Dear Staff,

I hope you all had a fantastic fall break!


Each month Dr. Matos DeBlieux and members of the Administrative Cabinet will present a “BEE Recognized Award” to thank and recognize dedicated employees, parents, business partners and community members for their contributions to the schools and district.

Please assist us in showing how valuable these people are to Pendergast Elementary School District. A committee will review the nominations and make selections based on qualifications and indicators. More than one nomination per person may be submitted and please answer questions as thoroughly as possible.

"BEE" Recognized Nomination Form >>


Congratulations to Westwind's 7th grade teacher and author Tim Ramsey! His story, "Fifty," has been published in the new Chicken Soup of the Soul book, Step Out of Your Comfort Zone. This will be his sixth Chicken Soup story and will be released on Tuesday, October 31.

Mr. Ramsey has been invited to sign copies of this and the other five books containing his stories at Barnes and Noble in Goodyear on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Barnes and Noble
1446 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85395

"Fifty" by Tim Ramsey >>



Join other educational participants at GCU as we paint the Valley purple and cheer on our NCAA Division I men's basketball team!

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Grand Canyon University Arena | 3300 W. Camelback Rd. | Phoenix, AZ 85017

GCU is inviting all Strategic Educational Alliances participants, their families and others from the community to join us at GCU Arena for the unmatched excitement of NCAA Division I basketball. Enjoy complimentary seats at the game and the chance to watch head coach "Thunder Dan" Majerle lead the Lopes to victory! Come tailgate pre-game with complimentary food, drinks, rides and activities in the quad from 4:30 - 6:15 pm.

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A huge thank you to Sabine Bachner, a 7th grade teacher at Amberlea Elementary, for planning and organizing the Pendergast for Puerto Rico Donation Drive! Pendergast for Puerto Rico was a huge success and over 600 pounds of canned food and a truck load of water bottles, flashlights, and batteries were collected.

The majority of the goods will be delivered to San Juan by ship while 365 pounds of canned goods went directly to a high needs community in Puerto Rico - called Canovanas.

Ginelle Aviles, a resource teacher from Sonoran Sky and fellow Puerto Rican, had booked a trip to Puerto Rico a while back for her birthday. After the hurricane hit, she used the opportunity to convince Delta Airlines to let her take the 365 pounds of canned goods free of charge into San Juan. She then spent her birthday week as a volunteer for disaster relief.



Cash or checks can be made payable to the Pendergast Community Education Foundation and can be given to your site/department supervisor or principal. Donations to the Foundation can now be made ONLINE >>

  • Jeans must be tasteful, no tears, rips or worn areas and no leggings.
  • Participation in Dress Down Friday is optional.




The Pendergast Education Foundation is hosting the Second Annual Mixer on Thursday October 26th! Staff and Community Members are invited to join in the fun! There will be a costume contest, snacks and drinks and raffle drawings. The Mixer will be from 6-8pm at the Orcutt | Winslow offices 2929 N. Central Ave. Eleventh Floor Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Please RSVP to Dr. Catalina Gonzalez at by Tuesday October 24th.



Did you know that the FIRST Annual Color Fun Run is coming to Pendergast on November 4th! Tickets are on sale NOW through your school PTA! We are also looking for food vendors and table sponsors if you know a company or organization that is interested! Please share with the world and get your students and families EXCITED!

Pendergast District staff members who register and participate will receive a certificate for a FREE jean day from the Pendergast Education Foundation. Must be present to be awarded the certificate.

For questions or concerns please contact Pendergast Education Foundation Members: Angelo Rossetti
Cell 516-978-8176

Tiffany Fisher
Office 480-322-8636

PTA Color Run Memo | Vendor Application



The PESD Recognition Committee wanted to let you know that the 2018 Beeliever Recognition Awards will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Pendergast Learning Center beginning at 5:00 p.m.

After a successful event last year, feedback from attendees and committee members indicated that people wanted to continue the process and event to honor our Support Staff Members, Westside Impact Teachers of the Year, Retirees and Beeliever Awards. This is a wonderful way for all of us to live our mission of, “Empowering Excellence and Success.”

The nomination forms and process will be sent out to all principals and department heads soon so you can work on nominating deserving staff members. We will be rolling out the Red Carpet and having a great evening of music, food, fun and special recognition.

