A message from Mr. Handmaker
Dear Friends:

As Keystone’s 70th anniversary year winds to a close, I wanted to share news about upcoming exciting developments.

We are introducing several new electives next year:
  • The Upper School will introduce two new Social Science Electives: Modern Global Issues and Practical Ethics.
  • For the first time, the Upper School will offer electives in music: Rock Lab, and The Rock Band. In addition, we will offer Modern Acting I, and Modern Acting II.
  •  The Lower School will add more Movement Classes.

We are building new facilities:
  • A Fitness Room with weights and fitness equipment in the basement level of North Hall
  • A Movement and Yoga Studio in the basement of North Hall
  • New Founders Hall classroom: Two small spaces upstairs are converting into a single room
  • New Athletic Office on the second floor of the Carriage House
  • Lower School Playground will be resurfaced and expanded
  • A renovated and relocated Senior Lounge in Stephens Hall
  • Fencing and landscape improvements on the northwest corner of the main campus
  • Playground expansion at Little School

Other updates:
Campus Master Plan: The Campus Master Plan Committee, which includes trustees, administrators, faculty, alumni, and outsiders, will select an architecture firm this spring to develop a Campus Master Plan. The firm will gather input from all constituencies and produce a plan that will guide Keystone’s facilities growth for the next 10 to 20 years.

Website: A new KeystoneSchool.org site will debut later this spring.

ISAS Self Study: Faculty and staff are finishing up the self-study process this month as part of renewing our accreditation with the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. We will revisit our self-study when we return to school this fall, and a team from other independent schools will visit Keystone in February 2020.
Keystone’s first 70 years have produced a school with a track record few others in the country can match. These changes will help us build on those accomplishments as we move forward in the years to come.

With great expectations,

Billy

William B. Handmaker
Head of School
On Campus
Bienvenidos, 欢迎, bienvenue to International Day
Leave it to Keystone to transform the diversity that makes it unique among schools into a day of learning, insight and great food.

Holocaust survivor brings powerful message to Keystone
Dr. Inge Auerbacher  visited Keystone and brought her message of courage, perseverance and remembrance to International Day during a presentation that will undoubtedly endure in students' memories.

NHS inducts new members
Congratulations to the 26 Upper School students who joined the Keystone chapter of the National Honor Society this week during this year's 59th annual induction ceremony

NHS recognizes students for excellence in four areas: scholarship, leadership, character, and service, and the Keystone students all have amassed impressive track records in all of these areas.
Keystone students perform well in international math competition
The results are in from the international  Purple Comet math competition, and Keystone students performed well.

Laws of Life essay contest
Congratulations to Jasmine (left) and Ella Celeste (right) for earning places of Merit in this year's Laws of Life essay contest from the Better Business Bureau. In the middle is Dean Taylor of the local BBB.
Faculty team wins again

In our annual student-faculty basketball game, the faculty kept its streak going and won 63-55.

Little School celebrates Fiesta

Celebrating Fiesta at the Little School always brings out a sense of fun, homemade parade floats and lots of cascarones.

Softball team heading to playoffs
Congratulations to the softball team, for winning three of their last four games and snagging the final playoff spot. Most recently, they defeated St Gerard's 18-3 in three innings to finish third in district.

Details for the next game were undecided as of our publication time. Go Cobras!
From the Yearbook Staff
Dear Parent,
 
These are the days your child will want to remember forever. Help make the year unforgettable by purchasing a yearbook!


Order now, so your child won’t miss out when the yearbook is distributed around May 10.
 
Sincerely,
 
Yearbook Team
If you missed last week's suicide prevention presentation

If you missed the powerful presentation from Mrs. Raymer and Dr. Shapiro on teenage suicide that they delivered during last week's PTO meeting, here's the PowerPoint.
Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
A Good Half of The Art of Living is Resilience.”
-Alain De Botton

For years now, writers, thinkers, educators, and pundits have bemoaned a lack of resilience in today’s children. According to many people, this generation of children, disparagingly called “snowflakes” for their purported fragility, crumble in the face of difficulties.

