On Campus
Preventing outbreaks on campus

This week, Mr. Handmaker sent a letter to parents in response to the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here's the letter:

Dear Families:

As you may have seen, the Centers for Disease Control issued a statement noting that more cases of COVID-19 virus in the United States are "likely."

We want you to know that our Safety Committee of administrators and teachers has put together a plan in case San Antonio should see more cases or if the virus affects Keystone. For now, we are monitoring the situation locally through the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC, and asking all members of our community to stay vigilant.

We are reminding our students to wash their hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and we are frequently sanitizing smooth surfaces on campus.

Here's how you can help:

  • Please remind your children to wash their hands often and use hand sanitizer.
  • Please remind your children to cough or sneeze in either tissues or the bend of their elbow.
  • When your children miss school for medical reasons, please send an email to School Nurse Penny Moyer at pmoyer@keystoneschool.org, in addition to notifying your children's teachers.
  • When your children have fever, please make sure they're fever free 24 hours before returning to school. (We are reminding faculty and staff to follow the same 24 hour rule).

Should events warrant adjusting activities or more serious measures that could ultimately include remote learning, we are prepared to implement our plans and will let you know immediately. Our plans include a variety of contingencies depending on the severity of an outbreak: these range from curtailing or cancelling certain types of activities to potentially closing school and implementing "tele-schooling" for a limited period of time. 

Obviously, we hope that we will not institute any of these measures, but we want you to know that we are actively planning for different possibilities.

We sincerely and humbly thank you for entrusting us with your children. At this point, the best preventative measures we all can take are the simple actions that protect people from this and other types of respiratory viruses. Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Billy Handmaker

William B. Handmaker
Head of School
Ms. Antuna-Camacho named Director of Innovation and Learning
From Mr. Handmaker:

I am happy to announce that after conducting an international search which included candidates from Vietnam, Malaysia, California, and Texas, Keystone is happy to name Wilnelia Antuna-Camacho as the Director of Innovation and Learning.  Wilnelia’s passion for teaching, her desire to partner with teachers, and her knowledge of educational technology made her the unanimous choice of the search committee. Never one to waste time, she will begin her new role on Monday, March 2. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Antuna-Camacho. I also want to thank Michelle Quintero, Regina Luckie, Sean Lindsay, Jeanette Vilagi, Bill Spedding, Todd Moore, and Mike Flynn for serving on the search committee. 
 
With great expectations,
 
Billy
Sip Snack Give Back tickets now available!
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.


Science Fair
Keystone’s contingent of future scientists came, saw and conquered at the 2020 Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair .

Senior named National Merit Finalist
Congratulations to Beril, a senior who was named as a  National Merit   Finalist.

She's one of 15,000 finalists of the approximately 1.6 million students who entered the competition last year by taking the PSAT.

6th grader researches dolphins for Science Fair project
If you ever wonder how Keystone students find great ideas for their Science Fair projects, they find inspiration all around them.

In this project, sixth-grader Isabela conducted research on dolphins and arranged a visit to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi.

Third graders featured on TV segment
KABB-TV ran a segment this week on third graders Jack, Colton, and Matthew and their Little Salt Guys Co. that raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

And on Friday, a LLS representative came to officially accept the donation.

Mrs. Holden receives award, TV feature
Congratulations to Mrs. Holden for her most recent award.

She was named Texas Science Teacher of the Year by the soon-to-open  Sea Life Aquariu m . She's one of five educators in Texas to receive the award and the only one in San Antonio.


Brothers excel at music competition
Congratulations to brothers Cameron (5th grade) and Colton (3rd grade), who excelled at the annual Junior Tuesday Musical Club competition on Feb. 22. This is a professionally judged competition for young pianists, string players and vocalists, who compete by age group.

Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“We learn the social norms of our society and modify our behavior accordingly.”
Jane Goodall

... In this petri dish of extraordinary academic accomplishment and extracurricular success, how do we ensure that children flourish physically and mentally? We want them to achieve their dreams but not at the expense of their well-being.

Meet the Faculty
Meet the Faculty: School Nurse/Registrar Penny Moyer
Position:  School Nurse/Registrar

Education : College hours at Southwest Texas State University; College hours at Houston Baptist University; LVN training at Bryan Public School of Vocation Nursing

Why do you like working here:  I’m selfish. I am blessed every day by the amazing students/alumni and the wonderful staff. I love this job.

Important Events and Notes
Dr. Seuss week at the Little School
Next week is Dr. Seuss Week at the Little School! Parents, have your child wear:

Monday - wear a hat or something on your head
Tuesday - wear fun socks
Wednesday - wear something wacky
Thursday - wear green
Friday - wear your favorite college shirt

NHS breakfast sale for LLS
The Keystone chapter of the National Honor Society is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, at the next breakfast sale on Tuesday, March 3 before school begins, next to Nurse Penny's office.

NHS has previously partnered with the organization on projects such as the Light the Night walk.

On the menu: breakfast tacos, donuts and hot chocolate.
NHS bake sale for LLS
This week's bake sale is set for Thursday, March 5 during Middle and Upper School lunch periods.

The Keystone chapter of the National Honor Society is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Come out and get some goodies to support the works of the school's NHS chapter.
Summer programs opening registration March 16

As you start to plan your summer, Keystone will offer programs at the Little School, a filmmaking camp, basketball and volleyball, Writers' Workshop and Cat Class. Registration will open just after Spring Break, on March 16.
Alumni News
Mohan Iyengar ’16, accepted to vet school, makes Dean’s Honor Roll
Congratulations to Mohan Iyengar ‘16.
He recently received word that he was admitted into the professional program in veterinary medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for the Fall of 2020.

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 .
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