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MAY 22, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. MATOS DEBLIEUX TO OUR COMMUNITY

Dear Pendergast Families,

The 2019-20 school year is coming to a close, and on behalf of the Governing Board and staff we wanted to take this time to thank you for choosing Pendergast District for your children’s educational experience.

I am so proud of our staff and students for all they have done to make a challenging situation into a learning experience for all. Our dedicated employees have done their best to create a sense of belonging, connection and community and we are grateful for all they have provided for our students.

We know you are anxious to find out what next year will look like for your students. Likewise, at this critical time, it is important for all of us to make decisions that take health and safety into consideration, as well as teaching and learning. Although we do not have any definitive answers quite yet, we are carefully weighing our options based on guidance from the Arizona Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, the Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control.

Once we know what the guidelines are to follow in terms of re-opening our schools, our Governing Board will make the best decisions that will enable learning to take place and safety to be in the forefront.

n the meantime, our schools and departments have all been carefully deep cleaned and sanitized, adhering to the highest health standards.

We will be communicating with you during the summer and we urge you to check out the Pendergast website at pesd92.org as well as our social media for updates, resources and information.

We wish you a safe and restful summer and please know that Pendergast is the district that believes in YOU!

Sincerely,

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Pendergast District Superintendent

Message to the Community Letter - English | Español

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MAY 20, 2020

DAYCARE FOR COVID-19 FRONTLINE WORKERS

Arizona Enrichment Centers offer prioritized child care for first responders and grocery store, food bank, health care and essential public sector workers. Prioritized care and scholarships will be available to eligible families through at least the end of July.

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MAY 19, 2020

READING ON: FREE RESOURCES FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING

With school closures because of COVID-19 and summer break right around the corner, ensuring that students can make the most of their studies at home is more important than ever. Here are just a handful of the many offerings at your disposal during this uncertain time.

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MAY 18, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING'S COVID-19 RENTAL EVICTION PREVENTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Arizona renter households who have suffered a substantial loss of income resulting from COVID-19, including job loss, reduction in compensate hours of work, or other loss of income related to COVID-19, and do not have financial resources to cover their rent may be eligible to receive assistance with rent due on a primary residence in Arizona through the Arizona Department of Housing's COVID-19 Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance program.

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MAY 15, 2020

TRANSITION TO SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM

Beginning Monday, May 25th, the Food Service Program will transition to the Summer Meal Program at all twelve Pendergast School sites. The hours of operation will be 7:30am – 11:00am, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. The meal distribution will continue in the “Grab and Go” format, with breakfast and lunch meals being provided. Meals are available for all students 18 years and younger.

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MAY 14, 2020

COVID-19 DRIVE THRU TESTING BLITZ - VALLE DEL SOL

Valle del Sol, in conjunction with dozens of other organizations through the state, is partnering with the Arizona Department of Health Services to expand COVID-19 testing.

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ARIZONA ENRICHMENT CENTERS TO OFFER CHILD CARE TO GROCERY STORE, FOOD BANK EMPLOYEES

Governor Doug Ducey announced today that the Arizona Enrichment Centers Program will expand to offer prioritized child care for the children of grocery store employees and food bank workers. Enrichment Centers have already been providing child care for first responders, critical health care workers and essential public sector workers serving others as Arizona works to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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MAY 13, 2020

GOVERNOR DUCEY ANNOUNCES NEXT PHASE OF ARIZONA RECOVERY

Stay At Home Order To Expire On May 15; Replaced By New Guidance For Economic Recovery That Prioritizes Health And Physical Distancing.

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PENDERGAST EMPLOYEES - DO NOT REPORT TO WORK UNLESS DIRECTED TO DO SO

The health and safety of our Pendergast staff is of vital importance to all of us. That is why we are reminding you not to report to work unless directed to do so. 

We will let you know when PESD re-opens.

