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September 17th

posted Sep 16, 2014, 1:52 PM by Web Congdon   [ updated Oct 22, 2014, 11:21 AM ]

* NWEA Testing - 9/8 - 10/3

* PHIT - 9/18

* Picture Day - 9/22

*Fall Harvest Festival - 9/23

* National Walk to School day - 10/8

* PTA Meeting - 10/9

* Family Night - 10/24

Did you know??  The Weekly News is created for you each week by PTA volunteers!  If you ever have any questions or comments feel free to contact Tricia Moe at congdonweeklynews@gmail.com.

Picture Day will be Monday, September 22nd.  Make sure that your child has returned the form to their teacher this week.  We need volunteers on picture day to make sure everything goes smoothly. Volunteers can assist with combing hair, straightening clothes and keeping track of order forms. Sign up on Volunteer Spot today! http://vols.pt/6aMHa2  

Thursday, September 18.  Come and join us at PHIT! (Parents Helping Incredible Teachers) We meet the first and third Thursdays of the month in the PTA room from 8-11.  No need to sign up...if you have a few minutes or a couple of hours, we would love to have you come cut, staple, and do other projects to help our great teachers here at Congdon!

The Annual Harvest Festival will be held at Congdon Park Elementary on Tuesday, September 23rd.  Students are welcome to bring in produce or flower arrangements.  East High Agriculture students will be distributing ribbons and then entries will be taken to the Depot to a City-Wide Harvest Festival on Wednesday, September 24th.  Parents can either pick up the entries at the Depot after the city-wide event or donate items to Second Harvest.  Watch for more details in the coming week.

Very important for new and returning families - If you are new to Congdon Park please be sure to sign up for Infinite Campus (Parent Portal)  and if you are a returning family, please be sure your contact information is current in Infinite Campus.  Why is Infinite Campus important?  The information stored in Infinite Campus is used for automated phone calls and email messages for emergency or weather related school closings, emailed communication from teachers, your school’s news and district news, and if during the school day you need to be reached in regards to attendance, a sick child etc.  In addition to this, Infinite Campus allows you to view secure and timely information about your child’s attendance, lunch account balances, health info, assessment scores etc.  A letter regarding Infinite Campus and a signup form for new families will be in the packet on your child’s desk at Back to School Night.  If you are new to Congdon fill out the form  - DO NOT SIGN IT - bring it into the office and Jane the secretary, will be the witness to your signature.   If you need an access form, ask Jane in the office for one, or print one from our website.

It is Congdon Park Elementary School Directory Time!  The Directory is a great resource for planning playdates, organizing class parties, or who to call that might know the spelling words from your missing list!  It is an optional publication and you must "opt in" by submitting your information. Please fill out the google form once for EACH student you have at Congdon. (I know a little time consuming but a HUGE help for maintaining the database we convert into the publication).  Please submit by Oct 3, 2014.  Questions can be directed to Nicole Widdes at 218-391-8812 or nicwidd@gmail.com. Look for the directory to come home with students in October.  The sooner you respond, the sooner we can send it to the printer, the sooner you can start using it!  Respond NOW!

September is PTA Membership Month!  Your family is invited to join the Congdon Park PTA (Parent Teacher Association).  Please click ​

PTA Membership Form 2014-15

​  for a link to the membership form.  Forms are also available outside the main office and on the PTA bulletin board at Congdon.  PTA promotes family involvement through family and student enrichment activities at Congdon as well as supporting student advocacy at the local, state, and national level.  Your involvement matters…thank you for joining today!  

The PTA has started it’s One and Done Direct Appeal Fundraiser. So far this year we have raised $10,579.00 of our $28,000 goal. Don't forget that this is the only PTA fundraiser for the year! Every dollar helps usreach our goal and is recognized equally; no contribution is too small. Last year we exceeded our goal which allowed us to purchase a much needed stage that is used by every student at Congdon! Thank you to the families and staff that have already donated. Forms available outside the office if needed or go on-line to give at: www.givemn.org/organization/Congdonparkpta

Book Fair time is here!!!    Great time to get stocked up on Christmas gifts, Halloween “treats”,  or justbecause the books are so fabulous!    October 7th, 2:30pm -8pm, Oct. 8th, 8am-3pm, Oct. 9, 8am-8pm, Oct. 10th, 8am-10am.   As you can see this will require lots of volunteers to help make this possible.  

Purchased thus far from last years Spring Book Fair profit; $450.00 worth of books for principle Kathi's supply and $1000.00 in new books for the library.   Also 100 books for Kindergarten Round-Up were purchased.   This is all possible because of the work being done to have these book fairs and all of you purchasing books.  

The cash profit we make this book fair will go for gym supplies to be used in the children’s gym class.  Please check volunteer spot link http://vols.pt/6aMHa2 to fill in where you can help out at the fair.  Any questions call or email Katherine Rubin, kathyrubin5@gmail.com, 218-341-7055.   

The Congdon library is looking for volunteers!  Come meet our librarian, Linda Eason, and enjoy getting to know the children and teachers of Congdon Park.  The main duties are checking books in and out and shelving books.  Don't worry if you've never helped in the library before.  Experienced volunteers are always willing to help and there are volunteer notes at the desk available to help with any questions you might have.  Sign up at Volunteer Spot - http://vols.pt/6aMHa2 There are morning slots and afternoon slots available every day. Sign up for as many as you’d like!

