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

Kindergarten Round-Up is March 22 from 4-7 PM and March 23 from 8AM-12 PM.
There will be no school for Kindergarten students on Friday, March 23.

Thank you to all the students, parents, and staff who participated in the Congdon Park Talent Show.  Everyone did a great job and you are so talented!

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

The deadline for ordering yearbooks is this Friday, March 23!  The 2018 Congdon Yearbook is on sale NOW! Order online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com with school code 12436918 or return completed order forms to your child’s teacher.  Yearbook orders must be received by March 23 . Contact rhondawitzman@gmail.com with any yearbook questions.

The 10th ANNUAL Congdon Cougar Chase

will be held on Friday June 1st at Lester Park!

Sign up today to run the Kitty K, 1K, 5K or 10K on the awesome Lester Trails!

All race proceeds benefit Congdon Park School, and are primarily used to fund STEM activities and new technology for our students.

Would you like to have all of your child’s school supplies on your child’s desk for Back to School night instead of spending too much time searching for that elusive red folder at numerous stores? Congdon has partnered with Schoolkidz, a subsidiary of Staples, to provide all  school supplies for each grade. Look for order forms the week of April 9. Orders must be placed online by June 22nd. Feel free to contact Amy White at amycwhite72@gmail.com with questions.

Congratulations to our Congdon Park Destination Imagination teams who are
heading to State: Tremendous T-Texas, Rainbow, Narwhals, and New Cool.

The March letter from Principal Kathi Kusch Marshall is on the Principal page, here.  Please read for information about safety drills, academics, and upcoming events.

Congdon is having a Loose Coin Drive to raise money for Educational Field Trips.  Sponsored by the Congdon Park Foundation.  There will be a kick off assembly on Tuesday, March 6 and students can bring in coins between March 7th and 21st.  

The Lake Superior Youth Chorus is thrilled to announce it's spring Prelude program, where singers can experience an introductory choral experience in an after-school program setting. Prelude is a non-auditioned introductory choir for students in grades 2-5. In this program, singers explore music skills and concepts through games and singing activities in the choral setting.  The first Prelude music class is scheduled to start on March 13th.  Please see flyer for more information.

Families can also learn more and register by visiting our website.

This spring there will be Enrollment Recruitment Nights for families applying for Duluth Preschool.  The goal is for families interested in Duluth Preschool to be able to stop by any of the Enrollment Recruitment Nights that work for them.  Staff will be present to walk families through the application process and answer any questions.

We can make copies or scan paperwork for you. Please bring any or all of the following: Income verification, Most recent physical exam, Birth verification, Most recent dental exam, Address verification, Immunizations

For more information contact our office:

earlychildhood@isd709.org or 218-336-8815

Recruitment Nights:

  • Tuesday, March 27, 4:00-7:00 PM

Piedmont Elementary School, 2827 Chambersburg Road

  • Tuesday, April 10, 4:00-7:00 PM

Laura MacArthur Elementary School, 720 N. Central Ave.

  • Tuesday, April 17, 4:00-7:00 PM

Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 N 8th Ave. East

  • Tuesday, April 24, 4:00-7:00 PM

Stowe Elementary School, 715 101st Ave. West

We are once again doing the Lake Superior Challenge.  The challenge encourages our Congdon community to stay healthy through movement.

There is still room in French Club.  Please see registration form here.

5th Grade students are running a food drive for Life House during the month of March.  They will be collecting non-perishable food items for Life House, an organization that works with homeless youth in the Duluth area.  Items needed include: Canned Fruit, Granola Bars, Soup, Peanut Butter, Ramen, Macaroni and Cheese, and Other Teen-Friendly Non-Perishable Food.    Contact Amy White at amy.white@life-house.org with any questions.  Please see flyer for more information.

Save the Date, Share Your Voice!  Think Kids Community Conversations: Our Schools, Our Community, Our Future. We do best when we work together to support education in Duluth. Learn more about what's happening now, what needs to be done and help identify priorities as we prepare for renewal of the 2013 Education Levy.

Find a community meeting near you:

o Monday March 26: Lincoln Park MS, 3215 W. 3rd Street, 5:30PM - 8:00PM

o Wednesday March 28: Myers-Wilkins, 1027 N. 8th Avenue East 5:45PM - 8:00PM

o Thursday March 29: Duluth East HS, 301 N. 40th Avenue East, 5:30PM - 8:00PM

· Groups and organizations are encouraged to schedule a meeting of their own through the Office of the Superintendent at 218-336-8752.

Online, Email, Mail: Even if you can’t attend a meeting, please let us know what you think:

o Online Info and Survey at www.ISD709.org (available mid-March)

o Email: Info@ISD709.org

o Mail: Office of the Superintendent, ISD 709

215 North 1st Avenue East, Duluth, MN 55802

For information: 218-336-8752

PTA Reflections Art Program

Congdon Park Elementary had over 40 submissions to the PTA Reflections Art Program this year interpreting the theme, "Within Reach."
There will be an art exhibition showcasing all of the submitted student artwork in conjunction with the Congdon PTA Family night on Friday, April 20 at  6pm. Art will be on exhibit in the library with refreshments. Watch the Congdon Weekly News for more details as the date approaches.

The following students' art submissions have moved on the state level of the PTA Reflections Program, congratulations!
K-2: Visual Arts - Willow Susens
3-5: Visual Arts - Juri Lubovich
Literature - Abigail Froehle
Photography - Annika Saur

Thank you to the judges who volunteered their time to the program reviewing the art!

-Aaron Kloss
Artist, illustrator and owner of Lakeside Gallery
http://www. lakesidegalleryduluth.com/ contact.html

-Rosemary Guttormsson
Artist and former owner of Just For the Season Gallery
http://lakesuperiorwatercolor. com/user/rguttormsson

-Marlene Wisuri
Artist, photographer, author, publisher, curator and chair of the Sami Cultural Society of North America

Congratulations to all students showcasing their artistic talents!

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.  

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!

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.

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) is here.

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.

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

CONGDON WILL NO LONGER RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS - PLEASE DO NOT BRING PLASTIC BAGS TO SCHOOL FOR RECYCLING.  For the past 5 years, as an educational service and to help reduce the amount of bags ending up in landfills & waterways, Congdon School has served as a drop off point for plastic bags. Airport Service is no longer offering a collection service and other pick-up options are too expensive for the school's fundraising.

The good news is there are now LOTS of places to drop off plastic bags in the community. Plastic bag recycling containers are located at Super One Foods stores in Cloquet, Duluth, Two Harbors and Superior, at the Hillside Whole Foods Coop, Target, Walmart, Shopko and other businesses.

ACCEPTED MATERIALS - (MUST be clean and dry)

Plastic grocery bags, Plastic retail bags (remove string ties & rigid plastic handles), Plastic dry-cleaning bags, Plastic cereal bags, Plastic bread bags, Plastic produce bags, Plastic wrap around products (paper towels, toilet paper), Plastic salt bags (remove rigid plastic handles), Plastic zipper bags (remove top closing mechanism), Plastic stretch/shrink wrap, 6-pack holder rings

NOT ACCEPTED - PLASTIC BAGS WITH METALLIC INTERIOR, Plastic bags with food residue, Frozen food bags, Plastic soil or mulch bags, Plastic bubble wrap, Plastic food containers, Plastic bottles, Bags with plant-based additives, compostable/biodegradable bags

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 : Mar 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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