For additional information or to join the committee, contact Laura Stockmar, HR Specialist at or 623-772-2231.




Workshops provide two hours of professional development credit. Workshops are free, but limited seating is available. All workshops are held at the GBS warehouse located at 11226 N. 23rd Ave., Suite 103 Phoenix, AZ 85029. To reserve your seat, call us at 602-863-6000.

Guided Reading Lists
Saturday, November 18 10am-12pm - Joelle Carrington

Wondering how to implement and manage small group instruction? Already using guided reading on your campus but looking to add to your tool box? Join Joelle Carrington, a reading specialist and guided reading trainer, for an introduction to guided reading small groups. You’ll learn how to implement guided reading and leveled independent reading in your classroom. She’ll share management techniques, planning options, ideas on what to do with the other students and MORE!

Jack Gantos Signed Copies of "WRITING RADAR"

Award winning author Jack Gantos will make his final scheduled Phoenix visits in November. Let us know if you would like us to get you a copy of his latest "Writing Radar" signed for you. Email or call 602.863.6000



Financial Services

Arizona State Retirement System -Tax Shelter Annuity Adjustment

On March 2017, ASRS had a case ruling which effects those who receive a tax qualified deferred compensation plan. Essentially, the ruling states that Districts are required to go back a few years and would need to make necessary adjustments the Arizona State Retirement deduction for those employees affected. The employees impacted will receive an invoice directly from the Arizona State Retirement System. Employees effected will receive a communication tool to further explain the details of the court ruling. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Joanne Fimbres at ext 2220.

We are happy to share that during Fall Break, the following school Improvement Projects have been completed:

  • Garden Lakes - Roofing Project
  • Sonoran Sky - Playground Improvements
  • Villa de Paz - Roofing Project

We apprecialte your support and patience as school imporvements continue throughout the school year.


Risk Management


With active supervision and some basic safety tips, every day at the playground can be a walk in the park.

The Hard Facts

Falls are the most common type of playground injury, accounting for more than 75 percent of all playground-related injuries. Lack of or improper supervision is associated with approximately 45 percent of playground-related injuries.

Top Tips

  1. Actively supervise children on playgrounds. It won’t be hard – they’ll probably be calling for you to watch them climb, jump and swing.
  2. Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes.
  3. Teach children that pushing, shoving or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous.
  4. Report all safety concerns to your Administrator and have them complete a work order for any broken equipment.


Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning

Dictionaries for our Third Graders - Thank You Arrowhead Kiwanis Club!

Thank you to Arrowhead Kiwanis Club for providing dictionaries for each of our 3rd grade students! Thank you to our third grade teachers for welcoming our Kiwanis Club members! Here’s a note from Frank, Arrowhead Kiwanis Club Leader, who led this endeavor -- This significant project ended on October 11, 2017 when the last dictionary was delivered to a new enrollment at one of the schools. 1.342 dictionaries were delivered to 14 school 3rd graders in 2 school districts. I just want to express my sincerest appreciation and kudos to some very great people. First and foremost, Alisa Pena at Union Elementary School District and Kelsie Pennington at Pendergast Elementary School district. Your cheerful willingness and efficiency made our role so easy. Obtaining numbers and student names by school was timely and most helpful as was the scheduling of days and times for distribution. Thank you. We truly hope to work with you ladies again next year.

Professional Development Scholarship Money from ADE

Apply now to receive up to $2,000 in professional development scholarship money over three years. Professional development must support certificated teacher in gaining additional credentials and/or certifications in math, science, technology, engineering or career and technical education.

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be an Arizona certified teacher with a current contract at an Arizona public school;
  • Pursue professional development at a regionally or nationally accredited public or private postsecondary educational institution in Arizona; and
  • Agree to teach in a public school in Arizona for three years after completing the coursework or program.

For more information, e-mail the Teacher Professional Development Inbox at, or call 602-364-1842.

Free Professional Development!

Teacher teams can pre-schedule live math webinars from ADE during collaboration times! Trainings are typically an hour and most are free. Book your team’s request now. Please know: ADE team needs a month notice.

