Issue 16
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Dear Families,

I trust that you all had an amazing break. Maybe some of you traveled.  Maybe some were able to see family. While maybe some of you were able to catch up on some rest and relaxation. Whichever it was, I hope that the November break was right on time and has refueled you for our push through December.

The next few weeks are very busy at TMS. We will have MAP testing beginning this week, then shortly after we will be holding our second Exhibit Nights of the year. In the midst there will be expeditions, concerts, a musical, athletic events, a spirit night, and likely class parties. Make sure to watch your class newsletters closely to stay up to date.

We are holding our second Open House for prospective families on December 6th at 6pm. If you know of families that may be interested in entering the lottery or want to learn more about our school, please invite them to attend. We would love to have a full house.

Well, a second alarm may need to be set for the morning after a few days away. I'm looking forward to seeing you when we will start our push to close out the calendar year.



Mike Stewart

Expeditions This Week

Tuesday, November 29
  • K - Zoo Atlanta "Staying Alive"
  • 1st - Jim Nark "Animals of the World" (On campus)
  • 2nd - High Touch High Tech "Force of Course" (On campus)
  • 5th - Georgia Power (On campus)
Wednesday, November 30
  • 4th - Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center "Ecosystems and Animal Adaptations"
  • 5th - High Touch High Tech "Edison's Workshop" (On campus)
Thursday, December 1
  • 2nd - Tellus "What's the Matter"
Friday, December 2
  • 1st - Atlanta Botanical Garden "Plant Diversity"
  • 3rd - Booth Museum "American Indians: Cultures & Contributions"
  • 4th - Georgia Aquarium "Kelp-ing the Balance"
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

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
The Museum School is honored to be named a 2022 Inviting School by the International Alliance for Invitational Education. Invitational Education is an ethical theory of professional and personal practice that influences the well-being of all who are involved in educating— students, teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents—and that intentionally seeks to create, sustain, and enhance total learning environments based on trust, respect, optimism, and care. Thank you to volunteer Ronald Borden for producing this video for the award ceremony!
Upcoming Events
  • 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 6 - Governing Board Meeting
  • December 8 - Orchestra Concert
  • December 13 - Exhibit Night 1st/5th/7th
  • December 14 - Exhibit Night K/3rd/8th
  • December 15 - Exhibit Night 2nd/4th/6th
  • December 19 - January 2 - December Break
  • January 3 - Explorer Day

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!
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!
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.

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 Opens December 1st!

The first 20 people to register for the 5K and the first 30 people to register for the FUN RUN will get a prize!
Register Here on December 1st!

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
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
Questions about TMS breakfast and lunch? Check out the nutrition page on the website, or email coordinator Erin Johnson:
QUESTIONS: Contact Coach Roberts at

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

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