The Social Concerns committee is collecting much needed items for the nurse's office.  Items currently needed include boys and girls socks (sizes small and medium), girls underwear (sizes 6 and 8), sweatpants (unisex sizes 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10), and cheese crackers and fruit snacks.  Clothing items can be new or gently used.  Thank you!

We are in need of volunteers for Junior Great Books.  Volunteers will lead a group of 5-8 students in discussion and activities for 8-10 weeks during the school day.  Junior Great Books will start in February and training will be provided in January.  To sign up or ask questions please send Carrie Smyth an email at carriesmyth@gmail.com by October 15th.  You can sign up for more than one classroom as well!

The Duluth Public Schools along with three community agencies was awarded funding through BCBS to address the social determinants of health among families and neighbors of the Myers Wilkins School community.  On September 23rd from 4-6pm a Duluth Community Family Resource Fair will be held at Myers Wilkins School (1027 N. 8th Ave. E.).  The event will be an opportunity for community members, educators and administrators, health professionals, police/safety officers and elected officials to experience and learn about what constitutes a Full-Service Community School and how our community can begin to move toward integrating supportive services within and in support of our schools and the children they serve. There will be healthy snacks, activities for all ages, and child care during mini-classes.  For more information or if you need a ride, contact: Kathy Bogen, 218-940-1593 kathybogen@msn.com

Do you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s bussing?  Please call Voyageur Bus Co. at 724-170

7 or the Duluth school district’s transportation office at 336-8970 and they can address any questions or concerns you may have. For more information on how bussing works click HERE


School Bridge Lessons will be offered again free of charge to students beginning in October immediately after school until 4pm in the PTA form.  Enrollment will be closed on October 15th!  See attached flyer to sign up.


Curious about Scouting??  If you have a son between the grades of 1st and 5th grade and you want more information on cub scouting, please attend our “Join Scouting” night on:  September 18th at 7pm at Holy Rosary School or Congdon Park Elementary.  You may sign up that night! First pack meeting (Fundraiser Kick-off and New Parent / Scout Orientation)  September 22nd at 6:30pm at Mount Olive Church, 2012 E. Superior St, Duluth.  Questions?  Contact us at cubscoutpack3043@gmail.com  Most of the information about the pack can be found at the website:  https://sites.google.com/site/cubscoutpack3043duluthmn/

Duluth Playhouse Education Program Fall Opportunities

Learn, explore, grow!  There are classes for everyone!  You can find out more or register online at www.Duluthplayhouse.org  Join us for our Open House on October 4, 10-11am at the Playhouse Conservatory (230 W. Superior Street in the Wells Fargo Building, Michigan Street level).  Children’s Theatre auditions for Willy Wonka Jr. and Shrek the Musical will be Oct. 20-22, 6-8pm.  Audition packets are available online or in the Playhouse office.  See Sideways Stories from Wayside School October 1-26, Thurs-Fridays, 7pm, Saturdays 1 & 4pm, Sundays 2pm.  Questions?  Email Robert Lee at rlee@duluthplayhouse.org or call 218-733-7555.

Deep Water Music

Music lessons that rock!  Interested in music lessons?  Contact them at 715- 363-2876 or http://local.deepwatermusic.net/  Located in Superior, WI they offer lessons for guitar, piano, drums, bass, singing, and more!  New students save $40 if you mention this flyer!

Congdon Park Hockey

Play Hockey!  We teach hockey to youth from 4-12 years old.  Free hockey registration for all first year mite players! Teams being formed now.  Find youth hockey information and forms online at duluthhockey.com and register today.  Financial aid and equipment assistance available.  Contact us at congdonparkhockey@gmail.comwith any questions.  See attached flyer or congonparkhockey.com for more information.

YMCA Youth Basketball League - for boys and girls in grades 1-4.  Practices will begin the week of October 20 with games beginning on Saturday, October 25th.  This will be a great opportunity for your child to learn basic basketball skills.  Games will take place on Saturday with start times between 8am and 12pm and practices on Wednesdays (time tba).  Dates: Oct. 25 - Dec.  Place:  Downtown YMCA gym.  Cost:  $45 Y members and $55 community members.  For more information contact Mike Hendrickson at 722-4745 ext.171 or email mhendrickson@duluthymca.org

East Duluth Girls Hoops Club 2014-2015

Registration/Tryouts are Wednesday, October 1st, at the Duluth High School Gymnasium for all girls in grades 5 through 8 who want to play competitive basketball.  Registration starts at 6:00pm, Player try-outs/evaluations in the gym from 6:30-8pm, Parent Meeting in the School Commons from 7-7:30pm.  For more information see www.eastgirlshoops.org , call 218-831-5845, or email duluthgirlshoops@gmail.com

Mont Du Lac Racing - Free Race Camp

Sign up for our free race camp taking place December 28-30th, 2014 to develop your alpine racing skills and learn more about the MDL Race Team.  Race Camp includes free rentals, free day passes, coaching and more!  There is limited availability, so call now to reserve your spot.  (218)626-3797. See flyer for more information on MDL Racing.

Web Congdon,
Sep 16, 2014, 1:52 PM
Web Congdon,
Sep 16, 2014, 1:52 PM
Web Congdon,
Sep 16, 2014, 1:52 PM
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