On August 21, 2017, the first total solar eclipse since 1918 will be visible in parts of the United States.

Dear Staff,

Please use caution on Monday and follow the directions of the District Leadership. If there are classes who have the NASA approved glasses and a plan in place to view the eclipse in a safe manner and parents have been notified, they may go ahead and follow class plans to go outside for the eclipse. We do not want to take away from the learning experience if the class is well- prepared. Sunglasses do not provide enough protection to allow observation of an eclipse. However, there are “eclipse glasses” available that meet ISO 12312-2 standards.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun. Eclipses can be partial (only a part of the sun is blocked) or total. Arizona residents will see a partial eclipse, beginning around 9:13 a.m., with the peak occurring at 10:33 a.m. (the eclipse will conclude by 12:00 p.m.).

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) states that at no time during the eclipse should a person look directly at the sun. Exposure of the retina to intense visible light causes damage to the eye’s light-sensitive rod and cone cells. The result is a loss of visual function that may be either temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the damage. The risk to vision is significant because the associated injuries occur without any feeling of pain, and the visual effects do not occur for at least several hours after the damage is done.

To minimize the likelihood that students will look directly at the sun and risk damaging their eyes, outdoor activities including recess between 9:00am and 1:30pm will be moved indoors. We will be in rainy day schedule and all special area teachers will report to classrooms in lieu of having students walk to the special area classrooms. Classes will have the opportunity to watch a live stream of the solar eclipse from NASA in their classrooms.

We will excuse absences for students whose parents keep them out of school for the day.

We encourage you to speak to your class about the eclipse and dangers of looking directly at the sun and the potential damage it can do to their eyes.

Below are some resources to help plan for safer viewing:

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If you choose, you may wear jeans provided you make a $5 donation every Friday you choose to wear jeans.

Donations to the Foundation can now be made ONLINE >>

Cash or checks can also be made payable to the Pendergast Community Education Foundation and can be given to your site/department supervisor or principal. You are welcome to pay in advance.

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

Pendergast Elementary School District neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented above. The distribution of this information is provided as a community service.

The Pendergast Education Foundation is here to inspire, promote and support; education and extracurricular programs for students and teachers, charitable health services for students in need, and enable professional growth and development opportunities for future and current teachers through financial assistance and scholarship programs.

The Pendergast Education Foundation Board is made up of individuals who are dedicated to our District. Many of the board members work for businesses that will give discounts or benefits to our staff, as well as, give back to the District with sponsorship and donations.


Here is a round up of educational grants aimed at helping student, classrooms and schools, including the AZ Diamondbacks Give Back School Challenge!

Please contact Jeanne Stambaugh at jstambaugh@pesd92.org if you would like to apply for any of the following GRANT OPPORTUNITIES >>


Guidance and Student Support Services

This week’s Boys Town Skill of the Week is Asking Permission. Here is a link to a resource titled, “Top Ten Ways to Welcome Students” http://boystowntraining.org/top-10-ways.html

We have a new paper process for our office discipline referrals this school year. We use the Administrative Intervention process to ensure our students obtain additional exposure to social skills. Lastly, the final process is for the administrator to facilitate the reentry of the student with them using the skill of Making an Apology.

Pendergast Volleyball starts this week! Please go to the link on the Pendergast website for the game schedule and support our students. All games start at 4:30 pm in the school gyms. To check out the 2017 schedule or to check scores use the link on the District homepage or CLICK HERE. Please be sure to come out and support our students!


Human Resources


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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The Prescription Drug List (PDL) contains the most commonly prescribed medications on your pharmacy plan. Drugs are listed by common categories or classes and placed in tiers that represent the cost you pay. This makes it easier for you and your doctor to find other options to help you save money.

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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



By registering on myuhc.com, you can find the answers to your health and benefits questions and the information you need in one easy-to-use, convenient location online. Registration is quick and easy.

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The deadline for submitting official transcripts for Salary Advancement is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th, 2017.


  • Previously submitted the intent to advance form (deadline was March 10, 2017)
  • Receipt of your transcripts prior to deadline, September 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Educational credits are verified as eligible and you have a minimum of 15 credits to move one column on the salary schedule (exception: BA to MA or BA+15 to MA)

All verified advancements will be forwarded to Payroll by the week of October 2, 2017.

For questions, please contact the HR Office at 2235.



During the summer months, the Sick Leave & PTO policy was revised to be in compliance with Proposition 206. We want to take this opportunity now that all employees have returned and our new hires all have access, to share the policy language with you.

The policy was revised to include the statute language of the proposition and add some reason that are valid to use PTO/Sick Leave (also pursuant to the statute). However, in general, since the District already provides employees with more days that the Proposition required, our accrual, request process and payout process have not changed as part of this revision.

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Risk Management


Unsafe for Kids and Classrooms!

Children are not just "little adults." Children are uniquely vulnerable to environmental contaminants. Their bodies are still developing; they eat, drink, and breathe more per pound of body weight than adults; they spend more time outside; their lungs are still developing; and they are less aware of hazards or how to avoid them.

Dangers of Disinfecting Wipes

- Many popular wipes contain toxic chemicals that can cause acute side affects such as skin and eye irritation
- Disinfecting wipes contain active ingredients that have been found to cause:
* Asthma (e.g., chlorine bleach/sodium hypochlorite, peroxyacetic acid, quats.)
* Cancer (e.g., ortho-phenylphenol) * Skin sensitization (e.g., chlorine bleach, pine oil, thymol)
- Disinfecting chemicals often contain a class of substances called quaternary ammonium compounds or "quats". These chemicals are skin irritants, can irritate your lungs, and have been linked to asthma and reproductive harm

How to Keep Desks and Classrooms Clean

Children should never be directed to use any cleaning chemicals at school.But they can and should help keep their classrooms clean. Children can usually clean up small classroom spills with damp paper towels or a micro-fiber cloth.
For Teacher Use Only:
- Only use District approved Sanitizers
-Teachers can request from the custodial department a bottle of sanitizer
- The sanitizer should then be kept in a locked cabinet when not in use

For more information on dangers of disinfectants click on link below.




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 5 96.88%
Canyon Breeze 3 98.18%
Copper King 2 99.13%
Desert Horizon 5 98.08%
Desert Mirage 5 97.30%
Garden Lakes 5 97.67%
Pendergast 8 96.10%
Rio Vista 4 98.00%
Sonoran Sky 6 96.92%
Sunset Ridge 1 99.41%
Villa de Paz 2 98.97%
Westwind 6 97.86%

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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Apply for a Grant!

Here is a roundup of educational grants aimed at helping students, classrooms and schools, including the AZ Diamondbacks Give Back School Challenge!

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Check out the upcoming open house, workshops and specials being offered from GBS Books.

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Did you know you should get your eyes examined every year? Vision Care offers a complete eyewear exam at no cost, and great prices and discounts on hundreds of designer frames.

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Pendergast LogoBooks that Explore the Refugee Experience

Edutopia has chosen 9 books - for students of all ages - that convey what it's like to be a refugee.

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