IMPORTANT NOTICE: Return to In-Person Learning

Distance LearningMarch 3, 2021

Dear Pendergast Families,

Governor Doug Ducey issued a new Executive Order 2021-04 entitled, "Open for In-Person Learning." To remain in compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders, the Pendergast District will offer an in-person learning option starting Monday, March 22, 2021, immediately following Spring Break. We will send a brief online survey regarding your choice to have your student(s) remain with virtual instruction or attend class in the school building. This information is of vital importance to us to ensure accurate planning and staffing.

It is important that you know we have a COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.  However, it may not be possible to have students socially distance on the bus, in classrooms, or in the cafeteria depending on the number of students that come to the in person learning option. Students will be required to wear a mask, wash their hands frequently, and follow staff directions regarding social distancing.

We appreciate your support through this challenging year and look forward to a productive rest of the school year.  We will keep you updated as new information about our school reopening plan is available.


Dr. Jennifer Cruz
Acting Superintendent

Return to In-Person Learning Letter: English | Español

Pendergast Quick Tip

Pendergast Partners in Education logo The Pendergast Quick Tip is a system that allows students, parents, staff and community members to submit information to district administrators anonymously or non-anonymously.

Quick Tip allows authorized district administrators to receive tips at any time and have the ability to respond in a timely manner to issues that impacts the school or individual students.

The reported issues range from peer pressure, threats, depression, weapons, suicide and bullying. Anyone with access to the web or a smartphone has access to Quick Tip.

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Garden Lakes Elementary Fast Facts

Garden Lakes Elementary School Brochure: English | Español


Closed Campus Policy
Please be prepared to do the following:

- Sign in
- Get badge

Upon returning, you will be given your IDENTIFICATION back.

Thank you for your time, patience and flexibility as we continue to provide a safe and orderly environment for your chilldren.

Principal: Jill Helland

Assistant Principal & 504 Coordinator: AJ Estrada

Garden Lakes Elementary School

10825 W. Garden Lakes Pkwy.
Avondale, AZ 85392
Phone: (623) 772-2520
Fax: (623) 877-9545
Attendance: (623) 772-2535



  • Well-Managed Schools

    Well-Managed Schools is a school-based intervention strategy that emphasizes behavior management practices, relationship-building techniques and social skills instruction.

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  • Tax and Gift Donations

    The Pendergast Governing Board and Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux are grateful for your donation and support of our students, staff, families and community. Thank you for helping to make a positive impact in the lives of the children in Pendergast.

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Garden Lakes News & Updates

  • Garden Lakes Newsletter

    Diamondback Community News - April

    Check out the latest edition of the Diamondback Community News. The Diamondback Community News is your inside look at everything happening at Garden Lakes Elementary and throughout the Pendergast Elementary School District.

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  • Workshops

    Upcoming Parent & Family Engagement Workshops

    PESD parents and guardians are encouraged to register to attend one or more of these FREE workshop sessions. All workshop sessions will be from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Registration is required to attend.

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  • Principal Jill Helland

    Garden Lakes Principal Jill Helland to Receive Exemplary Principal Award

    Jill Helland, principal of Garden Lakes Elementary School was awarded the prestigious Exemplary Principal Award from Steve Watson, Maricopa County School Superintendent on September 29, 2020 at a virtual community event in the Pendergast District.

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  • Join A Club

    Garden Lakes Clubs

    Please use the links below to apply for a club you are interested in joining. Please be aware that clubs are only available for grades 3 and up. Check the application description for details.

    STEAM Club >>
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  • Student picking up food.

    Food and Nutrition School Meals

    The Pendergast Elementary School District Food Services Program is providing meals to students Monday through Friday at all 12 of our school campuses. Students will be offered three different options for picking up their breakfast and lunch. School cafeterias will be offering a morning pick up, mid-day pick up, or a bus route pick up. Breakfast and lunch will be offered at the same time for convenience to our students and families.

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  • Student-Parent Handbook 2020-2021

    The purpose of this handbook is to inform parents and students of the policies, procedures, and operations of the Pendergast Elementary School District. It presents information highlighting district policies and guidelines necessary for the academic achievement, safety, welfare, and well-being of our students.

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  • Classroom Supply Lists

    Please use the links below to find your student's supply list for the school year.


    Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th Grade | 5th Grade | 6th Grade | 7th Grade | 8th Grade

    Online Learning Supply List >>

  • What's for Breakfast and Lunch?

    Find out what's being served for breakfast and lunch at your school by accessing our new Online Menus >

  • Stay Connected to the Garden Lakes PTA

    The Garden Lakes PTA is dedicated to our children's educational success, health and well-being through strong family and community engagement. If you have any comments, concerns or would like to join, please email us at:

  • Fry's Community Rewards Program

    Did you know you can support Garden Lakes just by shopping at Fry's? It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards!

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