Congdon Park Weekly News 6/1/2022

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment


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

Library Books

Library books were due May 26th. 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.

Buy your Back to School Supplies ahead of time.

Hey Parents! We know you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. Make things a little easier to get prepared for next year. Order your 2022-23 school supplies today online. Just click and order an EPI pack today. Your supplies will be shipped to our school and waiting for your child when school starts. Order now with our School ID of CON036 at

Congdon Park Playground

We are excited that many of the old windows in our building will be replaced this summer! However, because there is construction going on, the playground at Congdon Park will be closed during the summer - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We apologize for the inconcenience, but what a great opportunity to check out some other great playgrounds in Duluth.

Fun and Field Day

Field Day - June 8th - Field Day is one of our favorite all school activities of the year. This year K-2 will participate from 8am-10:30am, and 3-5 will participate from 11am-1:45p. We would love to see 2 or more volunteers at each station. Volunteers will receive lunch. Sign up here: Thank you!

End of Year and Summer Volunteer Opportunities

End of the Year Teacher Brunch - June 10th - If you would like to help out with picking up items or donating items for the teacher brunch, please contact to coordinate a small task you can do to show our teachers our appreciation for all they have done for us and our students this year. Examples include: Picking up coffee or purchasing pastries or juice/sparkling water.

2022 Summer Garden Care - Help us keep the garden in tip top shape this summer and keep the plants thriving for class harvests. Congdon's School Garden needs tending from our families to water and weed the garden this summer. Choose one week beginning June 13th through the beginning of the 22-23 school year. It will include low maintenance watering a couple of times during a week (weather dependent) and a light weeding. Sign up here: Thank you!

IXL and the 2022-23 Blended Learning Access Form

We are excited to share that the School District has invested in IXL Programming for grades K-8 for the coming school year. Your child will have the opportunity to practice their math and language arts skills over the summer if you are interested.

To utilize IXL this summer please follow the steps below to log in: Lester Park IXL Summer Letter. A hardcopy of this form is being sent home with all students next week.

Please note- all student passwords change on June 13th, 2022. You MUST complete the 22/23 Blended Learning form to have access to their new password! You can find the online version of this form on the ISD709 website. Instrucctions on accessing their network info is also there.

A new blended learning agreement is required each year to ensure access for your child to all of the licensed materials and a Chromebook or tablet. Get it done now for each of your students so you don’t have to worry about it in the fall!

22-23 Duluth Public Schools Blended Learning Form

Instructions on how to find your child's email and password, click HERE

Summer meals are available to all kids

Duluth Public Schools will be serving summer meals once again from June 20 through August 19. Meals will be available to all kids age 18 and younger at no cost. To eat, just show up.

Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Laura MacArthur Elementary, Lincoln Park Middle School, Lowell Elementary, Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Piedmont Elementary and Stowe Elementary.

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

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Bingo for Books

Bingo for Books was so much fun this winter, we are going to do it again!. We are in need of more books to give away as prizes, chapter books are especially in demand. Please bring any books to the school lower lobby, we will have boxes there for you. Please drop off no later than Friday June 3d. Thank you

Planning has begun for Wolf Ridge

Dear parents of soon-to-be 5th graders at Congdon Elementary,

As this year comes to a close, we are starting to plan the (former) annual Wolf Ridge overnight field trip for the soon-to-be 5th graders. Wolf Ridge is an "experiential outdoor environmental school" that offers kids a chance to be outside and learn about the natural world through direct observation and exploration. The day is broken up into morning and afternoon classes and additional evening activities - these evening activities can be led by parent volunteers as interested.

Unfortunately, like most activities, Congdon 5th graders have been unable to attend for the last 2 years. Wolf Ridge has since re-opened and ISD709 is allowing field trips currently, however, due to the vast amount of planning that needs to occur to make the trip an actuality, the current 5th graders were unable to attend. Hence, a group of us are starting the process now before the kids even complete 4th grade in order to make this trip a success!

