20 January 2022
Coming Up
View the 2021-22 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar here.
View our Parent Google Calendar here.
COVID-19 Update
Student Sick Policy - Are you wondering if you should send your child to school? The updated Student Sick Policy incorporates information specific to COVID in with our “regular” sick policy.

Updated quarantine and isolation guidelines - The CDC recently updated their guidelines for quarantining (if you have been exposed to someone with COVID) and isolating (if you have been infected with COVID). AOWL has adjusted its guidelines to match the CDC recommendations. Since individual circumstances dictate the exact timing for returning to school, the COVID Coordinator will help you work through your student’s timeline. Please view the new guidelines on the CDC website.

Free at-home COVID tests! Every household is now able to order 4 free at-home COVID rapid antigen tests. To order tests for your household, please visit COVIDtests.gov

More free at-home COVID tests! Minnesota health insurers are beginning to cover the cost of at-home COVID tests. This article in the Star Tribune contains more information about the new benefit.

Questions? Please contact Allison.Barosko@aowl.org or by phone at 952-737-6929.
Family Corner
Annual Parent Meeting
The Annual Parent Meeting will take place via a virtual meeting on January 27th from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Please click here to register in advance.
End of Semester 1
Keep an eye out for Semester 1 grades! They will be sent the week of January 24th.
Superfest, a community event, has been postponed due to high COVID transmission rates at this time. Information on the new date and time will be provided in the next few weeks.
AOWL Book Club
Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 21st at 2pm for the first meeting of the AOWL Book Club! 

Warm up with great coffee and conversation at YUM Kitchen and Bakery, 6001 Shady Oak Road in Minnetonka. We will be discussing our book selections and meeting dates. RSVP to Maureen Maher.

Hope to see you there!
AOWL Yearbooks
Yearbooks are now on sale! Don’t wait to order your student a copy of the 2021-2022 yearbook! 

You can purchase one by visiting the Pictavo website (found here) or by cash to check directly to the school. Yearbooks cost $25 each. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Colleen or Ms. Georgette.
E-Learning Days
When school is closed due to weather, we will initiate an E-Learning Day.

By 9:00 a.m., online work will be assigned by teachers as is relevant for their class. We trust that parents will do what is best for their students, if necessary helping students to prioritize and choose work that is possible at home.

The goal is to continue academic learning; however, if a parent is finding it difficult to either help their student with the work or their student is not able to complete the work, the teacher will assist the student with the assignment when they return to school.
Tuition Assistance
We are accepting tuition assistance applications through TADS for the 2022-23 school year.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb 11, 2022. You will be asked to submit income and tax information for 2021, so for those of you applying for tuition assistance, we encourage you to file your 2021 taxes at your earliest convenience.

Contact Martin Aschenbrener with any questions.
Beyond the Bell
Adventure Days
  • Session 2 Clubs are up and running and we are excited to have a new offering starting soon.
  • We are partnering with Wilderness Inquiry to offer Adventure Days! Monday Feb 7th, Tuesday March 1st, and Thursday March 3rd. Each day we will have activities connected to outdoor adventures and learning about nature. We will have room for 12 students from Middle and High School, so early registration is key.
  • Registration will open on 1/24/22 on Smart Tuition. Scholarships will be available upon request.

Piano Lessons
  • Second semester piano lessons with Eric Bell will begin on Tuesday, January 18th. Lessons will be available in-person or virtually and cost $670 per semester.
  • To register, please email nicole.andrews@aowl.org

Bridge the Gap Summer Programs
  • Program offerings for Summer Camp 2022 will be available Monday, January 24th. Please check out our summer school website.

Owl's Nest Before and After-School Care Winter Hours
  • Friday after-school hours will end at 5:00 pm so that we can honor our lease agreement, requiring that we be out of the building by sundown.
  • General information on Owl's Nest can be found here.
  • To notify AOWL Staff that you are here to pick up your child from Owl's Nest, call 952-737-6923.

Activity Days
  • Monday-Friday, February 21st-February 25th AOWL students are invited to attend Mid-Winter Break activity days! The days will run from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for $90. Register via Smart Tuition.

For more Enrichment information, see the Beyond the Bell page on our website.
Wyayn's Words
Life is full of joys and challenges, and there is no doubt we all have had our share of both in the last year. At school, our greatest joys come from our daily contact with our students; it is what keeps us eager and willing to deal with the challenges! 

The last year has dealt us the greatest challenge we have encountered in a long time – keeping our school open and safe. Everything that needs to be done each day to keep our students in class with their teachers and their peers is quite a mountain to climb. It has truly “tested our mettle and built our character.” And, it has been well worth the effort!

Our students are learning, and they do so with the same expectations we have always put in front of them. Our students are covering every area of our academic curriculum successfully, and each day they are integrating their learned social skills into all aspects of their lives. Throughout our country, the pandemic has taken this opportunity away from many students. All of us at Academy of Whole Learning are thankful we have been able to keep our students on a steady schedule of learning, while at the same time giving them time to grow as people and friends. 

Yes, it looks and feels different from past years, but we are providing what all children need – a school where they can continue to learn from teachers, behavior therapists and classmates. Thank you to everyone for helping us provide this gift to our students.

View from the Nest
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