The Padilla Post 12/13/2021

December 13, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Welcome to the last week of school in 2021, and the final Padilla Post of 2021 as well! I am so grateful for the hard work of all of our students this entire first semester, and for the support all of our families have given to us as we have opened this brand new school! While we know there is more work to do to make Padilla the school we all want it to be, I am proud of our students, families, and staff for helping get us started the way we have!

I hope that all of you have a relaxing winter break filled with time with those that matter most to you! We are looking forward to our second semester here and to all of the amazing learning your children will be doing!

One of the traditions that we will unfortunately miss out on as we finish our this semester is the ability of families to participate in our holiday parties, much like we did during Halloween. Because of current COVID layers of protection, we cannot have large groups of visitors in classrooms. Individual teachers may need support from volunteers, but those numbers will be limited. If you have questions about your child's teacher's needs, please reach out to them directly.

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drills this week:

There are no scheduled drills this week. However Last week we successfully completed a Shelter Hazmat drill as well as our monthly Evac-Fire drill. Both drills were completed successfully with our students and staff doing tremendous jobs!

English Language Learning Students

When we return from Winter Break, our EL students will be taking the ACCESS test, Jan 11-Jan 26. We greatly appreciate your help to ensure your student’s attendance during this testing window. Additional communication in regards to the scheduling and assessment will be sent out the week of January 3rd. Thank you!

Vape Found:

This past week a Vape was found outside on the back playground. We share this info with you for the purpose of being transparent and to also make you aware as to how similar this particular Vape looked to an actual eraser that many of our students keep in their desks. After some investigation and many hours of watching video, we believe that the Vape was left on the playground last weekend not during school hours. As we work together to educate our students, we ask that when you feel it appropriate to please have the conversation with your student about the dangers of all smoke and smokeless products.

Thank you for your help with this important issue!

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Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Spirit Week - December 14th - December 17th
  • Winter Break - December 18th - January 3rd
  • School Resumes - January 4th
  • PTO Meeting - January 4th - 6:00 PM

Spirit Week!

This week will be a Spirit Week!
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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.

School Resumes

School will begin again after Winter Break on Tuesday, January 4, 2022! Students should plan to be at school by 7:50 AM!

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, January 4th at 6:00 PM in the Learning Commons!

Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run will start the week of March 7th. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1-mile run/walk race with fun games and activities that help girls learn to define their lives on their own terms. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls. Registration opens at 9AM February 7th. For more information about the program go to

Lost Scooter

We have had a lost scooter in our main office since the end of August. If your child is missing a scooter we might have it! Please reach out to Ms. Yuliana at or 303-655-5105 if you believe it is your child's.
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Polar Bears of the 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 Leadership! Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Kimberly: Oliver Gallegos


Mrs. Hodge: Jeremiah Sether

Ms. Medina: Madelyn Baker

1st Grade

Ms. Dimas: Kaylani Palomo Tabora

Mrs. Johnson: Hailey Vosmera

2nd Grade

Mrs. McGann: Ruby Armendariz

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: James Pierce

Ms. Hunter: Riley Chalifoux

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Kalei Baker

5th Grade

Mrs. Atkerson: Austin Martin

Mrs. Forgette: Emma Gauna

Next week's CHILL Key of the week will be Honesty!

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 began administering our first round of Student Perception Surveys in Kindergarten through 3rd grade at Padilla! By eliciting student voice we are able to celebrate successes and identify areas of opportunity as well as empower our students to take ownership of their learning. These surveys give us valuable insight into what our students think and feel about their learning experiences and their learning environment.

Thank you to our 4th and 5th grade teachers and 12 of our students for participating in our first Student Panel. The kids were very excited to share their thinking and ideas with their teachers and they were able to articulate what is working for them and what isn’t as learners in our school. We learned a great deal from our 4th and 5th grade students and I am excited to see what opportunities student panels provide us in the future!