Congdon Park Weekly News 5/24/2023

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment

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Thank you to Anna McParlan for taking this photo!


If you are moving this summer and your student will not be returning to Congdon, please call the office as soon as possible. 218-336-8825. Thank you This does not pertain to students in 5th grade that are moving on to middle school.

LIbrary Books

Library books are due May 25th. Please return as soon as possible. Emails and letters will be sent out as reminders and with info about how much it will cost to replace any books that are not returned.


The yearbooks have arrived! Yearbooks will be handed out the first days in June to those who purchased yearbooks. 5th grade will gather outside (or in the gym if inclement weather) for the chance to sign yearbooks on June 5th. We have about 30 extra to sell, cost is $20. If you would like to purchase one of the extras, send money with your student or stop in the office. This will be on a first come first served basis, money in hand - cash or check made out to Congdon Park School.

Required COPPA form (needed yearly) Please complete this for each student

The Blended Learning Agreement for the 23-24 school year is now available. Get ahead of the game and complete the form so your student starts the year with full access to Duluth Public Schools Digital Resources. Students who are in summer programming will need to have this signed before they start, as the "new" school year begins June 12!

You can also find the form linked on the Duluth Public Schools Website under "Digital Innovations"

Duluth Public Schools Blended Learning 1 to 1 Agreement for 2023-2024 - Digital Form

Duluth Public Schools Blended Learning 1 to 1 Agreement for 2023-2024 - PDF (Paper Copy)

Help Needed

The PTA puts on a breakfast for staff on their last day of school - Friday June 9th. Volunteers are needed to set up, clean up and bring food. Click HERE if you are able to help.

We will have our annual K-5th Grade Field Day on Wednesday, June 7th. A few things to note:

  • If it rains, the event is cancelled except for the 4 stations in the gym.
  • MANY Volunteers are needed to make this event happen - Please sign up HERE
  • K-2 are in the morning, and 3-5 in the afternoon.

Bingo for Books

Bingo for Books was so much fun this winter, we are going to do it again!. We are in need of only chapter books at this time. Please bring any books to the school lower lobby, we will have boxes there for you. Please drop off no later than Friday June 2nd. Thank you

Congdon Park Celebrates The 2023 Bike Rodeo

On Tuesday, May 16, 2023 hundreds of elementary kids and their families came from all over the city to celebrate and learn more about biking at Congdon Park School. The bike rodeo featured a bicycle obstacle course designed to help kids practice their bicycling skills combined with a bike maintenance clinic for kids to get their bikes tuned up. Bike safety information was provided for kids and families to learn and grow. Kids also learned about hand signals, starting and stopping, and how to properly fit a helmet. Duluth DEVO Mountain Biking also had a mountain biking demo course for kids to try.

Free bike helmets were given away at the event, along with some amazing raffle prizes such as free bikes. Over 360 lbs of food was donated for CHUM. A bike fleet and adaptive bikes were available for those who do not have their own bicycle. The food trucks were well received at the event, with lots of hungry kids. The firetruck and the police car were also a hit and the kids learned a lot and asked a lot of great questions.

A huge Shout Out goes to the Congdon Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for all of your support and Thank you to the many volunteers that offered their time. This event follows the National Bike to School Day which was on May 3. Congdon students also learned about bike safety during gym class, using Minnesota Safe Routes to Schools Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum. Together the students and families had fun, learned a lot about bikes and were able to spend time outdoors with friends and family.

Thank you to the following sponsors for time given, monetary donations and/or products donated: Ski Hut, Continental Ski, Marshall Hardware, Spirit Mountain, Duluth DEVO and Duluth Parks and Rec, YMCA, Super One, Miller Dwan Foundation, Bike Cave, Essentia Health, Northland Adaptive Recreation, St. Lukes, Lauralloons, AAA, Stroll and Great Lakes Aquarium. Thank you also to Katei Benziger for coordinating this event.

