The Padilla Post 11/15/2021

November 15, 2021

Providing every student with the keys to open the doors of their future.

A Note from Principal Purfurst

As many of you are aware, there has been a significant uptick in COVID cases in Colorado recently. The most important strategy we have at school for remaining open and preventing more classes from having to enter mandatory quarantines is to have students who are sick stay home. We engage in the same practice with our staff as well, which is why your child may have a substitute teacher from time-to-time.

When students are sick a very specific protocol is triggered. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has provided schools with a flow chart to determine when students can return to school. All 27J Schools, including Padilla, use this flow chart for determining when students can return to school after feeling sick. We know that students having to quarantine and remain away from school for 10 days or get tested can create significant burdens on families. However, we are required to follow that protocol and have seen success in slowing or reducing COVID spread at Padilla by following it. We know that it can be frustrating to hear that your child must enter this protocol if sick, but appreciate your understanding as we work to keep school open for in-person learning as much as possible.

The link below will take you to the "Return to Learn: Guidance Following a Positive COVID-19 Symptom Screen" from CDPHE that 27J Schools all follow.

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Secure Drill #1:

This week we successfully completed our first Secure Drill of the school year. All staff did a great job of ensuring the safety of our students during this drill. The goal of this drill is to create a heightened sense of awareness if there was a situation in our neighborhood that could be deemed as a safety threat for our students and staff. During this drill, it is business as usual in the building but we do bring any student that is outside for recess or P.E. back into the building to ensure safety. Our drill this past week took eight minutes to complete. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other safety drill we practice at Padilla.

Evacuation Drill #4 This Week!

On Tuesday at 2:30, we will practice our fourth evacuation drill of the school year. We will be pulling the fire alarm but will inform our local first responders ahead of time so there will not be a police or fire presence at our building during this time. Our goal will be to evacuate the building in less than two minutes with all students and staff accounted for in less than ten minutes. We will update you as to the progress of the drill on Tuesday.

Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Thanksgiving Break - November 23rd - November 26th
  • PTO Meeting - December 7th at 6:00 PM
  • Winter Break - December 18th - January 3rd

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break in 27J Schools is from Tuesday, November 23rd to Friday, November 26th! Students will be off from school starting on Saturday, November 20th through Monday, November 29th.

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, December 7th at 6:00 PM in the Learning Commons at Padilla! PTO also needs your help - please take a moment to take our survey below!

Winter Break

Winter Break in 27J Schools is from Saturday, December 18th to Monday, January 3rd! Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 4th.
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Polar Bears of the Week! (Last Week)

Each week, students are selected by staff to recognize for living our CHILL Key of the week. Last week's CHILL Key of the week was any of the CHILL Keys! Our Polar Bears of the Week (from last week - we're a bit behind with pictures - sorry!) are:


Ms. Kimberly: Makinzley Meredith

Ms. Sydney: Emily Martinez


Mrs. Hodge: Penelope Egan

Ms. Medina: Sloan Hollingshead

1st Grade

Ms. Dimas: Adan Silva

Mrs. Johnson: Wyatt Page

2nd Grade

Mrs. Baez: Josselyn Vargas

Mrs. McGann: Lorenzo Ortiz

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Kylee Mijares

Ms. Hunter: Graelyn Lovato

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Nathan Vanosdoll

Mrs. Richardson: Jordan Trevino

5th Grade

Ms. Forgette: Bryant Rubio

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Polar Bears of the Week! (This Week)

Each week, students are selected by staff to recognize for living our CHILL Key of the week. Last week's CHILL Key of the week was Honesty! Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Kimberly: Elyza Arnold

Ms. Sydney: Nolan Castillo


Ms. Grace: Presley Ellis

Mrs. Hodge: Adi Waidelich

Ms. Medina: Marbella Armendariz

1st Grade

Ms. Dimas: Jaxon Osborne

Mrs. Johnson: Aubree Mijares

2nd Grade

Mrs. Baez: Abigail Lloyd

Mrs. McGann: Kayla Austin

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Zahira Arambula-Saucedo

Ms. Hunter: Robert Noriega

4th Grade

Mrs. Harder: Kahlan Shahid

5th Grade

Mrs. Atkerson: Kelsey Tran

Ms. Forgette: Zuleyma Arambula Saucedo

Next week's CHILL Key of the week will be Living Intentionally!

Community Partnerships!

We are incredibly lucky to have partnerships in our community who help support Padilla! Three businesses have programs set up to helps us! Please be sure to check the links below for details about how to support Padilla through these businesses!

King Soopers Community Rewards

King Soopers Community Rewards - Link your rewards card to Padilla and a portion of every purchase will be donated to Padilla!

American Furniture Warehouse Partnership

American Furniture Warehouse Partnership - Mention Padilla Elementary School when shopping at AFW and they will donate 2-4% of the purchase to Padilla!

Longmont Dairy Farm Milk Caps for Mooola

Longmont Dairy Farm Milk Caps for Mooola provides 5 cents to Padilla for every bottle cap that you turn into the school from one of their products. Just drop off your caps in a sealed plastic bag to the main office!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Check out breakfast and lunch menus below!

Please note that, due to product availability shortages, there may be last minute substitutions to nutrition services menus from time to time.

Adult Learning

This week our teachers reflected on and celebrated their current practices when planning learning experiences for our students. They also identified an area of opportunity in which they will be intentional about including in their learning experiences over the next week. We know that the small steps that teachers identified to plan and implement in their classrooms will have a major impact on student learning.