Issue 17
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Dear Families,

Can you believe that we are just two weeks away from the end of the semester?! Our students and staff have worked so hard this semester, and I am very proud of them (as I know you are too)! We can't wait to share our work with you at our Unit 2 Exhibit Nights next week. Below you will find a schedule for the evening.

This unit we have several performances, as well as many cross-curricular displays. We know that you will enjoy exploring all there is to see and hear!



Mike Stewart

Expeditions This Week

Tuesday, December 6
  • K - Jim Nark "Animal Offspring" (On campus)
  • 4th Gifted - Carlos Museum "Ancient Egypt"
Wednesday, December 7
  • K - High Museum "Animals in Art"
  • 3rd Gifted - Carlos Museum "Ancient Greece"
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.

Please note that December's Governing Board meeting has been moved to December 6 at 7:00 pm in the media center. Thank you!
Katherine Kelbaugh, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Museum School
Upcoming Events
  • December 5 - Orchestra Spirit Night at The Stratford
  • December 6 - Open House for Prospective Parents (VOLUNTEER)
  • December 6 - Governing Board Meeting, 7:00 pm in the media center
  • December 8 - Orchestra Concert
  • December 9 - Group Photos for Yearbook (see below for details)
  • 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
  • December 19 - January 2 - December Break
  • January 3 - Explorer Day

Orchestra Spirit Night at The Stratford

Monday, December 5th from 5:00-7:00 PM
7th/8th graders will be performing holiday chamber music! 10% of the profits goes towards the orchestra!
Performances both upstairs and downstairs!
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Jingle Bell Boogie
The First Noel
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Good King Wencesles
Jingle Bells
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
O Christmas Tree
Away in a Manger
Deck the Halls
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Angels We Have Heard on High
Silent Night
Joy to the World
Everyone welcome!
View the full program schedule

Attention All TMS Athletes and Girl Scouts!

On FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th, the Yearbook Staff will be hosting a team/troop photo morning for the following groups: ultimate frisbee, volleyball, cross country, basketball, and TMS girl scout troops. Students will be called from their home classrooms first thing on Friday morning. Parents and caregivers, there is no action step - we just wanted to make you aware that this was happening! Please email with additional group suggestions (if any have been left out that you think would be great to feature in the yearbook) as well as any questions or concerns! 
News & Resources

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

6th Grade Service Project

As you clean out closets to prepare for the holidays, please consider donating gently used children's clothing, toys, and books for the sixth grade service project. Sixth graders have been learning about refugees and immigrants in ELA and Social Studies, and we'll be hosting a free holiday shop for the Atlanta immigrant community on Buford Highway. Please send all donations to Ms. Peyton's classroom by December 5. You can find more information about what we need here.

The Student Recruitment Committee Needs Your Help

Our next Open House for the 2023-2024 school year is December 6  @ 6:00pm.  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

Orchestra Spirit Night at The Stratford

Monday, December 5th from 5:00-7:00 PM
7th/8th graders will be performing holiday chamber music! 10% of the profits goes towards the orchestra!
Learn more

Concerts in Atlanta

Families, use this collaborative document to discover and share upcoming concert opportunities.
Nutrition Central
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Phone: (678) 876-9077 (12PM - 7PM Monday to Friday)

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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, December 6
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