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Dear Staff,

We're back in school, yet some students are already heading toward academic trouble by missing too many days!

The latest national data on chronic absence released in April 2018 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights revealed that 8 million students missed 15 or more days of school during the 2015-16 academic year. The data show the unsettling reality that millions of students are missing so much school that they are struggling to read proficiently by third grade and are more likely to drop-out of high school.

Team Up For Attendance! PictureProblems with absenteeism start surprisingly early. Research shows that preschoolers who miss 10% or more of the school year, in excused or unexcused absences, arrive at kindergarten with lower levels of school readiness skills.

Parents want the best for their children, including success in school. But many simply don’t understand how missing just two days a month can put a child academically at risk, starting in the early grades. We know that recurring illnesses such as asthma, dental and other health problems often contribute to absences, especially among children from low-income neighborhoods. That's why it is so important that we work with students and families to come up with solutions.

Attendance Works has developed a variety of resources that convey the importance of attendance to student achievement that can be used in preschool and elementary school.

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With everyone working together, we can make everyday count for our students!


  • Castro, Rebekah - Instructional Assistant Social Skills, SS
  • Cota, Arlene - Instructional Assistant Preschool SpEd, VDP
  • De La Garza, Jenifer - K-3 Instructional / Playground Assistant, SS
  • De La Garza, Katlyn - Instructional Assistant Student Specific, SR
  • Delaguila, Amanda - Instructional Assistant Preschool SpEd, VDP
  • Esteen, Ne’Keya - K-3 Instructional / Playground Assistant, DM
  • Gomez, Erick - Instructional Assistant Student Specific, RV
  • Hinojos, Yadally - K-3 Instructional / Playground Assistant, SS
  • McAdow, Joshua - 7th/8th Grade Math, CK
  • Nieland Zavala, Alejandra - 6th/7th/8th Grade SEI, AM
  • Parham, Grant - 7th/8th Grade Science, SS
  • Presley, Christina - Instructional Assistant Temporary, AM
  • Smith, Kendra - Kindergarten, CK
  • Vergara, Martha - Community Outreach Liaison

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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Absences Add Up! Picture PENDERGAST PERFORMANCE TROUPE (Grades 4 through 6)

Performance Troupes will consist of training for the young actor. Acting tools, voice, body, stage presence and awareness, character, and improvisation. Every eight weeks they will rehearse and create a final performance that will include scenes, skits, performance improvisation with the audience. Come and create and act with us!

Class times/rehearsals meet on from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

Tuesdays, September 18, September 25, October 2, (October 9 NO REHEARSAL), October 16, 23, 30, November 6, November 13 - Performance time 5:30 pm

Team Up For Attendance! PicturePENDERGAST PERFORMANCE TROUPE (Grades 7 through 8)

Class times/rehearsals meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Tuesdays, September 18, September 25, October 2, (October 9 NO REHEARSAL), October 16, 23, 30, November 6, November 13 - Performance time 7:00 pm


The theatre programs are free to all Pendergast Elementary District students. Class size is limited. To register please call Jim Gradillas, Coordinator for Theatre and Fine Arts at 623-772-2292 or email

This will take place at the Pendergast Community Center at 10550 West Mariposa Street, Phoenix, AZ 85037.



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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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Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) offers grants to fund programs that will further science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies – helping to foster the next generation of space innovators. The announcement was made at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.

As a member of the AFA Luke Chapter and a volunteer with the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, Pendergast Foundation Member, Angelo Rossetti can guide you on all the available STEM opportunities like this. You can contact Mr. Rossetti at cell/text 516-978-8176.

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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.



Child Find Locations & Dates:
Child Find developmental screeners are conducted at:

Desert Mirage Elementary
8605 W. Maryland Ave
Glendale, AZ 85305
Phone: (623) 772-2550

Dates: 7/17/18, 7/18/18, 8/29/18, 9/26/18, 11/7/18, 12/5/18, 1/16/19, 2/20/19, 4/13/19

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

For Child Find appointments, please call 623-772-2341.

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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 6 97.5%
Canyon Breeze 4 97.2%
Copper King 6 96.6%
Desert Horizon 5 97.2%
Desert Mirage 4 97.2%
Garden Lakes 4 97.7%
Pendergast 5 97.0%
Rio Vista 6 96.0%
Sonoran Sky 1 99.2%
Sunset Ridge 8 94.1%
Villa de Paz 2 98.5%
Westwind 8 96.4%

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