New Look, Same Important Info!
19 November 2020
Coming Up
COVID-19 Update
On November 30, the middle and upper schools are moving to Learning Level 3: Temporary Virtual Learning. All families should have received an email about this change. If you did not receive an email, please contact Brenda, or visit our COVID-19 update section of the website.
Beyond the Bell
Special Persons Day
Save the date for a virtual Special Persons Day Event! All students are encouraged to invite one or two special guests including grandparents, aunts, uncles, or family friends to tune in for an online event that will introduce them to student life at AOWL. RSVP here.
Middle School: December 8th

Lower School: December 9th

High School: December 10th
November Activity Days
In-School activity days will be offered on November 23-25. Activities will include STEM challenges, gym or outdoor active play, arts and crafts, and so much more!

Cost: $90/day, but scholarships will be available to any family upon request to cover the cost of these activity days. Owls' Nest is also available upon request before or after school. 

Please register via Smart Tuition or by emailing Kaitlin Walsh.
HEADlines: A note from our Head of School
Dear AOWL Community, 

I hope this finds you and your family well. Like all educational institutions, 2020 continues to bring us new challenges as we continuously find ourselves in uncharted territories. When immersed in such difficulties, surrounding oneself with support from others in a similar situation is helpful. This is why I personally connected with the Head of School at Groves Academy to process all considerations that must go into making changes to our educational plan in light of COVID-19 developments. In our discussion, we agreed that there are some truths all schools must remember at this time: 

  • A perfect solution does not exist.
  • Perception is reality. Honor it.
  • Feelings and symptoms cannot be judged. 

Despite all of the uncertainties around us, our continued dedication to AOWL’s mission and values are steadfast. With each decision, we will continue to uphold our commitment to:

  • Providing an holistic, individualized education pathway for each student
  • Maintaining a safe, healthy culture for staff and students

We appreciate all of the family input we have received in these last few days. In many cases, your feedback has affirmed our decision. For those who are questioning our decision to move to temporary virtual learning, please know that we hear you and we honor that questioning with the acknowledgment that nothing about this is easy. In accordance with our mission, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and will return to offering in-person instruction as soon as possible. Please continue to reach out with any feedback, questions or concerns. 

Spyro & Gili Fundraiser
Special Announcement! Our bearded dragon friends, Spyro & Gili, are in need of a brand new bioactive vivarium! We require funds to purchase equipment and materials for the new vivarium. If you are interested in helping us, you can donate money on our new fundraiser page or share this link!

The High School STEM Team has raised $840 toward our goal of $1,000!
Any donations are very much appreciated, and thank you all for your support!
We hope to beat our goal by $250, so we can provide additional food, supplies, etc. for our lizard friends. All funds raised over $1,250 will go to our school's annual fund during these especially challenging times. This will help us dye our Head of School's hair yellow and blue!
Family Corner
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Group Therapy Registration Now Open
AOWL Therapy Services now offers Group Therapy! Beginning the week of January 18th, our 8-session groups provide a wide range of support for children, teens, and young adults.

This January, we offer groups that focus on social skills, virtual friendships, and living with ASD. Now covered by most major insurance carriers, please visit our group therapy page or call 952-737-6933 for detailed course descriptions and registration information. Secure your spot by registering by December 18th.
Virtual Book Fair
Our Virtual Book Fair begins on November 30 and ends December 13. You can preview books now.
2020-21 Board-Parent Liaison

Contact Ross for questions or concerns regarding school processes.
PTO Co-chairs

Contact Kerry or Audra for questions or concerns regarding the PTO.
View from the Nest
Staff Highlights!
Jo Ward, MEd
Behavior Therapist

Jo holds a Master of Education degree in special education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to joining AOWL, she worked in a school as a parent educator and trainer in early childhood education. She also has experience working as a Senior Therapist at a clinic that specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Emily Hass
Behavior Therapist

Emily holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. While getting her degree, she worked as an assistant preschool teacher in Duluth. Prior to joining AOWL, she spent two years working at an autism therapy center providing ABA therapy to children on the autism spectrum.
Andy Dreher
Behavior Therapist
Andy is a Registered Behavior Therapist in the Temperance River, Middle School Classroom. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Psychology. Andy previously provided early intervention therapy for clients ages 2 – 5 with ASD at Fraser in Minneapolis.