Issue 21
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Dear Families,

Our next round of conferences with your students' teachers is just around the corner. Soon, you should be receiving invites from the teachers on how to sign up. These conferences are a great time to discuss your Explorer's growth so far this year and how to partner together to ensure further growth during the second half of the year. Our Early Release Days fall on February 2nd and 3rd, and those afternoons are dedicated as conference times. Teachers will also have other dates and times available as well. To be best prepared for your conference, we highly recommend that you review quarterly reports, portfolios, and MAP reports that went home this past week in advance of the conference. This will help the conference time be more focused on actions steps for the rest of the semester, rather than reviewing data.

The open enrollment period for next school year is well under way. If you are looking to enroll a student next year who is not currently enrolled at TMS, you must complete a lottery application in Lotterease by Friday, February 10th.

For returning students, you will complete the re-enrollment process later in the semester. We would, however, like to know to the best extent possible what open spots we may have for next school year. Please complete the Intent to Return Survey by Tuesday, January 31st. That way if we do have open seats we are able to include them in the running of the lottery. If you have any questions please contact our registrar, Chris Cook.

Tomorrow is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. There is no school. As we take time to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King, I would encourage everyone to think about what ways you can serve others. Service towards others is one of the best ways to honor the memory of Dr. King.  For other unique and meaningful ways families can remember Dr. King in and around the Atlanta area, check out this list. I hope you have an incredible holiday. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday (remember the carpool lane will close at 8:00 so please be on time for school).



Mike Stewart

Attention 8th Grade Families

Save the date for the Druid Hills High School Transition Night on Tuesday, January 17th at 6 PM. Please click here for important information on the transition to high school, applying for School Choice, and the IB program. If your student is not zoned for Druid Hills High School, the only way for them to attend is by applying and being admitted into the IB program.

Expeditions This Week

Friday, January 20
  • Honors Chorus - Morehouse Performing Arts Center
News from the Executive Director
Student Recruitment for the 2023-2024 school year has kicked off! We'd love your help distributing postcards to local businesses and neighborhoods that may not know of The Museum School. Please consider picking up enrollment postcards from the front desk to deliver to local recreation centers, churches, apartment complexes, businesses, etc.

Katherine Kelbaugh, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Museum School
Upcoming Events
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day~ No School
  • January 17 - High School Transition Mtg. 7:00 – 8:00pm (LEARN MORE)
  • January 17 - Governing Board Meeting
  • 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 – 7:30pm
  • February 2 – 3 - Early Release/Caregiver Conferences
  • February 9 - PTO General Body Meeting

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.!

Sing for Justice, Sing for Peace
We are out of school on Monday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Let's learn a song to celebrate! A lot of people participate in service projects on MLK day. What is something that you could do to help others on that day? Click here for Mrs. Macquarrie's song resources.
The Great Kindness Challenge provides powerful tools that actively engage students, teachers, administrators, families and communities in creating a culture of compassion, acceptance, unity and respect. Learn more

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

Student Newsletter

Check out the first edition of The Museum School's student-run newsletter! Read about December's Spelling Bee, the latest House Cup, and Unit 2 Exhibit Night. Great work, Explorers!

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!

The Student Recruitment Committee Needs Your Help

Our next Open House for the 2023-2024 school year is January 24  @ 5:45pm.  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.

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.
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
Book Nook

Book Return

Let's start the new year with a clean library record!  Please look around your homes for any TMS library books and send them in with your student.  Ask your students - even middle schoolers! - what they have checked out from the library and where those books are.  Then have them put them in their backpacks to return to school.  Students are welcome to renew books that they are still reading.  Thank you for your help in keeping our books circulating!  
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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Phone: (678) 876-9077 (12PM - 7PM Monday to Friday)

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