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MAY 27th, 2015

posted May 26, 2015, 7:16 AM by Web Congdon   [ updated May 27, 2015, 6:53 AM ]

*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

*Last day of school! - 6/4

What an amazing turnout for Congdon's Bike/Walk day!!! Over 270 students arrived on foot or bike along with MANY parents, teachers and staff!! A special thanks to Josh Gorhum from St Louis County Public Health along with Pat Heffernan, Laverne Hagen, Kathi Kusch-Marshall, Bart Polacsek, Amy White, Pete & Renee Willemsen for your assistance.

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?  Take a leap 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 delicious appetizers provided by the Congdon PTA.  Anyone who has volunteered at Congdon this year in ANY capacity is welcome to stop in.  

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 Tuesday, 5/26, 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 during the last week of school.

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. Sign up below if you are interested.

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.  

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 DESPERATELY need volunteers at the race to make everything go smoothly.  Interested?  Please 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.  THIS IS IT!!!!   All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the year so don’t miss your chance to reclaim them!  


Summer Community Education Classes at Ordean-East

See attached flyer for classes, times and registration information.

Duluth YMCA Summer Camps at Camp Miller

See attached brochure for dates and registration.

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

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.

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.

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.