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OCTOBER 8th 2014

posted Oct 7, 2014, 1:01 PM by Web Congdon   [ updated Mar 24, 2015, 11:51 AM ]

*Parent-teacher conferences - 10/9 and 10/14

* National Walk to School day - 10/8

* PTA Meeting - 10/9, 12pm

*No School MEA - 10/16 & 10/17

*School picture retakes - 10/21

*PHIT - 10/23

* Science Spooktacular Family Night - 10/24, 5:30pm

*Coffee with Kathi - 10/30, 7:45am

*Hallowe’en parade - 10/31, gymnasium, 1:00pm

Don’t Forget!  PTA Meeting is this Thursday, October 9th at 12pm (location will be posted in the office).  Everyone (including children) is welcome!  Bring lunch and get the low-down on what’s going on at Congdon!

We are quickly reaching the end of our fundraiser and still have $11,552.11 to go! PTA does not want to have to cut funding for things like Family Fun Nights, field trips, or ask our children to start door to door sales. This is our only fundraiser for the year. Remember anyone can donate, businesses, neighbors, relatives; anyone you would ask to purchase cookie dough or wrapping paper. No amount is too small and is fully tax deductible. Forms available outside the office, or go on-line to give at www.givemn.org/organization/congdonparkpta. Thank you to the families that have already donated!

Book Fair this week!!  Oct. 7-10.  There are still volunteer openings so please sign up for one or more 2 hour shifts.   http://vols.pt/6aMHa2 Any questions call or email Katherine Rubin, kathyrubin5@gmail.com, 218-341-7055.   

Join us for our first PTA sponsored, Science Spooktacular Family Night on Friday, October 24th.  We will start serving dinner at 5:30pm, followed by experiment stations hosted by the UMD Chemistry and Biochemistry Clubs (and maybe the Physics Club too!!) starting at 6pm.  JUST ADDED, the Zoomobile will also be here with some creatures to get to know!  Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 21, so we can get an accurate count for dinner.  We also need some volunteers to help serve food and make the evening go smoothly.  Contact Jeana Marshak at 728-9427 or jmmarshak@gmail.com with questions.  Please RSVP below and sign-up to help via Volunteer Spot http://vols.pt/z8qVoY

Hey Congdon families and friends!  Socktober was kicked off at Congdon Park today.  Our wonderful 5th graders have been working on the keeping the "social" in social studies.  They prepared and presented information today to all of the classrooms about Socktober - a wonderful GIVING opportunity to donate socks to the homeless in our community.  A representative from CHUM came to visit the 5th graders to help the kids understand why socks are so important to the homeless.  Please ask your child about it. So please consider donating some socks - all sizes needed - to help out the homeless in our community.  To find out more, please watch this video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbG-172e_Y#t=78

Winter is cold in Duluth and too many of our kids don't have jackets! Superintendent Bill Gronseth is willing to shave his beard if he can raise enough money for 75 jackets!  Will you help to provide jackets by making a donation?  http://www.warmduluth.com/beards.html

Congdon Park Elementary is participating in the National PTA Reflections Program.

This program encourages students to explore and be involved in the arts. The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is:

    The world would be a better place if...

Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. You can find rules and guidelines for submission categories on our website under the PTA tab.  http://congdon-elementary.isd709.org/about-us/pta/reflections  More information on deadlines for entries coming soon. If you have any questions, would like to discuss ideas or just want more details, feel free to contact Angel Saur at coffeeart@yahoo.com

Thanks to all the families and Congdon staff who have already joined the Congdon PTA!  It is not too late---- join by October 10th by clicking on this link for a membership form:  PTA Membership Form 2014-15  Paper membership enrollment forms can be found at school on the PTA Bulletin Board.  PTA welcomes all parents, grandparents, and staff to join.  Membership is $8 per person and gives members access to numerous discounts while supporting family involvement at the school, state, and national level.  Free memberships available to those in need.  Simply check the box on the form.  Join today! 

FREE MONEY FOR CONGDON!  Please don’t forget to clip box tops and bonus box tops from everyday products and return to the school office regularly; don’t wait until you have a full bag or hit a certain dollar amount as Box Tops do have expiration dates.  Please consider registering as a follower of Congdon Park Elementary at www.boxtops4education.com where you can check on our school’s progress and also “vote” for various bonus offers for the school.  

Today’s health reminder - Head Lice! Remind your children to help prevent transmission by not sharing personal items such as combs, brushes, hats, towels and pillows. Do not depend on others to check your child for head lice as this only delays treatment. If you do have question about head lice or nits, contact the Congdon health office.


Is your child interested in working together as part of a team to creatively solve a challenge?  

Do they like Fine Arts, Engineering, Science, Improv or Service Learning?  Yes?  Then Destination Imagination might be for them!  Go to:  http://www.destinationimagination.org/what-we-do/challenge-program for more details and sign up here.

CHESS CLUB for grades 3-5.  Play chess with your friends while learning opening, middle and end game moves and strategies.  Instructor Dane Mattson is a National Chess Master, officially recognized by the US Chess Federation.  Cost is $35 and the club meets Thursdays, October 30-December 11, 6 sessions, 2:15-3:15pm in Congdon Park Room 116.  Register today as class size is limited to 14! (Note:  Intermediate players are those who know the basic chess moves).


Registration for The Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Association for grades 1-4 is open!  Registration forms and scholarship applications are due Friday, October 10.  Congdon is one of the practice locations.  Girls and boys play on separate teams.  1 practice and one game a week, $90.  Teams have the opportunity to play at high school and UMD half times, participate in the Christmas City Parade and attend end of season awards. Go to: salvationarmynorth.org/rookie-basketball/ for registration forms and more information.

Mont du Lac is organizing a free ski racing camp, December 28-30, 2014.  100% free 3 day race camp includes rentals, day ticket passes, experienced coaching, and "fun, skill, and racing development."    Call 626-3797 or visit montdulacsports.com There are some fliers in the rack outside the office as well.

North Volleyball Club Volleyball Tryouts are coming November 2nd and November 9th at Marshall School.  There is a parent informational meeting at Marshal on Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00pm.  Please see flyer for specific times and dates for different age groups.  Registration forms can be found at
http://MNNorth.com Contact Doug Lothenbach at board@mnnorth.com or at 218-213-2880 for more information.

Youth Hockey - Glen Avon Hockey Club:  Sign up Now!  Go to www.duluthhockey.com  Ice time began September 26th but sign ups run through December.  Sign ups are for boys & girls ages 4 to 11 and there are no Glen Avon association fees for 1st year players.  Sign up fees include $50 to USA Hockey and $90 to Duluth Amateur Hockey Association to purchase 3 calendars for resale (includes coupons in excess of cost of calendars).  Financial & equipment assistance is available.  No player will be turned away due to financial need.  Beginners can sign up for Learn to Skate program for FREE with professional skating instructors. Levels as follows:  Ice Mites - 4 year olds, Mite I - K-1st grade, Mite II - 2nd-3rd grade, Squirts - 4th & 5th grade.

Web Congdon,
Oct 7, 2014, 1:01 PM
Web Congdon,
Oct 7, 2014, 1:01 PM
Web Congdon,
Oct 7, 2014, 1:01 PM