Congdon Park Weekly News 11/23/2022

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment

November 22, 2022

Dear Congdon Park Families,

Gratitude is happiness doubled. That is a perfect reflection of what I have experienced and witnessed this year. Every day I am moved and inspired by what I see, feel and hear. Every day I feel inspired to work alongside the incredible dedicated Congdon staff and their unique ability to teach and inspire our children. Every day I celebrate the amazing support of our parents, community and children. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as Congdon Park principal for the last 14 years.

I truly believe the success of our school is built on a foundation of mutual respect and inclusiveness. Every day Congdon staff nurture a culture of fairness, love and caring, all focused on the goal of providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students and families. Congdon staff is committed to continuing this focus and supporting our families during the school day and beyond. We are here for you.

I am thankful that our staff continues to strive for excellence in each and every classroom, to grow stronger by our diversity, and to cultivate an open and positive school climate where all people are welcome.

During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude and appreciation for being such an important part of our children’s lives. This is a wonderful time of year to get together with friends and family to celebrate and be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives. On behalf of the Congdon Park staff, I would like to say “Thank you” for your continued support and wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving break. We will see everyone back here on Monday, November 28th.

Peace to you,

Kathi Kusch Marshall

Principal, Congdon Park


The Lost and Found is overflowing already! Please stop by school and look for things that belong at your house.

When calling in your child's absence, in addition to letting the teacher know, please let the attendance office know. 218-336-8825 ext 2 or

Each year we collect a Health History form for your child - these are handed out at the Back to School Open House. We are still missing quite a few. The health office sent home new copies last week to those students who have not had them returned. Please return as soon as possible.

School Spirit Days

Friday December 2nd - wear something blue for our first all school morning meeting!

Friday December 9th - School Spirit Day - Sports Day!

MCA Testing Dates have been set

Dates for MCA testing in April and May have been set. For those who have students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades please avoid scheduling vacations during the following weeks:

April 4-7, April 17-21, April 24-28 and May 1-5. Thank you for your consideration.


Join us for the free Twin Ports Region Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Thursday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DECC.

Community members from the Twin Ports Area, including Superior and Two Harbors, are invited to gather at the DECC for a Thanksgiving Day celebrational.

HOME MEAL DELIVERYIS AVAILABLE to homebound individuals in these communities. Please call 218-723-6484 or order online at, no later than 12 p.m. (noon), Friday, Nov. 18 to arrange a meal delivery.


Information on their schedule can be found at or by calling 218-722-7283.

Due to the bird flu, enough turkey could not be sourced. This year we'll enjoy some ham — 2,000 pounds of it to be exact.

Couple that with 2,000 pounds of potatoes to peel... It's a busy couple days in the kitchen.

To find out more, to volunteer, or to donate, please visit

Immunization student exclusion

The district recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges, including students not having access to receive their required immunizations on schedule. Because of this, the district is extending the exclusion date for those who are not up to date with their required immunizations to December 19, 2022. Please use this extension time to schedule your student’s appointment for immunizations. Immunizations must be completed by December 18, 2022 so your child can attend school on December 19, 2022. The nurse from Congdon has been trying to reach you if your child is not compliant with their immunizations.

Local immunization resources:

Primary Care Providers

St Lukes Pediatrics *Main Hopital: (218) 249-7870 *West Clinic: (218) 249- 6800

Essentia Health Pediatrics *Main Hospital: (218) 786-3400 *West Clinic: (218) 786-3500

Can schedule online

Name, address, legal sex, date of birth, social security number, phone number, email

Lake Superior Community Health Center *4325 Grand Ave *(218) 722-1497

Can take walk-ins, but recommend scheduling an appointment

Sliding fee scale; won’t turn people away due to lack of insurance

Duluth Family Medicine *330 N 8th Ave E *(218) 723-1112

Full Service Family Medicine Clinic

Financial Assistance Program available

St Louis County Uninsured Vaccine Clinic

November 22nd, December 27th, January 24th , February 28th

​​Duluth Government Services Building 320 W 2nd Street from 1-4 pm

Pre-register prior to the clinics for the uninsured MN VFC vaccinations by calling 218-725-5210

CVS Pharmacies

Call to schedule appointment and verify that location has immunization in stock

Walgreens Pharmacies

Call to schedule appointment and verify that location has immunization in stock


It definitely feels like winter. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather...winter jacket, mittens, hats, and boots. Snow pants are also important once we have snow on the ground and frigid temperatures. We go out every day unless we have temperatures or wind chills below -15. Hopefully we don't have to worry about those conditions for awhile.
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Due to possible staffing issues, the transportation department wants to remind families of what happens if a bus route has to be canceled.

If a route needs to be canceled due to lack of drivers, mechanical issues, etc., families impacted by the decision will be notified via call, email and/or text message from the school district. In this case, impacted families would have to provide transportation for their child to school. Those who choose to keep their child home instead, are asked to contact the school and it will be an excused absence.

Lunch and recess schedule for 2022-23

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PTA Corner

November News in the PTA

October has ended and so has our Fall Fundraiser! If you haven't donated, don't worry; you can still send in a donation anytime. We are still adding up totals from everything but from electronic payments, we received a total of $7,282! Thank you so much for stepping up and helping fund our PTA. This will allow us to do wonderful things for our school and students.

Thank you to the parents who have offered to help out in our various committees. We will continue to post volunteer opportunities for specific events and dates, but these committee volunteers are very necessary to allow us to actually plan events and participate in programs. If you are curious about our committees, please check out the descriptions on our website at

Coffee with Kathi is back! Please join us on Tuesday, November 15 at 8am in the school cafe to have some coffee with Principal Kusch Marshall and ask her your burning questions. Pasties and coffee will be provided.

Our November PTA meeting will be an evening session at 6pm on Monday, November 28.

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