The Padilla Post 9/13/2021

September 13, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Thank you for another amazing week, Polar Bear families! It has been great to see all of your students in class learning and growing!

This week, we are focused on helping students grow as leaders. One of the Keys at Padilla is Leadership. Part of being a leader is showing others how to be safe at school. In particular, we are working with students on safe bodies and safe words. We are working to help students understand that it is important for us to be safe when we are playing by keeping our hands, feet, and bodies to ourselves. It is also important to keep each other safe by using kind and safe words. Please help us reinforce this message at home by discussing with your child each night this week how they showed leadership at school by having a safe body and using safe words!

At the end of this week, a few students who do an incredible job living the Key of Leadership will have a special reward on Friday!

Important Dates

  • Thursday, September 23rd - Picture Day!
  • Friday, October 1st - October Count Day!
  • Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st - Conferences

Picture Day!

Picture day will be on Thursday, September 23rd!

Please go to the link below to order pictures. Use code: EVT2Q9ZQ8

October Count Day!

Each year, the state of Colorado determines funding for schools based on the number of students in attendance at a school on October Count Day. The funding for every student is critical to ensuring that we have the right amount of resources to best support your students. Attendance at school is important every day, but will be especially important on Friday, October 1st. Ensuring an accurate count of students will help us make sure we have the right number of staff hired to help kids and maybe even hire some more!

During the week leading up to October 1st, we will have lots of cool activities and events for kids. Stay tuned for those details!


At Padilla, we believe that every interaction we have with parents and families is an opportunity for us to help them understand how their child is doing in school. Because of that, we believe that formal conferences aren't always necessary. Families who have recently had an IEP meeting for their student may have just had great conversations with their teacher about the progress of their student.

However, for many families, formal conferences are an important time to connect with your child's teacher. Regardless of how or when your conference with your child's teacher takes place, we believe it is important for all families to have intentional time to connect around your child's academic, social, and emotional progress at school.

Formal conferences will happen the evenings of Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st. Due to current layers of protection in 27J Schools, these will be virtual conferences. More details about how to sign up and participate in conferences will be coming soon!

Every Minute Matters!

At Padilla, we believe that every minute of your child's education at school matters! Making sure your child, if feeling well, is on time, every day is important to helping your child grow and open any door that they want in their future!

School starts at 7:50 AM. Students must be inside the building by that time to be marked present. If your child arrives and enters the building after 7:50 AM they will be marked tardy.

If you arrive at school after 7:55 AM, please walk your child to the main entrance and sign them in at the main office. There are no staff members outside to help guide your child into the building after that time.

A special note for Kindergarten families: Please make sure you walk your child to the main entrance if you are running late. The side entrance is not monitored and if there is not an adult at the gate to the preschool playground, then students will not be able to enter through the usual entrance.

PTO Update and Next Meeting

Thank you to everyone who took our PTO meeting preferences survey! The results of that are below.

Based on that survey, we will be holding our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 21st from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons. During that meeting we will be discussing some initial structures for PTO based on feedback from the first meeting and from staff at Padilla. And, most excitingly, we will starting planning for a Halloween event!

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Clothing Donations Needed!

Our Health Clinic is in need of NEW clothing donations of all sizes for both boys and girls. We are in need of underwear, pants, and shirts for students whose clothing becomes soiled or damaged while at school. If you are able to help us, please bring any donations into our main office. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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!

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 teachers were introduced to two Padilla protocols, the evidence protocol and the observation protocol. These protocols will be used on a bi-weekly basis as a tool to help monitor progress toward our professional learning goals. The first and third weeks of each month teachers will observe student learning in their colleagues' classrooms and use the observation protocol to elicit takeaways that they can implement in their own classrooms. The 2nd and 4th weeks of each month will be an opportunity for teachers to analyze data toward their professional learning goal using the evidence protocol. The evidence protocol will help them identify and plan a next step. By providing teachers with consistent systems and structures we know our teachers will not only reach their identified goal, but exceed it!