11 February 2021
Coming Up
COVID-19 Update
Visit the COVID-19 update section of our website for all COVID-19 information.
Beyond the Bell
Bridge the Gap Summer Camp
Registration for Bridge the Gap Summer Camp 2021 is now open!

View program offerings here.
Upcoming Activity Days
Join us for a week of in-school enrichment with daily arts and crafts, games, active play, social skills, and more.

  • Monday 2/15: Presidents and American History
  • Tuesday 2/16: Winter Wonderland
  • Wednesday 2/17: Plants and Animals
  • Thursday 2/18: Science and Technology
  • Friday 2/19: Free Friday: Student choice activities

Register via Smart Tuition or email [email protected].
Wyayn's Words
As promised in December, I’ll be highlighting a Department Director each month. For the first month, I’d like you to get to know Georgette Benton, our Technology Director and Facilities Manager. 

Georgette was referred by one of her instructors for a volunteer position in IT during the first year I was at AOWL. We both laugh about it now, because her volunteer interview turned into a job offer quickly. She was in school working on her Computer Science degree. I hired her as a part-time teacher associate and volunteer IT professional. Once she graduated, she began working as half-time teacher associate and half-time Technology Manager. As the school grew quickly, so did our need for a full-time Technology Manager. When we moved to the Minnetonka Campus, she took the lead in setting up all our technology. She was clearly directing and solving for our technology needs, and she was promoted to Technology Director. This year, Georgette added facility management to her workload. She and Joe, our janitor, work together to ensure we keep our facility cleaned and sanitized. 

Georgette keeps our hardware, software, and technology infrastructure running smoothly. Last spring when we suddenly went into distance learning, Georgette drove to student homes when needed to ensure all students had access to the technology necessary for learning remotely. She problem solves in the moment when staff or students are struggling with their technology. I may or may not present her with more than my fair share of problems to solve. She never hesitates. Additionally, Georgette is responsible for our security systems and key management.

Georgette served in the Minnesota National Guards for over 6 years, reaching the level of Sergeant. She came very close to being deployed to Africa once. Her deployment was canceled just days before she was scheduled to leave. 

Georgette loves to share her love of technology. She works closely with student interns and facilitates the student Yearbook Club. She created a Maker Space in our Learning Commons for all students to use (except during this COVID year - hopefully we’ll be able to share equipment and supplies next school year). A Maker Space is a place where you can make things for learning, exploring, and sharing. It's a place for hands-on learning with all the tools for creativity. Ours includes 3D printing, audio-visual equipment, hand tools crafts, STEM activities, and more. 

We are fortunate to have Georgette at Academy of Whole Learning. Thanks, Georgette--for all you do!
Family Corner
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Annual Parent Meeting
You are invited to Academy of Whole Learning's 2021 Annual Parent Meeting!

Join us online Thursday, February 25 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Please click here to register.

We can't wait to see you there!
With the implementation of Evergreen Contracts, the contract you signed for the current school year ensures continuous enrollment for your child at AOWL. This means that you don’t have to hassle with a contract every year; your student will be automatically enrolled in the next school year unless you notify [email protected]g of withdrawal by March 12th.

For your convenience, we will be placing a $1000 deposit for next year on your SmartTuition account after March 12th.

We are honored to serve all of our AOWL students and families, and we look forward to seeing your family again next year.
Tuition Assistance
Tuition Assistance (TADS) Applications for the 2021-22 school year are due February 12th.

The link to apply for financial aid can be found here and on our website. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Tuition assistance amounts awarded will be emailed via HelloSign to existing AOWL families on March 1, 2021. It is essential that all existing families sign these award letters by March 10, 2021, if they plan to accept the amounts and re-enroll their child at Academy of Whole Learning next year.
Parent Support Group
February 12th, from 9:00 - 10:00 am.

At this meeting, we welcome a guest speaker from MyHealth. She has taken the questions provided at the last Parent Support Group and will be available to share her knowledge, resources, and expertise with you. Please RSVP by contacting S[email protected].
PTO Meeting
The next PTO Meeting date is Thursday, February 11th 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 and caregivers are welcome!
Coffee & Convo
The next Coffee and Convo date is Friday, March 5 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 caregivers are welcome!
Alumni Virtual Charades
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 16th at 5:00 pm for virtual charades, open to current students, AOWL alumni, families, and staff.

RSVP at this link and the Zoom link will be sent to your email. Email [email protected] with any and all questions!
Polar Plunge
There's still time to register for this year's Virtual Polar Plunge! Click on this link and click "join our team." Then take the plunge and submit a video to [email protected] by February 12th.
2020-21 Board-Parent Liaison
PTO Co-chairs

Contact Kerry or Audra for questions or concerns regarding the PTO.
View from the Nest
Staff Highlights!
Ramona Ceraceanu
Human Resources Generalist

Ramona is currently working on her Master of Science degree in the Human Resource Management program, with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership at Strayer University. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Craiova. Ramona is an experienced Human Resources professional who is passionate about creating a great work environment and promoting growth through employee development.
Maggie Jensen, M.A. Sped
Classroom Teacher

Maggie holds a Master's Degree in special education from Bethel University in addition to her Bachelor’s Degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Maggie supplements her educational expertise with her ASD teaching licensure. In addition to applied behavioral analysis and behavior management experience, Maggie is also certified in the Orton Gillingham Language Arts model.
Will Kramer
Behavior Therapist 

Will holds a Bachelor's Degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Prior to coming to Academy of Whole Learning, Will worked as an ABA behavior therapist for children with ASD at both in-clinic and in-home settings.