Currently, we are scheduled for October 14-16, 2022 (Friday afternoon leaving from Congdon, arriving back Sunday afternoon).

To make this happen, we will need a LOT of parental participation! We need volunteers to help with coordination, and we will need MANY parent chaperones. Please let me know ASAP if you can help with planning and/or would like to be a chaperone.

Additionally, we will be offering the kids/parents the opportunity to sell Wolf Ridge Calendars to offset expenses. The cost of the trip this year is roughly $172/person (chaperones too). This includes the 2 overnights in a cabin and food for 2.5 days. The PTA has paid for the buses in years past and likely will do so again.

For more information on the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, please go to:

Please email if you would like to volunteer as a Chaperone, or if you would like to become involved in the planning committee. Please include the name of the parent chaperone, phone #, email, and your child(ren)'s name(s) and gender of parent chaperoning.

Thank you!


Deborah Sah

Susan Midlo

Jennider Engel

aka the Wolf Ridge Planning Committee

MN Math Corps

Love math? Love working with kids? Here is a great opportuity for you! While MN Reading Corps has been at Congdon Park for many years, we are happy to announce that MN Math Corps is coming to Congdon next year. Check out the links below to find out how you could be a MN Math Corps tutor at Congdon Park. Contact Mrs. Kusch Marshall with any questions.

Math Corps Flyer

Math Corps Job Description

PTA June Happenings

PTA June Update
Congratulations! We have made it to the end of the 2021-22 School Year! I hope you are so proud of your children for working hard this year with so many challenges to overcome. Our Congdon Cougars are so wonderful.

Our PTA committees have been doing amazing things as usual. If you are interested in getting more involved with the PTA next year but have some questions about what these different committees do, please check out this page of descriptions.

Our wellness committee planned and hosted both a Bike to School Day and a really amazing Bike Rodeo. It was so much fun and I hope you will all plan to attend next year too!

We have had wonderful volunteers helping out in so many ways! Library, lunch room, Scholastic book fair, spring concert help, and many more. We couldn't do it without you!

I am so excited to announce that we will be having some park play dates this summer! Very casual, get to know your fellow cougars time, but with a PTA representative to make sure you feel welcomed and answer any questions you may have! Please see flyer for more information!
Dates are as follows:

Friday, June 24, 10:30 AM at Morley Park

Sunday, July 10, 2:00 PM at Grant Park

Friday, July 29, 10:30 AM at Lester Park

Sunday, August 14, 2:00 PM at Chester Park

Thank you so much to everyone who has really put in the time and effort to make our PTA what it is this year. You are all the best!

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

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

School of Minnesota Ballet Summer Dance Opportunities

Our Summer Classes will not only provide dance training to kick off your summer, but this year we will delve into all things Sleeping Beauty!

Primary, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes and activities will be available for ages 3 and up. For dancers that are new to SMB, a placement class will be offered free of charge. At the end of our third and final week, there will be a Sleeping Beauty soiree where dancers give a mini-performance of what they’ve been working on and enjoy light refreshments in our Depot studio space.

Duluth East Boys Basketball Summer Camps

Duluth East Girls Youth Basketball

Registration for the summer basketball program is now open for all girls going into grades 3-7 (2022-23 school year). No previous experience is necessary. Use the following link for more information or to register.

Duluth East Girls Youth Basketball

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JUNE 13-AUGUST 12, 2022!

We are excited to have the opportunity to host you and your campers during Summer 2022. We are looking forward to a summer a bit more normal than the past two, but if needed, we are ready to implement any of the protocols that allowed for such a successful camp last summer.


UMD KIDSROCK 2022 Summer Camp “Early Registration” is Tuesday, March 8, 9am-5pm. Registration during this time will be ONLINE only on RSOP’s registration site. We recommend that you visit the RSOP REGISTRATION SITE before-hand to make sure that you can access your online account.

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

Duluth Wolfpack Youth Lacrosse

Registration is open for ages 8U-14U