Congdon Park Weekly News 5/18/2022

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment

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St. Louis County moves to medium community level transmission

As of Thursday, May 12, St. Louis County has moved into a medium community level transmission per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Per our safe learning plan, the district is strongly recommending masks be worn.

The COVID-19 community levels updated every Thursday will show us if the levels are low, medium or high.

  • Under low, mask-wearing in buildings and on buses is optional but not mandated.
  • Under medium, the district strongly recommends mask-wearing in buildings and on buses but does not mandate it.
  • Under high, the district would require masks to be worn in school buildings and on buses.

Students should stay home if they are sick

For the safety of our students, staff and families, we ask that you please continue to screen your child daily for any symptoms of illness and keep them home if they are ill. COVID-19, Influenza, Strep Throat, Norovirus, and basic colds are still present in our community and affecting some of our students.

If your student is experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms, please keep your student home and test as soon as possible. Please review Duluth Public Schools district webpage for our current COVID-19 guidelines.

End of Year Events - subject to change based on Covid

  • There will be a Spring Concert on June 2nd 8:30am and 12:30pm. Prelude music will start at 8:00 and 12:00 - performed by students. Famiilies are welcome to attend.
  • June 8th will be the Fun and Field Day. Lots of volunteers will be needed, please watch for the sign up.
  • 5th grade families please watch for information from your student's teacher about the 5th grade celebration on June 9th, 9:00-10:15.

Congdon Park Bike Rodeo - a huge success!

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the bike rodeo a success. Thank you Marshall Hardware for the bike donations and congratulations to our two winners, pictured below. Thanks to all the other sponsors: Skihut, Duluth DEVO, Essentia Health, St. Luke's, AAA Auto of MN, SuperOne foods, YMCA bike fleet, Continental, Redhead MTB trails, The Rambler, K&B grilled cheese, City of Duluth, Duluth Police, Duluth Fire, Mayo Ambulance, Zeitgeist, and of course the wonderful Congdon Park PTA. Thank you also to all who brought a food shelf item for CHUM. We were able to collect 444 pounds of non perishable food items.

Safe riding everyone! See you next year!

Bingo for Books

Bingo for Books was so much fun this winter, we are going to do it again!. We are in need of more books to give away as prizes, chapter books are especially in demand. Please bring any books to the school lower lobby, we will have boxes there for you. Please drop off no later than Friday June 3d. Thank you
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Created by Anne Gorham - Special Ed teacher at Congdon Park

Meet our new Cafeteria Monitor

HI, my name is Ms. Karen. I am the new cafeteria monitor. I have a son here at Congdon in 1st grade. I started out volunteering here 1-2 days a week for about a month. I was offered a position and I decided YES, this is for me. I enjoy being here. Every student is wonderful, polite, unique and enjoyable. They are great and I couldn't be happier to be working with them.

Thank you to everyone (staff, students, parents etc) for allowing me to work with and watch the kids grow. It is an honor.

We are also looking for volunteers in the lunch room during Kindergarten and 1st grade lunch (10:25-11:10). We invite you to stay later if able.

Thank you

Ms. Karen

Updated Safety/Learning Plan for Duluth Schools

We are seeing a return of Covid cases in the district and at Congdon. Please click on the link below for the full version of information from the district (pages 6-8 pertain to Covid). Here are the highlights:

*Please continue to test your child for Covid if they have symptoms

* If they are positive, please fill out this FORM and contact the Congdon Health Office - only for positive test results for a student, not exposure.

* If positive please follow this timeline:

  • Isolate for 5 days at home, returning on day 6, if the individual wears a well fitting mask, is fever free without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.
  • If the positive individual cannot wear a well fitting mask or continues to have a fever or other symptoms that have not improved after 5 days of isolation, the individual will isolate another 5 days.

For counting purposes, day 0 is test date and isolation days start the next day.

The district is no longer sending out exposure letters and is required to report all positive cases to the MN Dept of Health.

