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Public Schools Week

Dear Staff,

March 25-29, 2019 is Public Schools Week and celebrates our nation’s public schools, our students and the many school professionals who work to help students achieve their greatest potential. Public education is unique in that it is open to all, regardless of background. It is continually evolving to keep pace with changes in technology, culture, legislation and numerous other influences. Thank you all for your continued hard work each day to make every child’s potential a reality!


4th Annual Golf Tournament

Be Recognized Award pictureOn Saturday, the Pendergast Education Foundation held their fourth annual Golf Tournament. We don't have a final total yet; however, we believe it will be well over $10,000!

The purpose of the Foundation is to promote, inspire and support current and future students, as well as, current and potential teachers. The Foundation achieves this by conducting fundraisers, such as the annual golf tournament, Dress Down Fridays, grants and tax-deductible donations that provide:

  • Student extracurricular and educational programs
  • Special events for teachers and students
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Donations of charitable health services to qualifying students

To find out more about the Pendergast Education Foundation, please visit their website at -

Pictures from the golf tournament.

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The foundation is excited to announce a new fundraising partnership with Tuft & Needle Mattresses.  PLEASE PROMOTE with your families!

All schools have been signed up under the program.  All the schools will get a banner.  The banner is placed attention to Dr. Roger Juarez and your school Asst. Principal. The banner should be placed in the pickup/ drop off area. The Foundation will get 25% of every mattress purchased through the link.  All the schools are now listed.

Tuft and Needle LogoTuft&Needle Gives Back >>

As an added bonus, after the banners are hung and the first mattress is sold for your school, you will get a mattress to raffle at a family event. 

Please send us pictures of your banners when they are hung up!

Thank you for your support!  All fundraising from the Foundation goes right back to the District!




Top Golf Summer Fun Pass


Starting May 27 - $199 | Early Bird - $149

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American College of Education (ACE) is very excited to partner with Pendergast Elementary School District  to assist your staff in reaching their educational goals. Additionally, I am pleased to let you know ACE now has two new programs that were developed due to high interest from our partner population. We would greatly appreciate if you would include this information in a staff update, as they both are high-demand programs. Your tuition discount, coupled with ACE’s already low tuition structure, make these programs an attainable goal for almost anyone needing additional education. In addition, your educators can take ACE’s single course offerings to fulfill any educational gaps they may have.

M.Ed. in Special Education >>

  • This program is for current PreK-12 special education teachers who want to expand their knowledge and earn a master’s degree. It is a 34-hour program designed to provide an in-depth study of research-based methods to support students with exceptionalities in current educational settings.


Ed.S. in District Level Administration >>

  • This degree is designed for educational leaders who wish to become a superintendent or district-level administrator. This program equips students with the skills necessary to effectively lead a PreK-12 school district.



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.

Please send or email this nomination form to the Superintendent’s office to the attention of: Nedda Shafir at For questions contact Nedda at 602-684-4806.

"BEE" Recognized Nomination Form>>


Apply for a grant!

Here is a roundup of additional educational grants aimed at helping students, classrooms and schools.

Find Out What's Available >>




ESS Department is preparing for Extended School Year Services for the summer of 2019. What are extended school year services?  Extended school year services are special education and related services that are provided to a child with a disability beyond the normal school year, are in accordance with a child’s IEP, are provided at no cost to the parents, and are in alignment with the standards set by the state education agency (SEA). [34 C.F.R. § 300.106(b)]

The regulations that implement the IDEA require IEP teams to determine, on an individual basis, whether ESY services are necessary to provide a (Free Appropriate Public Education) FAPE to the child. [34 C.F.R. § 300.106(a)(1)]

“Student participation in an ESY program is not compulsory. ESY services are not required for all students with a disability.”[A.A.C R7-2-408(D)] “Eligibility for [ESY] participation shall not be based on need or desire for any of the following: 1) A day care or respite care service for students with a disability; 2) A program to maximize the academic potential of a student with a disability; and 3) A summer recreation program for students with a disability.” [Id. at Subsection (E)]

Applications are now open for Summer Extended School Year positions.  All interested staff, please copy and fill out the applications linked below.  Applications for the Coordinator position are due March 22, 2019 and ESY teacher applications are due April 5, 2019 to Alicia Zelvis  Please contact Alicia with any questions you may have concerning the process or for more information.



Pendergast Preschool at Desert Mirage, Sonoran Sky, and Villa de Paz.

  • 4 and 5-Star Quality First rated programs for 3 and 4 year-olds
  • Highly qualified staff
  • AZDHS Licensed facilities
  • Breakfast/lunch included
  • Half day and full day options offered

Contact or 623-772-2360 for more information.



"BEE"-lieve in you Your School and make your tax credit donation through payroll deduction. The tax credit payroll deduction can be spread over the period of April through December 2019. Please complete the attached Payroll Deduction Form and return to the payroll department to get started.

2019 Payroll Deduction Tax Credit Form >>



Please mark your calendars and prepare for the following requisition end of year cut off dates.

  • March 29 - M & O (001)
  • April 26 - All other funds all vendors include, but, not limited to 525,526,530; 850 this would also include Grants
  • May 10 - Warehouse requisitions (Items to be used by June 28th)

Please feel free to contact Karen Barden, Purchasing Coordinator, with any questions: (623) 772-2218 or



The Pendergast Employer Employee Relations (PEER) committee met on March 20, 2019.

PEER Communique >>



The WellStyles program gives you the tools to get active, get healthy and get rewarded.

Find out more and sign up today >>



  • Myth: Everyone would benefit from an occasional detox diet.
  • Truth: It's time to detox from detox diets.

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Teachers and Staff, please visit the Professional Development Site where you can sign up for one of Wednesday's District-wide PD Sessions. While this month's offerings are a bit different than previous months, we still encourage you to use the sign-up form to select your session. Having an accurate roster of sign-ups helps facilitators to plan accordingly.


  Weekly Absences % Attendance
Amberlea 12 91.4%
Canyon Breeze 2 98.6%
Copper King 13 92.6%
Desert Horizon 10 94.4%
Desert Mirage 12 91.7%
Garden Lakes 8 95.4%
Pendergast 5 97.0%
Rio Vista 6 96.0%
Sonoran Sky 3 97.5%
Sunset Ridge 11 91.9%
Villa de Paz 10 92.3%
Westwind 9 96.0%



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