Issue 19
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope that you all have enjoyed the break. It's always nice to step away from the usual grind for a bit. That time allows us to recharge and energize for what's ahead. We will kick off the second half of the school year upon our return. As a reminder, Monday is a staff work day with no school for students. Tuesday is our next Explorer Day with students working virtually. Wednesday will be our students' first day back in person. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone then!

As we kick off the next semester we do so with our eyes toward some important items:
  • Our open enrollment season has opened for our lottery. Current students do not have to be entered in the lottery; however, siblings that are not currently enrolled must be entered into the Lotterease platform.
  • We are working our way closer to Milestones testing, which occurs in April for our third through eighth grade students. It is not our practice to begin turning all our lessons to test prep, but you will probably notice some additions and small preparations made along the way to help students be prepared for the testing season.
  • Speaking of testing and assessment, shortly we will be sending home students' winter MAP assessment results. The reports will allow you to see the progress your student has made so far this year. We have one final administration of MAP still ahead of us in May, so these reports also allow for the setting of goals for the remainder of the year.
  • Though currently enrolled students don't have to enter the lottery, you will be required to complete the re-enrollment process. This will begin with a brief survey of your Intent to Return. Please complete that survey by January 30th. This survey is really helpful for us to determine any open spots for the lottery. You will complete the actual re-enrollment paperwork later in the semester.
  • Over the course of the first semester we noticed a significant increase in the number of tardy students each day. As a reminder, students are late to school if they are not in their classroom at 8:01. This means when dropping students off in the morning, you should arrive before 8:00 if they are going to have the time to get to their classroom by 8:01. Large amounts of tardy students at arrival means that staff members on duty have to stay out on the sidewalk rather than reporting to their classrooms to support learning. Beginning Tuesday, January 17th the carpool lane will be blocked off at 8:00, so these staff members can report to classrooms. Those arriving after the carpool lane has been closed will be required to park to bring your student to the door.
Wow, the first email back from the December break always has so much in it! Thank you for all your support and efforts to make The Museum School such a wonderful place.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at carpool on Wednesday morning!



Mike Stewart

Expeditions This Week

Wednesday, January 4
  • K - E High Touch High Tech "Me and My Planet" (On campus)
News from the Executive Director
Student Recruitment for the 2023-2024 school year has kicked off! We'd love your help distributing postcards to local businesses and neighborhoods that may not know of The Museum School. Please consider picking up enrollment postcards from the front desk to deliver to local recreation centers, churches, apartment complexes, businesses, etc.

Katherine Kelbaugh, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Museum School
Upcoming Events
  • January 3 - Explorer Day
  • January 10 - Open House for Prospective Parents (VOLUNTEER)
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day~ No School
  • January 17 - Governing Board Meeting
  • January 24 - Open House for Prospective Parents (VOLUNTEER)
News & Resources

Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to all of our classroom representatives, but especially to fifth grader Elena Sherman for winning our TMS Spelling Bee!!!  A close second place goes to Akosua Boatin, third place to Theo Reynolds, and fourth place to Sammy Ketsela.    

Elena will represent TMS on January 12 in the Dekalb County qualification round. Way to go, Explorers!

Congratulations to the cast and
crew of Willy Wonka Jr!

Did you take a great photo at one of the shows?
Share it with us and view the gallery here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for supporting The Museum School! Be sure to log your hours and reach out to your child's teacher or Dr. Kelbaugh if you are looking for ways to get involved.

FAQs | Volunteer IDs (updated)
Track Your Hours Here | Learn How to Track Your Hours

The Student Recruitment Committee Needs Your Help

Our next Open House for the 2023-2024 school year is January 10  @ 9:00am.  Open House is a great opportunity for prospective families to learn more about The Museum School. Open House includes a presentation from Principal Stewart, a school tour led by TMS parents, and childcare! 
Volunteer at an upcoming Open House

Know a prospective TMS family?
Share this link for more information on attending an open house for the 2023-2024 school year.

TMS Staff Appreciation Fund!

There is still time to donate to the Staff Appreciation Fund if you are able! We made sure all teachers received a nice treat for the holidays! These funds will also help cover Staff Appreciation in May. We hope to provide $100 per staff member for the holidays plus enough to cover Staff Appreciation Week. Questions? Email
Click here to Donate Today

Volunteer with PTO!

Our current volunteer needs are: PTO Secretary, bookkeeping/accounting, selling sponsorships and event planning for our Spring fundraisers, and race day volunteers for Explorer Dash on March 25th. 
Click Here to Get Involved with TMS PTO!
Register for the Explorer Dash

PTO Family Directory

In an effort to make sure we get you timely information from your TMS Room Leads and PTO, we have created a Google Form to collect Parent Contact Information that can be shared with TMS Families agreeing to participate.  If you would like to be part of the shared directory, please complete the TMS Family Directory Form.  You will be able to choose whether your information is shared for just PTO information or in the directory for all participants. 
If you'd like to get involved with PTO this year, please email

Keep in touch with TMS PTO on Facebook

There are three easy ways to stay on top of school news on Facebook.
1) Follow the official TMS PTO page
2) Join the private group "TMS PTO Parent Connection"
3) Join your child's grade level group: Search for "TMS Class of xxxx"
PTO on Facebook
TMS PTO Online
Email PTO
Book Nook

Book Return

Let's start the new year with a clean library record!  Please look around your homes for any TMS library books and send them in with your student.  Ask your students - even middle schoolers! - what they have checked out from the library and where those books are.  Then have them put them in their backpacks to return to school.  Students are welcome to renew books that they are still reading.  Thank you for your help in keeping our books circulating!  
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Please contact us with any questions!

Phone: (678) 876-9077 (12PM - 7PM Monday to Friday)

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Tuesday, January 17
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