If you have questions, please direct them to your immediate supervisor. We want to ensure everyone is following the same guidelines that have been put forth by the district so please follow these instructions. Thank you for your attention and adherence to this important message. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Pendergast District Superintendent

 

MAY 12, 2020

WHEN WILL THIS BE OVER? SESAME WORKSHOP'S TIPS FOR PARENTING DURING A PANDEMIC

In March, NPR's Life Kit team put together this guide to help parents navigate the tumultuous early days of the pandemic. But in the intervening weeks, the challenges have changed. So NPR checked in with Rosemarie Truglio, a developmental psychologist and vice president of research at Sesame Workshop, to gather wisdom you can use during this current phase.

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MAY 11, 2020

ARIZONA HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELEASES INTERACTIVE MAP OF COVID-19 TESTING BLITZ SITES

The Arizona Department of Health Services on Monday released an interactive map that should make it easier for Arizonans to find a place to get tested for COVID-19. The map also includes hours of operation for each site and links to pre-register.

Arizona Testing Blitz Interactive Map >>

 

MAY 8, 2020

TESTING BLITZ RESUMES TOMORROW (MAY 9) AT SITES ACROSS ARIZONA

Arizonans can access COVID-19 testing tomorrow, Saturday, May 9 at more than 40 locations across the state as part of the Arizona Testing Blitz.

Both drive-through and onsite testing will be available. Arizonans can find the nearest testing location and hours of operation as well as pre-register by visiting azhealth.gov/TestingBlitz. Testing is available to anyone who thinks they have been exposed to and could be infected with COVID-19 and will be based on criteria set by each testing site.

Pre-Register Here >>

 

MAY 7, 2020

COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE FLYOVER

The Commemorative Air Force will conduct a historic flyover of the Phoenix/West and East Valley metro area the morning of Friday, May 8 (tomorrow) to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (the end of World War II) and salute the enduring spirit of Arizonans throughout history — including their strength and community spirit while dealing with the COVID 19 public health emergency. The formation will launch from Falcon Field in Mesa at 8:20 am.

 

MAY 6, 2020

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS INSIDE PENDERGAST FACILITIES

Please be advised that effective immediately, face masks are to be worn at all times by anyone inside a Pendergast facility. We value the safety and health of our staff and community. 

 

MAY 4, 2020

GOVERNOR DUCEY ISSUES UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS, COFFEE SHOPS, BARBERS AND COSMETOLOGISTS

The Governor issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services this Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, May 11. The Governor’s Office also released additional guidelines to keep customers and employees safe. 

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ADHS RELEASE GUIDELINES FOR RETAIL BUSINESSES AND CUSTOMERS AS OPENINGS RESUME NEXT WEEK

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services today released additional guidelines as retail businesses resume partial operations starting next week. The recommendations include enhanced sanitation and physical distancing steps customers and business owners should take to facilitate increased business interactions while minimizing the risk of COVID-19.

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MAY 2, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER SENATOR MARTIN QUEZADA

 

MAY 1, 2020

TODAY IS "SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY" ACROSS ARIZONA

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman are honoring school nutrition specialists and school lunch workers across the state for their hard work to keep Arizona’s children fed all year-round, especially during school closures. To honor the important work of these frontline employees, Governor Ducey proclaimed today “School Lunch Hero Day” across Arizona.

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARIZONANS

As Arizona works to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually reenergize our economy, there are employment opportunities and other resources for those in need.

The Arizona Office of Tourism partnered with employers and organizations statewide to promote job connectivity through the Arizona Hospitality Workforce Connection. The program connects employers who have immediate openings with tourism employees who have been displaced because of the COVID-19 health emergency.

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APRIL 30, 2020

STAY-AT-HOME ORDER CHANGES

Gov. Ducey extends Arizona's stay-at-home order through May 15, with some modifications.

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APRIL 29, 2020

PENDERGAST FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

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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Family Resource Center Activity Calendar: May - English | Español

 

APRIL 28, 2020

MARK YOU CALENDAR FOR A FLYOVER!

Luke Air Force Base will include the 56th Fighter Wing and the 944th Fighter Wing, along with the Arizona National Guard 161st Air Refueling Wing, in a community flyover on May 1, 2020, to honor Arizona's front line Covid-19 responders.

