Taco Sale - Jan. 8
What better way to start the new year than with a breakfast taco? So make sure to snag one during the junior class taco sale before school on Jan. 8.
Little School now accepting applications

Do you know someone who might be interested in The Little School of Keystone?

The Little School of Keystone has started the enrollment process for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have a little one or know of someone who might be a good fit for Little Keystone, please apply today. Priority will be given to current families and families of alumni who enroll by the end of December .
Enrollment Applications are available here:  http://www.keystoneschool.org/admissions/onlineapplication.cfm
Parent Connection Book Club - Jan. 10

Please join Keystone Counselors Erica Shapiro, Alison Raymer, and Keystone parents on Thursday, January 10 at Lower School Library for a lively discussion of this book, in which the authors challenge us  not  to leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance…when we can create them. The discussion begins at 8:30 a.m.

9th Grade Parent Coffee & Conversation - Jan. 10

Parents of 9 th  Graders are invited to a coffee with the College Counselor on Thursday, January 10 at 8:30 a.m., in the cafeteria . This is an informal event to meet one another and Ms. Christiansen, share information about Keystone's college counseling program, and answer any questions.
Travel Society Pizza Sale - Jan. 11
The Travel Society is holding a Pizza Sale on Jan. 11. Proceeds will go to help defray expenses on the upcoming trip to Ecuador this summer.

Bring cash or a check made out to Keystone School, because Cafeteria Services funds cannot be used for this.

Keystone Night at Spurs game - Jan. 14
Get your tickets for Keystone School night at an upcoming Spurs game.

The game takes place Jan. 14, 2019, when the Spurs take on the Charlotte Hornets, featuring former Spur and former NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker.

Film on Anxiety Screening at TMI - Jan. 16

Parents are invited to a screening of a documentary that addresses anxiety. The film, "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" aims to start conversations around anxiety and provide communities with tools to address it.

The screening takes place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at All Saints Chapel on the campus of TMI Episcopal.

The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, TMI Episcopal & St. George Episcopal are sponsoring the event.

10th Grade Parent Coffee & Conversation - Jan. 18

Parents of 10 th  Graders are invited to a coffee with the College Counselor on Friday, January 18 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. This is an informal event to visit with Ms. Christiansen, share college counseling information related to 10 th  graders, discuss standardized testing, course selection, and answer any questions.
Platinum Gala - Feb. 9
Tickets are now available for Keystone's annual gala. This year will take place on campus and will celebrate our 70 th anniversary in style.

Since you're already shopping on Amazon...
Your next purchase on Amazon could benefit Keystone. Yes, if you're like many of us, you spend a lot of time shopping online.

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