6 January 2022
Coming Up
View the 2021-22 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar here.
View our Parent Google Calendar here.
COVID-19 Update

  • Great news for 12-15 year olds! The FDA and CDC have authorized Pfizer boosters. Please send a copy of your child's updated vaccine card to [email protected].


Questions? Please contact [email protected] or by phone at 952-737-6929.

Check out the COVID-19 Update section of our website for the latest information.
Family Corner
PTO Meeting
The next PTO Meeting date is Tuesday, January 18 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

Check out the Parent Calendar for the link to join. An email will also be sent the day of the meeting with the meeting link.

All AOWL parents are welcome!
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.
Canceled: Student Reunion Basketball Tip-off
Out of an abundance of caution with the current high transmission rate, the Student Reunion Basketball Tip-off event for this Saturday, January 8th has been canceled.

We will miss getting the chance to spend time together! We are looking into alternative event options in the coming months and will communicate that information accordingly.

Reach out to [email protected]rg with any questions.
AOWL Book Club
Join us for the kick-off meeting of the new AOWL Book Club! Our first meeting will be held on Friday, January 21 at 2pm at YUM Kitchen and Bakery, 6001 Shady Oak Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55343. All AOWL parents, caregivers and friends are welcome to participate.

RSVP to Maureen at [email protected] so we know to look for you. See you soon!
Annual Fund
We have now raised $233,000 toward our annual fund goal!!!

Thank you for your support of Academy of Whole Learning. Help us reach our goal today!

Tuition Assistance
Beginning Monday, Jan. 10, 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
Session 2 Clubs
  • Session 2 began Monday, January 3rd and runs through Friday, March 11th.
  • Please click here for offerings and registration details.
  • Scholarships will be available upon request.

Piano Lessons
  • Second semester piano lessons with Eric Bell will begin on Monday, January 24th. Lessons will be available in-person or virtually and cost $670 per semester.
  • To register, please email [email protected]

Owl's Nest Before and After-School Care Winter Hours
  • Friday after-school hours will end at 4:30 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, January 18th all AOWL students are invited to attend an in-school activity day!
  • The day runs from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for $90. Register via Smart Tuition or email [email protected].
  • Owls Nest will be available that morning from 7-8 am and that afternoon from 3-5 pm.

For more Enrichment information, see the Beyond the Bell page on our website.
Dr. Sous's News
As 2022 begins, I have been reflecting on the last year and thinking about what is to come. I am grateful for our AOWL community.
For me, the new year means a time to set meaningful goals and to reflect on the blessings of the previous year. Despite a challenging 2021, I am proud of our AOWL community. We continue to show up, remain hopeful, and be resilient despite a worldwide pandemic.  
On reflecting on the blessings from 2021: One of my biggest blessings in 2021 was accepting the role of Interim Principal at AOWL, where I am embraced by a team of professionals that are caring, daring, and passionate about serving students with neurodiversities. I feel honored to serve in a leadership role at AOWL.
A few years back, I was given a calendar filled with daily motivational quotes that I continue to read each day to energize my spirit. I noticed the recurring themes of Trust and Gratitude. I am grateful for our families for entrusting our team to provide the best academic and social support during this challenging time. Students and families are the reason why our team is able to serve with a great sense of purpose. I am grateful to be chosen to lead. Thank you for trusting our team.
On setting new goals in 2022: The community here at AOWL is more unique than at other schools at which I have served. I am surrounded by professionals that care deeply about neurodiverse learners and that are committed to their craft. Over the holiday break, I fulfilled one of my professional goals to complete a weeklong certification to better serve preK-12 students with neurodiversities. My goals for the new year include staying connected to families and students, building new relationships, and sharing best practices with our talented staff.
On behalf of everyone at Academy of Whole Learning, I would like to wish you a happy and healthy 2022. I hope that we will enter the year with a renewed spirit guided by Trust and Gratitude as well.
Dr. Grande
View from the Nest
Our high schoolers enjoying a well-deserved break during High School Privilege Day!
PTO Co-chairs

Executive Director