Topics include:

  • Middle School: Ratio and Proportions Middle School Statistics
  • K-2 subtraction
  • Fraction Sense
  • Multiplication
  • Time/Money

For information/registration >>


Guidance and Student Support Services

Pendergast Soccer Season starts this Tuesday, October 24th at 4:30 pm on the Westwind Elementary School soccer fields. The schedule of games is posted on the Pendergast School District website. Come out and support our students and enjoy our soccer season.

Pendergast Soccer Schedule and Scores >>

School Improvement and Program Development


Apply now to receive up to $2,000 in professional development scholarship money over three years. Professional development must support the certificated teacher in gaining additional credentials and/or certifications in math, science, technology, engineering or career and technical education.

A survey recently conducted emphasizes the need for STEM teachers, specifically in the subject area of physics. View the results of this survey >>

Scholarship applicants must:

  1. Be an Arizona certified teacher with a current contract at an Arizona public school;
  2. Pursue professional development at a regionally or nationally accredited public or private postsecondary educational institution(s) in Arizona; and
  3. Agree to teach in a public school in Arizona for three years after the completing coursework or program.

For more information:

  • Visit our website >>
  • Email us at -
  • Call us at - (602) 364-1842


Human Resources


Please review this helpful information >>



Did you know that UHC has a Healthy Pregnancy Program? Giving birth marks ones of life’s most important milestones for many women and families. The program provides support with their journey to motherhood.

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Notice about your Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare >>



My Nurse Line-Care 24 provides access to a team of registered nurses that can assist anytime - day or night, seven days a week.

Answers to your medical questions are just a phone call away, resulting in fewer visits to urgent care or the emergency room.

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Remember to fill your prescriptions at a participating Value Pharmacy Network location:

  • Fry's Food and Drug
  • Sam's Club
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart

For questions, please contact the Benefits Specialist at 623-772-2233



As you may know, the district is working with ESI to secure substitute/guest teachers. Laura Stockmar in HR is still the district liaison for guest teachers and with ESI. As we coordinate with this outside company, it is important that teachers do not contact guest teachers directly when needing coverage for an absence. To secure the services of a preferred guest teacher, work directly with your school administrator or school secretary.



Put on your workout gear and jump into fitness! Classes begin on Tuesday, September 26 and will continue through Thursday, December 7.

WHEN: Tuesdays / Thursday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Pendergast Community Center (PCC) at 10550 W. Mariposa St., Phoenix, AZ 85037



Pendergast Elementary School District Certified and Classified staff (Sorry! Administrators are not eligible) who make it through the school year without missing a day will be eligible to win one of our GRAND PRIZES! Perfect attendance started on the first day of school.

This year, our GRAND PRIZES will be a car and two Rocky Point Weekend Getaways!


Teacher Attendance Report

  Weekly Absences % Attendance
Amberlea 3 98.13%
Canyon Breeze 3 98.18%
Copper King 5 97.83%
Desert Horizon 10 96.15%
Desert Mirage 5 97.30%
Garden Lakes 5 97.67%
Pendergast 7 96.59%
Rio Vista 2 99.00%
Sonoran Sky 5 97.44%
Sunset Ridge 4 97.65%
Villa de Paz 9 95.38%
Westwind 7 97.36%

Stay Connected to Pendergast

Pendergast LogoPendergast Employee Calendar 2017-18

The purpose of the PESD Employee Calendar is to keep all employees aware of important district dates. Schools and departments MUST share any dates to be added that are relevant to the entire district. This includes school events such as parent nights, community events, plays, concerts, tournaments, promotions, etc.

Check this calendar before scheduling activities/events that may impact the attendance of District Personnel and Governing Board members.

Please share any events to be added to the calendar with Kerry Pohlmeyer, Kelly Goodwin or Regina Robles throughout the year.

View Online Employee Calendar >>

View Important District Dates >>

Pendergast LogoGrant & Funding Opportunities

Apply for a Grant!

Here is a fantastic batch of awesome opportunities for principals and teachers - from professional development grants to conservation education!

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Pendergast Logo10 Motivational Posters for Your Classroom

Warning: These posters are guaranteed to brighten up your classroom and inspire minds of all ages.

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Pendergast LogoPast Bee in the Know


Past Editions >>