26 August 2021
Coming Up
View the 2021-22 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar here.
View our Parent Google Calendar here.
COVID-19 Update
Check out the COVID-19 Update section of our website for the latest information.
Family Corner
Start of School Reminders!
Reminder: There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6.

Here is the plan for arrival and dismissal for the 2021-22 school year:

Lower School: (Lower School Entrance - North Side)
  • Arrival: 8:00
  • Dismissal: 3:00

Middle/High School (Main Entrance - East Side)
  • Arrival: 8:10
  • Dismissal: 3:10

Check out our handbook and the diagram below for reminders about pick-up and drop-off procedures.
Student Portrait Day September 9!
Student portraits will be taken on Thursday, Sept. 9. The order form can be found here.
Please have your child deliver the form to their homeroom teacher or the Front Desk by September 9.

Due to social distancing, we will not be taking a group photo. 

We are in need of two parent volunteers to assist with organizing students for the photos. We ask that volunteers help from 8:30 - 11:00 am. One volunteer assists in lining the students up and getting them ready for photos while the other marks down which students have had their picture taken.

 Please let the office know if you are available! 
Therapy Groups Begin September 13!
Registration is open for Social Skills, Beyond the Spectrum and our new group: Girls Group!
Groups run for 10 weeks and most major insurance can be billed for groups.
Please contact Karla Przybylski at [email protected] for more information.
Subscribe Family/Friends to The Bridge Newsletter!
Do you have a family member or friend who might be interested in receiving our Bridge Newsletter? They can sign up here. 
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
Our first Activity Day takes place on September 3.
  • Activity Days run 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM and are open to the public.
  • Cost: $90/day 
  • Please register via Smart Tuition or by emailing Lisa Gearen.

The first session of clubs will run from Oct. 25 - Dec. 17.
Stay tuned for more details to come!

Wyayn's Words
Pandemic Panic or Presence of Mind?
Last year Louie Bakalars stepped up to lead our response to the COVID crisis for AOWL.  He immersed himself in all the best practice protocols and worked alongside experts in the field to develop our Preparedness and Mitigation Plan. When he left to go to Culinary School in June, I decided to step into his role.  How hard could it be?  The Pandemic was in its waning days.  And then it wasn’t!  I didn’t panic.  Instead I reached out to Louie’s preparedness mentor, Emily Ward.  
Emily is an AOWL parent. She reviewed our 120 page Comprehensive Safety and Emergency Plan that we developed when we first moved into our Minnetonka Campus, so she was the first person we reached out to when we needed advice on our pandemic preparedness plan last year. Why Emily?  Let me share some of her background.
Emily is currently active duty military with the U.S. Coast Guard.  She was activated at the beginning of the pandemic and has worked on pandemic response policy and vaccine planning and distribution.  Her biggest role has been developing and implementing our nationwide contact tracing program, including a data management software system.  She’s a Commander and had technically retired in February 2020, but they retained her on “retired recall” orders through September 2021.
Her civilian job is the Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator at the MN Dept of Health. She’s been there since 2015 working on statewide public health emergency preparedness and response.  Largely, planning for pandemic or biological terrorism response.  She will return to this job October 1st.
Prior to 2015 she was on active duty with the Coast Guard working on pandemic policy and the Ebola response (2013-2015).  
She finished a Masters in Security Technology with a public health minor in 2013, which has strengthened her knowledge for each of these roles.
Academy of Whole Learning has the latest information on best practices for COVID-19 mitigation strategies sooner than any other school in the state, maybe even the nation. We are fortunate, beyond words, to have Emily partnering with us and sharing her expertise.
Thank you Emily!!

View from the Nest
Thank You For Attending AOWL's First Annual Summer Sensory Fest!
Thank you so much to all who attended our first annual Summer Sensory Fest and to all our amazing staff for making this event possible. Check out this link for photos of our families and the community enjoying acoustic music, silent disco, MacPhail music therapy, delicious food, and more!
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Executive Director