On Campus
Reducing risks at Keystone

This week, Mr. Handmaker sent a letter to parents in advance of Spring Break. Here's the letter:

Dear Families:

As your children and you prepare for a well-deserved break from school, we would like to inform you what we are doing here at Keystone to minimize the risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Among our actions:

  • Our Safety Committee of administrators and teachers is actively monitoring the situation on a local, state and national level and we are in touch with local health officials.
  • During Spring Break, the entire campus will be scrubbed and hard surfaces sanitized.
  • We are continuing to refine our preparations for the possibility that events warrant adjusting activities or taking more serious measures on campus.

Because the situation around the world is fluid, we ask your help in tracking where students are visiting during the upcoming break. If you are traveling outside the United States, please notify us at snutt@keystoneschool.org .

If you are traveling to a country that is currently on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel advisory list or changes status and lands on the travel advisory list, we would like to talk to you before your children return to school.

Right now, the best ways we can combat the spread of the virus are simple, yet effective steps:

  • Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer.
  • Cough or sneeze either in tissues or the bend of the elbow.
  • Keep hands away from mouth and nose. 
  • In the event of an absence for medical reasons, please notify School Nurse Penny Moyer (pmoyer@keystoneschool.org) in addition to notifying your children's teachers. 
  • When your children have a fever, please make sure they're fever free 24 hours before returning to school. Our faculty and staff are following the same 24 hour rule.

Finally, please keep in mind that this public health crisis can worry children. Here are a couple of news articles and a pamphlet that can help you talk about this virus with your children.

Should circumstances change during the time off, we will update you with additional information. In the meantime, have a safe, restful and healthy Spring Break.


Billy Handmaker

William B. Handmaker
Head of School
Field Day, Service Day end 3rd Quarter
After a challenging 3rd Quarter, it's time for Field Day, a happy and sweaty Keystone tradition. Click here for a slideshow.

Before Field Day began, Upper School students help different nonprofit organizations during their annual Service Day. Here are some pictures from Service Day.
Lower/Middle School Science Fair brings out students’ best
This week, students in grades 3-6 presented their Science Fair projects in the gym. After 6th grade, Science Fair becomes an elective extracurricular activity.

5th/6th graders soar in Through the Looking Glass
Congratulations to the 5th and 6th graders who came together under the direction of Ms. Pantoja to create a memorable production of "Through the Looking Glass."

Sophomore shares experiences at STEM convention
Earlier this week, sophomore Shreya served as a panelist during the STEM Conveying conference to talk about her experiences in Science Technology Engineering and Math activities.

6th grade Spanish presents bienes raises (real estate)
How do you present a three bedroom, four bathroom house en español? The sixth graders in Señora Greenfield's class know.

8th grader wins golf tournament
Congratulations to eighth-grader Joshlyn.

She recently won the Travis Bailey memorial Golf Tournament at the San Antonio Country Club.
Fourth-grader's soccer team finishes runner-up in tournament
Congratulations to fourth-grader Sathik (standing next to the coach in the photo on the right).

The soccer team he plays on, SA City, finished runner-up in their division in the 12th annual Copa San Antonio.
Little School wishes you a wacky week
Here's a moment from Wacky Wednesday during Dr. Seuss week at the Little School.
Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”
–Louisa May Alcott

... Beyond offering our Cobras a chance to play games or instruments, why are events like Game Night and Stone Soul so important? One easily recognizable benefit comes from the way these nights allow our students to relax, de-stress, and be with each other in a non-academic setting. Keystone students work hard; they deserve the opportunity to let their hair down, laugh with each other, and discover the hidden talents of their schoolmates. Perhaps one of the most moving elements of Stone Soul is the way that students support one another with cheers and words of encouragement.

Meet the Faculty
Meet the Faculty: Director of Innovation and Learning Wilnelia Antuna-Camacho
Position:  Director of Innovation and Learning

Education:  Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, subspecialty in Learning Technologies; Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Science Education Major

Why do you like working here:  I love Keystone's students, their passion for learning is contagious and challenges me to be a better teacher/person.

Important Events and Notes
Summer programs opening registration March 16

Make plans for your child to participate in one of Keystone’s fun, safe and enriching camp this summer. Here’s the lineup:

Camp Cobra (Keystone students only)
(Morning) Coed Basketball Camp: May 26-29 - $150
(Afternoon) Coed Volleyball Camp: May 26-29 - $150

Camp Hollywood (Keystone students only)
June 1-5: first session
June 8-12: second session
$350 per session

Cat Class (for Keystone students who have completed 9th grade Biology)
May 26-June 12
$325 per student

Little School Camps (for Keystone and non-Keystone students)
for ages 3-9 years
Stir Crazy Cooking Camp: May 26-29 - $250
Little Artist Camp: June 1-5 - $300

Writers Workshop (for Keystone students rising 6th through 9th grades)
July 6-17 
$325 per student 

Keystone parents will receive a flyer with more details via email during Spring Break. Registration opens March 16.
SAT, ACT Spring Practice Tests

Keystone College Counselor Ms. Christiansen is offering Spring Practice Tests for 10th graders only on these dates:

  • Practice ACT test: Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Keystone lunchroom
  • Practice SAT test: Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Keystone lunchroom

Registration is required online at https://www.compassprep.com/schools/keystone/ .

Registration will close one week prior to the test practice date. If you are unable to attend one or both practice tests on campus, you can contact Compass to schedule a practice test at your convenience from home.
Get your tickets for Sip Snack Give Back - April 3
Tickets are now available for our new spring fundraiser, Sip Snack, Give Back , a food and drink festival that will take place on Friday, April 3, 2020 on the Keystone grounds.

It's a culinary event before Fiesta that showcases bites from a local restaurateur with samples from wineries, breweries and distilleries from the San Antonio area. Come mingle with your friends and enjoy some of the best of what our city and the Keystone community has to offer.

Parent Connection Book Club - April 15

From Mrs. Raymer and Dr. Shapiro:

Please join Keystone Counselors Alison Raymer and Erica Shapiro as well as other Keystone parents on Wednesday, April 15th at 8:30 am for our Parent Connection Book Club in the Lower School Library. We will discuss "Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear," by Kim Brooks.

Using Mrs. Brooks’ book as a conversation starter, we will continue the discussion about anxiety, fear, and how it may relate to parenting. We will also explore possible societal influences shaping the evolution of parenting culture in America. Please RSVP to either Alison ( araymer@keystoneschool.org ) or Erica ( eshapiro@keystoneschool.org ). We look forward to seeing you there!
Alumni News
Gowri Iyengar ’19 is member of award-winning Indian dance team
Congratulations to Gowri Iyengar '19. She's a member of an Indian dance team that earned 3rd place at the Dhirana dance competition at the University of Pittsburgh.

Order your yearbook now
Yearbooks for the 2019-20 school year are now available for pre-order, so reserve yours now. Supplies are limited, so order by May 1 to guarantee one. Click on the picture above to place your order.
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 Yetis 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 Lynda Ciment .
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.
We want to hear from you!
If you have news to share about the students, alumni, faculty or staff at Keystone School, please send it to: etijerina@keystoneschool.org .
No Communiqué next week
The next issue of the Communiqué comes out March 20. Have a great Spring Break!
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