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APRIL 27, 2020

REMINDER - DATE CHANGES FOR MEAL DISTRIBUTION BEGINNING TODAY (APRIL 27)

The Pendergast Elementary School District will be changing the dates of the Food Service Program. Beginning Monday, April 27, the Food Service Sites and Bus Routes will be offering meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and we will be closed on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.  We will be providing (2) Breakfast meals and (2) Lunch meals, on each of these days for children ages 18 and younger.  We anticipate that this schedule change will be a bit more convenient for you and your families.

New Meal Distribution Announcement Flyer: English | Español

 

APRIL 26, 2020

HOW TO PROTECT KIDS' MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE PANDEMIC

New activities and ideas for supporting kids who miss their old lives and are stressed from all the bad news.

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APRIL 25, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER HILDA ORTEGA-ROSALES

APRIL 24, 2020

HOW TO HELP KIDS SORT FACT FROM FICTION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

Misinformation is spreading quickly right now. And if you're having trouble keeping track of what's real and what's fake, think about kids, who often get their news from YouTube and Instagram. This is a crucial time to practice news literacy skills.

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APRIL 23, 2020

DATE CHANGES FOR MEAL DISTRIBUTION BEGINNING APRIL 27

The Pendergast Elementary School District will be changing the dates of the Food Service Program. Beginning Monday, April 27, the Food Service Sites and Bus Routes will be offering meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and we will be closed on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.  We will be providing (2) Breakfast meals and (2) Lunch meals, on each of these days for children ages 18 and younger.  We anticipate that this schedule change will be a bit more convenient for you and your families.

New Meal Distribution Announcement Flyer: English | Español

 

APRIL 21, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM GOVERNING BOARD VICE-PRESIDENT JETE WHITE

 

 

ARIZONA TO PROVIDE NEARLY 600,000 CHILDREN WITH PANDEMIC SCHOOL MEAL REPLACEMENT BENEFITS

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced today the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorized DES to provide Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

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PENDERGAST GOVERNING BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

Until further notice, the Pendergast School District Governing Board will be enforcing the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s guidance to limit all public gatherings to ten people. As such, meetings will be held telephonically with no public in person attendance. There will be no call to the public. Reference: Arizona Attorney General's Opinion dated March 13, 2020 Re: Concerns Related to Arizona's Open Meeting Law and COVID-19.

Members of the Pendergast School District Governing Board will attend by telephone, video, or internet conferencing. Agenda is subject to revision 24 hours prior to meeting.

Meetings are open to the public at: https://www.facebook.com/pendergastelementaryschooldistrict/live/

Notices and agendas are posted at the Pendergast School District Office Building located at 3802 N 91st Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85037, accessible to the public 24 hours a day District website at: http://www.pesd92.org/

If you are in need of translation services or are a person with a disability seeking reasonable accommodation in order to access the Governing Board meeting, please contact Kerry Pohlmeyer at 623-772-2206 (1) working day prior to the Governing Board meeting.

Governing Board Meeting Dates & Times >>

 

APRIL 20, 2020

ARIZONA IS HERE FOR YOU

Arizona is committed to making sure Arizonans have access to the resources they need as we work to get our state through the COVID-19 outbreak. "We’re in this together." The following is a list of resources that includes:

  • Employment & Financial Assistance
  • Homeowner & Renter Assistance
  • Food & Meals
  • Healthcare
  • Children & Parents
  • Community
  • Internet, Utilities & Wireless Services
  • Emergency Services & Mental Health

List of Resources >>

 

APRIL 17, 2020

UPCOMING PENDERGAST GOVERNING BOARD MEETINGS

Effective immediately and until further notice, the Pendergast School District Governing Board will be enforcing the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s guidance to limit all public gatherings to ten people. As such, meetings will be held telephonically with no public in person attendance. There will be no call to the public. Reference: Arizona Attorney General's Opinion dated March 13, 2020 Re: Concerns Related to Arizona's Open Meeting Law and COVID-19.

Members of the Pendergast School District Governing Board will attend by telephone, video, or internet conferencing. Agenda is subject to revision 24 hours prior to meeting.

Meetings are open to the public at: https://www.facebook.com/pendergastelementaryschooldistrict/live/

Notices and agendas are posted at the Pendergast School District Office Building located at 3802 N 91st Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85037, accessible to the public 24 hours a day District website at: http://www.pesd92.org/

If you are in need of translation services or are a person with a disability seeking reasonable accommodation in order to access the Governing Board meeting, please contact Kerry Pohlmeyer at 623-772-2206 (1) working day prior to the Governing Board meeting.

