3 February 2022
Coming Up
View the 2021-22 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar here.
View our Parent Google Calendar here.
COVID-19 Update
Student Sick Policy - Are you wondering if you should send your child to school? The updated Student Sick Policy incorporates information specific to COVID in with our “regular” sick policy.

Updated quarantine and isolation guidelines - AOWL has adjusted its guidelines for quarantining and isolating to match the CDC recommendations. Since individual circumstances dictate the exact timing for returning to school, the COVID Coordinator will help you work through your student’s timeline. Please visit the CDC website to see the new guidelines.

Free at-home COVID tests! Every household is now able to order 4 free at-home COVID rapid antigen tests. To order tests for your household, please visit COVIDtests.gov

More free at-home COVID tests! Minnesota health insurers are beginning to cover the cost of at-home COVID tests. This article in the Star Tribune contains more information about the new benefit. Please contact your medical insurance company to find out how they are handling reimbursement.

Questions? Please contact [email protected] or by phone at 952-737-6929.
Family Corner
Annual Parent Meeting
The Annual Parent Meeting took place on January 27th. The recording of the virtual meeting can be found here. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions you may have after viewing the meeting.
End of Semester 1
Semester 1 report cards for high school students can be viewed through Gradelink. Please reach out to [email protected] if you need assistance with logging into your family account.
Spring Conferences
Spring conferences will be held March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Your child's teacher will be reaching out shortly to get conferences set-up.
High School Information Night
High School Information Night has been postponed until March 8th. Please use this link to register for the webinar if you are interested in attending. The meeting will be recorded and sent out to parents who are interested but unable to attend.
AOWL Sledding Social
We were so bummed to cancel our Student Reunion Basketball Tip-Off this year, but are excited for a chance to gather outside for a sledding event on February 26th! We are going to meet at Staring Lake Park: 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. We will have hot cocoa set up in the pavilion, which is close by the sledding hill! Please see this Staring Lake Map for meeting location and parking recommendation.

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
  • Time: 1:00-3:00pm, please stop by whenever you are able
  • Where: Staring Lake Park - Pavilion: 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
  • Who: All former and current AOWL students and families

Please RSVP here!

If you are interested in sledding, please bring your own sled and snow gear. Cocoa and snacks will be provided.

If weather conditions are not ideal for sledding, a new plan will be communicated! Thanks and don’t hesitate to contact Kelsey Goth at [email protected] with any questions.
AOWL Yearbooks
Yearbooks are now on sale! Don’t wait to order your student a copy of the 2021-2022 yearbook!

You can purchase one by visiting the Pictavo website (found here) or by cash or check directly to the school. Yearbooks cost $25 each. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Colleen or Ms. Georgette.
Adult Education Information Night
Our Adult Education program will be hosting a virtual informational meeting on Tuesday, February 15th. Please fill out this form if you are interested in virtually attending the Adult Education Information Night.
Important Drop- Off Reminder
We want to send a reminder to families that our dedicated staff use every moment of their mornings to best prepare for a successful day with our students. With this in mind, we ask that middle school and high school parents wait for the designated drop-off times during morning arrival.
2022-23 School Year Re-enrollment
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] of withdrawal by March 11th.

For your convenience we will be placing a $1,000 deposit for next year on your SmartTuition account after the 11th of March.

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 2022-23 school year are due Friday, Feb. 11. The link to apply for financial aid can be found here and on our website. Contact Martin Aschenbrener with any questions.

