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:  Kayla Carroll
3116 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55812
Phone:  218-336-8825  
Fax: 218-336-8829

  Congdon News

February is I LOVE TO READ month.  Click here to download a copy of our I LOVE TO READ month activities calendar.


There will be an evening PTA meeting next Thursday, February 15 from 6:30-7:30PM in the PTA room on the third floor.

There is a new letter from Principal Kathi Kusch Marshall here.  Check it out!

We are grateful for the amazing support Congdon families and teachers showed for our Spring Scholastic Book Fair!  This event helped to purchase book for classrooms and media center and raised money for our PTA endeavors.  Thank you to all our volunteers, especially Mrs. Lofstuen's 5th graders!  If you couldn't find a specific title, please check out our online fair at www.scholastic.com, and select the Congdon Park Elementary book fair.  Our online fair will be open through February 17.

Students who are healthy are more ready to learn.  ISD709 recently updated the district wellness policy, providing a guiding framework that aligns with current health goals. The policy can be viewed at http://www.isd709.org/for-parents/Wellness-Policy.  Congdon Park strives to help our children learn healthy habits in school, as well as fostering those habits throughout life. Please refer to the Healthy Snacks & Classroom Celebrations handout and introduction letter for some great healthy ideas that support the district wellness policy.  

Congratulations to ​Maddie Singer in Mr. Morse's class and Harper Tomaich in Mrs. Pilate's class!  ​Their​ work was selected to be exhibited at the Twin Ports K-12 Youth Art Exhibit in the Kruk Gallery at UWS.  The Show is up now until February 28.  

We are seeking CLEAN 1/2 Gallon Plastic Pots for the upcoming Tomato Man Project.  If you have a 1st grade child and still have the pot that your child received as a Kindergartner or if you did landscape projects last year and have extra 1/2 gallon plastic pots, please place the pots in the collection bin in the lobby.  We are only seeking clean 1/2 Gallon pots at this time.  Thank you!

Screenagers film showing & conversation on raising kids in a digital world will be on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm in the Ordean Middle School Auditorium. Hosted by parents and Combined PTA Organizations (Congdon Park Elem, Ordean Middle School, East High), the event is free to attend but does need RSVP to gauge attendance. Screenagers is an award-winning film that probes into modern family life and depicts the sometimes messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world. Parents and their kids (suggested ages 10 and older) are invited to this free, community-wide film showing and open discussion. Drs. Ryan Goei and Aaron Boyson, both Communication Professors at the University of Minnesota Duluth with expertise in this field, and Dr. Margaret Saracino, a Pediatric Psychiatrist from the Human Development Center (HDC) in Duluth, will share thoughts prior to the film and lead an open discussion period afterward. As a committee, our goal is to foster productive conversations between adults and kids about healthy digital media use.
The event is free but please RSVP here: https://screenagersduluth.eventbrite.com
FaceBook link: https://www.facebook.com/screenagersduluth/
For more information: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/

Thanks to our sponsors:
Annita Winkels, DPT at InMotion Therapy, Casey Carbert, Realtor at Edmunds Realty, MAP Behavioral Health Center, Dr. Allison Robinson, Eversmiles Pediatric Dentistry, Buzz Frenzy, Super-Simple Automated Marketing, Zeitgeist, Jeremy Weizel, Marketing & Strategy

Did you know that there is a Facebook group just for Congdon Park Parents? It is a closed group where parents can ask questions, share ideas, and PTA leadership will often post reminders of meetings, events, and other updates. Check it out here.

Much of the country is experiencing widespread and intense influenza activity right now.  The most common strain this year is also the most severe form.  Please review the information in "Is My Child Well Enough to go to School" and help keep our students and staff healthy this year if your child is not feeling well.  Please see handout for more information.

The Cougar Reader (K.E.Y. Zone's newspaper club publication) has a new edition.  In this club, 4th and 5th grade students participate in putting together a newspaper and choosing a topic that interests them to write about. Check out the articles they composed here.

Save the Date!!  Thursday March 1st is a Congdon Park Family Fun Night. We will have activities in the gym and snacks with Bingo for Books in the cafeteria from 6:30-7:15.  At 7:15, Duluth's Mayor, Emily Larson, will join us in the gym for a 1/2 hour of storytelling.   We will be collecting books to give away during Bingo for Books.  Please browse through your book shelves and donate any gently used children's books no longer being read at your home.  Donation boxes will be located in the main entrance, by the front office, and outside the Reading Corps room 126.  Any books not given away at Bingo for Books will be donated to the United Way Big Red Bookshelf and to Congdon's Playground's Little Library.  Books for ages 3-12 are very much appreciated!!  Please no adult or religious books.

K.E.Y. Zone at the Y offers a variety of exciting opportunities along with snack, homework help, and enriching activities.  This is a unique opportunity only offered to Congdon students.  Please see flyer for more information.

Once a week, take a peek!  Head lice can be an uncomfortable but common issue among children.  As a matter of routine, families should check their child’s head regularly for signs of head lice - especially elementary school-age children.  Please see handout for more information.

Recyle catalogs in the Green New Page Dumpster, along with glossy ads, magazines and white paper.  It helps Congdon turn trash into cash!

Check out all the ways families can participate.  We ask everyone to please review the list of acceptable plastic for the plastic bag recycling-- PLEASE NO BAGS WITH METALLIC INTERIORS.  Thanks and keep up all the efforts!!!

Please sign up for volunteering for Art Adventures with Becky Hartley at bekstam@gmail.com.  We will be receiving the art set from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in March 2018 and will have the set through the end of March.  Just 1 meeting a week in your favorite classroom is a fun way to be involved bringing art to the classroom!  This year our themed set is called AMERICAN STORIES and you can check out the pieces HERE.  No experience necessary, we will provide you a brief training and all the information and materials needed.  Please email with any questions.  Volunteer sign up will be posted soon, and Informational meeting will be held in February, date and time TBD.

We need two Playground/Cafeteria Monitors at Congdon.  Please consider and pass on this info to anyone who may be interested.  Click HERE for more information.

A HUGE thank you to all of those who volunteer! Click HERE to see upcoming volunteer opportunities including:

  • PHIT : Feb 15, 8-11AM
  • PTA
  • Library volunteering
  • Other ways to get in on the action.


At School: What's going on at Congdon? Click the link.

Community Activities: Look to this page for activities for children in our community.

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