The Padilla Post 8/5/2022

August 5, 2022

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Hello Polar Bears! School begins next week for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade! Our teachers are back at school getting ready to welcome your students! Please be sure to see all of the important information contained in this newsletter for details about back-to-school!

I also wanted to encourage anyone who loves supporting kids and our schools to join the 27J Schools team! There are incredible opportunities to help kids and I encourage you to apply!

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Dean's Corner

Safety and Security Update August 2022

Welcome back to all of our returning families! For those families that are joining us for the first time, we are excited for the opportunity to work with you this year!

My name is Josh Hawkins and I am the Dean of Students at Padilla Elementary. My primary role at Padilla is to ensure the safety of every individual that enters our building. As a parent of four myself, I am kept up at night often thinking about the worry and stress that shouldn’t come from sending our kids to school. With that, I want to take this opportunity to inform our community of Padilla’s commitment to the safety of our students and staff.

We are very fortunate to have a building that was built with the security and safety of our students and staff in mind. We have over twenty cameras throughout the campus that allow us to monitor all areas of our building. We have a secured entry that allows us to control who enters our building at all times throughout the day. All exterior doors are locked at all times. These doors are monitored throughout the day by teachers, our custodial team and myself to ensure they are always locked and closed.

We practice drills regularly and communicate with our community as often as possible about the progress of each. Our staff is very clear about their role during any of our emergency drills and will prepare our students very quickly about their roles as well.

Students need the opportunity to go outside and play multiple times a day. During these times we will always monitor while being vigilant of our surroundings. With that, if your family uses the school grounds for any reason (park, basketball courts, grassy areas for your dogs), we ask that you refrain from doing so during school hours.

The safety of our students and staff will always be our top priority at Padilla Elementary. Please reach out at any time throughout the year with any question or concern you may have. We would love for our community members to join us for any of our drills throughout the year. If interested please reach out to me at or 303-655-5103.

Thank you!

Josh Hawkins

Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Class Lists (K-5) Released on Infinite Campus - Monday, August 8th
  • Back-to-School Night - Tuesday, August 9th from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • First Day of School Kindergarten through 5th Grade - Thursday, August 11th
  • First Day of Preschool - Wednesday, August 24th

Class Lists Released

Class lists for students will be released on Infinite Campus on Monday, August 8th! If you'd like to know your child's teacher for this upcoming school year, this will be the fastest way to find out!

If you do not have an Infinite Campus account set up, please email Yuliana Perez at to get the access information!

Class lists will also be posted at Back-to-School night!

Preschool students will be contacted directly by their teacher in the next two weeks for details about their classes.

Back-to-School Night

Back-to-School Night will be from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM on Tuesday, August 9th!

This is an open house style event, so you may come to visit the school at any point during that timeframe!

Students and families are strongly encouraged to bring school supplies with them during Back-to-School Night to be dropped off at their classroom!

First Day of School Kindergarten through 5th Grade

The first day of school for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade will be on Thursday, August 11th!

School begins at 7:50 AM and students may be dropped off at school no earlier than 7:30 AM. School ends at 3:30 PM.

Drop Off Procedures

Morning drop off and afternoon pick up times can be busy at Padilla. We are constantly evaluating our procedures to best support student safety and efficiency for parents and guardians getting kids to and from school. As such, these drop off procedures will be used for the time being, but may be revised as we examine the process into the school year.

During morning drop off, families should use the front parking lot only to drop off students. Students may be dropped off in the drop off lane only. Students should be prepared to get out of the passenger side of the vehicle and exit onto the sidewalk without assistance.

For students requiring assistance exiting vehicles, or for families who wish to walk their child up to the building, please park your vehicle in the parking lot or off school property and walk your child (using the crosswalks, please!) to the building.

Students will meet their teachers in front of the school. 1st Grade through 5th Grade students will meet in the areas in front of the main entrance and two-story portion of the building. Kindergarten families will meet their teachers near the fenced-in, preschool playground at the far end of the front parking lot.

For the first several days of school, teachers will have signs with them to help students and families identify where they will be during arrival. At 7:45 AM, students will walk with their teachers to their classrooms. A map with more details about where individual teachers will be located will be sent out next week!

Students wishing to eat breakfast may enter the building at 7:30 AM and head directly to the cafeteria.

Families will not be able to enter the building with their students in the morning. This allows for students to transition more effectively to school.

Pick Up Procedures

Please look for an additional message from us next week with more details about pick up procedures!

First Day of Preschool

The first day of school for all students in preschool will be Wednesday August 24th! Your child's teacher will reach out to you with more specifics about that when we get closer to that date, including schedules and class lists!

School Supply Lists

Your child's school supply list can be found here!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Meal Applications

Last year all students were able to eat breakfast and lunch for free thanks to a waiver from the USDA waivers. Unfortunately those waivers are expiring. But many students are still eligible for free or reduced cost meals! Applications for free/reduced meals can be found here! Even if you've previously applied, new applications are required each year, so please make sure to fill out an application!

2022-2023 School Year Plans

Have your plans for the 2022-2023 school year changed? If so, please let us know as soon as possible! If you're receiving this message, it is because your child is enrolled at Padilla. If your child will be attending somewhere else, please let us know!

If you know anyone who should have received this message because they are planning on attending Padilla this year, but did not receive it, please have them reach out to Yuliana Perez at!

Dress Code

Padilla Elementary School follows the 27J Schools Dress Code. You can find that dress code here. Uniforms are not required at Padilla Elementary School!

Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is returning to Padilla this school year!

Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00.

Girls on the Run Registration Opens Monday, August 1st at 9AM.

To Sign Up:

1. Go to

2. Click the “Register Now” button.

3. Find and select your school in the drop down menu.

4. After completing the form, hit “submit”. **You will receive a confirmation email from Pinwheel. Please make sure to check your spam folder in case the email went there. If you do not receive this email, chances are you did not fully complete the registration form.

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!

If shopping in July or August you can also earn extra rewards for Padilla!

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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.