Friday Newsletter March 29.2024

Dear Keystone Community,
As we sail through the spring season’s dynamic weather and dive into exam week’s exhilarating atmosphere, Keystone and Kilittaşı are steadily approaching both Spring break and a plethora of enjoyable activities.
Parent-Teacher Meeting Reminder:
Just a quick reminder about our upcoming parent-teacher meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 30th. This meeting is specifically for Kindergarten, Elementary, and High School parents, as we’ve already wrapped up our meetings with middle school parents through academic councils.
Holiday Notice:
In observance of the municipal elections on Sunday, March 31st, please note that schools across Turkey will be closed on Monday, April 1st. Our students will resume their educational journey on Tuesday, April 2nd.
Exciting Events Coming Up:
Get ready for some school spirit fun next Friday! It’s SWAP DAY, where our students will dress up as their teachers, and our teachers will embrace their inner students and dress accordingly. Any guesses on who I’ll be dressing up as?
**Off to Canada**
Ms. Dina and our high school students are gearing up for an exciting journey to Canada on April 6th. They’ll spend two weeks there, attending classes at Keystone’s new building in Toronto during the first week and exploring iconic Canadian destinations like Niagara Falls, Quebec, Montreal, and Ottawa during the second week.
**Nesin Math Village & Ephesus Trip**
Our school is thrilled to organize a trip to Nesin Math Village and Ephesus for 42 lucky participants. Nesin Math Village, nestled in Şirince, Selçuk, İzmir, offers an immersive learning experience focused on fostering a deep understanding of mathematics. Additionally, our students will explore the wonders of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient cities globally, from April 20th to 22nd.
**Excursion to Antibes, France**
From May 19th to May 25th, a group of our students will embark on an educational trip to Antibes, France. This journey promises an enriching experience immersed in French culture, language practice, and unforgettable memories amidst the captivating ambiance of the French Riviera.
**Space Camp İzmir**
Prepare for an out-of-this-world adventure! Our students will be venturing to Space Camp in İzmir from May 29th to May 31st. Space Camp offers an immersive experience where students delve into the realms of space exploration, science, and technology through interactive workshops, simulated missions, and engaging activities.
Accommodation and Meals:
Rest assured, students will be accommodated in safe and comfortable facilities throughout the camp, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.
Exciting times lie ahead for our Keystone and Kilittaşı family. Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on these remarkable journeys together.
KIS Team

Friday Newsletter April 04, 2024

Hello Keystone Community,

Hope is a beautiful beacon in our lives, and the ever-present sun embodies this hope, shining down on us ceaselessly. As we approach a holiday where we share our hopes, joys, and love, let’s embrace the spirit of togetherness. I extend my warm wishes to everyone for a rejuvenating break. While some won’t be joining us in Istanbul, our students and dear teacher, Dina, are embarking on an exciting journey to Canada this Sunday. We wish them a fantastic adventure and a safe trip ahead.

Swap Day

Today, we witnessed a delightful and amusing scene as our teachers transformed into students and our students took on the role of teachers. It was a fun-filled day, yet we couldn’t help but notice the underlying seriousness in our students, reflecting their dedication to learning.

Report Cards

Today marks the distribution of PEI report cards for our Keystone students. Kilittaşı Elementary School parents can access developmental report cards, while middle school grades are available on K12 net. We’ve previously discussed your child’s academic and socio-emotional development during parent meetings and academic committees. Feel free to reach out regarding any observations you have from the report cards.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Our Grade 12 students who fulfill graduation requirements will receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Recognized worldwide, the OSSD suffices for most countries. However, for Turkish universities, the diploma must be notarized/authenticated in Canada and validated by the Canadian Embassy in Turkey. For inquiries about payment methods, please contact Ms. Filiz.


Both Keystone International School and Kilittaşı School are proud to maintain high academic standards as official offshore Canadian schools accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Regular inspections by relevant authorities ensure compliance with Canadian and WASC standards. This year, inspections are scheduled from May 13 to May 16 by Prince Edward Island and from May 22 to May 23 by WASC.

University Acceptance and Updates

Congratulations to our senior class on their outstanding university acceptances and scholarship achievements! Their hard work has earned them 58 acceptances and a total of 333,863 USD in scholarships. Here are the universities they’ve received offers from:

(University lists for UK, US, Canada, and Europe)

Congratulations Yasemin!

We are thrilled to announce the acceptance of our Grade 11 student, Yasemin, to the prestigious CCIR (Cambridge Center for International Research) program! Yasemin’s dedication to science and academic excellence led to this remarkable achievement. Working with a University of Cambridge doctor specializing in cancer research, Yasemin’s acceptance into this challenging program is a testament to her potential. We eagerly anticipate her contributions to the field of research. Congratulations, Yasemin!

Diversity Day Celebration

Join us in celebrating cultural diversity on Thursday, April 26, with engaging activities and a ceremony on campus. More details will follow in upcoming newsletters.

Warm regards,