Governing Board Meeting Dates & Times >>

 

APRIL 16, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM GOVERNING BOARD PRESIDENT SUSAN SERIN

 

 

APRIL 15, 2020

ARIZONA TO LIGHT CAPITOL BLUE TO HONOR HEALTH CARE WORKER, FIRST RESPONDERS

Governor Doug Ducey today announced buildings and structures around the state will be lit blue as a symbol of support for Arizona’s frontline medical workers and emergency responders battling COVID-19. As part of the campaign, buildings like the Arizona Capitol, executive tower, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson, State Farm at Tempe Town Lake and more will be lit blue, along with the hashtag #LightAZBlue.

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APRIL 14, 2020

GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD BANK

Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., in partnership with St. Mary's Food Bank, will host a Drive-Through Food Bank from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on Thursday, April 16.

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APRIL 13, 2020

PENDERGAST DISTRICT MEAL DISTRIBUTED VIA VEHICLES VERSUS BUSES

Over the next two weeks, meals will be distributed via vehicles versus buses. The vehicles will have a flyer posted in their windows designating the fact that they will be distributing the meals.

Our sites will be open from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm for the grab and go meals at the entrances of each of our cafeterias. Breakfast and lunch will be handed out during these hours.

In addition, our Food Service and Transportation Departments are distributing meals via specified bus routes within each of our school campus communities. The mobile routes will begin at 10:30 am, with specific route locations and times.

Specific Route Locations & Times>>

 

APRIL 11, 2020

MEAL SERVICE WILL RESUME

Meal Service will resume on Monday, April 13th.

Our sites will be open from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm for the grab and go meals at the entrances of each of our cafeterias. Breakfast and lunch will be handed out during these hours.

In addition, our Food Service and Transportation Departments are distributing meals via specified bus routes within each of our school campus communities. The mobile routes will begin at 10:30 am, with specific route locations and times.

Specific Route Locations & Times>>

 

APRIL 9, 2020

ARIZONA RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR ONLINE SNAP PURCHASES FROM USDA

Governor Doug Ducey announced that Arizonans currently receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use benefits for online food purchases with currently-authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon. This change will help limit social interaction for Arizona's most vulnerable while ensuring SNAP recipients receive needed food assistance.

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APRIL 7, 2020

PENDERGAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 10 - MEAL SERVICE WILL RESUME ON MONDAY, APRIL 13

In observance of the districts April break, Friday, April 10th, we will be providing students ages 18 and younger, the ability to pick up (2) breakfast and (2) lunches on Thursday, April 9th.  The meals should be stored under refrigeration until use.  A portion of the meal will be “Heat and Eat”, please refer to the guidance provided for the “Heat and Eat” meal.

HEAT AND EAT MEALS

There is a portion of the meal that has been provided, that is best when served hot. Heat the applicable part of the meal in the Microwave Oven, Conventional Oven, or on the Stovetop to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. All food contained in the package(s) have been cooked and cooled, with the exception of the vegetables.  The meal has been stored cold. Keep refrigerated until you are prepared to “Heat and Eat."

Food Service Announcement: English | Español

 

APRIL 5, 2020

COMMON SENSE MEDIA RELEASES WIDE OPEN SCHOOL

Common Sense Media has launched Wide Open School with free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning. Why? There are so many online resources to support kids' educational, emotional, and physical development that Common Sense editors are noticing yet another challenge for parents and educators: How can you find high-quality resources quickly, easily, and in one place?

Wide Open School >>

 

APRIL 4, 2020

PENDERGAST ELEMENTARY STAFF PARADE

 

APRIL 3, 2020

BEELIEVERS SHOW THEIR DISTRICT SPIRIT THROUGHOUT THE PENDERGAST COMMUNITY!

Beeliever signs and posters continue to pop up throughout the Pendergast community! Show the world you are a Pendergast Beeliever! To share the message that we are all BEELIEVERS, put a Bee and a Sign in your window. We BEELIEVE IN YOU!

