Congdon Park is a community elementary school providing 21st Century classrooms and facilities, experienced teaching staff and excellent educational programs. Our school community strives to provide high achievement for all and a welcoming environment for everyone. 

Principal:  Kathi Kusch Marshall
School Secretary:  Kayla Carroll
3116 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55812
Phone:  218-336-8825  
Fax: 218-336-8829

Congdon News

ANNOUNCEMENT from Mrs. Hanka, Music Teacher:

Music Sharing has started in Mrs. Hanka’s music classes in grades 2, 3, 4, & 5, and students have the opportunity to share a musical talent either by
playing an instrument, singing, moving to music, sharing interesting facts
about a musical object/artifact, doing a musical report, creating a
composition, making an instrument, etc. (creative presentations are
encouraged). Students can perform or present in a solo, duet, trio (for grades
2 & 3), or up to a quartet (in grades 4 & 5). Because of our limited time frame for each music class (30 minutes every 4 days) only one student or
group can share per class and only up to two minutes. Mrs. Hanka will write
down the student’s name a week or two in advance so that each student has a
chance to practice, ask their parent’s permission (if they’re bringing
something from home), and to get organized and become well-practiced.

Please make sure that instruments or musical objects/artifacts brought to
school are protected from the cold and packaged well to prevent damage or
breaking. Every student who shares receives a star toward a class prize, and
a grade. Students can use any instrument that is in the classroom – piano,
guitar, drums, etc. or they may bring their own. Electronics can be used but
only if there is no set up time required (just a push of a button). This is a
great educational opportunity for music students to learn how to do a live
performance or presentation in front of a very supportive audience, develop
excellent audience etiquette during each sharing, and to support/encourage
their classmates. It’s also a very good time to learn more about instruments,
the voice, musical styles, music history & culture, and what “hidden talents” their classmates have.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at:
barbara.hanka@isd709.org. I always find it amazing how well students
perform, what their hidden talents are, where they’ve traveled to acquire a
unique musical instrument, and how well they do in their presentations about
musical objects, composers, songwriters, musical artists, and instruments! I
always look forward to Music Sharing Time in January – June!

Mrs. Hanka


The Family I LOVE to Read Night, sponsored by the PTA and MN Reading Corps, is coming up on Thursday, March 2nd.  We will be having a Mystery themed evening with activity tables throughout the gym, Bingo for Books and a light snack in the cafeteria and mystery stories being read in the library.  Please help us plan for the evening by RSVPing here:  https://goo.gl/forms/e13vlZ8GepZtW9P93 by Wednesday, March 1st.  A reminder that we are still collecting gently used books for Bingo.  Boxes for drop-off are outside the main office.  Any extra books will be donated to the United Way Big Red Bookshelf.

This Thursday February 16th, 7 PM at Denfeld High School a screening of the Award winning film Bag it  http://www.bagitmovie.com/ including a discussion with UWS researcher Dr. Lorena Mendoza, a national authority on plastic pollution. For further details and/or information see https://www.facebook.com/events/736987383117281/


THANK YOU to all that donated food and time and smiling faces to help create 3 wonderful evenings for our teachers this past conference session.  And for the children who helped to prepare, serve and clean-up after each meal! It was a magnificent team effort and the teachers felt the love!   The teachers loved the food, so if you wouldn't mind sharing recipes, copies can be left in the teacher's lounge.  Thanks!

February 27 - March 3, Congdon Park Elementary will Collect Reusable Bags.  The collection is part of a 5th Grade Social Studies Service Project, providing organizations like Chum's Food Shelf & Community Action Duluth with reusable bags as an alternative to plastic bags.  Bags can be placed in the blue bin in the lobby marked Reusable Bags.  Also as a reminder, Congdon has a plastic bag recycling collection program in the lobby, ranging from plastic bags to cereal bags (see list at: http://wlssd.com/services/recycling/misc-recyclables/).

  Recycling helps, but the first step is finding ways to reduce reliance and use of plastic.  Over 20 million pounds of plastics enter the Great Lakes annually.  Plastic fragments are now found in the waters of St. Louis River and off Park Point impacting fish.  An average Duluth grocery stores gives out approximately 1.5 million single use carry out bags per year.  Our demand for free single use bags carry out bags costs an average grocery store about $60,000 per year.   The cost to purchase one reusable bag for every citizen in Duluth is about $60,000

To find out more about ways to reduce the reliance on plastic bags in Duluth visit http://www.bagitduluth.org

The Snack Pantry is in need of more snacks!  Donations of nonperishable snacks for kids who are unable to bring snacks each day would be greatly appreciated.  Donations can be brought to the office.

A huge THANK YOU to the Congdon community for your support of the Scholastic "Happy Camper" Spring Book Fair last week!  Your purchases helped raise over $2400 for the PTA to help support activities and purchases for our school and added a big stack of new books for the children to check out in the Media Center!  The Book Fair would not have been possible without the help of these wonderful volunteers: Amy White, Tricia Moe, Kate Hansen, Jenny Kempfert, Janelle Long, Anna Anderson, Alison Zentz, Angel Sarkela Saur, Tiffany Hewitt Renee Willemsen,  and Troy Carlson.  Thank you!!

Enter the Return to School Drawing to win 50,000 Bonus Box Tops for our school by shopping for Wal-Mart exclusive Box Tops Certificates.  Please see flyer for more information.

Our Little Free Library is in need of books for youngsters.  Gently used books are perfect!  Send them to school and give to teachers.  Thanks for sharing your love of reading!

WANTED! Candid photos for the Congdon Yearbook.  Please upload photos of Congdon school life, events, and activities at www.community.lifetouch.com.  School code for uploading pictures is BCHTHX.  Include names and grades in description.  Just have one or two photos to send? Feel free to email to rhondawitzman@gmail.com.  Deadline to upload or send photos is Friday, March 17th.  

The 2017 Congdon Yearbook is on sale NOW! Order online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com with school code 12436917 or return completed order forms to your child’s teacher.  Yearbook orders must be received by March 31st.  Contact rhondawitzman@gmail.com with any yearbook questions.

Please recycle any Magazines, GLOSSY Ads/Fliers, Catalogs, WHITE Paper at the GREEN dumpster at Congdon.  The school receives 10 cents per pound. The funds go towards the school garden, school food composting program & other Environmental Projects.

A HUGE thank you to all of those who volunteer! Click HERE to see upcoming volunteer opportunities including:


At School: What's going on at Congdon? Click the link.

February is I Love To Read Month!  Please see attached calendar for ideas to do at home and activities happening at school to celebrate reading.

Congdon Park Talent Show - Click HERE for details.

Community Activities: Look to this page for activities for children in our community.

Upcoming Events
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