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Celebrate You! Bee in the Know 2021-22

Thank You!

Pendergast Community,

I want to thank all of you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we pause all of our in-person extracurricular activities until January 31st. With the student and staff absences where they are right now, this extra time will give everyone a chance to get healthy and have the opportunity to tryout, participate, etc. 

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops. On this day, we pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and affirm our commitment against antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence.

Thank you for everything you are doing for our students, staff, and community. I appreciate you and remain hopeful that health conditions will improve in the coming days.

Regards,

Jen

Jennifer Cruz

 

 

VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE DESERT MIRAGE GOLF COURSE

Desert Mirage Golf CourseNINE & DINE ON FEBRUARY 13, 2022!

Calling all couples! The International Day of Romance is right around the corner and the Desert Mirage Golf Course & Practice Center cannot think of a better place to spend this romantic day with your significant other than with them. So, join them for a 9-hole couples scramble on February 13, 2022.

There will be lots of prizes and fun! The Oasis Restaurant will be serving a Valentine's Day dinner after play that includes a steak, mashed potato, salad, and dessert.

  • Member price is $50.00 per couple - includes steak dinner
  • Non-Member price is $60.00 per couple - includes steak dinner
  • Shot Gun starts at 4:00 pm with awards and dinner to follow
  • Live entertainment durning the Valentine's Day dinner will be provided by Aaron White
  • FIELD LIMITED TO 18 TEAMS (36 PLAYERS)
  • DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS CLOSE OF BUSINESS DAY ON FEBRUARY 9

To register, please call 623-772-0110.

 

 

KNOW A YOUNG LEADER IN THE COMMUNITY? NOMINATE A STUDENT TODAY!

Nominations for the 2022 18 Under 18 Awards are NOW OPEN!

Junior Achievement of Arizona is looking for young people who represent the future leaders, change-makers, and innovators in our community. These young people demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and leadership and are making our state a better place. Their skills and accomplishments are matched by few.

Consider nominating your shining stars! The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2022.

18 Under 18 Nominations >>


 

MARICOPA COUNTY COVID-19 DATA

The Maricopa County dashboard for schools can be accessed at the following link:

Schools COVID-19 Dashboard & Guidance >>

 

BEE Safe! Wear a Mask

 

 

MIM VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) has granted PESD educators access to their virtual education program and new artist residency performance. These field trips are great for all classes that study geography, world cultures, music, STEM, etc.

All supporting materials for teachers (educator guide, student activity sheet, short teacher survey) are loaded into each collection’s landing page in their respective introduction paragraph.

Below are the links and passwords to each of the password-protected Vimeo showcases. They are case-sensitive and active through May 2022.

password: STEMspringMIM

password: MMspring2022

password: MIMdiscoveryspring

  • Grades K-12: Artist Residency – Students learn about music, situate themselves in the global environment, and foster appreciation of diverse cultures through a dynamic concert performance. During the 2021-2022 school year, a new Virtual Artist Residency with Grupo BombAZo and special guests will take students on a virtual journey to Puerto Rico to experience the beats and rhythms of bomba.
    https://vimeo.com/showcase/mim-virtualartistresidency-spring2022

password: SpringVARbomba

After each tour, please take the time to complete the short survey linked in the intro/landing page of each collection. The MIM greatly appreciates and values your feedback and reads all survey comments.  It helps them understand if the presentation, delivery, and content is innovative and engaging.

 

 

BEE RECOGNIZED NOMINATIONS

Be Recognized Award pictureEach month, 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. Awards will be presented at a governing board meeting each month.

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.

For questions, please email Ramiro Alvarez ralvarez@pesd92.org or call at 623-772-2292.

"BEE" Recognized Nomination Form >>

 

 

READ BETTER BE BETTER

Read Better Be Better is so excited to be continuing the Read Better Be Better afterschool reading program with Pendergast Elementary School District this Spring 2022 semester. And we are hiring Program Coaches! This is an excellent opportunity for extra work hours located in the school district. We have multiple open positions for this temporary, part-time job role.

