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17 December 2020
Coming Up
COVID-19 Update
The CDC recently updated their guidance for those quarantining due to close contact exposure to someone who has COVID-19.

Options to shorten quarantine periods which may be considered:

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur 5 days after your last point of contact)

Visit our COVID-19 update section of the website for all COVID-19 information.
Beyond the Bell
Winter Break Virtual Activities
Monday, December 28th - Thursday, December 31st we will be offering FREE virtual activities for each age group.

Click here to view the schedule, which includes Google Meets Links to each event.

Registration in advance is not necessary to attend--we would love to see everyone there!
Piano Lessons
Second semester piano lessons with Eric Bell will begin on Monday, January 25th. Lessons will be available in-person or virtually and cost $600 per semester.

To register, please email
Session 2 Clubs
Session 2 begins Tuesday, January 19th and runs through Friday, March 26th. Please click here for offerings and registration details.

Scholarships will be available upon request.
HEADlines with Brenda
Dear AOWL Families,

I have loved getting to know your students this fall; I am so grateful to be a part of their lives. In a typical year, I would have even more opportunities to get to know your family. I miss the chance meetings in the halls of the school, and I can't wait for the time when we can meet more often in person. While we wait for the moments that we can be together, I put together a short video so that you can get to know me a little bit better. You can watch below.

In future newsletters, I will also answer questions that you might have about me. Fill out the "BrainBombs with Brenda" form, and I will respond. The more creative the question, the more creative the answer!

As a friendly reminder, here are some upcoming dates to keep on your radar:
  • The end of the semester is Jan 15th. 
  • High School Grades will be made available via Gradelink on January 22nd.  
  • Lower and Middle School WIPPs will be made available to families in March at conferences (March 10, 11, 12)

Thank you, again, for your trust and support during these unprecedented times. It is not lost on me how hard each and every one of you work as we navigate COVID-19 together. I appreciate your commitment, flexibility, and effort.
Annual Fund Update
December 15th was AOWL's Day of Giving, in honor of 17 years since we were founded as a non-profit. A supporter generously donated a matching grant, which means all gifts will be TRIPLED through December 31st, up to $20,000!

We still have $64,000 dollars to reach our goal by the end of the year!
Family Corner
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Tuition Assistance
Beginning January 1, 2021, we will be accepting tuition assistance applications through TADS for the 2021-22 school year. Look for an email with details on January 1.
Parent Support Group
The next virtual parent support group is on December 18, 2020 at 9 am. RSVP by contacting Sunni.
PTO Meeting
The next PTO Meeting date is Thursday, January 7 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

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

All AOWL parents are welcome!
Coffee & Convo
The next Coffee and Convo date is Friday, January 8 from 9:00 - 10:00 am.

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

All AOWL parents are welcome!
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.
Half Day on December 18th!
Student Celebration will be on Friday, December 18th. Look for updates from teachers as the date approaches! We will have a half day of school, with lunch at 11:30 and dismissal at 12:00.

There will be no Owls' Nest due to the early dismissal.
Yearbook Cover Contest
All submissions are due by Friday, January 22nd, 2021. Click here for details.
Alumni Event
You are invited to join us for hot cocoa and trivia on Saturday, January 9th at 10:00 am. Alumni families and all current staff and families are invited!

You won't want to miss it! More details here. RSVP by December 26th!
Spirit Wear Discount
Our spirit wear store is offering a 20% discount now through the end of the year!
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.
Self-Care This Holiday
Making time for yourself during the holiday season can be a challenge. AOWL behavior therapist Jo Ward, MEd shares some self-care tips on Academy of Whole Learning's blog!
View from the Nest
Staff Highlights!
Karla Przybylski
Clinic Manager

 She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. Karla has experience in marketing, management, and small business operations. Prior to joining the team at Academy of Whole Learning, Karla was part of building and selling a successful startup company.
Ryan Mohs
Behavior Therapist

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and worked as a preschool teacher. Most recently, Ryan worked in a school as a behavior therapist, and before that he worked for the University of Nebraska Medical Center in their Center of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Lizzy Freese
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Lizzy holds a Master of Science degree in applied behavior analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Lizzy also holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences, with a triple concentration in psychology, human development, and business administration from Washington State University. Prior to Academy of Whole Learning, Lizzy worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in-home and clinic-based ABA therapy programs.