Issue 12
Sunday, October 23, 2021
Dear Families,

It was so great to see you at Fall Fest on Friday night! Thank you to our incredible PTO team for putting on such an incredible event. Also, thank you to everyone who volunteered. Whether setting up a booth, running a booth, handling ticketing, or any of the other plethora of ways that you supported, we are so appreciative of your support and help to create such an incredible evening of fun for the students.

We are looking forward to a great week ahead. It's Red Ribbon Week, which means that each day we will have a different spirit day theme to celebrate healthy living. A calendar of the themes can be found below. Our Fall Conferences also kick off this Thursday and Friday. We are really looking forward to sharing with you about your Explorer's progress this year and hearing more from you about how to best support them in their learning the rest of the year. As a reminder, Thursday and Friday are Early Release Days for us to be able to hold the conferences. Dismissal will be at 12:30 each of those days.

Let's have an amazing week!



Mike Stewart
All students will be dismissed at 12:30PM on Thursday and Friday this week for Caregiver Conferences.

Expeditions This Week

  • Monday, October 24
    2nd - Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center "Matter Matters"
News from the Executive Director
The Museum School was recently selected to join a cohort of Georgia schools that are planning for replication and expansion. We are participating in an information-only capacity at this time, as we are not quite ready to commit to specific expansion or replication. This article offers some more details.

We hosted visitors from Bellwether Education on Thursday, as part of this program. This group works with schools to identify their "secret sauce" as they consider expanding the impact of their model. We will keep you updated on their findings and recommendations!
Thank you for your support.
Katherine Kelbaugh, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Museum School
Upcoming Events
  • October 24-28 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 27 & 28 - Early Release for Caregiver Conferences
  • November 8 - Explorer Day (Learn More)
  • November 8 - Spirit Night at Avondale Pizza Cafe, 5-9pm
  • November 15 - Governing Board Meeting
  • November 17 - Chorus/Musical Theater Concert
  • November 21-21 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 1 & 2 - Willy Wonka Jr

It's Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week is a great time to discuss the importance of making good, healthy choices with our students. School-wide activities are planned to make this week meaningful and fun


Theme-Proud to be a Healthy Me
Attire- Wear Red Day
Activity: Each class will be given a healthy living pledge for students to sign.


Theme: Sock it to bad eating habits
Attire: Wear Crazy Socks
Activity: Students can enter an essay contest based on this year’s theme: Proud to be a Healthy Me. Deadline for entries is next Friday (10/ 21 /22). Winners will be announced on Monday.


Theme: Team up against unhealthy living
Attire: Wear your favorite sports jersey


Theme: Let’s tip our hats to healthy choices
Attire: wear your favorite hat


Theme: I’m a Jean-us when I eat healthy
Attire: Wear jeans

Thanks for all you do to support our kids and programs at TMS! Together we can provide a united effort to maintain a healthy, drug-free school and community.

Spirit Night at
Avondale Pizza Cafe

November 8th
TMS will receive 10% of ALL sales from 5-9pm!
News & Headlines

Quick Reference

From the Blog

Yearbook Deal

Hey TMS families! See the ad below created by your very own 7th and 8th grade Yearbook students about the current DEAL on buying the yearbook:

Does your student want to look back on old memories? Buy the yearbook! Now is your chance! It's 40 dollars until October 28th. If you’re not quick, you may not get the deal! CLICK THIS LINK to buy it now. 

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 
Track Your Hours Here | Learn How to Track Your Hours
Thank you to all of our Grandparents and Special Friends for attending our Virtual event this week!
And big thanks to Foundation Board member Tina Younger for coordinating 27 Zoom sessions with over 300 registered guests for our 588 students.
If you missed it (or you just want to brighten your day!), be sure to check out the messages to students from our Grandparents and Special Friends on our Padlet!

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!

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

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

Congratulations, Orchestra!

7th and 8th Grade Orchestra hosted a specular fall concert last week. Great job, Explorers!

Orchestra/Chorus Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Now Through October 26th
Proceeds from this fundraiser help support the 7th/8th grade trip to perform at Disney World, and the 6th grade performance at Six Flags. Find your nearest orchestra or chorus student to purchase cookie dough! 

Chorus/Musical Theater Concert

Thursday, November 17

Orchestra Spirit Night at The Stratford

December 5th from 5:00-7:00 PM
Our 8th graders started working on their holiday chamber music today! Save the date- Spirit Night at The Stratford. 12/5 at 5:00-7:00. 7th/8th graders will be performing! 10% of the profits goes towards the orchestra!

Concerts in Atlanta

Families, use this collaborative document to discover and share upcoming concert opportunities.
Nutrition Central


Garden Club will meet Mondays after school starting on Monday October 24. The club is open to students in grades 1-8 and will involve lots of soil, water, weeds, bugs, and, of course, VEGGIES!  If your child is interested, please sign up HERE.  Slots are limited.


To prepare our garden for the kids, we are having a parent workday on Sunday, October 23 from 9:00am-11:00am.  We will clean out garden beds in preparation for fall crops, so bring gloves (and a hand trowel if you have one).   Please sign up for your volunteer slot HERE!  
(Children may come to this workday, however they must stay with their caregiver at all times and away from the heavy work areas).  Wearing sleeves/pants is recommended.
Coffee and lemonade will be provided!
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:

Elementary Basketball

Girls and boys basketball (U8, U10, and U12) will be offered this winter through our partners at the Tobie Grant Recreation Center (593 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale) and the DeKalb County Parks Department. To join a Museum School team, please register online here.

$65 per player, season runs December 3, 2022 to February 11, 2023.
QUESTIONS: Contact Coach Roberts at

Winter Sports Registration

Please use this form to sign up for Middle Grades Boys and Girls Basketball.

Girls Middle School Basketball Tryouts Begin This Week

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Please contact us with any questions!

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

Site Directors, Alan Ewing and Jana McDaris
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