Issue 18
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Dear Families,

We are so excited for Exhibit Nights this week! We get to wrap up an awesome first semester with three incredible nights of students showing off what they have learned the last nine weeks. It's going to be an amazing time.

My next newsletter will not come out until after the break, so I want to say that I hope you all have an amazing break. If you get time with family and friends, I hope that it is sweet and lasting memories are made. As a new year begins to roll in, I would encourage us all to reflect on where we have been but also look ahead to where we are going. We will have one incredible semester behind us and great opportunity for the semester ahead of us. I am already excited for the awesome things the next semester will bring!

I also want to provide a staffing update. Mr. Chase, our Health teacher, is taking a PE Coach job for the second semester. This is the type of role that he has longed for, and we are excited that he gets the opportunity to walk into it. We will post the position and begin looking for a replacement immediately. In the interim, we will have those classes fulfilled by a combination of qualified individuals. Mr. Chase's last day will be this Friday, so make sure to send him off with your well wishes.

Some exciting news...we are going to begin the sport court installation on the outdoor basketball court very soon. We are under contract for the work to begin shortly. We can't wait to see the end result of this new, fresh version of this space. I want to give another shout out to our Foundation for their amazing work through Boosterthon to help make this happen. Thank you all as well for your generosity and for sharing with friends and family about Boosterthon, so that our students can experience this great new space.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in the morning.  Let's have another great week.



Mike Stewart

Expeditions This Week

Tuesday, December 13
  • 4th - Tellus "Exploring the Solar System"
Wednesday, December 14
  • 5th - Georgia Power (On Campus)
News from the Executive Director
The Museum School's Board of Directors is in the process of drafting a new strategic plan and is eager to hear from you! Please complete this survey by December 16 to share your ideas. These questions are specifically designed to get your feedback on the overall vision and strategy of the school; daily, operational feedback is best given through school-based surveys and questionnaires.

We expect to share the new strategic plan at the May 2023 State of the School Address. Thank you for your support.  For your reference, the current strategic plan can be found here

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
  • December 13 - Exhibit Night 1st/5th/7th
  • December 14 - Exhibit Night K/3rd/8th
  • December 15 - Exhibit Night 2nd/4th/6th
  • December 16 - School-wide Spelling Bee (Register to Watch)
  • December 19 - January 2 - December Break
  • January 3 - Explorer Day
  • January 10 - Open House for Prospective Parents (VOLUNTEER)

TMS Spelling Bee
Dec 16, 2022 08:30 AM 

Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
News & Resources
Hi Families,
We will have free COVID tests again next Thursday and Friday at both drop off and pick up locations for you to have over the break if needed. We would recommend that if you are traveling or seeing family and friends in large gatherings over the break that you test your child/children upon returning to school. We hope everyone has such a wonderful break!

Congratulations TMS Honor Orchestra Students

Last month, Georgia Music Educators Association held its annual Middle and High School Honor Orchestra event. The top middle schoolers from all over our district participated. Evie Burnette, Jeevan Karthik, Julian Price, Stella Prevost, Ila Duerr, Simone Johnson, Violeta Vanzini Acevedo, Theo Mulford, Amelia Vincent, James Leonard, Clara Stahl, Kel Garland, Sage Johnson, and Annalise Vogt represented TMS. Watch their performance here. Way to go, Explorers!

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.

High School Transition

It’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the school year! This also means that it is time for 8th grade families to begin thinking about the high school transition process. If you have had a student go through this process already or believe you can be an asset on the high school transition advisory committee, please reach out to Mrs. Diaz via email at

Holiday Assistance

If you need assistance with food or gifts this holiday season, The Museum School would like to help. Please complete this Google form delineating which type of assistance is needed. Reach out to the counseling team if you have any questions.
Dana Lewis-
Sheena Diaz-

TMS Staff Appreciation Fund!

The holidays are right around the corner! Please don't forget to donate to the Staff Appreciation Fund if you are able! We want to make sure all teachers receive a nice treat heading into 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!

Explorer Dash Registration Is Open!

The first 25 people to register for the 5K and the first 30 kids to register for Fun Run will get a prize!
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
Music Notes

Spirit Night at The Stratford was So Much Fun!

Click here to view photos and videos from last week.

Happy Holidays from TMS Orchestra!

Concerts in Atlanta

Families, use this collaborative document to discover and share upcoming concert opportunities.
Nutrition Central
This Week's Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Questions about TMS breakfast and lunch? Check out the nutrition page on the website, or email coordinator Erin Johnson:
QUESTIONS: Contact Coach Roberts at

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Please contact us with any questions!

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

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Community Connections

BSA Troop 6 Recruitment Night

Avondale Estates, GA | Wednesday, December 14th from 6-8PM

We invite Webelos and 5th grade students and families that are interested in learning more about BSA Troop 6 to join us for our Recruitment Night! Participate in some fun activities and learn a few skills from our Scouts and get to know who we are and what we do as a troop. Our Scout Hut is located at 59 Lakeshore Drive behind the community center. We will begin our program at 6 pm and wrap up by 8 pm on Wednesday December 14th. We will have games, interactive skills for scouts, and a campfire with food. Please RSVP to Scoutmaster Brian Beaubien at so that we can plan for food for our crew.
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Tuesday, January 17
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