Issue 15
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Dear Families,

Well, we certainly had a "sticky situation" on Friday morning at the Village Meeting. I hope the students enjoyed seeing the eggs smashed onto my head. I'm going to have to start re-evaluating these principal challenges. I think they get stickier with each new one. In all seriousness, though, I am excited about the improvements we will be making to the outdoor basketball court. It is well worth it!

We are just a week away from the Thanksgiving Break. If your family will be traveling or seeing family during the Thanksgiving Break, we recommend that you COVID test prior to returning to school. Please see Nurse Rollins' update below regarding free COVID tests available for pickup this week at TMS.

We have another eight expeditions occurring this week, so it is sure to be an exciting few days before the break. Once we return from the break we will begin our winter MAP testing window. Your grade level and homeroom newsletters will include your Explorers' specific testing dates. From there we are only a couple short weeks away from our Unit 2 Exhibit Nights.  Below is a schedule for those evenings, so you can begin planning.

I also want to encourage everyone to not miss out on our performances of Willy Wonka on December 2nd and 3rd. The students and staff are working incredibly hard, and I know it is going to be a big hit!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in the morning, as we kick off another week. However, please make sure to read the following very important arrival announcement. Each morning there are an increasing number of students who are being dropped off on the front sidewalk prior to 7:30 to just wait until the doors are open. This is very unsafe as the students are unmonitored and there are moving vehicles right next to them. If your students needs to be at school prior to 7:30, then you should make use of the before care option. Any students dropped off prior to 7:30 will not be allowed to wait on the sidewalk. Those students will be brought into before care and families will be charged the $5 before care fee for that day. Please help us to keep our students as safe as possible in the morning.



Mike Stewart

Expeditions This Week

Monday, November 14
  • 2nd - High Touch High Tech "Property Matters" (On campus)
  • 5th - Fernbank Museum "Explosive Earth"
Tuesday, November 15
  • 1st - Center for Puppetry Arts (On campus)
  • Orchestra - Spivey Hall "Celli"
Wednesday, November 16
  • K - Jim Nark "Animal Coverings"  (On campus)
  • 1st - Center for Puppetry Arts (On campus)
Thursday, November 17
  • K - Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary
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 stakeholders. Look for a survey soon that asks these TMS-based, strategic-minded questions - What is important to you? What matters to you? These questions are designed to get your feedback on the overall vision and strategy of the school. Keep in mind - 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
Katherine Kelbaugh, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Museum School
Upcoming Events
  • November 15 - Governing Board Meeting
  • November 17 - Chorus Concert
  • November 21-25 - November Break
  • December 2 & 3 - Willy Wonka Jr (Get Tickets)
  • December 5 - Orchestra Spirit Night at The Stratford
  • December 6 - Open House for Prospective Parents (VOLUNTEER)
  • December 8 - Orchestra Concert

Orchestra Spirit Night at The Stratford

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!
News & Resources

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

Video Help Needed for Willy Wonka December 2nd & 3rd

Help is needed for the December production of Willy Wonka. We are looking for a videographer to help preserve the performance.
Please reach out to if you can help!

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.
Hi parents,
We just wanted to make sure everyone is aware that TMS has free COVID tests if needed that can be checked out at any time for home use. We will also be ordering extra this week and we will have them for pick up at the front office, the front door car pool pick up time as well as the K-4th grade drop-off and pick up area. We will have these out next Thursday and Friday before the break and are recommending if you are traveling or seeing family for the break that you test prior to coming back. 

Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe this year!

Nurse Rollins

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

Hospitality & Spirit Wear

We need a few volunteers to help with some specific PTO Committees.  If you have flexibility and like organizing parties, people, and snacks- we need you as our Hospitality Chair.  If you like to shop and pick out clothing designs- this position might be for you: Spirit Wear Lead.  As spirit wear lead, you will work with the PTO and TMS faculty representatives to select a vendor and spirit wear items for TMS families to purchase.  If either of these interest you, or you'd like more information, please email

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!

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. 

Explorer Dash 5K and Fun Run

Saturday, March 25, 2023
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

Chorus Concert

Thursday, November 17
The Museum School Presents

Willy Wonka, Jr.

December 2nd and 3rd

Production Help Needed!

Help is needed for the December production of Willy Wonka. We are looking for a videographer to help preserve the performance.

Concerts in Atlanta

Families, use this collaborative document to discover and share upcoming concert opportunities.
Nutrition Central
This Week's Breakfast and Lunch Menus
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