On Campus
9th graders visit Olympic National Park
Ninth graders are returning this weekend from the Pacific Northwest and their Outdoor Education mini-course.

They spent the week at Olympic National Park near Seattle, Washington 

New (cute) additions to Little School
The Little School now has two new pets: Frijolito and Churro.

They're axolotls (ACK-suh-LAH-tuhsl) and they're salamanders that have a rare trait of retaining the features of a larvae throughout their lives.

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.

Vote for Trey!
Here's an election where we all can agree.

First-grader Trey is a finalist for Artist of the Week with the online student art portal Artsonia. 

Congratulations to Coach P

Ralf Petiton (better known as Coach P) and his wife, Jennifer, welcome a son: Grayson Petiton. He was born Sept. 19 and weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Mom, Dad and baby are all doing great.
Billy's Blog
“Be yourself. Be good, and try to be great-but always be yourself.”
- Ariel Johnson Lin, paraphrased by Stephen Curry

Ok, I am going out on a limb here with this week’s blog, and it’s not because the topic is particularly controversial. (At least, I hope it won’t be.) I know that I’m now a proud Spurs fan and join my fellow San Antonians in cheering for the Silver and Black, but I read a piece by Stephen Curry last week and I wanted to share it with you. 

Meet the Faculty
History/Political Science teacher Dr. David Caraway
Education: Colorado State, bachelor of music, U of Delaware, MA, Ph.D.

What did you do before you came to Keystone: Graduate school, worked on a ranch

Why do you like working here:  I get to do a variety of jobs (e.g. softball coach) in the company of intelligent people, and I get to teach intelligent kids and am left the autonomy to do so.

Important Events and Notes
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.
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.
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 .
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.

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.

Parent Connection Book Club - Oct. 2

Please join Keystone Counselors Alison Raymer, Erica Shapiro, and Keystone parents for a lively discussion of  Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen , in which author Dr. Wendy Mogel invites us to discover how each age and stage of a child’s life brings new opportunities to connect through language. The event takes place at 8:30 a.m. in the Lower School Library. An earlier version of this announcement had an incorrect date. Here's the corrected flyer.

Please RSVP to either araymer@keystoneschool.org  or
Pizza sale - Oct. 5

Model UN is holding a pizza sale on Friday, October 5 during all lunch periods.

In addition to the usual pizzas, there will be a few slices of gluten-free pizza available.
Picture Day - October 10

Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 10 th  for students in grades K-12. Payment is NOT due on Picture Day. Parents will receive a proof and can order from Lifetouch afterwards. Middle School students do not have to “dress out” for PE on Picture Day.
College visits this week

For the week of Oct. 1-5, representatives will be on campus from Brown University, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Trinity College and Trinity University.

Alumni in the News
Alicia (Dennis) Ortega '03 succeeds at Sundance
The writing career of Alicia (Dennis) Ortega is progressing impressively.

In May, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University, where her novel  The Ghost You Deserve  won the Robert Penn Warren Award for best MFA thesis in prose.

Evan Meade '18 arrives with fanfare at UT-Dallas
Evan Meade '18 is already making news at the University of Texas at Dallas.

He's one of 16 students in the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program, a highly competitive honor at the 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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