Issue 22
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Dear Families,

We have a dense newsletter this week with lots of new and exciting information, please be sure to browse each section below to stay informed. As you can see we have a lot happening around our campus. We are also looking forward to the upcoming conferences next week.

We have a pretty traditional week ahead of us this week that we are excited to get underway.  I will see you in the morning.



Mike Stewart

Intent to Enroll for 2023-2024

For all returning families, please complete the Intent to Return Survey by Tuesday, January 31st.

Expeditions This Week

Monday, January 23
  • 1st - Tattling Tales "Ben Franklin" (On campus)
News from the Executive Director
The Museum School Board of Directors is excited to start finalizing the new Strategic Plan this month. Thank you for sharing your feedback! We are excited to share this plan with you in the Spring. 

The Museum School is nearing re-accreditation with Cognia (formally SACS and AdvancEd), as our current accreditation period ends in June 2024.  We are excited to dive into our self-assessment and look forward to engaging you in the process!  Stay tuned!
Katherine Kelbaugh, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Museum School
Upcoming Events
  • January 23-27 - Kindness Week at TMS (LEARN MORE)
  • January 23 - Girls Soccer Interest Meeting 3:15pm in the Cafe
  • January 24 - Open House for Prospective Parents (VOLUNTEER)
  • January 25 - Arts in the Park Volunteer Interest Meeting 7:30 via Zoom
  • January 28 - Open House for Prospective Parents (VOLUNTEER)
  • January 31 - Prospective Educator Open House 6:30 (LEARN MORE)
  • February 2 – 3 - Early Release/Caregiver Conferences
  • February 9 - PTO General Body Meeting
This week, Museum School Students in grades K-5 will take part in the Great Kindness Challenge. This is a time where students are encouraged to demonstrate kindness with their words and actions. Through lessons and morning messages students will learn ways they can show kindness and are encouraged to demonstrate those acts in their daily lives. This year, students will participate in creating a kindness mural. Each student will be given a puzzle piece to illustrate what kindness means to them.

We would love your support. Please use the checklist to demonstrate random acts of kindness in your home and community. Together we can do our part to spread kindness.

Explorer Dash

Get involved with the 2023 Explorer Dash planning committee - email
Click Here to Register

Arts in the Park

Volunteer Interest Meeting 1/25 at 7:30pm by Zoom

Own A Business?
Learn how to become an Arts in the Park sponsor.

News & Resources
Museum School students representing District IV Honor Chorus performed last Friday at the historic Friendship Baptist Church. Way to go, Explorers!

Calling all Voiceover Talent, Videographers, Script Writers, and Photographers!

TMS is producing a short video this spring with the help of a professional volunteer videographer. Additional support is needed, and can be determined by your schedule and around your student: 
  • Voiceover talent
  • Videos and photos from expeditions, exhibit nights, performances, and general student life
If you'd like to get involved, please complete this short form. Questions? Email

Immigration Perspectives

This quarter, 2nd grade is doing a service learning project around the ongoing refugee situation at the southern US border. Students are learning from community members who work with support programs, but would also love to have the perspective of any TMS community members who are immigrants to the US who would be willing to come to the school (or zoom in) and talk to our students about their experiences immigrating to our country, what they think is needed to respond to the current migrant/refugee crisis, and what kids can do that is meaningful to support those trying to seek asylum in our country.

Anyone interested in this opportunity can email 2nd grade teacher coordinate details.

8th Grade Transition to DHHS

The 8th grade high school transition meeting was held last Tuesday, January 17th. Click here to download the presentation, or click here for the 2023-2024 Course Request Form.

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 TMS Counseling Team invites you to come and speak with our students highlighting key parts of your career. Your participation is greatly valued. Through your support, students can broaden their interest and options for future careers. Click here to volunteer!

Recycled Uniform Sale

Our next Recycled Uniform Sale will be March 10 from 4-6:00pm and Saturday, March 11 from 10-12 in the cafetorium. Be on the lookout for more information!

Explorer Dash

Register for the Explorer Dash

PTO General Body Meeting- TMS Cafetorium

Mark February 9, 2023 at 7:00pm on your calendars for our next general body meeting. We will have some special programming for parents that evening- more info to come in upcoming newsletters.

Seeking TMS Mascot Input and Ideas

Hello TMS Students- We Need Your Input as we start the process of creating a visual character for our mascot- The Explorer. Your input and ideas will help go into the design of our future mascot character! When thinking about your character- consider what it means to be an Explorer at TMS. What does the Explorer stand for and how can it represent all of the students at TMS, as well as our Core Values? For more information, check out the flyer. We look forward to hearing and seeing your thoughts. Please submit ideas by midnight, February 19, to All participants who submit an idea will receive a small token of appreciation.
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
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:


Anyone interested in track in 6th-8th grade. Practice Begins 1/23 at 4:00 pm at TMS back field. Please contact Coach K at with any questions.

Girls Soccer

Any girl in 6th-8th grade interested in playing soccer please attend an interest meeting on 1/23 at 3:15 in the cafeteria. 
QUESTIONS: Contact Coach Roberts at

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Connect After School

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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Community Connection

Y Spring Soccer Teams Forming Now!

Are you ready for some soccer? At the Y this spring, our sports staff, coaches and volunteers share a vision of helping youth reach their full potential on and off the field.
Click Here to Learn More
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Tuesday, February 21
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