Congdon Park Weekly News 12/21/2021

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment

Happy Holidays to all our families! However you spend your time over the next 13 days, we at Congdon Park hope you are happy, healthy and find joy in spending time together.

Lost and Found is overflowing with items that need to go home.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to stop by the lobby area and go through the Lost and Found. There are so many coats, hats and boots. Please help these items find their way back home. The lobby is open until 6:00pm on week days. The buildling is closed over Holiday break.

District Spelling Bee

Our very own Gemma Kim was a finalist in the district Spelling Bee last week. She now advances to the Regional Spelling Bee which will be held on Feb.8th. Congratulations Gemma!!

Winter Break Community Resources Lists

Duluth Public School buildings will be closed Wed 12/22 thru Mon 1/3 for Winter Break.

Our community is here to offer connection and support during this time. A list of resources including Crisis Lines, Youth Programs, Food Support and additional resources is available for those who need it.

Many thanks to Rachel Thapa and our community partners for compiling these resources.

Access the Community Resource List

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Free COVID Testing Jan 3

Duluth Public Schools and Essentia Health are providing COVID testing for ISD 709 staff and students at two community sites after the upcoming Winter Break. Essentia will provide a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. This is not a rapid test, and it can take up to two days to get test results.

COVID testing is scheduled for Monday January 3, 2021 from 12Noon to 6:00PM.

East Side: Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd 1325 45th Ave. E, Duluth, MN

West Side: Asbury United Methodist Church - 6822 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN

To safe time, download and complete the following forms and bring them with you to the testing site:

COVID 19 Testing Consent & Authorization Form

Testing Registration Form

Keep the Parent Pick up line moving.


  • PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY - we are gettng large gaps between cars because people are not paying attention to the car in front of them. This slows the process way down. MN does have a hands free law.
  • Be sure your family number is easily visible for the adult calling in numbers. The adult calling in the numbers should not have to step into the snow to read your number. Many numbers are sliding too far down the front windshield to be seen.
  • If you have not picked up your student by 2:25 they will be brought to the office When you get to Congdon please park in the 15 minute spot and call the office to let them know you are here. 218.336.8825 ext 0.

Free To ISD 709 Families: Childcare

ISD 709 Fun Days at the Y

December 22nd & January 3rd, 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Registration Required, Space is Limited:

Bring your children to the Y where they will participate in fun activities while they're on Holiday break from school! Participant s should bring their own lunch and snacks, along with tennis shoes and a water bottle.

Questions? or 218.722.4745 ext 522

PTA December Happenings

We have been making use of your wonderful One and Done donations. The school directories were printed and distributed to families last month.

The school ordered scholarship photo packages from Lifetouch. Lifetouch covered the cost of 13 and the PTA covered the other 13.

We have also approved funds for teachers to purchase items they need for their classrooms. Each classroom teacher, specialist, and interventionist will be given $175 to use.

Thank you again for your generosity. It allows us to do things like this, organize dinners and appreciation events for our teachers, and support our school and students.

Thank you to all of our volunteers so far and to everyone who has purchased items from our teacher wishlist. This will be ongoing as long as teachers make requests!

*All year long we have need for volunteers to help out during the lunch hour, especially during K & 1st grade lunches. You can stay longer if you have time. Sign up here.

*Also, all year long we will continue to update the teacher wish list. Check it out if you wish to see the list and/or donate an item to our amazing teachers.

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

Duluth Library Port Card


A PORT CARD is an electronic library card that gives ISD709 students free access to Duluth Public Library resources:

  • physical books & materials
  • ebooks
  • audiobooks
  • databases for research


  1. Access the Duluth Public Library's online resources from school, including ebooks, audiobooks and databases for research.
  2. Check out up to 5 physical books or materials at a time for FREE.
  3. Check out up to 10 ebooks or audiobooks at a time for FREE.
  4. No physical library card needed. Students can check out books & materials with their student ID number!
  5. No financial risk.


To sign up for a PORT CARD, complete ISD709's PORT CARD Opt-In Form: (It's quick! Just a name & e-signature!)


For students with a standard library card, a PORT CARD enables students to...

  • access electronic Duluth Public Library resources while at school
  • check out up to 5 books without their physical library card
  • check out up to 5 books with no financial risk

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

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No school on January 21st? No problem. Your kids, ages 5-12, can spend the day with UMD KIDSROCK Camp experiencing a day filled with fun winter activities. Sledding, ice skating, snowman-building, cookie-decorating, winter crafting and sipping on hot cocoa are just a few of the fun activities this single day of camp entails! Event registration is limited to 32 children, so sign up early by calling the RSOP Office at (218) 726-7128, registering online or stopping in!

Friday, January 21, 7:30AM - 5:30PM

Register By: 12:00PM, Thursday, January 20

We Provide: Winter activities, Programming and a Snack

You Provide: Proper clothing for the weather, Lunch for your child/children

Location: Bagley Classroom

Cost: $40



We have skis, skates, snowshoes, fat-tire bikes, sleds and more!