Issue 14
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Dear Families,

I hope you have had a great weekend. We are certainly moving right along this school year. It's hard to believe that we are already in November!

This Tuesday is Election Day, and we will be conducting our next Explorer Day. As a reminder that morning students will log into their morning meeting at 8:00. After morning meeting their assignments will be posted for them to complete. Our staff will be participating in an important CRAS, emergency response, training that morning.

Later in the week six of our nine grade levels have expeditions, so make sure to review your class newsletter for your child's specific date in order to make sure he/she is in the correct uniform on that day.

I'm looking forward to seeing you this week.



Mike Stewart

Expeditions This Week

Wednesday, November 9
  • K - Jim Nark (On Campus)
  • 1st - Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 8th - Dahlonega Gold Museum & Consolidated Gold Mines
Thursday, November 10
  • 4th - Fernbank Museum "Weather Wonders" and "Astronaut: Ocean to Orbit"
Friday, November 11
  • 3rd - Ocmulgee Mounds
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


We are always searching for parents/caregivers and members of the community that are interested in joining our board level committees. As a reminder, these committees include Finance, Diversity, Facilities and Governance. We especially need individuals with professional finance experience. Please reach out if you are interested in joining a committee. The deadline for Board applications is November 7.

It is time for the Board to start developing a new strategic plan. It is important for us to receive input from our stakeholders as this plan is created.  Please be on the lookout for a survey soon.

Did you know that the teachers and staff approached the Board last year requesting virtual learning days that could be used for planning and professional development? They shared with us the extraordinary amount of time they spend on teaching, planning and meeting with colleagues and caregivers and the challenges they face in fulfilling all their obligations. Since we are bound by law to deliver a minimum number of instructional days a year, they requested that the administration build in some virtual days to allow them additional time to plan, coordinate, and learn. Although this operational request did not require a Board vote, we did offer our full support and hope you will too. Our teachers have an extremely challenging job, and it is our job as administrators and Board members to give them all the tools they need to do their best at educating our students.  

Upcoming Events
  • November 8 - Explorer Day (Learn More)
  • November 8 - Spirit Night at Avondale Pizza Cafe, 5-9pm
  • November 10 - Open House for Prospective Parents, 6-7pm (VOLUNTEER)
  • November 15 - Governing Board Meeting
  • November 17 - Chorus Concert
  • November 21-21 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 2 & 3 - Willy Wonka Jr (Get Tickets)
  • December 5 - Orchestra Spirit Night at The Stratford

Spirit Night at
Avondale Pizza Cafe

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

Gifted Assessment for Grades 3-8

Museum School students are considered for possible gifted assessment each year beginning in first grade. Currently, the assessment process is being completed for 2nd grade students. Screening and assessment for 1st grade students will take place during the second semester.

Students in grades 3-8 who were not assessed last year and who have a Reading or Math MAP score of 90th percentile or above since August 2021 have screened into the assessment process. Families of these students received information by email during the week of October 24. If you did not receive this information and would like to request assessment for your student, please complete the Guardian Request for Testing form by Tuesday, November 8. Thank you!

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

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!

The Student Recruitment Committee Needs Your Help

The first Open House for the 2023-2024 school year is this Thursday, November 11 @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 all,
For the 3rd grade parents: over the next month or so we will be starting our annual vision and hearing screens on all of the 3rd graders. It will just take a few minutes and we will do a few a day. If you prefer for your child not to have a screen, please reach out to me and let me know so I can make a note of this.
For the 6th and 8th grade parents: we will be starting our scoliosis screenings as well over the next month. I have sent home a letter and form for you to look over. Please fill out this form if you wish to opt out of the screening, otherwise we will screen all students a few a day over some weeks.

I also wanted to let everyone know that I have reached out by phone to all of the parents I have with students who have medications here that are taken daily as well as all students that I have an epi-pen for in the clinic. If your child has an epi-pen and you have not heard from me, please reach out to me asap so we can make sure we get one in the clinic or to make sure we have one with the student or in their classroom.

Lastly, I know we have definitely started in on fall and fall sickness. We have already begun to have quite a few viruses going around in all grades. Please help us and your child by keeping them home when they are not well. Please reach out at any time with questions or concerns. I hope everyone stays well!

Nurse Rollins

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

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.

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
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

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