On Campus
A note from Mr. Handmaker

Dear Members of the Keystone Community, 

The ISAS Constituency Survey is now live and ready for you to fill it out. This is part of our self-study as we proceed with our accreditation process of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). 

I know that we’re all very busy, but I am asking you to please take some time and respond. We can only get better if we engage in candid and thoughtful analysis; the survey will provide one component of our self-reflection and will enable us to see where Keystone can be even better than it already is.

We have sent links to surveys to students in grades 5-12, faculty/staff, parents, and trustees. Please take some time and fill out the survey as soon as you can. 

Thank you for giving us your feedback. We appreciate it. 

With gratitude, 


William B. Handmaker 
Head of School
9 seniors named National Merit Commended Students
Nine Keystone seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are among 34,000 receiving this recogniation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Happy belated birthday,
Johnny Appleseed
In the second grade classes of Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Gonzalez, students are about to begin a unit on tall tales.

And few are better than the lore of Johnny Appleseed.
Keystone Night at Spurs game now on sale
The link to buy tickets for Keystone School night at a Spurs game is now live!

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.

Billy's Blog
This might sound like a scene from a movie, but I promise you, it really happened.

Fifteen Keystone 9th graders, an educator from the Nature Bridge program in Washington’s Olympic National Park, another Keystone chaperone, and I were perched on a boulder looking down on the roaring rapids of the Elwah River.  

Meet the Faculty
English teacher Regina Luckie
Position:  5th/6th English teacher

Education: Fine Arts and Secondary Ed

What did you do before you came to Keystone: Roamed the United States as a military wife; taught in Albuquerque for the public schools

Why do you like working here: No where in San Antonio can you find better children or colleagues. it is simply an educator's heaven

Important Events and Notes
Admissions Open House coming Oct. 28

Our annual Admissions Open House happens from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 on campus. If you know of people who want to know more about our community, please pass the word. Click here to register.

Applications for new students are available now. Contact Admissions Director Zina Wormley at zwormley@keystoneschool.org .
Picture Day - October 10

Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 10 th  for students in grades PK3-12. Payment is NOT due on Picture Day. Parents will receive a proof and can order from Lifetouch afterwards. Little School students also take pictures that day, and parents order from a different company. Middle School students do not have to “dress out” for PE on Picture Day.
PSAT Day: October 10 (Grades 9-11)

Students in grades 9-11 will be taking the PSAT (10 th -11 th ) or PreACT (9 th ) next Wed., Oct 10 during 1 st through 4 th periods.

Room assignments and basic instructions will be sent by email & all students should  report to their testing room by 8:15am next Wed . Please get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast next Wednesday morning before school. 12 th  Graders will report to their regularly scheduled courses.
PTO General Meeting Oct. 11

From the PTO Council: Come join us for the Fall PTO General meeting on Thursday, October 11 from 6pm to 7pm inside the Keystone gymnasium. Childcare will be provided! Come learn all about upcoming PTO activities, ways to get involved, grab some food, and maybe win some door prizes! We'd love to see you there.
Pre-Play Social for 7th and 8th Grade parents - Oct. 12

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Parents: Before you watch the 7th and 8th graders in Junie B. Jones Jr.,. The Musical, please come out to a “Pre-Play” social on Friday, Oct. 12 at Tycoon Flats. The fun starts at 5:30 pm and will end in time to enjoy the musical performance at Keystone School. 
Paying for College Night - October 17

Wondering how to pay for college? If you're an Upper School parent, please come to Paying for College Night from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the  Lloyd Jary Theater.

Christina Pikla, Director of Financial Aid at Trinity University, will be our guest speaker. The program will include an overview of financial aid, both merit and need-based aid, the application process for aid, advice for our families, and time for Q &A. 

*This event is offered every other year. We encourage families to attend this session at least once during their time in the Upper School.
Spaghetti lunch Oct. 19 honors Al McKinney
The Student Council's next Spaghetti lunch, set for Oct. 19, will feature special guest Al McKinney, our recently retired security guard.

Mr. Al is scheduled to be on campus for middle and upper school lunch periods, from noon until 2 p.m.

And while he's here, a paver in his honor will be installed in the Alumni Walkway.

To celebrate, the school will offer paletas.

Kendra Scott shopping event - Oct. 24
Please join us on Wednesday, October 24 for a fundraising event at Kendra Scott in the Quarry Village.

From 5:30-7:30pm, 20 percent of proceeds will come back to Keystone. Enjoy some sips and sweets, while getting a head start on your holiday shopping!

Any questions, please email Hannah Hyde at hhyde@keystoneschool.org .

Private School College Fair - Oct. 25

More than 150 colleges will have representatives at this year’s Private School College Fair. It's taking place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at St. Mary’s University.

Meet with college representatives from across the country and world to learn about a variety of schools. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend. A list of the colleges represented will be available the week of the college fair and more details will be sent by email.
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.

College visits this week

For the week of Oct. 8-12, representatives will be on campus from Bates College, Bryant University, Furman University, University of Rochester, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, College of Geosciences and the University of Tulsa.

Please fill out and sign your forms

This year, Keystone has moved to an electronic version of the Parent Handbook and related forms. Please take a moment to review the Handbook, sign that you have done so, and fill out any other forms that are pending.

To do it, go to the Parent Portal on KeystoneSchool.org . Then look on the left side of the ParentsWeb screen, click on "Web Forms." When it loads, review the handbook, or download it. Then scroll down and click the "Yes" button to acknowledge that you have read it and agree to abide by the school's rules and principles.
Alumni in the News
Christopher Zhu '16 studies, leads workshop in Japan
Christopher Zhu ‘16 utilized two months of his summer in Japan to experience international healthcare.

He spent the first part of his summer rotating through the clinical laboratory and emergency medicine departments at Juntendo University in Tokyo, presenting patients, case studies, and participating in mock-ups alongside Japanese medical students.

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 .
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