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June 3rd, 2015

posted Jun 1, 2015, 8:20 AM by Web Congdon   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 10:50 AM ]

*Last day of school! - 6/4

*First day of school - 9/8

Thanks to all the wonderful students, teachers,staff and parents that made this a fabulous school year.  Farewell to the outgoing 5th graders and parents…..Congdon Park will miss you and hope you remember your time here with fondness!  We hope the Weekly News helped everyone stay in touch with what was going on.  Here are our last farewell bits of information - hope everyone has a fantastic summer!  See you again in September.   

REMINDER FOR 5th GRADE PARENTS:  If this is your last child at Congdon, please remember to turn in your pick up number to the office as you will no longer need it.  Thanks!!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with the PTA this year.  So many things that go on at Congdon could not happen without you, so please give yourselves a giant pat on the back and a round of applause!

Help the Congdon PTA plan for next year.  Did you take 3 minutes and fill out our yearly survey?  What did the PTA do well this year?  What could be improved on?  Please take a moment to fill it in and return to the office (extra copies are available in the office).  Also, take a leap and sign up to volunteer for next year!  

Thanks for your support. The Congdon Plant Sale was a great success, raising over $1000!  The money will go towards a mosaic bench project in the Fall and saving towards a greenhouse. A special thanks to all the growers: Bonnie Ambrosi, Sarah Beaster, Judy Derauf (Congdon parent alum), Michelle Hoffman, Jeana Marshak, Sarah McCourtney, Joni Notaro (grandmother of Congdon students), & Renee Willemsen. Thanks to Betsy Schwartz for organizing perennial donations and Alaina Pilate and Student Green Team for splitting perennials in school garden and Mary for perennial donations.

The New Page Dumpster will be unlocked for paper drop-off 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekdays during the summer. The New Page, GREEN DUMPSTER, is located in the small parking lot off Greysolon Place.

Permitted Items**:



Glossy Ads/Fliers

WHITE Paper (including JUNK MAIL)

**Please be careful with sorting:

NO BROWN OR PLASTIC BAGS NO windowed envelopes

NO newspapers NO garbage

NO phone books NO wet or saturated magazines

NO colored paper.

We have a few extra yearbooks in the office to sell.  Price for 5th graders is $10.00; price for other grades/teachers is going to be $15.00.  5th graders are receiving a first chance to buy one of the yearbooks.  If your fifth grader did not buy a yearbook, have him/her bring their money and yearbook form to the office right away (Jane has more forms in the office if needed).  Beginning Wednesday, 5/2, all other grades will have a chance to buy these extra yearbooks.  First come, first served!   Cash or checks should go to the office.  Kids will receive their yearbooks from their teacher on the last day of school.

ALL PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR ART ADVENTURES NEXT SCHOOL YEAR 2015-16.  Our ART set is going to be Amazing Animals in Art for October and November next school year.  We would love your volunteer efforts to keep Art in all the classrooms!  Please contact Becky Hartley at bekstam@gmail.com or text/call 218-349-4843 for more information.   Info will be sent out in September.

Would you like to help with the school garden or be informed of garden events? There are several upcoming opportunities: helping classes plant the garden and adopting the garden for a week in the summer with simple watering/weeding. If you are interested in signing up contact Renee Willemsen at 218-349-9897.

Please check the lost and found for any items that you child may have left behind.  THIS IS IT!!!!   All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the year so don’t miss your chance to reclaim them!  


Reel Paddling Film Festival June 3rd at the Zeitgeist

The Reel Paddling Film Festival includes films on a variety of paddle disciplines.  There are amazing door prizes and raffle items.  Doors open at 6pm.  Tickets ($10) are available at Ski Hut and also at the door.  It is being sponsored by Paddle Duluth, a new organization helping to promote and further a component of the mission of the Western St. Louis River Corridor Project that our city is supporting and needing your support.   

We have a great new line up of films that cover everything from racing gorgeous Canadian rivers for 24 straight hours, to reeling in a 2000 lb fish in a plastic kayak, to getting to the soul and passion behind flat water expeditions and nail-biting white water plunges down mystic rivers.

UMD Summer Art Camp

UMD Summer Art Camp for children in Grades K-5.  Fridays, 10 am – noon on June 12, 19, 26 & July 10.

UMD Professor Alison Aune, along with UMD Art in Elementary Education students, will instruct classes in sculpture, drawing and watercolor painting with a special guest appearance by Cheng-Khee Chee .  The last day of class includes an exhibition and reception.   Class fee is $45. Register by contacting Sandi at (218)726-7011 or sgpeters@d.umn.edu

Learn to Skate summer skating lessons

The Duluth Figure Skating Club is offering summer session skating classes on Monday evenings, 5:30-6:00 and 6:00-6:30 from June 8 - July 30th at Mars Lakeview Arena.  Cost is $95 due by June 1st (registrations after June 1st - $105).  Register online at www.duluthfsc.org.  Questions? Contact duluthfsc@gmail.com or 218-590-1710.

Duluth YMCA Summer Camps at Camp Miller

See attached brochure for dates and registration.

True North AmeriCorps is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 program year. AmeriCorps is often considered the domestic version of the Peace Corps; AmeriCorps trains members to serve in areas of need within our community. True North AmeriCorps is currently looking to fill 40 positions to serve in schools and nonprofits in Duluth and Proctor, mentoring youth and tutoring them in reading and math. 12-month full- and part-time positions are available and begin in August 2015. Find more information and apply online today at: www.truenorthamericorps.org.

Benefits to becoming a member (full-time) include:

  • Monthly living stipend (approximately $1000/month)

  • $5,775 in an educational award as well as loan deferment while serving

  • Health insurance coverage and a free YMCA membership

  • Personal and professional development in a school or community setting

  • Gratification of investing in children’s lives and making a difference

Engage in our community. Invest in our youth. Develop yourself.

Visit our website to apply today: truenorthamericorps.org or call Kelly at 218-722-4745 x123 with any questions.


True North AmeriCorps is hiring for full-time and part-time service positions in local elementary schools. Serve during the school day or in the afterschool program. Positions serve a caseload of 40 (FT)/20 (PT) students, administering academic interventions to children identified as needing extra support.  Service Dates: August 20th, 2015 – August 15th, 2016

Serve 1740 (FT) hours or 920 hours (PT). Earn approximately $1000 (FT) or $500 (PT)/month, student loan deferment, health insurance coverage (FT only), a free YMCA membership, opportunities for professional development and connecting to the community, and a $5775.00 (FT)/$2887.50 education award upon successful completion of the program. Apply online today at:truenorthamericorps.org or contact True North AmeriCorps at 722-4745 x123 for more information.

Qualifications: To be eligible for True North AmeriCorps, applicants must be 18 years of age by the start of the program, must have a high school diploma or equivalent and must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.