Congdon Park Weekly News 5/17/2023

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment

A huge thank you to Mr. Garland for putting together such an amazing Spring Concert. Wow! The singing and the drumming were incredible.

Other thank yous to note:

  • Mrs. Ott for coming back yet another year to share her piano skills with us.
  • Our parent runners who kept the classes moving to the gym - Lindsay Ekstrom, Susan Midlo, Megan Hughley and Jamie Messina.
  • Our teachers...who practiced wirh their students and helped our concert day run so smoothly
  • Our enginer Steve and Brekken our Math Corps tutor for their help with setting up the stage and the risers and to Tatyana and Soren for setting up and taking down all the chairs
  • Our kitchen staff who adjusted lunch times so all kids got lunch
  • Ms. Ellingson for displaying so much of the art our students have created.

Last week was staff/teacher appreciation week! Thank you to the PTA for donating funds and to Ashley Moseley, Amanda Sutton, Brianna Halvorson, Jamie Messina, Stevie Haasken and Kayla Foley for coordinating meals for each day of the week and an ice cream treat.

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.

Order your 2023-24 school supplies now.

"SHOP NOW for your 2023-24 school supplies. Avoid the stores and get all your school supply shopping done online. EPI school supply packs contain all the items and brands our teachers require. Not only is this convenient for you, but it is a fundraiser to help our school PTA. Order now with our School ID of CON036 at"


Please do not send your child's snack or lunch in glass containers.

Please do not send your child's snack or lunch in glass containers. Containers get dropped all the time and shatter on the floor. Thank you

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 24th, 4:30-6 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!



These spots will fill quickly so sign up today!!

We are excited to have the opportunity to host you and your campers during Summer 2023. We are looking forward to a summer a lot like the last one, but if needed, we are ready to implement any of the protocols that allowed for such successful camps during the pandemic.

REGISTER ONLINE or call the Registration & Information Desk, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm, 218-726-7128

For camp details please visit our KIDSROCK Summer Youth Camp page at

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4-H Summer CAmp

Join us at Northeast 4-H Camp @ Long Lake Conservation Center as we explore nature through hands-on activities, outdoor recreation, and camp games!

When: June 28-30, 2023

Where: Long Lake Conservation Center, 28952 438th Lane, Palisade, MN

Who: 3rd-6th graders (must have completed 3rd grade)

Registration: Open now through Closes June 2nd.

Cost: $140 by check, $144.20 by credit card. Fee covers meals and lodging, program supplies, and a camp t-shirt.

4-H is committed to ensuring all youth can experience camp. Request a camp scholarship by visiting

For more information, visit or email Kate Preiner at

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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: