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May 20, 2015

posted May 19, 2015, 9:24 AM by Web Congdon

*Fit and Fun Run 3-5th grade - 5/20, 9:10 at PSS

*Walk/Bike to School Day - 5/21

*No School, Memorial Day holiday - 5/25

*Volunteer Appreciation Night - 5/28 5:00-7:00pm at Blackwoods

*Plant Sale - 5/29

        *Congdon Cougar Chase - 5/30

        *5th Grade Graduation and Awards Ceremony - 6/2 12:30 pm in the gym

        *Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony/Singalong - 6/2 9:30 am in the gym

                        *Field and Fun Day - 6/3

Attention Congdon neighbors!   We'll be having a Memorial Day ceremony here on Wednesday, 5/20 at 1:30 p.m. by our flag pole on Superior Street...with a gun salute.

Talk to your neighbors so they are aware and not alarmed that there will be the sound of a gun coming from Congdon on Wednesday afternoon.  Thank you!  

Help the Congdon PTA plan for next year.  Take 3 minutes and fill out our yearly survey below.  What did the PTA do well this year?  What could be improved on?  Try something new and sign up to volunteer for next year.

Volunteer Appreciation Night, Thursday, May 28th from 5:00-7:00pm at Blackwoods on London Road.  Come enjoy appetizers provided by the Congdon PTA.  Anyone who has volunteered at Congdon this year in ANY capacity is welcome to stop in.  

Mark your calendars now for the 5th Annual End of School Year Celebration!  Wednesday, June 3rd will be Fun and Field Day and we need your help.  We will need approximately 100 volunteers to help man the game stations and keep the day going smoothly.  The games will be both inside and outside. Shifts will be 1) set up from 7-8am 2) 7:45-10:00 and 3) 9:45-12:00 4) 12:30-2:15.  Lunch will be provided for all volunteers from 12:00-12:30. You can sign up now on Volunteer Spot http://vols.pt/ddsXw8

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. Fill out the form below to be added to the list for sign-up opportunities.

School Garden Volunteering

Thursday, May 21 will be Bike & Walk To School Day at Congdon Park Elementary.  Join us for a fun and energizing way to arrive ready to learn! Students who bike or walk to school the morning of the 21st will receive a free t-shirt. If you need a helmet, please contact the office as there are a few available.

Have you heard your kids talk about the amazing Salsa Day held every October? Here's your chance to grow your own tomatoes, chilies and basil. All are great for containers or in gardens. Stop by the Congdon Plant Sale Friday, May 29th 2:15 -6:00pm  Many other organic edible & perennial plants for sale to support the Congdon Park School & Community Garden Program. Vegetable of the Year: POTATO growing demos and a free seed potato. Upcoming projects the sale will support: School Art Classes will "Up-Cycle" Outdoor Classroom cement benches with tile mosaics; Class Gardening Projects; & Saving for a Green House.

If you have perennials that can be split and shared, please consider donating to the Congdon Park Annual Plant Sale. Donations of potted perennials can be dropped off the day of the sale at the school front door or in the atrium if the weather is poor. Donations can also be dropped off earlier that week if needed, please contact Betsy Schwartz (bschwar1ster@gmail.com) to arrange a drop off time.  

Numerous volunteer spots are still open for Running Club.  Teachers, parents or friends are welcome.  Please sign up at volunteer spot:  http://vols.pt/KvzbJ7  If you know in advance that your child is not attending, please try to send an email to: anneanddavidkirby@gmail.com  Don't forget to sign up for the Congdon Cougar Chase on May 30th!!

The 7th ANNUAL CONGDON COUGAR CHASE Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at Lester Park in Duluth, MN.

Join us Saturday, May 30, 2015 for the 7th annual Congdon Cougar Chase Kitty K, 1K, 5K, & 10K.  The CCC is the largest fundraiser for the Congdon Park Foundation.  This year all race proceeds will go to the purchase of 35 Google Nexus 7 tablets, software and charging cart.  In addition to the race t-shirt the CCC will be offering pre-order tech shirts.  This order form along with the pledge sheet and paper registration will be coming home with students soon.  Online registration can be completed at https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=13097

Visit congdoncougarchase.com or like us on FB for more information.

We need volunteers at the race to make everything go smoothly.  Interested?  Sign up at Volunteer Spot for the Congdon Cougar Chase http://vols.pt/WswNj6

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


Parents, Community Members, Staff, Students, and anyone interested in sharing ideas to assist the Duluth Public Schools in developing a more Culturally Responsive Curriculum are invited to idea sessions on Thursday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 26th from 6:00-7:30pm at ISD 709 215 N 1st Avenue East, Room 320.  Questions?  Contact the Office of Education Equity at 218-336-8714

Bring a Friend Square Dance, Friday, May 29th 7:00-8:30pm at Hermantown Middle School, Ugstad and West Arrowhead Road.  It’s free!  Learn introduction to formations, movements and calls of Square Dancing at the basic levels.  Ages 8-98.  Benefits include: lots of laughter, a lifetime of fun, challenges your memory, meet people 8-98, a healthy family activity, easy to learn, great for mind, body and soul, get your 10k steps in one dance!  Kids must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  Email harborsquares@gmail.com for more information.

Duluth East Girls Summer Basketball Camp June 15-19th at East High School.  See attached flyer for more information.

Interested in competitive cheerleading?  Join Ideal Cheer Elite!  Learn under dedicated coaches that are safety certified and have over 25 years of combined experience.  Available to boys and girls of all ages, all levels, all schools.  Open gyms May 17th & 24th from 2-4pm. Tryouts May 30th, 12:30-2:30 & 1:00-4:30 based on age.  Located at 3211 Allendale Ave, Duluth, MN 55812 (Woodland Community Center).  Find more information at www.iceallstarcheer.com

Check out the Duluth Library Foundation Website for upcoming Drop and Give Me 20 Minutes of Reading events.  Go to:  http://duluthlibraryfoundation.org/drop-give-me-20-minutes-reading-events/ for

more information.

Bike Rodeo at Meyers-Wilkins, Thursday, May 21st 4-6 pm for kids up through 5th grade.  Bring your bikes and participate in stations while learning bike safety.