2 December 2021
Coming Up
View the 2021-22 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar here.
View our Parent Google Calendar here.
COVID-19 Update
Vaccination News
Great news! CDC advisors voted to recommend Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Please keep us updated by emailing a copy of your child's vaccination card to [email protected] if your 5 to 11-year-old gets vaccinated.

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

Reminder: Flu shots
We highly encourage you all to get your flu shots this winter!

Please contact [email protected] for all COVID-19 questions.
Family Corner
Staffing Updates
We are excited to welcome our new employees at AOWL!
Administrative Assistant
Clinic Behavior Therapist
School Cancellations & Early Dismissal
Now that the snow and cold weather days are upon us, we want to remind you about our notification process:
  • When school is closed due to weather, you will receive an email, text, and voicemail by 6:00 am to the emergency contact numbers you provided stating that school is closed. We also report our closings on KARE 11 and WCCO - TV. 
  • For a mid-day closure due to weather, we will send out similar communication asking that you come to pick up your child at your earliest convenience. For the safety of students and families, the building will continue to be staffed throughout the day so that supervision is provided while students wait for pickup.
  • Please keep in mind when there is a closure there also will be no after-school activities.  
  • If you would like to update or add other numbers to the emergency list, please contact the main office.
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.
Student Reunion Basketball Tip-off
Come join us for our second ever student reunion basketball tip-off hosted at the Academy of Whole Learning on Saturday, January 8th! We would love to see you back at AOWL for a night of basketball, pizza, and catching up.

  • Time: 6:00-7:30
-6:00 pm - Basketball Game
-6:30 pm - Pizza Party
  • Where: AOWL Gym, 3500 Williston Road, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • Who: All former and current AOWL students and families!
COVID-19 Details:
For the safety of the community, we require one of the following options:
  1. Proof of vaccination.
  2. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 48 to 72 hours prior to the event date.
Bring a copy of your vaccination card or a copy of your test results on January 8th!
If you are feeling sick or experiencing any of these symptoms, please stay home.
Email [email protected] with any questions.
AOWL Book Club January - March 2021
Calling All Readers! We are contemplating creating an AOWL Book Club and want to gauge interest from our AOWL community. We are thinking of meeting monthly over the winter to start - January, February, and March. Group members would help select which books to read and discuss.

  • If you are interested in learning more, please email Maureen at [email protected] with your name, email address, and a time that would work well for you for the Book Club to meet. Thank you!
Annual Fund
An anonymous donor generously gifted AOWL a $100,000 matching gift!
This means each gift given to the annual fund has DOUBLE the impact.

Therapy Services Updates
Session 2 Therapy Groups begin December 6 and provide a wide range of support for your children and teens. Please visit us at www.aowl.org/groupservices/ or contact Karla Przybylski at [email protected] for detailed course descriptions and registration information.
Beyond the Bell
Poly Hockey Update
  • In conjunction with the Special Olympics, our Middle and High School Poly Hockey season will be Dec 9th-Jan 30th.
  • Please register at Smarttuition.com or if you have questions feel free to email [email protected] or [email protected]. Scholarships are available!

December Activity Days
  • Dates: Dec 27 - 31st from 9 - 3 pm
  • Register now for these fun activities: Make your own snow globe, Snowflake and Snowman creation, Paint a winter scene, T-shirt making, and a New Years' Eve celebration.
  • Registration is open now-Dec 13th.
  • If you need Owls Nest for activity days, please note that Owls Nest will be from 8 am-9 am and 3 pm-4:30 pm. If you have any time concerns or questions, email [email protected]!

Session 2 Clubs
  • Session 2 clubs will begin on January 3rd and will run through March 11th.
  • Please register at Smarttuition.com.

Owl's Nest Before and After-School Care Winter Hours
  • Beginning Friday, November 12, 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.

For more Enrichment information, see the Beyond the Bell page on our website.
Dr. Sous's News
In September, Dr. Wyayn, our Executive Director, shared her thoughts with us about the importance of community:  Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure. It's important for every person to have a sense of community. 

It is true that COVID has tried to put a damper on our sense of community, but at AOWL we come together during challenging times. As a new member of the AOWL community, I am often asked by parents and staff, "How's it going?" My immediate reply is, "I have found my work family!" I am given a great sense of purpose and joy each day because I get to work alongside our caring and dedicated staff. Everyone, from the newest staff members to the Board of Directors, has an important role to play in our community: from giving our students much needed breaks from the rigor of academics to administering weekly COVID tests to ensure the safest work environment for our community (thank you Board Member, Allison Barosko!). It is not easy to serve during a full-blown, worldwide pandemic; however, our staff continues to provide personalized learning, track students' emotional states, and cover for each other when someone is out due to illness. Being part of something bigger than themselves helps our staff create that level of community that we have come to expect at AOWL.

Thanks for being part of our community!
View from the Nest
Baking club is learning some delicious recipes for the holidays - and enjoying every bite!
PTO Co-chairs

Executive Director