A Note about Emergency Notifications

From Mr. Handmaker:

Dear Parents:

After the campus lockout earlier this month, we would like to share a reminder of school procedures.

When there’s an ongoing situation or if parents need to take some type of action (such as picking up your children or adapting to a change in the pick-up for the day), we will send a text that begins with: Incident report at Keystone.

If a situation is resolved and we are conveying information, then we will send an email sharing as much as information as we can. This will have a subject line: Incident report at Keystone. 

The safety and security of our children is of utmost importance to us and keeping you informed is an important part of it.
On Campus
Keystone comes out for MLK March
More than 40 students, parents, faculty members and friends joined Keystone's contingent for the  Martin Luther King Jr. March .

Eighth-graders pack boxes at Food Bank
A group of eighth-graders brought their families, friends and fellow students out to the  San Antonio Food Bank  to spend an afternoon packing boxes with canned goods.

Jeff Soesbe '83 visits with 4th graders during Alumni Day
Although the main purpose of Alumni Day is to allow Upper School students a chance to visit with former Keystone students, this was a special treat.

Fifth grader named dance studio ambassador
Congratulations to fifth-grader Kara, who has been named as a Student Ambassador for the  Trilogy Dance Center .

Homecoming Week

The week of Jan. 27-31 is Homecoming Week for the Upper School. Each day, students are encouraged to dress up (appropriately, of course) in a theme:

  • Monday - Emo Day
  • Tuesday - Twins Day
  • Wednesday - Cowgirl/Cowboy Day
  • Thursday - Tourist Day
  • Friday - "Red Out" - Wear red to support the basketball teams games that night

Friday is also Homecoming Game, when the boys varsity basketball plays Kerville's Our Lady of the Hills. Games are at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Also on Friday, a Homecoming Court will be announced based upon student voting of who showed the most spirit in their costumes that week and throughout the year.
Valentine's Day is coming!
A Message from the Junior Class:

Keystone Families!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Please support the Junior Class's fundraising effort to throw the Upper School's Prom this year by sending special grams (like balloons, pizza, stuffed animals and more!) to your teachers and classmates!

Valentine's Day is the most celebrated day of the year at Keystone and has been a super fun tradition for many years now. Packets were distributed to all students and faculty on Tuesday, January 21st, but in case you have misplaced yours or are looking to purchase more of a certain gram, here's a link to the packet .

Please turn in completed forms by Monday, February 10th (to your teacher or Nurse Penny) as this helps the Junior Class efficiently organize your order. Quantities are limited, and, by turning in your forms earlier, you can better secure your grams. Thank you for your support and Happy Valentine's Day!

The Keystone Class of 2021
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 Yeti’s 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 .
Billy's Blog: From the Head of School
“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon the world.”
--Albert Camus

You’re on a runaway trolley car as it hurtles down the track toward five unknowing people. At the last moment, you can turn the train onto another track. By doing so, you avoid killing the five; unfortunately, though, you will hit a lone individual standing on this different track and she will die. What do you do?

Meet the Faculty
Meet the Faculty: Spanish Instructor Cesiah Mireya Boryczka
Position:  Spanish Instructor for levels 2, 3, 4 AP Language and Culture, and 5 AP Literature and Culture

Education:  B.A and M.A. in Spanish from The University of Texas at San Antonio

Why do you like working here:  I enjoy my students here because they are active participants in class, they engage with the material, collaborate with each other, and learn to apply the language to real-world situations.

Important Events and Notes
Model UN breakfast sale
Support the members of Keystone's Model UN club at the next breakfast sale on Tuesday, Jan. 28 before school begins, next to Nurse Penny's office.

On the menu: breakfast tacos, donuts and hot chocolate.
Model UN bake sale
Model UN members are putting on a bake sale on Thursday, Jan. 30 during Middle and Upper School lunch periods.

Come snag some sweet goodies and support Model UN.
Parent Connection Book Group - Jan. 28
From Mrs. Raymer and Dr. Shapiro: Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Parent Connection Book Group! 

We will meet on  Tuesday, January 28 at 8:30 a.m. in the Lower School Library and will be discussing  The Power of Habit  by Charles Duhigg. Let's start the new year off strong by learning about how to create and keep new habits, and change existing habits that are getting in our way. Please join us! The Parent Connection Book Group is open to all parents of Keystone students. 

Please rsvp to Alison Raymer at  araymer@keystoneschool.org  or Erica Shapiro at  eshapiro@keystoneschool.org . Hope to see you there!
Chicken and Waffle sale - Jan. 31
Place your orders now for next week's Chicken and Waffle sale on Friday, Jan. 31.

Key Crew runs the event to support Upper School's Homecoming.

Grades K-4 ONLY: Please return your preorder form and payment to your teacher by Wednesday, January 29th.

Grades 5-12: Please return completed forms to Ms. Nutt in the front office by Wednesday, January 29th. All grades can also pay in person in the lunchroom.
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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