Read Better Be Better (RBBB) began its partnership with Pendergast Elementary School District this academic year. RBBB's program is offered in 12 Pendergast ESD schools. The 10-week program is implemented on a semester basis. It is two days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and begins about 10-15 minutes after the school day ends. Each shift is 2 hours (90-minute session with 15 minutes prep before and after) and facilitated by a Program Coach.

The position requires 5 hours/week for the duration of the program (as well as additional hours of e.g. training beforehand). Hourly pay is $15/hour.

Please Click Here for more details about this job position and to apply. To learn more about Read Better Be Better and this literacy program, visit their website.

If you have any questions, please contact the RBBB HR Coordinator at shailee@readbetterbebetter.org

 

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

2022 INCENTIVE GRANT, INCREMENT PLAN, AND SALARY ADVANCEMENT FORMS NOW AVAILABLE (see links below)

Please submit the appropriate form to be eligible for the Incentive Grant (all staff), Increment Plan (classified staff) and/or Salary Advancement (certified staff).  Please review the requirements of each opportunity and submit the appropriate form by the deadline of March 4, 2022. 

For questions, please contact the HR Office at x2230

 

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS

COVID TEST KIT INSURANCE COVERAGE

Effective Jan. 15, 2022, UnitedHealthcare covers most FDA authorized OTC at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests. This coverage includes up to 8 tests per member per 30 days.

UnitedHealthcare has established a preferred retail program. UnitedHealthcare’s preferred OTC retailer for COVID-19 tests is Walmart Pharmacy where members may show their ID card and pay no up-front cost. More preferred retailers are expected to be added soon.

When COVID-19 tests are purchased at any in-store or online retailer, other than the in-store Walmart Pharmacy, members may submit their receipt(s) for reimbursement through the UnitedHealthcare member portal. You can register at myuhc.com.  UnitedHealthcare will reimburse the member a maximum of $12 per test.

If you have any questions, please contact Barb Aquino, Benefits Specialist, 623-772-2233.

 

 

Interface Behavioral Health Program

INTRODUCING OUR NEW EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)

Interface EAP is separate and apart from the EAP associated with UnitedHealthcare. United offers 3 free visits with a limited list of councelors, for benefit eligible employees. Interface is for ALL employees and their family members regardless of benefit eligibility. Interface EAP allows for 6 free visits and is a new program with expanded list and access to counselors.

Our new program through Interface Behavioral Health is immediately available to you, your spouse and dependents under the age of 26.  Services can be in-person or teletherapy.  They can assist with:

  • stress management
  • depression / anxiety
  • grief / loss
  • substance use
  • child / elder care
  • relationships / communication
  • legal / financial consultations

and much, much more....

Find Out More >>

 

 

CLASSIFIED SUPPORT STAFF VACANCIES

The District has the following support staff positions vacant. If you know someone who would be a great addition to our Pendergast family, please recommend they apply online.

Pendergast Employment >>

 

 

GRANTS

Start the year off right and apply for a grant!

Any district employee contemplating applying for grant funds from a local, state or federal source must complete the Grant Approval Form at least 10 business days prior to the grant submission deadline. The Grant Approval Form will be reviewed to determine if there are any implications of the award on the district (e.g. matching funds requirement, long term repair or maintenance costs) and to ensure alignment with the district strategic plan and site integrated action plans. 

Grant Application and Approval Process >>

SRP GRANTS FOR TEACHERS

A bright tomorrow for Arizona begins with investing in education. That's why SRP provides more than $200,000 in direct classroom funding each year for teachers in SRP’s service territory through our Classroom Connections grant programs. Explore our grants below and share this with a teacher you know!

Learning Grants allow schools, teachers and students to develop projects and programs geared toward state-mandated competencies. Up to $5,000 is awarded per school and funds can be used to support innovative teaching strategies that improve student performance objectives in math and science. See how the 2020-21 recipients used their grant funds.

How to Apply >>

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Important Dates 2021-22 >>