Congdon Park Weekly News 9/21/2022

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment

Hello Congdon Park Families

The year is off to a great start. We thank you for getting your students here each day and on time. So many wonderful entries have come in for the Harvest Festival. So many green thumbs!

The Lost and Found is already fillling up. PLEASE write your child's name on the tags in their clothing, shoes and boots, their water bottles and lunch boxes. It is much easier for them to find their things when their name is on it. Once winter is here and there are 20 pairs of black snowpants hanging in Lost and Found it will be very helpful to be able to look for their name.

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


Starting at 8:00 each morning, all doors into the building are locked. If you are bringing your student to school late, please do not drop them off and drive away - they will not be able to get into the building. There is a big sign at the main lobby doors with the school phone number for you to call to let us know you are dropping your child off. Office staff will then buzz them in.

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 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

Picture Day - Wednesday, September 28th

School Name: Congdon Park Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Wednesday, September 28

Picture Day ID:EVTHPJBB7

* Order forms were sent home on Monday

* You can order online here:

* Website:

* Ordering online protects against lost orders!

* Ordering online provides options other than what is in the flyer!

* Checks are made out "Lifetouch"

* Picture Retake day is Nov 2

All students will have their picture taken this day, even if they are not ordering portrait packages. This is so they can be in the yearbook (unless otherwise indicated by parent/guardian).

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 can I reach my student's teacher or other staff? EMAILING IS BEST

We have a list of staff and their extensions that you can access by clicking HERE. You can also find this on our website. Click on "About Us" then look for link on the right side of the page directly under the Classrooms title.

On the list you will also find their full name to use for an email:

email: (first name).(last name)

Volunteers needed to help out in the library.

Mrs. Miller is looking for volunteers to shelve books and complete projects in the library media center. She will provide training on site. You can choose the time that works best for you, between 8AM and 2PM on any of these days. It usually takes about one hour of your time. Thanks in advance for your help!

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.

Welcome to Ms. Silverness

Name - Emily Silverness

Position- Special Education Teacher (3-5 resource)

How long have you worked in the district/Congdon?- This is my first year at 709 as staff. 22 years at Duluth Edison.

Tell us about your family- I live less than a mile from Congdon on Robinson Street with my significant other and our daughter Juliet (Ordean, plays soccer for Gitchi Gummi), son Preston (East, plays baseball for vfw and East), and our ShiTzu (thinks she runs the whole circus). Our oldest daughter Tatianna is 22 and lives in Norwood Young America with her fiance Wayne and their fur babies. I grew up in Duluth so my broad family is all over in our community.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I sell real eatate (yes for fun-17years). I also like hiking and walking, anything outdoors.

What are your hopes for 2022-23? Personally I just finished my 3rd year in the dissertation program so am hoping to finish my capstone and dissertation this year. I am also looking forward to meeting and getting to know the kids I will work with and watching them grow in this great community they are surrounded with.

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. :

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

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Latest on Covid (for more information go to and click on Safe Learning Plan

If your child tests positive for Covid...

* fill out the Covid reporting form HERE

* Call the attendance line or email and state COVID and the first absent day. You do not need to call in every day after that.

* Your child will need to be absent for 5 days. (the test day is DAY 0, the next day is DAY 1, your child can come back to school on Day 6).

* A mask is required for DAYS 6-10, if they are feeling better and back in school.

If you have questions please call the health office 336-8825 ext. 1845 or 2442

Community Activities -

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: Go to and enter your zip code to get connected with Pack 3043 today.

If you can't make 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 or Katie Benziger

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; 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 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:

Duluth Farm to School supported by Whole Foods Co-op's GIVE Program

The Round Up at the Register Program is part of Whole Foods Co-op’s GIVE program. Shoppers make a difference in their community through small donations at the register by rounding up their purchases.
Duluth Farm to School supports the 9 school gardens in the district along with K-12 cross-curricular based lessons and tastings. Duluth Farm to School is primarily funded via a grant through Essentia Health with fiscal agents being St. Louis County Public Health and Duluth Community School Collaborative.

Funds raised through the WF Round Up will be used for school garden repairs, upgrading garden equipment, tastings and overall program sustainability. We appreciate your help by rounding up at the register when shopping at Whole Foods in September.

For more information about the September Farm to School Round Up check out the following video link and help spread the word about this great fundraising opportunity.

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