17 March 2022
Coming Up
View the 2021-22 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar here.
View our Parent Google Calendar here.
COVID-19 Update
Updated Mask Policy: On February 25th the CDC announced new metrics for determining COVID-19 community levels. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.

Under the new metrics, the community level for Hennepin County is now Medium.

You can read more about community levels and COVID prevention steps based on community levels at the CDC website.

Effective Monday, March 7th, masks will be “strongly recommended” instead of “required” during times when the community level in Hennepin county is Low or Medium. When the community level is High, masks will be required. This applies to all staff, clinic clients, and students in the school and adult education programs regardless of vaccination status.

The sick policy will remain the same. Quarantine and isolation requirements will remain the same.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Barosko at [email protected]. Thank you!
Family Corner
Thank You AOWL Families and our PTO Team!
We would like to send a huge shout-out to our AOWL families who helped provide meals for our staff during conferences. We appreciate you!
Internship Opportunity
Know someone looking for real-life marketing experience? We're looking for a detail-oriented problem-solver to help us this summer for 300-500 hours over 3 months. Flexible schedule. Lots of skills to add to your resume! Follow this link to find out more.
Upcoming Days Off
There will be no school April 1st due to staff professional development and April 4th - April 8th due to Spring Break. Activity Days are available. If you plan on having a child attend activity days over these dates, we ask that you sign-up as soon as possible so we can allocate staff accordingly.

Scroll to our "Beyond the Bell" section to find out more!
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 $26.25 each. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Colleen or Ms. Georgette. If you need assistance ordering through the website check out this purchase guide.

 If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Colleen or Ms. Georgette.
Virtual Family Arts Night
Our Virtual Family Arts Night will take place April 21st, 2022, 6-7 PM CT. You can register for the virtual event through this link. More information to come!
Virtual Minds of All Kinds Annual Fundraiser
What is the Virtual Minds of All Kinds (MOAK) Annual Fundraiser?
This event is a FREE one hour program where you will hear directly from students, young 
adults, parents, and staff about the transformational success that happens at AOWL! 

What is the purpose of MOAK?
Introducing people to AOWL and inspiring individual donors to give.

Why do we need a fundraiser?
Our tuition dollars alone do not completely cover the costs of running our school and 
offering important scholarships. The money raised at the event helps pay for our 
amazing staff and provides important funds for our operating expenses.

When/where is the event:
May 5, 2022 from 7-8 pm CT, wherever you can access a screen and the internet.
Staffing Update
We wish Paul Gloudemans the best as he has taken on a new opportunity outside of AOWL. We are excited to announce that Allison Barosko will temporarily be stepping into the Admissions role until we find a full time replacement. Please contact Allison at [email protected] for all your reenrollment needs and questions. If you'd like to send Paul well wishes, please send them to [email protected]
Beyond the Bell
Session 3 Clubs

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

Owl's Nest Before and After-School Care
  • AM Owl's Nest opens each morning at 7 AM.
  • PM Owl's Nest is open each evening until 5 PM.
  • Owl's Nest hours will remain the same on all Activity Days
  • 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
  • In an effort to allow time for our staff to complete professional development, Friday, April 1st will be an Activity Day.
  • Spring 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 4/4: SPRING into Scottish Heritage
  • Tuesday 4/5: SPRING into Arab American Heritage
  • Wednesday 4/6: SPRING into Gardening
  • Thursday 4/7: SPRING into Nature
  • Friday 4/8: SPRING into Fun

Enrichment Program Questions
  • All questions about registrations for Clubs, Owls' Nest and Summer Camp should be sent to [email protected].

For more Enrichment information, see the Beyond the Bell page on our website.
Wyayn's Words
There’s a Portuguese proverb that states, "Think of many things. Do one." As an organization that thrives on innovation, we always are thinking of many things. We’re listening to our staff, our parents, and our clients. We’re tuned in to our industries and we’re connected to the community. They are all rich sources of new ideas about how to be better and to do more.
One word that comes up often is growth. What’s the best way to do that? When we launched our Capital Campaign to purchase our new campus, we needed to be especially thoughtful about how to convey that what is traditionally seen as bigger — more space, more people in each program — doesn’t always equal better.
We want to reach more families, absolutely. However, we will do that in a way that remains true to our holistic, individualized approach. In our K-12 school and our summer camps, that means limiting the number of enrolled students to maintain the calm connectivity that enables our students to thrive. In the clinic, we are able to accommodate more clients and are always looking for new staff who are experienced in both mental and behavioral health. “Bigger” is also a valid growth path for our Adult Education Program. We have a vision of more classes, more employment trainings, and more tools to help young adults live confident and independent lives. 

Growth means providing more of the right environment, not simply expanding that environment. We’re so grateful for all of you who are helping us with the Capital Campaign. Having our own campus is exactly the right step on our growth journey. We are eager to move forward with all of you as partners as we continue to grow in the ways that will most help our students and clients flourish.

View from the Nest
S.T.E.M. Fun with Marshmallows!
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