Tuition assistance amounts awarded will be emailed via HelloSign to existing AOWL families the first week of March. It is essential that all existing families sign these award letters by March 9, 2022 if they plan to accept the amounts and re-enroll their child at Academy of Whole Learning next year.
Beyond the Bell
Session 3 Clubs
  • Basketball with Special Olympics
  • Registration open now at smarttuition.com.
  • Practices Feb 10th-April 28th
  • Session 3 Clubs Registration
  • Check out our website for club offerings and descriptions on February 7, 2022
  • Register at smarttuition.com or email [email protected] with any questions
Adventure Days
  • Session 2 Clubs are up and running and we are excited to have a new offering starting soon.
  • We are partnering with Wilderness Inquiry to offer Adventure Days! Monday Feb 7th, Tuesday March 1st, and Thursday March 3rd. Each day we will have activities connected to outdoor adventures and learning about nature. We will have room for 12 students from Middle and High School, so early registration is key.
  • Registration will open on 1/24/22 on Smart Tuition. Scholarships will be available upon request.

Summer Camp
  • Registration for Summer Camp 2022 is now open! See program offerings here.

Owl's Nest Before and After-School Care Winter Hours
  • Friday after-school hours will end at 5:00 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.

Activity Days
  • Midwinter Break Activity Days. Join us for a week of in-school enrichment with daily arts and crafts, games, active play, social skills, and more tying into daily themes.
  • Monday 2/21: Celebrate Social Justice Day 2/20
  • Tuesday 2/22: Black History - Celebrating contributions to American History and Government
  • Wednesday 2/17: Black History - Celebrating contributions to Cinema and Art
  • Thursday 2/18: Black History - Celebrating contributions to Technology & Innovation
  • Friday 2/19: Off Site Trip Museum of African American Heritage

For more Enrichment information, see the Beyond the Bell page on our website.
Dr. Sous's News
Happy February, Academy of Whole Learning Community

On January 27, we hosted our second virtual Annual Parent Meeting and had over 50 attendees. At the meeting, our team talked about teaching and leading during a pandemic, staffing updates, our COVID Response Plan, and our status in the accreditation process.  

Teaching and leading during a pandemic: Teaching and leading during a pandemic is not easy. Last year, students had to maneuver from in-class to online learning. Thankfully, we have not had to move to virtual learning at all this school year. We understand that virtual learning takes its toll on students, staff, and families. Due to the high transmission rates, we have to prepare to move online if we need to. Teachers were given a full day to plan cohesive, engaging lessons in case we need to move to online learning.  

Staffing Updates: Staffing changes hit us hard in the fall and through the winter. We are thankful that everyone - teachers who worked during their preps, the Behavior Department and the Leadership Team - stepped in to cover for staffing shortages. We are almost fully staffed and expect to fill the final open position, a Behavior Therapist in our Middle School, as early as this week.  

COVID Response Plan: A shout out to our COVID Coordinator/Board of Trustees Member/AOWL Parent, Allison Barosko, for leading our COVID Response Plan. Our COVID Coordinator is in charge of the careful monitoring and tracking of symptoms and exposures and timely contact tracing, offering frequent testing, and ensuring our adherence to strict Center for Disease Control and Prevention protocols. We can proudly share that there has been no spread for a second year in a row!  

Accreditation: We are currently accredited through Minnesota Non Public School Accreditation Association (MNSAA). The goal of MNSAA is to “Be a catalyst for enhancing the quality of PreK to Grade 12 non public education in Minnesota through a comprehensive accreditation process.” We seek (re)accreditation for a number of reasons, including establishing high standards of quality and excellence for the learning process. As part of the process, we complete an extensive self-evaluation and visionary strategic plan for improvement which helps us be accountable to ourselves and develop partnerships with public and private organizations. It is our commitment to excellence.

We are currently in year 6 of 7 in our accreditation process. The benefits of being an accredited school include: providing a framework for the best possible educational program; having recognized credibility of the quality of a school program; providing long-range strategic planning that focuses on student achievement and ongoing school improvement; making a public statement that the school is willing to be measured against rigorous standards and to engage in long-range strategic planning; and highlight many excellent accomplishments of the school and students.

We are thankful for your continued support as we navigate a second year of the pandemic, and are grateful our families entrust their students to our care. We are looking forward to connecting with our families at the upcoming spring conferences.  


Dr. Grande

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