MN Math Corps

Love math? Love working with kids? Here is a great opportuity for you! While MN Reading Corps has been at Congdon Park for many years, we are happy to announce that MN Math Corps is coming to Congdon next year. Check out the links below to find out how you could be a MN Math Corps tutor at Congdon Park. Contact Mrs. Kusch Marshall with any questions.

Math Corps Flyer

Math Corps Job Description


From the School District Newsletter last week: "KEY Zone has had limit number of spots due to staff shortage"

Due to the nationwide shortage of employees, the K.E.Y. Zone program has to limit the number of spots available for our summer and school year programming. Once the program has secured more staff, it will enroll families from the waiting list in the order that they signed up. K.E.Y. Zone is a certified state program and we must follow student-to-staff ratios to stay in compliance along with being able to provide a safe care environment for all.

Families can be placed on a waiting list by calling the K.E.Y. Zone registration office at 218-336-8900 x2 or emailing

We are hiring K.E.Y. Zone Youth Specialists to support our programs. Please help us spread the word so that we can allow more youth to participate in our programs. We are accepting applications at

PTA May Happenings

Happy May! One more month of the school year and then it's time for fun in the sun!

Thursday, May 12 at 6pm, we will be having our first IN PERSON meeting! We will be gathering in the Ordean media center. Masking is optional. We have some topics scheduled to discuss for next year and would love to get plenty of parent input and involvement.

Do you have any interest in playing a bigger role in our Congdon Park PTA? We have many ways for you to get involved including being the actual, entire President of the Congdon Park PTA! We are a friendly bunch and are always willing to help each other out, so don't fear the unknown. :)

Our PTA committees have been hard at work doing all kinds of amazing things!

Our teacher appreciation committee has been doing a ridiculously good job treating our teachers like the amazing people they are. The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week and we hope our teachers feel our gratitude for them.

Our wellness committee has been doing some great work with Safe Routes to School (yay for a school zone speed limit!!!) and planning Bike to School Day and a really cool sounding bike rodeo.

Our 5th graders are going to be able to do their big field trip to St. Paul next month and PTA is funding the coach buses for them. We were also able to book inflatables for our field day celebration in June!

Thank you so much to everyone who has really put in the time and effort to make our PTA what it is this year. You are all the best!

Teacher wishlist:

Library volunteering:

Lunchroom volunteering:

Keep up with all your PTA! Check out all we are up to and become a member at our website today!

Community Activities - most recently added will be on the top of the list

School of Minnesota Ballet Summer Dance Opportunities

Our Summer Classes will not only provide dance training to kick off your summer, but this year we will delve into all things Sleeping Beauty!

Primary, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes and activities will be available for ages 3 and up. For dancers that are new to SMB, a placement class will be offered free of charge. At the end of our third and final week, there will be a Sleeping Beauty soiree where dancers give a mini-performance of what they’ve been working on and enjoy light refreshments in our Depot studio space.

Duluth East Boys Basketball Summer Camps

Duluth East Girls Youth Basketball

Registration for the summer basketball program is now open for all girls going into grades 3-7 (2022-23 school year). No previous experience is necessary. Use the following link for more information or to register.

Duluth East Girls Youth Basketball

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JUNE 13-AUGUST 12, 2022!

We are excited to have the opportunity to host you and your campers during Summer 2022. We are looking forward to a summer a bit more normal than the past two, but if needed, we are ready to implement any of the protocols that allowed for such a successful camp last summer.


UMD KIDSROCK 2022 Summer Camp “Early Registration” is Tuesday, March 8, 9am-5pm. Registration during this time will be ONLINE only on RSOP’s registration site. We recommend that you visit the RSOP REGISTRATION SITE before-hand to make sure that you can access your online account.

For camp details please visit our KIDSROCK Summer Youth Camp page at

Duluth Wolfpack Youth Lacrosse

Registration is open for ages 8U-14U