IMPORTANT NOTICE: Return to In-Person Learning

Distance LearningMarch 3, 2021

Dear Pendergast Families,

Governor Doug Ducey issued a new Executive Order 2021-04 entitled, "Open for In-Person Learning." To remain in compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders, the Pendergast District will offer an in-person learning option starting Monday, March 22, 2021, immediately following Spring Break. We will send a brief online survey regarding your choice to have your student(s) remain with virtual instruction or attend class in the school building. This information is of vital importance to us to ensure accurate planning and staffing.

It is important that you know we have a COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.  However, it may not be possible to have students socially distance on the bus, in classrooms, or in the cafeteria depending on the number of students that come to the in person learning option. Students will be required to wear a mask, wash their hands frequently, and follow staff directions regarding social distancing.

We appreciate your support through this challenging year and look forward to a productive rest of the school year.  We will keep you updated as new information about our school reopening plan is available.


Dr. Jennifer Cruz
Acting Superintendent

Return to In-Person Learning Letter: English | Español

Enroll for the 2021-22 School Year

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Food and Nutrition School Meals

Food and Nutrition Return to School MealsMeals are being provided Monday through Friday for all children ages 18 years and younger, at no charge. Breakfast and lunch meals may be picked up at the same time. Parents (adults) and siblings are welcome to pick up the meals for multiple children.

Meal Distribution will be located in the doorway of each school within the Pendergast Elementary School District. This will provide the opportunity for Grab and Go Meals as conveniently and quickly as possible, while maintaining social distancing for everyone's safety.

Grab and Go Service Times and Procedures >>


In addition, our Food Service and Transportation Departments will be collaborating and distributing meals via specified bus routes within each of our school campus communities. This schedule will be continually updated with the most current information regarding routes, so please be sure to check back periodically.

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The PESD Fall Food Service Stop Map contains all bus stop locations, including descriptions. Families may enter their address to locate the closest Meal Distribution Bus Stop. If there are no stops in your areas, please remember that meals are also being provided at your student's school campus.

Food Service Interactive Stop Map >>

Pendergast Quick Tip

Quick Tip Logo The Pendergast Quick Tip is a system that allows students, parents, staff and community members to submit information to district administrators anonymously or non-anonymously.

Quick Tip allows authorized district administrators to receive tips at any time and have the ability to respond in a timely manner to issues that impacts the school or individual students.

The reported issues range from peer pressure, threats, depression, weapons, suicide and bullying. Anyone with access to the web or a smartphone has access to Quick Tip.

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Pendergast | First Things First Family Resource Center

Pendergast and First Things First Family Resource Center The Pendergast Elementary School District, through a partnership with First Things First, have developed the Pendergast Family Resource Center providing quality, comprehensive, diverse and streamlined services centered on a holistic view of early childhood education with neighborhood outreach as a core component. The services offered create a unique collaboration between the educational environment, families and communities combined with staffing support from caring, knowledgeable professionals.

OUR MISSION: The Pendergast Family Resource Center is a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high quality outreach program that supports the development, health and education of all Pendergast Elementary School District families and the surrounding community with a focus on families with children birth to age five.

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    Early Childhood Program

    The Pendergast Elementary School District offers high quality half and full day community preschool programs designed to prepare 3 and 4-year-old children for school.

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    Make a payment for the Use of Facilities, to the P.R.I.D.E. Club or Pre-School online. You can also make a tax or gift Donation online and help make a positive impact in the lives of our students.

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    The District has been using this bond funding to repair and improve our schools and facilities, as well as, to vastly improve and upgrade technology for student learning and District communication.

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What's for Breakfast and Lunch?

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My School Bucks provides parents with a secure, fast and convenient method for adding money to their children's school meal accounts.

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Financial Transparency

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View the District's FY 2020-21 Revised Budget >>

View the District's FY 2021 Adopted and Revised Budget at the AZ Department of Education's Website >>

(A.R.S. §15-903.E, amended by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §10)
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2021 (budget year): $52,696
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2020 (prior year): $50,870
Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year: $1,826
Percentage increase: 4%

View the District's Spending Report for FY 2019 prepared by the Arizona Auditor
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View the District's FY 2020 Annual Financial Report at the AZ Department of Education's Website >>

View the District's FY 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report >>

Understanding the Budget: Find out more about how the Pendergast District spends money by watching this fun and informative video. View the Video >>

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Pendergast Title IX Coordinator

Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the District's Title IX Coordinator.

Dr. Gwyn Marr, Pendergast Title IX Coordinator
3802 N. 91st Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85037

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, regardless of whether the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of the reported conduct or not. A report may be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator. The District shall notify students, parents or legal guardians of students, employees, applicants for employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the District, of the name or title, office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number of the Title IX Coordinator. The District will respond promptly when any school employee has notice of sexual harassment. Upon receipt of notice of sexual harassment, the District shall notify students, parents or legal guardians of students, employees, applicants for employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the District, of the District’s grievance procedures and grievance process, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how the District shall respond. The District is committed to investigating each formal complaint submitted and to taking appropriate action on all confirmed violations of policy. The District shall follow grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints from students and employees alleging sexual harassment.

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    PESD parents and guardians are encouraged to register to attend one or more of these FREE workshop sessions. All workshop sessions will be from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Registration is required to attend.

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    CAPIT is a phonics curriculum on a digital platform used by our K-2 students, so it's accessible anywhere and accommodates distance learning. CAPIT enables teachers to instruct the entire class while individualizing the learning for each student.

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    The Distance Learning Guide was created by educators in our district in order to help all of our students succeed and do their very best. It includes sections that will provide a step-by-step guide to online learning and everything that you will need to know.

    Distance Learning Guide: English | Español

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    Student-Parent Handbook 2020-2021

    The purpose of this handbook is to inform parents and students of the policies, procedures, and operations of the Pendergast Elementary School District. It presents information highlighting district policies and guidelines necessary for the academic achievement, safety, welfare, and well-being of our students.

    To learn more about parent and student rights and responsibilities, please review the 2020-2021 Student-Parent Handbook.

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    Pendergast Elementary School District Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux hosts a virtual bi-monthly Community Partners Lunch & Learn, as well as, a virtual bi-monthly Parent Lunch & Learn. All from the comfort of home, office, or your favorite spot to relax and learn more about education and the Pendergast District.

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    We invite you to use these links to encourage your children to continue their learning while our school buildings are closed.

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    We are so excited to be partnering with motivational speaker Jeremy Anderson. Jeremy Anderson knows how to connect with students and teachers in an amazing and transparent way. Jeremy is one of America's Top Youth Speakers, and one of the Best Keynote Motivational Speakers for Teachers.

    For more information about Jeremy and his services visit his website at  Check out some of Jeremy's motivational videos below.

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    Standard-Based Grading is a way for the school or teacher to tell you how your child is progressing toward mastery of a new skill or knowledge. Check out this handy infographic for a better understanding about what SBG is and how it benefits your child.

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    In the 2020 Arizona Legislative Session, the Legislature passed Senate bill (SB) 1061 (Laws 2020, Chapter 64) which the Governor signed on June 5, 2020. SB 1061 established ARS § 15- 249.16 which requires the Arizona Department of Education (Department) to establish and post a statutory handbook of parental rights.

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    Media Releases

    For additional information and past stories about the Pendergast School District, please visit our Media Section.


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