Congdon Park Weekly News 9/28/2022

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment

Hello Congdon Park Families

It's hard to believe it is almost October. We had another practice fire drill last week and it went very well. If you have not turned in your child's Annual Health form ( a yellow form that was handed out at the Back to School Open House) please do so ASAP. This form is completed every year through 12th grade. It is an important form for the health office to review and be made aware of any health changes and also to update your Emergency Contacts.


Just as a reminder students are not allowed to ride a bus they are not assigned to. This also means that walkers are not allowed to ride a bus home with a friend. Alternate transportation will need to be found.


Last call for any Fire Prevention Contest forms. These must be returned to school by September 30th or you can mail or drop off at any fire station by 4pm on October 7th. Winners will be announced on October 11th.


Friday is our first school spirit day! Wear something blue.

Dos and dont's regarding parent pick up and drop off - great video!

The Month of October is Socktober

The Fifth Grade Students at Congdon Park School are running a sock drive for Duluth homeless children and adults this month. Please help us reach our goal of donating 2,000 pairs of socks. Give new crew socks to a Congdon Park student or teacher and we’ll take care of the rest. Each classroom will also have their own collection box. Our deadline is October 28, 2022. Thanks for your civic engagement. Service Learning IS Social Studies.

Walk to School Day - October 12th

This year, our students who arrive on school buses will also have the opportunity to walk to school by forming "Walking School Buses". On the morning of Wednesday, October 12, 2022 students will be greeted by parents, community members, school faculty and staff near the Ordean East Middle School parking lot and will walk together 2 and ½ blocks to Congdon Park! Our school patrol members and the Duluth Police Department will also help our students walk to school together safely. When students arrive at the school, they will be greeted with high fives and stickers and encouraged to continue their path to a healthy day. Parents are also encouraged to park at Ordean and walk their child to school that day.


Students are invited to wear orange to be bright and be seen—calling attention to all our walking students helps to develop an awareness of our school zone and the many students who walk each day. Students are also invited to make a ‘Walk to School Day’ sign and decorate it and carry it as we parade down the hill to our school. Parents: we encourage you to share pictures of walk to school day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #mnwalks and #walkbikeschool.


We are still looking for volunteers to greet the buses, guide a ‘Walking School Bus’, and distribute stickers to all participants. Sign up if you can help at: https://signup.com/go/HROWZsD


In the case of inclement weather, students will remain on the school buses and be dropped off as usual—Principal Kusch-Marshall will make that call by 6:30am on October 12th. In this case, we have arranged to celebrate the following Wednesday, on October 19th.


If you do not want your student to participate in the walking bus from Ordean, please fill out this form and return to your child's teacher by October 10th.

The In Person Book Fair is Back!!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in conjuction with conferences. Here is the schedule:


Open Thursday, October 13th from 8 AM - 8 PM

Open Friday, October 14th from 8 AM - 2 PM

Open Monday, October 17th from 8 AM - 2 PM

Open Tuesday, October 18th from 8 AM - 8 PM



We do need volunteers each day to help keep the book fair open. Please sign up HERE

Counselor's Corner

This week, classrooms are beginning Second Step lessons. Second Step is a weekly social emotional learning curriculum that helps build important life skills in our students. You can find out more about the curriculum and some free family resources by clicking here. The first unit involves having a growth mindset and learning how to set goals. Children learn the importance of practice and continuing to try after making a mistake. Encourage your children to persist when things are difficult. Remind them that they may not be able to do something yet, but practicing is how we develop and learn. Set a goal with your child at home - and be a partner in helping them achieve it!

How to let the school know your child will be absent

There are 2 options to let the attendance office know your child will be absent from school

1) Call the attendance line 218.336.8825 ext 2

2) Preferred method - Email congdonattendance@isd709.org Feel free to include your child's teacher when you email the attendance email


If the office does not know why a student is absent, an automated phone call and an email message will be sent out around 9am. This is for safety reasons.


Here is the info we need to know

  • Student Name
  • Your Name
  • Teacher Name
  • REASON FOR ABSENCE

Meet our new para professional - Damion Rassier

Name Damion R.

Position Special Education Paraprofessional


How long have you worked in the district/Congdon?- This is my fourth year with the school district and my first year at Congdon.


Tell us about your family- My wife and I have two daughters. Cora is ten years old and Isobel is seven.


What do you like to do in your spare time? In my free time, I like to tinker around the house, go for walks, listen to music, take naps, and go on drives to no place in particular.


What are your hopes for 2022-23? My hope for this school year is that I can be helpful and supportive to everyone in my orbit. I also hope to not shovel snow.