 

APRIL 2, 2020

THE GLENDALE STAR - SCHOOLS ACT FAST TO SERVE FAMILIES DURING CRISIS

Two weeks ago, students in the West Valley went on spring break, but the rising concerns of COVID-19 prevented the normal resumption of classes as Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all schools closed until April 10.

Now, many students, teachers and parents are attempting to get their balance and find a new normal.

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APRIL 1, 2020

FOOD BANK AND UNTILITY ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

The Pendergast District counselor team, AM/DH social worker and outreach liaisons have been searching and sharing resources with families and community members in need of support.

Food Bank and Utility Assistance Information: English | Español

Additional Resources >>

 

MARCH 31, 2020

STAY HOME, STAY HEALTHY, STAY CONNECTED

Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The latest Executive Order issued today by Governor Doug Ducey follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes at the recommendation of public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The Governor’s order promotes increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens. It takes place at 5:00 p.m., March 31, 2020.

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MARCH 30, 2020

GOVERNOR DUCEY, SUPERINTENDENT HOFFMAN ANNOUNCE EXTENSION OF SCHOOL CLOSURES THROUGH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020.

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PESD92 School Closure Letter (3-30-2020): English | Español

 

MARCH 29, 2020

GRAB & GO MEALS ARE GOING STRONG

Thanks to the hard work of our Food Services and Transportation Departments, PESD92 has been able to serve approximately 10,000 meals a day to the community. For more information about this service and a list of stops, please visit COVID-19 Food Services >>

 

MARCH 27, 2020

PRACTICING SELF CARE

You may be experiencing a variety of emotions during this time, and that is 100% OK! Everyone responds to stress and crisis differently. Valley School's Wellness Team have put together 10 easy self-care tips to help take control of your well-being.

Practicing Self Care >>

 

MARCH 26, 2020

UPDATE FROM CHICANOS POR LA CAUSA, INC.

As of March 26, there are 508 confirmed cases statewide and 8 deaths. Today I wanted to focus this update on food and nutrition resources for vulnerable families.

Since last week, 52,500 unemployment applications have been filled and it will spike according to a valley economist. To address the economic challenges Arizonans are facing during COVID-19, Governor Doug Ducey wants changes to federal food assistance programs in Arizona that would allow the purchase of hot meals with these benefits and result in timelier approval of eligibility. Arizona DES is working with USDA to expand access to nutrition assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to allow the purchase of hot meals and provide timelier approval of eligibility. Under the waiver, DES will expand Nutrition Assistance benefits and increase access to households. The waiver requests the following:

  • Allow DES to approve applications without eligibility interviews, resulting in quicker and more efficient services;
  • Allow all eligible families to purchase prepared and hot meals from grocery stores;
  • Waive the work requirements for eligible students while employment opportunities are more scarce;
  • Provide to eligible families the maximum allotment allowed for up to two months; and
  • Extend certification periods by 90 days, saving clients time and ensuring benefits are provided to clients during the pandemic.

Here is a list of schools that provide meals that children can take off-site “Grab and Go”. Click here for a map of meal sites in Arizona.

To apply for Nutrition Assistance, Arizonans can visit https://www.healthearizonaplus.gov/ or call (855) 432-7587 Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For more information about DES services during the pandemic, please visit https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus.

For Senior Citizens – Arizona received  $5,356,670 in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help Arizona communities provide meals for older adults. The dollars will support both meal delivery programs and programs serving senior centers and are part of a relief package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. Those funds are for senior meal programs, with two-thirds of that supporting home meal delivery.

DES is committed to providing assistance to DES communities during the COVID-19 outbreak to meet their basic needs. To apply for Nutrition, Cash and Medical Assistance, visit https://www.healthearizonaplus.gov/ or call (855) 432-7587. The DES Coordinated Hunger Relief Program partners with regional food banks to provide food to individuals in need. To learn more and find a food bank near you, visit http://www.azfoodbanks.org.

The Congregate and Home Delivered Meals programs provide nutritious meals to eligible older adults. Although schools are closed statewide, several districts are providing free meal delivery and pickup for students. Check with your local school district to learn what options are available for you.