Meet the Faculty
Music Teacher Gabrieal Gonzales
Position:   Music Teacher

Education: Bachelor Degree in Music Performance, Masters in Music, and Texas Music Teachers certification from Texas Tech University

Why do you like working here: Motivated and talented students and faculty

Important Events and Notes
Book Buddies Book Drive ends April 30

Look for grey bins around campus to collect kids' books for Book Buddies.

Fourth grade Leadership is helping Book Buddies. That's an initiative of San Antonio Youth Literacy to collect books suitable for kids in grades Pre-K through 5, that kids can take home to read over the summer. Please consider donating your gently used picture books, chapter books, fiction or non-fiction, but please no dirty, torn or religious books. Click here for more information.

The drive ends April 30.
Book Fair ends May 3
There's still time to stock up on great summer reading at the Book Fair. If you want to shop online, click here.
Mural dedication - May 2

Please join the Keystone community on Thursday, May 2 nd  for the dedication ceremony of a student designed mural on campus. Over the last three years, Keystone Upper School students have worked with the Butterfly Project to commemorate the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust. 

In conjunction with  Yom Hashoah,  “the Day of Remembrance,” our community would like to reinforce messages of hope, resilience and justice for all areas and for all people.  Please join us in the Quad at 5:30 p.m. for a short dedication ceremony followed by light snacks shortly thereafter. The event should conclude by 6 p.m. and all grades are invited.
Travel Society Pizza sale - May 3
The Travel Society is holding a pizza sale on Friday to help defray travel costs for a trip this summer to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Students in Grades K-4 should send their money with a form from their teacher or  download the form here. Students in grades 5-12 can pay in the lunchroom.
Senior Parent Event: Transition to College - May 8

Ms. Raymer and Ms. Christiansen will be hosting a 12th grade parent event on Wednesday, May 8 from 6:30-7:30pm in the theater about the transition to college. We’ll be discussing the book "Letting Go" by Coburn & Treeger  and talking about how senior parents can be supportive in their student’s transition to college. Download a flyer here .
Important Middle School Dates

Fifth Grade Aquatics Day --- May 10.
Fifth Graders travel to San Marcos for this day-long field trip. For details, contact Ms. Darr:  Kdarr@keystoneschool.org

End-of-Year Events
Eighth Grade:  Recognition Ceremony - Wednesday, May 15, 3 pm in the Theater. Download a flyer here.

Seventh Grade:  Live Out Loud Presentations - Thursday, May 16, 8:30 am in the Theater. Download a flyer here.

Fifth Grade: Heroes Museum- Friday, May 17, 8:30 - 9:15 am in the Quad. Download a flyer here.

Sixth Grade:  Fantasy Island Presentations – Friday, May 17, 10:00 am in the Theater. Download a flyer here.

Final Exams
Fifth and Sixth Grade
Monday, May 20: English
Tuesday, May 21: History/Geography and Math
Wednesday, May 22: Science
Seventh and Eighth Graders will also take their exams Monday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 22; a detailed schedule for exams days will be emailed in early May.

Last Day of School/Early Release: Wednesday, May 22
School is dismissed at 1 pm; we don't hold Aftercare.
Lower School Parents: Order your supplies now

Parents of rising K-4 students should place orders for next year's school supplies now. Download an order form here .
It's not too late for a Fiesta medal

Keep the Fiesta spirit going by snagging your own Keystone medal. They're available for purchase for $10 in the Development Office or Business Office, both upstairs at Founders Hall. All proceeds will go to the Alumni Scholarship.

Cafeteria Services is now online!
Did you know you can view and pay your balance online?

Find out how to create your online account by clicking here . Then go to ezparentcenter.com . Once Cafeteria Services activates your account, you're all set.

If you have any problems, contact Mrs. Mlcak at kmlcak@keystoneschool.org  or 210-735-4022 x356 or Cafeteria Services at 210-348-7667.
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