Welcome to Mrs. Ardren - 4th grade teacher

4th Grade Teacher


I have been a teacher for 17 years but in the district and at Congdon since last January as the building sub and now 4th grade.


I have known my husband Bob for 22 years and married for 14! We meet at Mount Royal while working together! We have two beautiful daughters, Zoe who is 10 and in 4th grade and Bryn who is 7 1/2 and is in 2nd grade. Both are attending Congdon. We have a 1/2Aussie 1/2Heeler dog named Millie, Leopard Gecko named Zelda and 2 beta fish (Bubbles and Iche)!!


In my spare time I love to spend time with my family on adventures and making memories!! We love to go camping!! I also love to run or take long walks and go XC skiing, read and put together puzzles!


My hopes and dreams for the new school year is that I can create a safe and caring space for my students to grow and learn.

Looking for potential volunteers to help out in the school garden

We are seeking Parent Volunteers to help support classrooms in Congdon Park's School Garden for lessons/activities. If you are willing to be contacted as needs arise in classes or school wide, please fill out the following form. This does not commit you, but simply provides a pool of parents that have interest in supporting. Thanks!

The PTA needs you!

We will be having our first PTA meeting of the year on Monday, September 26, at 6:30 PM in the school library. We will plan to alternate noon and evening meetings on the 4th Monday of the month.


Volunteering Opportunities:

*Our fall Book Fair will take place October 13-18 and we need volunteers! Please sign up for a shift here.

*We can always use help in the lunchroom. Sign up here.

*Ms. Miller needs help in the library. Check out available times here.

*We are once again providing links for our Teacher Wishlists. Please check out this link to see what our teachers are wishing for and perhaps purchase them one of the items!

*Walk to School day will need helpers. Sign up here.


Directory form:

Your PTA is proud to offer a printed school directory to every family again this year. To be included in the directory, please complete this form by Friday, September 30th, 2022. : https://form.jotform.com/222325633741148


We have a lot of great ideas for the year and need parents/families to volunteer to help. Some (but not all) of the areas we could use help: Family Fun Nights, Volunteer Coordination, Art Adventures, Reflections program, School Spirit Gear, and Teacher Appreciation.


Please visit our website to sign up for membership and for more information on volunteering, events, documents

Community Activities -

Salvation Army Rookie Basketball

The deadline for the 2022-2023 winter basketball season for Rookie Basketball is Friday, October 7. Scholarships are available.


Find out more about Rookie Basketball: bit.ly/RBADULUTH

Interested in becoming a Cub Scout?

Here's a great opportunity! New scout archery night is this Thursday Sept. 22 from 6-7PM in the Congdon Park Elementary school field. We'll be there to answer questions and talk with you about the fun plans we have lined up for the year. Learn about knot tying and flag etiquette, too. No prior knowledge or skills required. We'll help you easily get started. Stop by 9/22 6-7PM.

See why you should join scouts: https://youtu.be/vxtFCmDZJbQ. Go to beascout.org and enter your zip code to get connected with Pack 3043 today.

If you can't make it...no worries! We meet regularly.

Next pack event is the Raingutter Regatta on Monday 10/3 6:30-8PM at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (2012 East Superior St.). Come at any time! For info, contact Phil Jensen philjensen424@hotmail.com or Katie Benziger katiebenziger@gmail.com.

East Select Soccer

East Select Soccer will be holding their assessments for birth years 2009-2016 on Sunday Sept. 25th and Sunday Oct. 2nd.


Check out; https://dulutheastsoccer.com/east-select-soccer/tryouts/ for more information.

All assessments will be held at Duluth East High School.

Sunday 09/25

11:00-12:00- U9/U10 (2016-2013) Kick around*

12:15-1:30- U11/U12 (2011-2012)Boys and Girls

1:45-3:00- U13/U14 (2009-2010) Boys and Girls

*Kick around is a fun practice for our jamboree teams to see what East Select Soccer offers and to play with their friends.

You do not need to register for the Kick around.

Sunday 10/02

12:15-1:30- U11/U12 (2011-2012) Girls

1:45-3:00- U13/U14 (2009-2010) Girls

3:15-4:30-U11/U12 (2011-2012) Boys

4:45-6:00-U13/U14 (2009-2010) Boys

Duluth East Girls Youth Basketball

Registration for our winter travel basketball teams is now open for all girls in grades 3-8. Visit https://www.dulutheastgirlsbasketball.com/about for more information or to register.


We are also hosting a Fall Skills Academy for girls in grades 3-8. No prior basketball experience necessary. Sessions are held at Ordean East Middle School on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting September 26 and running through October 26 (no session during MEA week) . Cost is $120. For more details and to register, visit: https://dulutheastgirlsbasketball.sportngin.com/register/form/032095815