6 May 2021
Coming Up
COVID-19 Update
Minnesota recently updated its guidance on COVID-19 testing in schools to extend convenient testing options to students. Thanks to MDE, we are now able to provide saliva-based PCR tests for families to administer every two weeks. MDE encourages student testing to coincide with already established staff testing programs in order to monitor for asymptomatic spread of COVID-19.

AOWL’s student testing program will begin the week of 5/3/21 and will continue every two weeks until at least the end of this school year. Please reference this document for more information on what student testing procedures look like.

Visit the COVID-19 update section of our website for all COVID-19 information.
Family Corner
Virtual Minds of All Kinds Fundraiser TONIGHT
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT - Virtual Minds of All Kinds 2021

How to Watch the Main Event at 7:00 pm CST:
  • As soon as you get to the event page, press the play button, and you will be brought to the live broadcast.
  • If you have any trouble, refresh the page and click play again.
  • If you join late, you can rewind and start from the beginning.
Quick reminders:
  • It isn’t too late to RSVP. Click here!
  • Donations are DOUBLED with our $75,000 matching grant!
Parent Support Group May 7
The next Parent Support Group will meet Friday, May 7 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM.
Topics of interest: Increasing Social Connections and Summer Preparations.
This will be our last gathering for the school year. Please RSVP by contacting Sunni.
No School Monday, May 10
To show appreciation for our staff's devotion throughout a tough year, AOWL's Board of Trustees granted staff one extra day of PTO, which will take place on Monday, May 10.
School will be canceled on May 10, and there will be no Owls' Nest or clubs.
Please mark your calendars!
We are so grateful to our Board for their support, and to you, our families, for making this day possible for our staff.

Please note that Therapy Services and Adult Education Programming will be open on May 10.
Coffee and Convo May 14
The next Coffee and Convo date is Friday, May 14 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!
Spring Book Fair May 17 - 21
Announcing AOWL's Spring Book Fair May 17 - 21!
  • 50% of all profits turn into Scholastic Dollars for AOWL!
  • This event will be held in-person so students get to experience the excitement of "shopping" during their classroom's time slot!
  • As in the fall, our teachers have created a Book Fair wish list. If you would like to purchase a book from the list, please see this instructional video.
  • Watch for the Book Fair Catalog being sent home with students this week!
  • Please stay tuned for additional communications from AOWL with details.
PTO Meeting May 20
The next PTO Meeting date is Thursday, May 20 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!
Summer Group Therapy Registration Due May 26
AOWL Therapy Services offers Summer Group Therapy, covered by most major insurance carriers! Beginning the week of June 7th, our 8-session groups provide a wide range of support for children, teens, and young adults that focus on social skills, health and wellness, and living with ASD.
Please visit www.aowl.org/groupservices/ or call 952-737-6933 for detailed course descriptions and
secure your spot by registering by May 26th.
High School Course Catalog Available!
AOWL's 2021-22 High School Course Catalog is available for reference. Click here to view the catalog! Please note this is a preliminary draft and Electives and Life Skills courses will be updated this summer.
K-12 Education Subtraction and Credit
Minnesota has programs to help families pay for education expenses: 
The K-12 Education Subtraction and the K-12 Education Credit can lower the tax families pay or increase their refund when filing their Minnesota income tax return. Families may qualify for the subtraction, credit, or both - if they save their receipts. 
Visit the Resources Page on the AOWL website (scroll down and click the "Resources" button) to view information about events happening outside of school that may be of interest to you and your family! 
Beyond the Bell
Bridge the Gap Summer Camp
Registration for Bridge the Gap Summer Camp 2021 is open! Some programs have just a few spots remaining, so apply soon!
View program offerings here.
Upcoming Activity Days
We will be offering a week of activity days from May 31st - June 4th.
Details regarding daily themes and outings coming soon.
Wyayn's Words
Good-byes and Hellos

At the end of May we will say Happy Retirement to Mike Onan, Director of Finance. Mike has been with
Academy of Whole Learning for 3 years. Mike added a level of accounting acumen we needed. He was
able to set up operating accounts for each of our departments, created an Operating Book, led the
Finance Committee, set up an Investment and Endowment subcommittee of the Finance Committee and,
perhaps what he will look back on most fondly, led our after-school gardening club. Mike, we will miss you
greatly and we wish you happy gardening and travels in your new well deserved free time!
Martin Aschenbrener is our new Director of Finance. He brings over 25 years of finance and accounting
experience to the Academy. His experience ranges from large corporations to startup medical device
companies. He feels that his experience will help the school grow both financially and operationally.
After receiving a BA degree in accounting at Bemidji State University, he joined the US Army as a
contracting officer. From there he entered the business world as the controller for Lifetime Fitness. At
the time he started it was a small health and fitness club but during his tenure he was promoted to Vice
President of Operations and was instrumental in helping take the company public. It was during this
time that he enrolled at the University of Minnesota’s MBA program. Many of the accounting and
operational processes that he wrote at Lifetime are still used today.
Looking for a change, Martin and his wife moved to Boston for a new adventure. In Boston he worked in
different roles from VP of Finance to Director. It involved raising capital and managing all aspects of
finance and accounting. This chapter of his life took him from Boston to Germany on a monthly basis
while working for a number of different startups. Of these different companies one is still growing
strong. It was here that he honed his business and accounting skills to help develop the small
After a number of years, they moved back to Minnesota and back to Lifetime Fitness, until, of course,
we snagged him!
Martin enjoys sailing, bicycling and spending time with his wife and children. Please join me in
welcoming Martin and wishing Mike a great retirement.
View from the Nest
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
THANK YOU, Amazing AOWL Teaching Staff and Classroom Behavior Therapists!
We appreciate you with owl our hearts!
2020-21 Board-Parent Liaison

PTO Co-chairs

Head of School