About the National Center for Safe Routes to School

Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, the National Center also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. For more information, visit

Food Shelf DRive

Congdon Park School hosted a food drive last week and also collected items for the food shelf at our Bike Rodeo. Between these two collections, our students, staff, and families donated 437 items - 360 pounds to Chum! Thank you so much for your generosity in helping others in our community!

Summer meals begin June 20

Duluth Public Schools will once again be providing summer meals for all kids age 18 and younger at no cost. To eat, just show up!

Meals will be available June 20 through Aug. 18 at Laura MacArthur Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Denfeld High School, Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Piedmont Elementary and Stowe Elementary. There will be no service on July 4.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30-10 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals must be eaten at the site.

If you have questions, please call 218-336-8707.

The Playground is closed this summer.

The exciting news is we are getting a new playground this summer. The not so exciting news is our playground at Congdon Park will be closed for one more summer.

Congdon Park Field Day

We will have our annual K-5th Grade Field Day on Wednesday, June 7th. A few things to note:
  • If it rains, the event is cancelled except for the 4 stations in the gym.
  • MANY Volunteers are needed to make this event happen - watch for a sign up tomorrow - May 25th.
  • K-2 are in the morning, and 3-5 in the afternoon.

Lunch Menu Changes

May 26th - French Toast Sticks, Omelet

May 30th - Hamburger on a bun, french fries

May 31st - Turkey gravy with mashed potatoes

June 2nd - French Bread Pizza, Max Sticks and Dunker Sauce

June 6th - Chicken Patty Sandwich and French Fries

SEL Talk - Social Emotional Learning

In last week's newsletter we let you know about a Climate Survey that would be given to students in grades 3-12. This will be administered to students the week of May 22nd. If you do not want your student to take the survey, or would like to review the survey in advance please contact Abby Norton no later than May 19th.

There is also a family survey that we are asking you to fill out. It can be found here in the newsletter. You may also be getting it from your child's teacher. Each parent/guardian in the household is asked to fill it out. Family School Climate Survey

Abby Norton SEB MTSS Coordinator

218-336-8825 ext 3258

PTA Corner

We have reached the end of the 2022-2023 school year! I want to send out a sincere thank you to all the families who stepped up and volunteered their time, love, funds, and efforts to our PTA this year. We were able to have some amazing events this year thanks to you! We were able to treat our Congdon staff to meals, treats, raffles, and classroom donations all because of your fall fundraiser giving. Please keep this in mind for next fall when we ask again! We are able to do so much good from the donations you give each year.

Thank you also to everyone who really put in the effort of leading committees this year. Events like the Spring Dance, Walk/Bike to School days, Bike Rodeo, and Teacher Appreciation Week couldn't have happened without you! More hands truly lighten the load and I am so grateful for you!

We will be having our final PTA meeting of the school year on Monday, May 22nd at 6PM in the Congdon Media Center. We will be voting in the board for next year at this meeting. If you have any interest in playing a bigger role in the PTA and want to try out a board position, please send a note to We will help you out as much or as little as you want! If you're curious about committees, you can read some explanations at and send a note along to the email letting us know what you would be interested in.

Some dates to keep in mind:

August 21st, 4-7PM Unity in Our Community event at Bayfront

August 22th, 4:00-5:30 PM is our Kindergarten and new Family Open House

August 30th, 4:30-6 PM is Open House

We are hoping to have some gatherings over the summer, so keep an eye on our facebook page and website for updates. Thank you again and have a fantastic summer!



Summer/fall soccer sign up:

Kids who are interested in playing recreational soccer this summer should register for AYSA Congdon Park Soccer soon! Teams are filling up fast. Season goes late July-mid-September. If spots are filled for your child's age group, please consider reaching out to Neil Wilmot to volunteer to coach so more spots can be opened.

Also, Gitchi Gummi has two 6-week summer development training sessions for youth age 4-11. Great way for kids to improve those soccer skills in a fun, noncompetitive environment. Registration is here: