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Picture of students at last year's conference.

Dear Staff,

As a mother, grandmother and school superintendent, I am deeply troubled.

A recent published report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program states that 768 Arizona children died last year, and 39 percent of those deaths were preventable. The report goes on to say that suicides have increased 81 percent since 2009, citing that one critical factor is the stigma associated with asking for help.

Picture of the conference foundersOn January 22, 2019, students from across the Valley, police chiefs, government officials, parents and teachers will get together at the 3rd Annual Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Youth Conference to tackle ongoing issues involving bullying, depression, drug addiction and other ongoing issues facing our youth.

Tragedies such as bullying, murders and suicide are happening locally and around the country. In many, there were warning signs on social media but no action. I firmly believe that this conference is desperately needed in our schools and presents an ideal opportunity to help bridge the gap between our community, the government and law enforcement in a positive way, and we would like nothing more than to spark a movement for kids to reconnect to each other and #CareEnough.

The goal is to prevent tragedy and have students take responsibility to speak up, stand up and save a life! They will show all of us that they will not be silent anymore and they will care enough to get in the way!


Visit the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life website >>

The Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Organizers are giving away 10 FREE shirts! Be one of the first 10 people to email Ray Pohlmeyer at to claim a shirt (Don't forget to include your shirt size).

Keep an eye out for more Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life shirt giveaways in the weeks to come.


Thank you to everyone who responded to the Innovative Classroom Applications! Our Foundation team reviewed the 15 applications and selected 2 winners! The 2 teachers who will be awarded $2,500 to redesign their classrooms into an innovative learning environment are Denise Martin, the Gifted Teacher at Canyon Breeze, and Janet Mehta, the 6-8th STEAM Science Teacher at Desert Mirage.  Congratulations to you both!

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

I BEE-lieve in you!

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Kids playing pictureEnhance your child's growth and development at the Pendergast Elementary School District's Early Learning Center. Our program offers a safe and supportive environment for your child to flourish. Structured and meaningful activities will help them to develop in all areas: social, emotional, academic and physical.

REGISTER NOW! CALL 623-772-2370

  • Ages 6 weeks to 5 years
  • Monday through Friday
  • 6:45 am to 5:00 pm

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Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.

  • To support student-driven, community projects centered on the development of nature-based, green infrastructure solutions to environmental challenges.
  • To build or maintain a Nature Works Everywhere school garden, greenspace, or green infrastructure project. Up to fifty grants will be given in the amount of $2,000 during the 2018-19 school year.
  • A Nature Works Everywhere project empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Whether addressing issues surrounding access to healthy food, air quality, urban heat island effect, or stormwater collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through design and implementation.

Please respond to to apply today.



  • Supports school garden projects designed to help students learn about complex topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.
  • Garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction, or operation). Priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders and the ability to financially sustain the garden.
  • To be eligible, an applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private, or charter) and/or 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds with the goal of inspiring an interest in fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the applicant must have the support of a specific partner organization from the community (such as a nonprofit, a farm, a local business, a Whole Foods store, or a garden club) that provides added support and sustainability for the initiative. The applicant, if a nonprofit, may be the community partner for the grant.

Please respond to to apply today.



Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.

Please respond to to apply today



Target Corporation is accepting applications to its Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to support field trips for K-12 students. Grants of up to $700 are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities, and other events or activities beyond school grounds. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Please respond to to apply today.


HONEY BEE GRANT PROGRAM: $1500, Opens Sept. 1

The Honey Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. We offer three grant options:

  • Monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey bee hive educational program
  • Observation hive: equipment grant of a custom made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause
  • Traditional hive: equipment grant of an outdoor Langstroth or top bar hive with Starter Kit
All equipment grants include a small monetary grant, covering the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project.

Please respond to to apply today.





This service is provided at no cost to benefit-eligible employees.

Last year, 81 employees participated in the mammogram screening, and two (2) breast cancers were detected in the early stages.  Mammograms save lives.  Schedule your appointment now.

Pendergast Learning Center
3841 N. 91st Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85037

Wednesday, September 12, 2018  7:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday, September 13, 2018  7:00am - 4:00pm
- Friday, September 14, 2018  7:00am - 4:00pm

To schedule an appointment, please call 480-967-3767 or 1-800-285-0272

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  • When:  September 12th and 19th
  • Where:  Pendergast Learning Center
  • Times: 12:30pm - 4:30pm both days

The four-strain (quadrivalent) flu shot will be available, as well as both pneumonia vaccines and tetanus.  The Shingles vaccine is on back-order so a separate clinic will be held when the vaccine becomes more readily available.

Vaccines are covered at no cost to benefit-eligible employees and their dependents.  Please bring your insurance card with you.

Questions?  Call Barb Aquino, Benefits Specialist, at 623-772-2233.



Perfect Attendance

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!




  Weekly Absences % Attendance
Amberlea 0 100.0%
Canyon Breeze 1 99.3%
Copper King 6 96.6%
Desert Horizon 13 92.8%
Desert Mirage 7 95.2%
Garden Lakes 5 97.1%
Pendergast 9 94.5%
Rio Vista 9 94.0%
Sonoran Sky 5 95.8%
Sunset Ridge 9 93.3%
Villa de Paz 4 96.9%
Westwind 3 98.7%

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