A letter about Keystone's COVID protocols
Dear Parents,

Now that Governor Abbott has ended the statewide mask mandate for Texas, some of you have asked whether his order will change the COVID-related practices at Keystone.

While we are always studying our procedures and looking for ways to improve, at this point, we will maintain the protocols of mask wearing, taking temperatures, asking about symptoms, and physical distancing we have had in place since Labor Day. The governor’s order allows organizations to “implement additional safety protocols;” we will continue the protocols we have to keep this community safe.

Adherence to these protocols has enabled us to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff, and this remains our number one priority. This entire community has responded admirably to COVID, and as a result, we’ve been fortunate in having no cases of community spread up to now.  

As we have done all year, we will ground our decision-making in the best available science, medical advice, and guidance from the CDC, Metro Health, and physicians who are part of the Keystone community. 

As we see more vaccination doses arriving in Texas, we hope to see a light at the end of this tunnel. Although the risks of infection and transmission may be lessening, they still remain. We need to stay vigilant and careful, so we can get through this together. 

We wish you a safe and restful Spring Break.

With hope,

Billy

Billy Handmaker
Head of School
Keystone students shine at Science Fair
Keystone students demonstrated outstanding projects during this year’s 2021 Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair, with three students going to the International Science and Engineering Fair and many others receiving top awards.

The three going to ISEF are: Sophomore Sarah, who won a first place and Grand Fair award; 9th grader Joanna, who was the high school Best in Fair award and junior Shreya. This year’s international science fair will take place virtually in May.

The middle school Best in Fair went to 7th grader Shaumprovo, and 6th graders Neerja and Nidhi won 1st Grand Team.

Grades 3-6 present their Science Fair projects
In a normal year, the gym would hold rows of tables with students displaying and explaining their Science Fair projects. It's an assignment for students in grades 3-6, and many others continue throughout their years at Keystone.

But since this is anything but a normal year, students presented their projects virtually. Some still used the display boards, while others presented all their projects in digital form. Lots of scientific creativity on display.

Masae Falcon Ellis ’06 visits with 4th grade Leadership
Masae Falcon Ellis ’06 visited with Fourth Grade Leadership this week to discuss her career and share insight about the qualities of a leader.

She was a Keystone lifer and went to Texas A&M for her bachelor's degree and received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2013.

Vote for Keystone's robotics projects!
This year, the Texas Computer Education Association is holding a virtual robotics competition, and you can help.

The students have created devices that spin or whirl, or whirli-bots, and the members of Keystone's Robotics Club voted for three students to represent the school in the competition.

Here's where you come in: vote for one or all three of Keystone's projects:


You can cast one vote per day and voting ends on March 12. So go vote for Keystone!
Alumni come together in virtual meetup
Alumni meetings used to take place in person, but now are virtual and so alumni who live in the Southwest US came together for a virtual meetup recently.

Alumni from 1969, 2016 and 2019 shared experiences from their time at Keystone and what they are doing today.

Mr. Handmaker presented the challenges that Keystone has met during the pandemic and the winter storm while maintaining its focus on community and excellence.

Among the topics the conversation touched included the school's new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Council, and professional networking through LinkedIn and the Alumni Council.

Look for more meetings in the future.
Latest issue of The Keynote is out
The latest issue of the student-produced news publication, the Keystone Keynote, is now out. Go to KeystoneKeynote.com or click on the picture to read it.
Registration now open for Keystone summer camps
Billy's Blog - From our Head of School
“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure? Measure a year?”
--from “Rent” 

Over the course of the past few weeks, many of us have discussed how it was a year ago this month that we headed out for spring break; that was the last time life felt “normal.” A year may not seem that long in the life of an adult; for a child it can be an eternity. To use a word from one of my favorite movies-”The Princess Bride”- the change in our world the past year feels “inconceivable.” 

After Spring Break, we will welcome many students back to campus, including some who will be here for the first time since March 2020.

Important events and notes
Morning message goes weekly

Dear Families and Students,

One year ago, we entered months of distance learning and embarked on an unprecedented time in our school’s history. During this time, we offered daily morning messages and an accompanying educational video.

Now that we’re about to go on Spring Break, we want to let you know that the morning messages will move to weekly, and come out every Monday.

Thank you to those who kept up with the morning videos. We hope you enjoy the new weekly messages.

Have a great break and we’ll see you on Monday, March 15.
Keystone gear available at Vivroux Sports
Get your Keystone gear with a quick visit to Vivroux Sports.

On their retail floor, they have:

  • White and Black Adidas hats
  • White Comfort Color t-shirts in all sizes adult and youth
  • Adidas grey and white t-shirts some youth and adult sizes
  • Cardinal and black full and 1/4 zip Adidas jackets in select adult sizes
  • And a few Adidas black polos

Vivroux Sports is open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday, at 2222 Breezewood, just off New Braunfels Ave. north of the McNay Museum.
Plan your hot lunch schedule
Due to changes prompted by the severe weather in February, Cafeteria Services has changed its menu for March.



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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.
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