Dear Staff,

In celebration of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank all of you for your hard work, dedication and everything you do for the students of Pendergast. For myself, I am so thankful to be a part of the Pendergast Elementary School District family and to be surrounded by a team that always puts our students first.

Congratulations to our Director of Exceptional Student Services, Gwen Parker, who was awarded the Ida B. Wells Risk Taker of the Year Award at the The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) National Conference in New Orleans.

 

I Love Public Education

The AASA I Love Public Education Photo Contest is officially underway. Students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members of all ages are invited to enter the photo contest for a chance to win up to $1,000 at lovepubliceducation.org.

WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEES!

  • Shante Beets, 4th Grade - Westwind
  • Silvana Navarrete, 3rd Grade - Canyon Breeze
  • LaDonna Shepard, Developmental Preschool - Villa de Paz

I am here to serve you. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.

 

 

This Holiday Season, over 300 students in the Pendergast District are in need of our support.  The Arenas Family and the Pendergast Foundation are once again teaming up for the 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Drive.  

Now through December 8th, Santa Bee Tags are available at the district office for you to BEELIEVE in a student!  These tags are similar to the Christmas Angel program we are all familiar with at the malls.

Each Santa Bee tag lists 1 student with 1 wish and 1 need.  Unwrapped donations are to be returned with the tag to the district office by December 8th.

If you are interested in a tag or 2 or if your entire team would like to adopt a family, please stop by the district office to choose your own tags, or we are happy to select the tags for you and place in interoffice mail!

We are also accepting donations of hygiene products and blankets for 100 family baskets, as well as, wrapping paper.

Please contact Kerry or Regina at 623-772-2200 with any questions or concerns. 

 

 

NAU IS FORMING AN MA EDUCATION LEADERSHIP COHORT

Be a Lumberjack right here in the Valley! Starting in January, Northern Arizona University is offering cohort programs in the Valley for a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification. This 36-hour program can be completed in two years by taking 8-week courses in a hybrid format, one night per week. There are great advantages for enrolling in NAU’s cohort program:
  • Savings on tuition and fees
  • Learn from NAU faculty and local school district administrators
  • Support from a learning community of fellow teachers

For more information on this great opportunity, please contact NAU at 602-776-4663 or ec.admissions@nau.edu.


 


 

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.

 

 

Payroll

NOVEMBER BREAK PAYROLL CHECKS

NOVEMBER BREAK PAYROLL CHECKS WILL BE PASSED OUT ON WEDNESDAY NOV. 22 AT THE PENDERGAST DISTRICT OFFICE 3802 N. 91ST AVE. (South of Indian School Road) 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

I.D. REQUIRED - CHECKS WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO SPOUSE OR FAMILY MEMBERS. PAYCHECKS THAT ARE NOT PICKED UP ON WEDNESDAY THE 22 WILL BE SENT TO YOUR SCHOOL ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27.

*If you are already on direct deposit, you will receive

 

1.06% ADDITIONAL TEACHER SALARY INCREASE

Eligible teachers will be paid this additional one-time payment on their paycheck dated December 8th.  An eligible teacher is one who taught at an Arizona school district or charter school during the 2016-2017 school year and is currently teaching in PESD this school year.  The amount per eligible teacher is based upon the instructional salaries earned last school year 2016-2017.

Instructional Improvement Fund Pay (previously know as Indian Gaming)

Eligible teachers will be paid this annual supplemental pay on their paycheck dated December 8th.  An eligible teacher is one who is also receiving Classroom Site Fund pay.  The amount per FTE teacher is $335 and will be titled Instr. Imprv. Fund on the paycheck.

 

 

Risk Management

Safety Tips:

With the Holiday's just around the corner please remember these safety tips for your classroom.

Holiday Lights:

Holiday lights are not permitted in the classroom. We often find these strung from ceiling tile grids, thumb tacked to bulletin boards or suspended across a room. Damaged insulation and excessive stress on wires ca cause electric faults and fires.

Classroom Decorations:

Personalizing classrooms is a long time tradition in most schools, but maintaining a safe learning environment should not be compromised. Paper decorations and student artwork should be limited to 20% or less of the wall area and should never cover exit signs or exit doorways. Use flame retardant decorations whenever possible.

Decorations and plants should not be suspended from the ceiling or ceiling tile grid. In some cases these may fall during an emergency and delay exit access. Equally important, students and staff often climb on chairs and tables creating a serious fall exposure. Decorations and plants should be mounted within reach of the floor for easy and safe access. Never hang anything from fire sprinkler heads!




Human Resources

HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS INTRODUCTION, TWO-MINUTE ANSWERS (Part 1 of 4)

Do you have questions about how a Health Savings Account (HSA) works?  Please read and watch the video to learn more.

Two Minute Answers - Intro - Week 1 >>

 

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH! Find Out More >>

 

BOOT CAMP IS HERE! - FREE FOR ALL PENDERGAST EMPLOYEES

Classes are ongoing 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 23 85.63%
Canyon Breeze 6 96.36%
Copper King 12 94.78%
Desert Horizon 18 93.08%
Desert Mirage 11 94.05%
Garden Lakes 7 96.74%
Pendergast 4 98.05%
Rio Vista 17 91.50%
Sonoran Sky 5 97.44%
Sunset Ridge 5 97.06%
Villa de Paz 13 93.33%
Westwind 15 94.34%


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.

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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 LogoPast Bee in the Know

11-13-2017

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