Congdon Park is a community elementary school providing 21st Century classrooms and facilities, experienced teaching staff and excellent educational programs. Our school community strives to provide high achievement for all and a welcoming environment for everyone. 
Principal:  Kathi Kusch Marshall
School Secretary:  Jackie Dolentz
3116 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55812
Phone:  218-336-8825  
Fax: 218-336-8829  

Congdon News

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  Click the Volunteer Tab above for complete info.

Conferences begin this week, which means STAFF APPRECIATION DINNERS begin as well!  This is a wonderful time to celebrate our teachers and staff with great food.  The PTA serves dinner to the teachers and staff each of the conference evenings.  There are still items needed for Thursday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 13th. Sign up at http://vols.pt/LVwB4B.  Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far!

Walking to school is cool-- and this year, ALL Congdon Park students will have an opportunity to walk to school!  On Wednesday, October 7th, we still need volunteers to walk with students from Ordean Middle school to Congdon. Contact Michelle Pierson at:  duluthpierson@gmail.com to be added to our list or sign up on Volunteer Spot at:  http://vols.pt/ViAn2i

The Bookfair still has volunteer shifts available this week both during the day and evening.  Sign up at http://vols.pt/FCXbmU  Any questions, please call or email Alyssa Carlson at acarlson0407@gmail.com or 218-464-0718

Art Adventures volunteer sign up is happening now!  We need KINDERGARTEN Classroom Volunteers and a few other rooms are open as well.  Please join us in bringing a great art program to all Classrooms at Congdon.  No Art background required, quick and easy “art talks” with the kids, all materials and training provided.  Contact Becky Hartley for details: 218-349-4843, bekstam@gmail.com

October is National Farm to School Month.  To celebrate, Congdon will be having an Apple Quinoa Tasting for all students on Friday, October 23.  We are seeking parent volunteers to assist with the sampling during 3 shifts at lunch time.  Please sign up if you have interest at Volunteer Spot:  http://vols.pt/93EXpt


After walking or biking to school with your child on Wednesday, October 7th, stay for Coffee with Kathi in the Congdon Cafe.  Great time to ask questions from the first weeks of school and find out what is coming up at Congdon.  Younger siblings welcome.  

Save the Date:  The first PTA Sponsored Family Fun Night is Friday, October 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm.  Come for an evening of fun at the Science Spooktacular.  More info and RSVP for dinner next week.  

Duluth School Board Candidate Forum, Monday, October 26, 2015, 6:00-7:30 pm

2nd Floor School Board Chambers at Historic Old Central High School

215 N. 1st Avenue East

Candidates: At Large: Alanna Oswald, Renee K. Van Nett, District 2: David Kirby, Charles Obije,

District 3: Loren Martell, Nora Sandstad

Co-sponsored by LWV Duluth and Duluth City-Wide Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) Council


NO SCHOOL on Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16th for Teacher In-Service.

Missing Something???  Please check the Lost and Found when you are at school for conferences to see if any of the many items might belong to your child.

First graders, please return the black pots that you received your Kindergarten Tomato in so it can be reused.

It’s not too late to join the Congdon PTA!  Becoming a member allows you to stay connected and informed, voice your input, volunteer opportunities, and your membership supports our teachers, specialists, and your child's education. Click here for membership form.

The PTA One and Done Fundraiser is off to a great start. We have received 176 donations from families, staff and businesses for a total of $16,530.78 so far. We are a little 70% to our goal of $23,000 Please consider donating if you haven’t already. Click here for a donation form. Online donations can also be made at:www.givemn.org/organization/Congdonparkpta

Congdon Families!  Ask your child if they know the value of a dime…  Of course, it’s only ten cents.  But hundreds or thousands of dimes together can add up to real $$$  Each Box Top for Education turned in is $0.10 to our school’s operating budget.  This has yielded on average $600-800 per year from the generous folks at General Mills.  Box Tops are collected throughout the year in the blue box outside the Office and turned in twice a year.  Please turn in any clipped Box Tops in the next couple weeks so we can send in the first submittal on October 30.

Tips for making Box Tops easy:

·         Check expiration dates.  Please discard any expired Box Tops.

·         At this time Congdon only collects Box Tops for Education.  We do not collect Labels for Education, Loaves for Learning, Betty Crocker points, milk caps, nor pop can tabs…

·         Trim Box Tops.  While they do not “have” to be neatly cut to submit, it makes it much easier to process if they are somewhat neatly cut rather than just being torn off .  BUT we will certainly take them in any condition!

·         If your child really wants to collect Box Tops on the collection sheets, please adhere with just a modest amount of tape rather than staples or tons of tape or glue.

Congdon Activities:

INTRODUCTION TO LEGO ROBOTICS will be offered this fall for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who have not done it at Congdon in the past. Look for information coming soon about the Lego Club starting this winter for students who have completed the INTRODUCTION TO LEGO ROBOTICS in 3rd or 4th grade! Supported and funded by the Congdon Park Foundation and the Keely and Mickey Pearson Foundation.  Click here for registration form.  

Destination Imagination Registration is open until October 23, 2015 for 1st-5th grades.  Destination Imagination (DI) offers seven new Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables students to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation while fostering their creativity, courage and curiosity. The program runs after school from early November until the Regional Tournament on March 12, 2016 in Proctor.  For more information go to the DI website at http://www.destinationimagination.org/what-we-do/challenge-program AT LEAST ONE PARENT MANAGER IS NEEDED FOR EACH TEAM. Click here for Registration Form and Challenge Overviews

Community Activities:Links to many out-of-school activities are listed under the Activities tab on the Congdon Homepage

East Select Soccer Sign-Ups are open.  Questions answered here:  http://dulutheastsoccer.com/docs/About%20ESS.pdf

Registration link: http://dulutheastsoccer.com/ess/registration.php

The Duluth Public Library has many fun programs for kids of all ages.  Check out their website at http://www.duluthlibrary.org/programs-events/ click on Kids or Teens for more information.

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