7 October 2021
Coming Up
View the 2021-22 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar here.
View our Parent Google Calendar here.
COVID-19 Update
Reminder: Remember Your Mask!
Families, please ensure your child has a mask upon arrival to AOWL! We have extras for the occasional event that students forget, but we do not have enough to supply masks for students daily.
Your support in equipping your child with a mask from home is essential. Thank you!

Check out the COVID-19 Update section of our website for the latest information.

Family Corner
Upcoming Conferences!
Due to the continued high transmission rate of COVID-19, conferences will take place virtually this year.

There will be no school on October 7 and 8 due to Professional Development (Activity Days will be offered -- see our Beyond the Bell section below for details). AOWL faculty will be completing a summary of data and information to help guide your conferences, including social emotional and academic components.

  • Evening virtual conferences take place on October 18 and 19 from 3:00 - 8:00 PM. 

  • Daytime virtual conferences are on October 20 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. There will be no school on this day, but an Activity Day will be offered.

Your child's Case Manager will reach out via email to help you sign up for your virtual conference!
Upcoming PTO Events
All AOWL parents and caregivers are invited to upcoming events with our Parent-Teacher Organization. Check out our Parent Calendar for information on how to join.

  • Virtual PTO Meeting - October 12 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Unity Day October 19
Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month?

Academy of Whole Learning students and staff will celebrate Unity Day on Tuesday, October 19. This day is a national effort to recognize the importance of creating a culture of care and respect in schools as we stand together against bullying. Students are encouraged to wear orange clothing or accessories as a part of the Unity Day movement.

For more information on National Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day, check out the Pacer Website!
AOWL-o-ween is on October 29!
On Friday October 29, Students and staff may choose to participate in AOWL-o-ween by dressing up as a character from a favorite book! 

Here are the guidelines for appropriate costumes:

  • Come dressed as a book character  
  • Costumes or hats cannot cover face or eyes -- everyday face coverings will still be expected.  
  • Costumes may not include weapons 
  • Costumes should be fun or clever rather than intentionally scary 

Teachers may ask a student to remove part or all of a costume if it does not meet these guidelines.
Therapy Services Updates
The clinic is open and sessions will still be held during professional development (October 7 and 8) and conferences/workshops (October 20 - 22). Please reach out to our Clinic Manager, Karla, at [email protected], if you need to reschedule or cancel any sessions.

Registration opens on October 11 for Session 2 of Therapy Groups.
Session 2 groups begin December 6 and provide a wide range of support for your children and teens.
Now covered by most major insurance carriers, please visit us at https://www.academyofwholelearning.org/groupservices/ or contact Karla Przybylski at [email protected] for detailed course descriptions and registration information. If your child currently attends a group, registration will be sent to you!
                                                                                                                                                                                          AOWL Therapy Services has received a grant from United Health Care to provide the opportunity to offer scholarships to the Somali Community. Any families that have a child with an autism diagnosis and are new to AOWL Therapy Services may apply now to be granted a scholarship to Session 2 of the 2021-2022 Group Therapy Program. Please reach out to our Clinic Manager, Karla, if you would like to learn more or pass along the information to anyone who could benefit from this resource!
Visit the Resources Page on the AOWL website (scroll down and click the "Resources" button) to view information about events happening outside of school that may be of interest to you and your family! 
Beyond the Bell
The first session of clubs will run from Oct. 25 - Dec. 17.
Click on the level below to learn more information:
Register for clubs on Smart Tuition.

Activity Days run 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM and are open to the public.
Cost: $90/day 
Upcoming Activity Days include the following:
  • October 7 - Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
  • Owl's Nest offered from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
  • October 8 - Landscape Arboretum
  • Owl's Nest offered from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
  • October 20
  • October 21
  • October 22
Register for Activity Days on Smart Tuition.

Information about Owl's Nest Before and After-School Care 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.

For more Enrichment information, see the Beyond the Bell page on our website.
Dr. Sous's News
Happy October, AOWL Families!

Thank you for a warm welcome as I dive into my new role as your Principal. I very much enjoyed meeting several new and returning families both at the Summer Sensory Fest and Back to School Ice Cream Social in August. I believe in the power of relationships, and look forward to getting to know more of you as the school year continues.

For me, September’s highlight was Curriculum Night. I was able to observe our educators present their academic, social skills, and life skills frameworks and respond to questions from our families with thoughtfulness and care. I am in awe of the level of dedication to personalization that our staff and community give to our students and families.  

One of the things that stood out early on was that Academy of Whole Learning is so special because of the relationships we build and nurture. There is a sense of genuine care and deep respect for one another between families, staff, school leadership, and the Board of Directors. I am touched by the relationships that were built long before I arrived and continue to grow as I begin to build relationships with all of you.

It has been fun working with a team of dedicated staff and meeting our families. Some of the highlights that have shown me who we are include: greeting students by name during morning drop off and exchanging ideas about how to celebrate our seniors over the phone with a long-time parent. More recently, I enjoyed a cup of hot tea at Redstone with a new parent, and met more of you over baked goods during the PTO Coffee & Convo.  

As we continue to grow together and look forward to what is to come, I want to invite you to join us at future events. We are on this journey of growth and discovery together, and I look forward to building the relationships with you that will make this year a success.

Dr. Sousada Grande

View from the Nest
Thank You For Attending Our Fall PTO Coffee & Convo!
It was wonderful to gather together outdoors and in-person for this year's first PTO Coffee & Convo!
Keep an eye on the Bridge Newsletter for information about upcoming PTO events.
PTO Co-chairs

Executive Director