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
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  Click the Volunteer Tab above for complete info. Parent Involvement is the best way to know what's going on at school. Be part of the learning by sharing your time.

This year, Mrs. Miller and the 5th graders will be organizing and running Kids Voting on November 8th.  All classes will be voting in Mrs. Miller's classroom (3rd floor) and 5th graders will be responsible for counting the ballots.  Because this event will be largely run by the kids, we only need a few parent volunteers who can help keep the children who are voting organized (keep the line moving, help if there are questions) and offer any help with counting, etc. if needed.  If you are interested please sign up here http://signup.com/go/HSVnrZ

If you have any questions, feel free to Tricia Moe (triciamster@gmail.com).  Also, Mrs. Miller needs 7 shoe boxes and a couple strings of white Christmas Tree lights. They can be dropped off at the office.

Upcoming dates for PHIT.  Thursday , October 27th from 8-11.  Only PHIT date in November:  Thursday, November 10th, 8-11

Walking Wednesdays: We are seeking at least one volunteer to walk with students & recess monitors for 10 minutes at the beginning of recess as part of the Congdon Walk Lake Superior Challenge. Sign up at http://signup.com/go/xXmWNJ

LOVE Our Congdon Elementary Library (& Kids)!  Please check your October calendar for availability to help in the library.  Here is the signup.com link:    http://signup.com/go/Fe5WxL  Please let Anya Powell know if this is your first time volunteering or if have any questions. powell717@msn.com,  213-0952



Congdon Park Science Night will be held on Friday, November 4th.  Join us for Congdon’s most popular family event!  Students and Faculty from UMD will present cool science experiments and amazing displays.  A dinner will be served in the cafeteria at 5:45 and science fun starts at 6pm.  Click here to RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/Kc8Yi8dVOzoEGVdP2 .

Volunteers are needed for setup, greeting, cafeteria/halls, and tear-down. Sign up here:  http://signup.com/go/r8ZNxp.  See flyer for more information.

The Annual Report to the Community event for Duluth Public Schools is scheduled to take place November 10, 2016  at Duluth East High School from 6:00PM to 7:30PM.  Families and students are invited to attend and share exciting things about your school.


Last week Congdon students checked into Marathon, Canada for the Walk Around Lake Superior Challenge.  To celebrate, students enjoyed a local healthy snack and participated in a nutrition lesson while learning about a cool weather crop - KALE. Thank you to UMD Interns, Marta & Ashley, as well as Gini Breidenbach, Sue Brisbois, Amanda Brosell, Brian Capps, Tonya Land, Sara Loetscher, Ryan Signorelli, Pete & Renee Willemsen for your help with food prep or tasting support. Below is the recipe for the salad that you can enjoy at home.  

APPLE KALE SALAD (Makes 8 servings)

INGREDIENTS: 4 cups of finely sliced kale, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 6 Tbsp vegetable oil, ½ tsp kosher salt, 2 cups fresh diced apples, 2 Tbsp honey, 1/8 tsp black pepper

PREPARATION  1. Remove inner veins & stems from kale. Shred into small bite size pieces.  Massage with hands and rinse kale.  2. Cut the apples into small bite size pieces and place apples into water bath with a squeeze of lemon.   3. Whisk together lemon juice, vegetable oil, honey, salt & pepper to make a dressing.  4. Add apples to the kale & toss with dressing.

The One and Done Fundraiser has only $5,615 more to go to reach our goal! Thank you to everyone that has already donated!  If you are still thinking about making a contribution, you may do so online at www.givemn.org/organization/Congdonparkpta or with a check to Congdon Park PTA.   Your contributions enable the PTA to support our school without having to ask students to become door to door salesmen, i.e. cookie dough or wrapping paper sales. Your monetary donations, rather than selling products, enables our school to keep 96-100% of the proceeds. You decide what you are able to contribute and all donations are tax deductible.  Check out the display in the front foyer for more information regarding the many ways your donation affects the students at Congdon Park.  Thank you for your support!

Box Tops for Education: Would you pick up a dime if you saw one on the ground?  How about $1,500 worth of dimes?  That’s how much Congdon Park Elementary School collected last year with Box Tops for Education.  This is an easy way to contribute to the school with many of the things you purchase anyway.  Here are a few simple steps to help kick off the new Box Tops school year:

· Don’t worry about trimming tops neatly, just tear them off and save.  They do not need to be rubber banded, taped or paper clipped.  Loose is preferred.

· Send box tops to school and have your kids drop them in the blue bucket outside the school office.  Don’t wait until you have a full bag or envelope – box tops do have expiration dates, and expired tops are thrown away.

· Congdon does not currently collect any other “reward” monies, including soup labels, milk caps, loaves for education, etc.  Please find alternative takers for those.

· Box Tops are collected throughout the school year and submitted for payment twice a year, once in the late fall, once in early spring.

· Grandparents, relatives, and neighbors are great sources of more box tops!


Have you heard of Destination Imagination?  Wonder what it is all about?  We are pleased to offer this wonderful opportunity for the students again this year.  The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.  Teams will meet after school once a week to prepare for the regional tournament - Saturday March 11th in Proctor.  Coaches are needed at this time;  the time commitment for a coach is 1-2 hours per week.  Please contact Sarah McCourtney at sarah.mccourtney@gmail.com if you would like more info or can volunteer to coach a team.

The International Compost Awareness Week Committee invites YOU to participate in our 15th Annual Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week, May 7-13, 2017.  The theme is: Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food.  Designs must be submitted by November 14th.   The successful poster winner will receive a $500 prize. The three contest divisions are: grades 3-7, grades 8-12, and college – adult.  To Submit your Poster Entry or for more information, click here.

PTA Reflections Art Program - "What Is Your Story?"  PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home.   Last year, Congdon Park Elementary had students place in state with two students advancing to the national level in Washington DC.   We hope to have even more participation in the PTA Reflections Program this year! Since 1969, The National PTA Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation to explore their artistic talents.  The program is designed to promote cultural arts in our schools, encouraging students to reflect on a specific theme and create works of art in any or all of 6 categories: visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film, and including special artist category.

The theme for PTA’s 2016–17 Reflections Program is "What Is Your Story." Entries will be due November 23, 2016. 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.

Community Activities: Links and more information to many in- and out-of-school activities are listed under the Activities Tab above.

    • Spirit Mountain Ski Swap.  October 28-30.  See flyer for more information.
    • Junior Curling Club.  Registration October 25.  Please see website or flyer for more information.
    • UMD Haunted Halls. Tuesday, October 25, 5-7pm. Trick or treating, crafts, prizes, and treats.  Animal Allies recommended/preferred monetary donation.
    • Congdon Hockey Registration is open.  See flyer for more information.
    • East Select Soccer (ESS) Tryouts -- October 16 & 30.  See flyer for more information.
    • Duluth Public Library offers programs for kids and teens!

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