24 June 2021
Coming Up
View the 2021-22 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar here.
View our Parent Google Calendar here.
COVID-19 Update
A quick clarification on AOWL’s current masking expectation, especially given the updated guidance on masking in summer schools and camps from the CDC:
  • For all unvaccinated individuals, mask wearing is required.
  • Mask wearing is strongly encouraged while indoors, however to remain consistent with the CDC’s guidance, mask wearing for vaccinated individuals is optional.
  • Teaching staff will continue to look for consistent opportunities throughout the day for students to safely remove their masks, such as when distanced outdoors.
  • We will continue to update families as the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health update their guidance. 

Visit the COVID-19 update section of our website for all COVID-19 information.
Family Corner
2021-22 Arrival and Dismissal Plan
Here is the plan for arrival and dismissal for the 2021-22 school year:

  • 8:00 - 8:10 = Lower/Middle School - Main Entrance
  • Lower/Middle School classes start promptly at 8:10 am.
  • 8:10 - 8:20 = High School - Gym Entrance
  • High School Classes start promptly at 8:20 am.

  • 3:00 - 3:10 Lower/Middle School - Main Entrance
  • 3:10 - 3:20 = High School - Gym Entrance
AOWL Alumni and Student Picnic June 29
Our alumni and student picnic at the future Academy of Whole Learning campus is just five days away! Click here to RSVP. We can’t wait to enjoy food, good conversations, and the wonderful Minnesota summer with you all!

  • Date: Tuesday, June 29th
  • Time: 5-7pm
  • Location: Future AOWL Campus! 8810 10th Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427
  • Who: All past and current students, families & staff are welcome!

AOWL Therapy Services Closed on July 5
The clinic will be closed July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
2021-22 Start of Year Forms due August 1
Be on the lookout for an email in July with information on submitting your Start-of-Year forms through Gradelink EnrollMe! Electronic submission of forms will be due August 1.
Summer Sensory Fest August 22
Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 22nd! Academy of Whole Learning is hosting a sensory-friendly event at our brand new campus in Golden Valley. You won't want to miss the silent disco, live music performances, on-site music therapy, food trucks, activity stations, and more. All are welcome!

  • When: Sunday, August 22, 1-4 pm
  • Where: 8810 10th Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427
  • What: A community sensory-friendly event to welcome ourselves to the Golden Valley neighborhood
Summer Communications
The Bridge Newsletter Summer Publications
  • For the months of June and July we will publish the Bridge Newsletter once a month to give updates for events related to the summer and the upcoming school year.
  • Bi-monthly publications are scheduled to resume on August 12.

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
Bridge the Gap Summer Camp is off to a great start!
Please direct all summer-related communication and inquiries to Louis Bakalars.
Wyayn's Words
Last Friday we commemorated Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth, which is on June 19, (this fell on a Saturday this year, so was observed on Friday, June 18 for AOWL), has long been an important holiday in the African American community. It has been a time for celebration rather than mourning and remembrance.
This year marked the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It marked the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed.
In the wake of last year’s racial awakening and particularly the murder of George Floyd, the anniversary of which we have just observed, we decided, through our JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Committee, to offer Juneteenth as a paid day off for our staff to celebrate the freedoms we all deserve. It is a reminder that nobody is free until everybody is free. We should celebrate it as the day when all Americans were liberated and created equal. It should be a day to reflect, to learn, and to grow as a nation, as an organization and as a people.
Interestingly, the federal government agrees with us. On June 15, 2021, the Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday; it subsequently passed through the House of Representatives. President Biden signed the bill soon after. 

Though many of us (myself included) may just be learning about the significance of this holiday, it’s important to take time to recognize its place in American history and reflect on the long struggle for equal rights – and how far we have to go.
View from the Nest
Thank You, Minds of All Kinds Committee Members!
Many thanks are in order for our amazing group of parent volunteers who made up our Minds of All Kinds Subcommittees! You all made our wonderful virtual event possible and did it all with a positive attitude and contagious energy! Thank you for helping us reach new heights and thank you Donna Grubka for hosting our celebration lunch!
(Not all members are pictured in this photo)
PTO Co-chairs

Head of School