On Campus
Master Plan moves to next phase
The first phase of the Master Plan process has concluded and all of the faculty and staff would like to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, memories and perspectives.

A team from Overland Partners  has met with students from grades 2-12, alumni, alumni parents, current parents, administrators, trustees, faculty and staff. 

Now that the architects have collected their information, they are analyzing what they have learned to find common themes. Within the next month or so, Overland will meet with the Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees and eventually the entire board to begin creating some broad goals and plans.

We are still several months away from those goals and plans.

Please keep an eye on future issues of the Communiqué for updates on the progress of the Campus Master Planning process.
Get your tickets for Keystone Spurs Night - Nov. 9
Tickets for Keystone Spurs Night are now on sale.

This year's event at the AT&T Center takes place at 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The package includes:
  • Special Keystone discount
  • Food voucher valid for a hot dog or nachos and a drink
  • Courtside Experience Pass that allows you to come in early and watch the players warming up from the first 13 rows of the arena

On top of that, a portion of the ticket sales goes back to support Keystone.

Lower School mural pays tribute to third-grader
If you haven’t seen the new mural in the Lower School Library, make sure to check it out. 

Here’s the story behind it:

Celebrating Johnny Appleseed's birthday
Students in the second grade classes of Mrs. Cook and Ms. Oranday celebrated the birthday of Johnny Appleseed to introduce a unit on tall tales.

Counselors discuss resilience, growth mindset at PTO meeting
In a fascinating and enlightening talk at this month’s PTO meeting, Keystone’s counselors, Mrs. Raymer and Dr. Shapiro discussed resilience and the importance of students maintaining a growth mindset.

NHS seeks support for Light the Night walk
Keystone's National Honor Society participates in the annual Light the Night Walk to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and is asking for support.

If you'd like to join the walk, it's on October 12 at Hemisfair Park, 434 S. Alamo St., and it starts at 6:45pm.

If you're interested in donating, please click:  https://pages.lightthenight.org/sctx/SAntonio19/Keystone  If you have any questions, email sraoqi1@gmail.com .
Hearing tests at Little School
This week, Nurse Penny went over to the Little School to conduct hearing tests on the students, and PTO volunteers helped.
A note about Little School from Andrea Banks, Director of Enrollment Management

Hello everyone!

I hope your school year has been going smoothly.

I realize that many of you may not know me, so let me take this moment to introduce myself. My name is Andrea Banks and I am the Director of Enrollment Management (i.e. Admissions). My office is on the main campus but I actually have a five year old son at the Little School. If we have not yet met please stop by and introduce yourself; my office is across from the cafeteria! And because admissions season is in full swing, I invite you to let me know if you are interested in having your younger child apply to the Little School. I will open the applications for the Little School on Oct. 21 but until then please let me know if you have any questions about the application process! Additionally, we have an Open House for the Little School on Sunday, Oct. 27 where you can receive more information about the program and talk to teachers individually. I look forward to working with you!

Warm Regards,
Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“I know Keystone students are really strong academically, but what else do they do?”
— way too many people

Again and again, we hear from alumni that our graduates are extraordinarily well-prepared for anything that college will throw their way. However, if you think our Cobras are about academics solely, then you’re sorely mistaken.

Meet the Faculty
Spanish teacher Marcela Greenfield
Position: LS and MS Spanish teacher

Education:  Escuela Helens de Churubusco, Mexico City, Mexico; Excelsior College in New York.

Why do you like working here: I appreciate the work-life balance that Keystone offers. I am surrounded by caring colleagues and students that not only crave learning but teach me as well.

Important Events and Notes
College Visits

For the week of Oct. 7-11, representatives will be on campus from: Connecticut College, 
Dartmouth College, Emerson College, Lewis & Clark College, New York University, Princeton University, Smith College, Sweet Briar College, Trinity College (Connecticut), Trinity College Dublin, University of Utah and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Debate Club breakfast sale
Support the Debate Club at the next breakfast sale on Tuesday before school begins, next to Nurse Penny's office.

On the menu: breakfast tacos, donuts, coffee, juice and hot chocolate.
Debate Club bake sale
The next bake sale happens Thursday during Middle and Upper School lunch periods.

Come snag some baked goods and support the Debate Club.
Lower School Playdate - Oct. 14

Attention Lower School families -- a playdate for all Lower School families will take place at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14. Here are the details:
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
618 Northwest Loop 410
Cost: $14 per child pizza included, siblings welcome

Fill out waivers here: https://urbanair.tray.com/signwaiver/135
Picture Day - Oct. 16

Picture Day is set for Oct. 16, if you want to start planning haircuts and outfits. Picture retake day is Tuesday, December 3. Seventh graders will take photos on the retake day, because they'll be out on an Outdoor Education trip.
PSAT/PreACT for Grades 9-11 - Oct. 16

For students in grades 9-11: Picture Day is also PSAT/PreACT Day. Please plan to arrive at school no later than 8:15 a.m.

Watch for emails from Ms. Christiansen with testing details and grade level classroom assignments. 
Please bring the following:
  • Several #2 pencils (not mechanical)
  • A calculator with good batteries, and you also may want to bring a back-up calculator.
  • Snacks if you think you will be hungry during one of the breaks
Keystone Night at SAFC - Oct. 19
Admissions Open House - Oct 27
This year's Admissions Open House will take place on campus from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 27. Please share this date with friends who you think would be interested in what we offer here at Keystone. Feel free to share the event from the Keystone page on Facebook .

Register for the Open House at KeystoneSchool.org .

Current Parents: Please come and volunteer to make this year's Open House better than ever! Sign up here.
Parent Connection Book Club - Oct. 30

The next session of the Parent Connection Book Club will discuss "How to Raise Successful People," by Esther Wojciki. Parents will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Oct 30 in the Cafeteria. Click below to download a copy of the flyer.
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 .
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