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We’re glad you’re here and sticking with us! We’re moving to a new website this year and look forward to hearing your feedback.

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Aquila Capacity Update – July 1, 2023 Effective

Last night Superintendent Osei presented recommendations to mitigate attendance at Aquila Elementary.

Watch Here to listen to the discussion and recommendations to the school board. Starting at 28:00 min in.

Recommendations included:

  • Changes to Open Enrollment Policy at Aquila
  • Cap on enrollment once capacity met at grade and section levels
  • Option to voluntarily transfer to Peter Hobart or Susan Lindgren
  • Assignment of new housing developments as completed


Additionally, a proposed study of potential addition to facilities was recommended.

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2023-24 School Supply Kits – On Sale Now!

Save time this summer by ordering your student’s school supplies now!

  • Kits include everything on your student’s list
  • Delivered to the school before the first day!
  • No last minute search for the last red folder at Target

Questions? Contact [email protected]


What a Field Day!

Hooray to all the students who were able to participate in Field Day 2023! There was no shortage of smiles!

Check out all the AMAZING moments HERE!

HUGE Thank you to Joe Stevens for capturing the joy of the day!



PTO Meeting – Monday, May 15 – Meeting Presentation

We’re in a big moment of gratitude this week!

Thank you to those who attended our PTO meeting on May 15. Here is a link to the presentation that was shared.

Thank you to our presenters Kristy Burgeson, Patricia Magnuson, Rachel Hicks, Kari Schwietering, and Clarence Pollock!

Thank you to our outgoing PTO Board members, Tom Westlund, Kristin Cook, and Carolyn Teichner! Without the contributions of these board members, this year could not have been such a wonderful success! We hope our entire community was able to attend one or more events throughout the year. Please provide any feedback, we’d love to hear from you [email protected]

Welcome our new PTO Board members, Zach Neuman, Annie Stevens, and Asia Hill-Dant!

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FREE Summer School Learning – Preschool

Central Early Learning Center is pleased to offer two FREE summer school classes for children who have little to no preschool experience at Peter Hobart along with the Summer Learning Academy program for kids K-5. Here is some important information:
  • Each class will be taught by a licensed teacher and a paraprofessional
  • Class runs from 8:00-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • Dates: 6/19-8/3 (no class the week of July 4th)
  • Maximum of 14 kids per class
  • Breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided
  • FREE!
  • Priority spots are given to students who have no preschool experience
  • For children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023

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S.T.E.A.M. Family Night – Hope you had fun!

Thank you Aquila students and community!

In coordination with The Works Museum and Erin Holt Art, students experienced hands-on projects and activities showcasing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! CLICK HERE to see photos from the event!

BIG Thank you to our volunteers Krystal Oeth, Tim Lieser, Crystal Nembhard, Cayden Kuss, Maria & Olivia, Charlene Hughes, Saleta Sallet-Cobb, Rachel & Molly Haen, Lindsey Benson, Kim Stadler, Marriah & Miles Foudray, and Kristin Cook!

Thank you to Joe Stevens for capturing the joy of the event in photos!

This event was made possible in part by a grant from the  St. Louis Park Family Services Collaborative and the generous donations of our community through Aquila Give$.


Kid’s Place 2023-24 – Registration Open Now!

Kid’s Place Child Care for th 2023-24 school year is open now!

The online registration window is:  April 10 – May 5, 2023

Sign into your online account to register:
Non-School Day Registration opens September 1, 2023
Contracts will be approved or parents notified of waitlist status by June 8, 2023.

Volunteering Opportunity – Aquila Community Garden & Urban Farm

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Whether you have a green thumb or want to find something to pull you outdoors this summer, consider volunteering at your leisure in the Aquila Community Urban Farm!

The garden relies on the Aquila community!

Kristy Burgeson will be coordinating the season, help is ALWAYS welcome.



Elementary Attendance Boundary Review

During the February 28 SLP School Board Meeting, Superintendent Osei discussed possible elementary attendance boundary changes to address capacity challenges at Aquila Elementary. You can view the presentation with this link, starting at about 1:55. A timeline, including listening and engagement events, was shared at the meeting.

It may be subject to change, but provided below for reference.

Superintendent Osei presented at the PTO meeting on March 20 where he shared more information, welcomed and encouraged dialogue from the community. The current boundaries can be found here.

As part of the work being done, Superintendent Osei and his team wanted to pose the following questions to community members. Please feel free to email him your responses or contact him directly.

  • What questions do you have about the possible boundary change and the impact on your family and/or school communities impacted? 
  • Whether your family may stay at Aquila or attend Hobart or Lindgren, what does your family need to ensure a smooth transition of this possible change?

Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Aquila Cafeteria will be a family engagement session. Please attend if you are able. 

Astein Osei, Superintendent, Ed. D.
Phone: 952-928-6003 | Email: [email protected] 


PTO Meeting – Monday, March 20 – 6:30pm – Meeting Presentation

Thank you to those who attended our PTO meeting on March 20. Here is a link to the presentation that was shared, with the exception of the content from Superintendent Osei.

Be on the lookout for more information regarding elementary school boundaries through the communicator and district website. There will be a listening session on May 2 regarding the work.

A big thank you to all of our speakers below!

  • Astein Osei, Superintendent
  • Erika Scott, Early Learning Program Supervisor
  • Kelleen O’Brion, Youth Enrichment
  • Heidi Weiler, Parks & Recreation



Welcome 2023-24 Kindergarteners!

Thank you for attending the Welcome Night on March 21.

For more information about enrollment, CLICK HERE.

See you in the fall!


BINGO! Thanks for playing!

Thanks for coming out to play BINGO with our community Friday, March 10! There were so many lucky kiddos! We had a blast – we hope to see you all again next year! Click HERE to see more pictures from the event.

BIG Thank You’s to our volunteers, BINGO callers, and Joe Stevens for capturing the fun in photos!


Author’s Night 2/27: Stacy Bauer & Nekima Levy Armstrong

As part of Aquila’s ‘I Love to Read’ Month, we were so fortunate to have Nekima Levy Armstrong and Stacy C. Bauer read their works to our community.  We had so much fun chanting and sneaking sweets! In case you missed it and want to purchase their works, check out the links below.

J is for Justice by Nekima Levy Armstrong

Cami the Kangaroo by Stacy C. Bauer



Congrats to our Honk Jr. Stars!

Congratulations to our Aquila stars! Our very talented Aquila Theatre Arts program performed Honk Jr.! The performances given this weekend were unmatched! We have such talented students and we are so fortunate for Ms.Haen, Mr.Nelson and Ms.Hughes to lead such an amazing performance and watch our students shine!

Big thanks to our parent photographer Joe Stevens and Paul Baudhuin!  CLICK HERE to see the beautiful memories that were captured.

Congrats Honk Jr. cast, we love you, warts and all!


Ask your students about gym class this week! Special Guest Josh Grove

On January 23 & 24, all P.E. classes will be led by Sensei Josh Grove, who will be supporting students as they practice Mindfulness through Play with kendamas. 

The kendama is a traditional Japanese skill toy. It strengthens hand eye coordination, balance and reflex.  It can be played by young and old alike. There are endless trick possibilities for both the beginner and the seasoned master. The Kendama is made up of the “Ken” (handle) and the “Tama” (ball), which is connected by a string.


Thanks for Sledding Aquila!

Thank you to all the students, parents and community members who made the trek to Aquila Park for sledding, doughnuts and hot cocoa yesterday!

CLICK HERE  to see photos taken during the event – BIG thanks to Joe Stevens our Aquila parent and photographer!

See you all again next year! Stay cool!


The results are in! Aquila’s new playground coming soon!

This summer Aquila will have a new playground installed! The work is happening across all elementary schools as part of the referendum which passed last year.

Aquila students were able to vote for three categories of different structures in addition to the current plan. Check out the winning structures!

Aquila Playground – 2023

Click on the PDF above to see the Ninja Warrior Race, UFO Adventure Glider and Alien Orb Climber in more detail. You’ll also find a tentative rendering of the entire playground! Thank you to all our student votes!


PTO Meeting – Monday, January 9 – 6:30pm – Meeting Presentation

Thank you to those who attended our PTO meeting in-person and virtually. Our apologies for the issues with Zoom and guest speakers who were unable to attend.

Here is the link to the presentation that was shared last night. 01.09.23 PTO Meeting Presentation. Below are the links from Business Services for easy reference.

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Get involved!

Interested in finding more ways to be involved? Sign up through the Volunteer Form or email [email protected]

Looking for more updates? Check out the January PTO Newsletter AQPTOnewsletter012023

Thank you to our guest speakers and high school helpers! We would LOVE to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected] or click HERE to provide feedback!


Thank You Lunchroom Helpers!

A BIG Thank you to all of the community members who have volunteered during lunch at Aquila!

Your presence was appreciated and did not go unnoticed. It is a lot of work to move over 500 students through the lunchroom in less than 3 hours and washing tables, opening milk cartons, sorting trays all helps!

The school can always use more help, please consider volunteering again or spreading the word to those who can!

Sign up Today!