The Padilla Post 8/23/2021

August 23, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Each week we are open I continue to be grateful for your patience and grace as we work to build our school into the community we all want it to become by living our Keys! We had two opportunities to continue to build our community this week - one expected and another unexpected! Thank you to all of your students for living intentionally in executing an excellent first fire drill on Thursday. And thank you to your students for showing so much courage during a tornado shelter later that same day! I appreciate your understanding as well, since dismissal was impacted by that tornado warning. Thank you!

This week does bring the implementation of Tri-County Health's mask requirements. I know that this decision is controversial for many of you. Please understand that we are responsible for implementing this requirement just like any other health requirement issued by Tri-County Health. Just like we are required to ensure that our kitchen meets certain requirements in order to serve food to students if we want to operate as a school, so too are we required to ask students to wear masks. Here's what to expect starting on Tuesday:

  • Students inside the building will be asked to wear masks
  • Students do NOT have to wear a mask outside (i.e. recess)
  • Students do NOT have to wear a masks when eating or drinking (i.e. at lunch, at snack time, when drinking water, etc.)
  • Teachers will implement mask breaks for students throughout the day so that students receive a break from wearing masks
  • Adults (staff and visitors) in the building will be required to wear masks
  • Vaccinated staff members do NOT have to wear masks when outside

Regardless of whether or not students have to wear masks, I believe the quality of staff that we've hired means that the learning experiences and learning environments that students get at Padilla, along with the wrap around services like social emotional learning, mental health support, special education services, social times like recess, and many other things make the experience of school for our students some of the best out there. We've worked hard to lay the foundation for excellence at Padilla into the future, and look forward to continue to build on that foundation into the future!

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, August 25th - First day of school for Preschool students
  • Tuesday, August 31st - First (Rescheduled) PTO Meeting
  • Thursday, September 23rd - Picture Day!

First Day of School for Preschool Students

The first day of school for preschool students is Wednesday, August 25th! We are so excited to welcome you to our school! Please plan to drop off and pick up your child at the exterior classroom doors located inside the preschool playground at the west end of the building.

PTO Meeting

Thank you for your understanding when we had to cancel our planned PTO meeting last week due to the tornado shelter. We have rescheduled the meeting for Tuesday, August 31st at 6:00 PM in the Learning Commons at Padilla. Principal Purfurst will facilitate this meeting as we get our PTO up and running! Due to new Tri-County Health mandates, masks will be required during this meeting for all individuals.

Picture Day!

Save the date! Picture day is coming on Thursday, September 23rd! More details will be coming to you soon!

Chromebooks from Last Year

If your child has a Chromebook that was checked out to them from last school year, please have them bring it to school and turn it in to their teacher, or you can bring it into the front office!

King Soopers Community Rewards Program

Did you know that you can support Padilla just by shopping at King Soopers? Link your rewards card to Padilla Elementary and help us raise funds to support kids! Click the link below to sign up!

Orchestra Academy

Check out information about Orchestra Academy below!


We need you! In particular, we are looking for immediate help with before and after school supervision to support with arrival and dismissal. We are also looking for volunteers to help with supervising recess and lunches. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these opportunities, or for another opportunity in the future, please complete the form below!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Check out breakfast and lunch menus below!

Adult Learning

One of our Keys at Padilla is Inclusivity. Part of our work related building an inclusive school is to help our families understand what we are working on as adults in the school. Beginning next week, look to this section of The Padilla Post to see what teachers are learning about to be better educators for your students!