If a non-profit or small business has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA has emergency loans to help keep afloat. Chicanos Por La Causa offers free webinars in English and Spanish but you must register. The next one is today, March 26th at 3:00 pm and the next one after that is on April 8th.  https://www.prestamosloans.org/events/

 

MARCH 24, 2020

PENDERGAST SCHOOL WORK PICK UP - DAY ONE

 

MARCH 23, 2020

Be Recognized Award pictureWE ARE ALL PENDERGAST BEELIEVERS!

Show the world you are a Pendergast Beeliever! Families are going on walks and bike rides throughout our neighborhoods, however they can not see their friends or go to the playgrounds.

To share the message that we are all BEELIEVERS, put a Bee and a Sign in your window for them to spot as many as they can.

We BEELIEVE IN YOU!

 

 

KTAR NEWS: GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE COVID-19 HOTLINE

In an effort to answer questions about coronavirus, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced the launch of the state’s COVID-19 hotline. Arizonans can dial 2-1-1 to ask questions and voice concerns about COVID-19.

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AZ CENTRAL: HOW ARIZONA SCHOOLS ARE KEEPING STUDENTS FED AND CONNECTED DURING CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES

From delivering meals to homework, Pendergast and other Arizona schools are doing their best to connect with families during coronavirus closures.

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MARCH 20, 2020

SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 10

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced today (March 20) that Arizona schools statewide closures have been extended through Friday, April 10.

Governor's Office - Open Letter to Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders, and Education Community Members: English | Español

 

MARCH 19, 2020

A NOTE TO THE STAFF FROM DR. LILY MATOS DEBLIEUX

Dear Pendergast Staff,

In all of my years as the superintendent of Pendergast District, I have never been as proud of all of you as I am during these challenging times. I wish I could thank each of you personally, but hopefully, when school resumes, I will have the chance to visit each school and department to offer my thanks. We are so fortunate to have an amazing team of dedicated professionals in our district who are focused on the needs of students, staff and families. We thank all of you for your dedication, and for stepping up to do whatever is needed. Additionally, Our Governing Board members thank you and they are very appreciative of all you are doing. 

Thanks to our staff, plans are in place for student meals, with PESD having 7 buses stopping at 42 locations in the Pendergast community. Additionally, 12 school sites are also serving grab and go meals with thousands of meals distributed so far this week.  

Furthermore, our amazing administrators and teachers are preparing curriculum lessons and instruction both digitally and with paper packets to meet our students’ learning needs. Our maintenance department is deep cleaning and sanitizing all of our facilities. We are also connecting with each student and staff member on a consistent basis to ensure their health and well being. Our goal is to remain focused and positive with support in place for all.

We will continue to provide up to date information, ideas and resources through our website and social media. Please stay in touch with us at www.pesd92.org and our social media at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  These are updated daily. We look forward to connecting with you. Stay healthy and positive.

As always, please feel free to reach out if I can be of any assistance.

I believe in you!

Lily :-)

P.S. I have recorded myself at least a dozen times and have not approved of any of the recordings. Smile. Due to allergies, my voice is cracking. Meanwhile, enjoy the pics. :-)

 

CANCELLATION NOTICE | REGULAR BOARD MEETING (6:00 pm) PENDERGAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Members of the Public and the Governing Board are hereby notified that the Pendergast Elementary School District Regular Governing Board Meeting that was scheduled for March 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Should you have any questions, please contact Kerry Pohlmeyer at kpohlmeyer@pesd92.org

The Draft Minutes of the Special March 13, 2020 Governing Board meeting are available on the District’s website: http://www.pesd92.org/governingboard.html

 

FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY: THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN ARIZONA

Below is a link to a joint letter addressing the expectations for "equal access" for all and the challenges that districts are working through related to distance learning, Internet access, and infrastructure - all issues around technology.

From Crisis to Opportunity - The Digital Divide in Arizona: English | Español

 

MARCH 18, 2020

PENDERGAST ONLINE INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

We invite you to use these links to encourage your children to continue their learning while our school buildings are closed. Your child’s teacher will be in touch in the coming days to provide structured school work.

