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

The Congdon Giving Tree is up in the Lobby.  Please take a tag to purchase a gift for a Congdon family who needs a little extra help this holiday season.  You also have the option to choose a gift from the Online Giving Tree which you can find on Volunteer Spot at http://signup.com/go/ZOchErw (you can access it while you are shopping!).  Please wrap the gift with the tag attached and return to the Congdon Office by Monday, December 18th.  Thank you for helping to make everyone's holiday a little brighter!

There is a PTA meeting this Thursday, December 14 at noon in the PTA room.  Younger siblings are welcome and the new room has space for them to play.

One last THANK YOU to all the families and Congdon staff that made a donation to the ONE AND DONE direct appeal. We raised a total of $19,000!

Please see the December letter from Principal Kusch Marshall here.

We are offering after school downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons for 3rd - 5th graders through Spirit Mountain on Wednesday in January. All skill levels welcome! Sign up through December 13th.  Specific questions can be directed to Johanna Hislop at 218-464-1221 or jo@houseofhislop.com.

Sign up à  https://goo.gl/forms/Cg5pD7sSJGRKprGI3

Are you curious about what your child is learning in music class?  Wondering about the upcoming December Concerts?  Check out this letter from music teacher, Ms. Hanka.

What’s Happening in Art at Congdon Park?  Check out the letter from our art teachers about what students are learning this fall.

The Congdon Park Foundation is running a Holiday Concert Raffle for a reserved parking spot and two front row seats for the Congdon Holiday Concert.  Tickets are $5.00 each and there will be ten winners.  Return tickets by December 13 for your chance to win.  All proceeds directly fund the Congdon Park Foundation mission through granting requests of teachers.  Please see flyer for tickets and more information.

The Congdon Holiday Concerts will be held on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm in the school gym and we hope you can attend!  Students in grades 4 & 5 who are playing their individual holiday piece during prelude music time will be starting at 7:55 am and 11:55 (please fill the sign-up form and return to Mrs. Hanka by December 15th – thanks).
Our theme this year is “Celebrate the Season!”.  Students should dress up for this very special occasion in holiday colors.  This year, we are again fortunate to have Vicki Ott as our piano accompanist (Thank you, Mrs. Ott!).
Each singing group from every grade will perform for you in the following concert order: grade 3rd (including Mrs. Miller’s 3rd graders), 4th (including Mrs. Miller’s 4th graders), 2nd, 1st, Kind, and 5th.  Congdon music students have been working very hard to prepare their musical pieces and are very excited to be able to perform for you!  Happy Holidays, Mrs. Hanka, Congdon Music Specialist

Are you interested in supporting active classrooms and healthy initiatives at Congdon Park Elementary? Please join us for a Congdon Wellness Committee Meeting on Monday, December 4, 6:30-7:30 pm in the PTA Room.

Once a week, take a peek!  ‘Tis the season for lice, which can spread quickly among children during play.  Head lice can be an uncomfortable but common issue among children.  An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year among U.S. children 3 to 11 years of age. Head lice do not carry diseases.  Personal hygiene or household or school cleanliness are not factors for infestation. Lice do not jump or fly; they only move by crawling. They spread mostly by direct head-to-head contact.  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.

K.E.Y. Zone has started a Newspaper Club.  In this club, 4th and 5th grade students participate in putting together a newspaper and choosing a topic that interests them to write about. They chose the title, The Cougar Reader. If you are interested in reading the articles they worked so hard on, check out the newspaper here.  Enjoy!

Now that we have all settled in to the school routine, it is time for a quick reminder ... "Is My Child Well Enough to go to School".  Please see handout for more information.

The Catalog Season is upon us, once you are done with them, please place them 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!!!

Do you have unwanted or non-working holiday lights? Don't throw them away. Once again, Congdon will have a holiday light recycle collection bin in the front atrium through the end of January.  

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.

Hello! It's time to volunteer for Junior Great Books. Please consider volunteering in your child's classroom. We will be starting up the second week of January for a total of six sessions. If you are not familiar with Junior Great Books- not to worry! Junior Great Books is a program that engages kids in focused discussion about a chosen story.  All stories and materials are provided. Your job as leader is to help facilitate the discussion. Feel free to incorporate your own ideas into the discussion and get creative. We will be having a training session before it begins: Thursday, December 14th from 11-12 in the PTA room at Congdon. If you can't make that session, please contact Betsy Schwartz at
bschwar1ster@gmail.com to set something up outside of that time or talk on the phone.

The theme for PTA’s 2017–18 Reflections Program is "Within Reach." Entries, including consent and submission forms, will be due Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Art can be turned in to the office or Mr. Carlson.

All students entries will be featured in a special exhibition at Congdon Elementary.  After judging, selected entries will advance to the state level with potential to advance to the national level.  If you need more information or have any questions, Contact Angel Saur at coffeeart@yahoo.com

Visit the Congdon website (under PTA-Reflections Arts Program) for more details to find forms, guidelines and rules regarding each artistic medium.

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
  • 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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