Instructional Resources >>

 

MARCH 16, 2020

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICES

The Pendergast Elementary School District has a Food Service plan in place that will provide meals for children 18 and under. All twelve school sites within our district will provide a grab and go breakfast and lunch meal.

Our sites will be open from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm for the grab and go meals at the entrances of each of our cafeterias. Breakfast and lunch will be handed out during these hours.

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. The mobile routes will begin at 10:30 am, with specific route locations and times.

Specific Route Locations & Times>>

Food & Nutrition Flyer: English | Español

Per USDA/ADE guidance, at least one child must be present when picking up meals for a household.  We ask that all students are present to pick up their meals for the day, but if they are unable to leave their home, please notify the Food Service staff member and the district will do their best to assist and remain compliant with the SFSP guidelines.  We thank you for your assistance and understanding during this unprecedented time and know that the Pendergast Elementary School District is working to ensure that our students have meals available to them on a daily basis.

Food & Nutrition Services Updates>>

 

MARCH 15, 2020

GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY AND SUPERINTENDENT KATHY HOFFMAN ANNOUNCE CLOSURE OF ARIZONA

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman today announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman will work with education officials and public health officials to reassess the need for the school closures and provide further guidance through March 27, 2020. Read More >>

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PRIDE CLUB FAMILIES

Please contact coliverossosa@pesd92.org to request a tuition refund if needed for the month of March. You also have the option of applying pre-paid tuition to future services. Tuition will not be collected during the school closure and late fees will not be applied.

 

MARCH 13, 2020

PENDERGAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSING IN ORDER SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Pendergast Elementary School District has been closely monitoring the global spread of COVID-19 virus and the advice from County, State, and Federal health and education officials daily. We have followed all recommended guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus and its impact on our schools. After careful consideration, Pendergast Elementary School District has decided to close in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all Pendergast schools and departments will be closed until further notice. This includes after school clubs, athletics, before and after school programs (extended day) and all school functions, as well as all community use of facilities.

This decision has not been made lightly and we appreciate your cooperation in this challenging situation. We are working on plans to provide meals to students in need during the school closure and to identify ways to provide supplemental remote learning opportunities. Further details are forthcoming via email and on our website.

At this time we have no known cases of COVID-19 with students or staff, and this decision is simply a precaution to ensure the health and well-being of all of our students and employees.  The district wanted to provide you with time to find childcare arrangements and to safely take care of your families at home.

We are in the process of developing detailed plans to address important items that families need to know, and will be updating you very soon through our school and district websites located at www.pesd92.org, School  Messenger, and Class Dojo communication systems.

According to the experts, the best advice to stop the spread and stay healthy is to use preventative and proper hygiene methods including washing hands, staying away from people who are ill, and avoiding crowded places. There are excellent informational resources at the Maricopa County Health Department at www.azdhs.gov and the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.govAs a reminder, please do not send your children to school on Monday.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools and our decision to be proactive in closing our schools.

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Any questions regarding school closures, please contact us at inquiries@pesd92.org.

 

MARCH 12, 2020

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is of utmost importance to us.  At this time, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the latest health and safety procedures and information regarding COVID-19. As a district, we are carefully monitoring information from the Arizona Department of Education, Maricopa County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control to ensure we are up to date and informed. We have a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan that is reviewed continuously as information from trusted sources becomes available.

Over Spring Break, our custodial staff has been actively working to deep clean and disinfect all surfaces above and beyond their regular cleaning processes.  All surfaces, counters, desks, chairs, light switches, doors, and door handles are being disinfected on a regular basis at all sites including all schools and departments.

Additionally, all locations have been provided with a supply of disinfectant wipes to regularly wipe down their computer keyboards, computer mice, and phones.

We are reviewing all safety procedures with staff and students and focusing on proper handwashing techniques to assist with prevention. We are also sending out posters and flyers to all sites to focus on prevention procedures.

As a safety precaution, all monthly Parent Lunches and Community Breakfasts have been cancelled through the end of the school year and all in-state and out of state travel has been suspended.

We thank you for your cooperation and for assisting by keeping your students home if they are not feeling well and encouraging proper hygiene.

Please be sure to read all communication coming from your child’s school with updates and information. Thank you for your support.