The Padilla Post 9/27/2021

September 27, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Since the start of this year, I've had the pleasure of speaking to several families a week to get feedback about Padilla. Both myself and Mr. Hawkins enjoy those phone calls we make each we to hear directly from you about your experiences with Padilla and to take any feedback you have to help us get better. We will be continuing those phone calls throughout the year and look forward to talking to you!

In the meantime, we would love to get your feedback through our Parent and Family Survey! Please take a moment to complete that survey by clicking below. It is quick and should only take a few minutes! The voice of every families at our school matters, so we have a goal of 100% participation! Once we have the results we will share them with you and what steps we are taking based on that data to get better as a school!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

This week saw an improvement with “safe bodies” outside during all of our recesses. We greatly appreciate your help and support through your conversations with your students. As we continue to help our students renorm to what we all hope to be a “normal” school year, we understand that this takes time as well as a concentrated effort from all of us as many of our students have never experienced this “normal” school year because of COVID and remote learning. We also greatly appreciate all of our parent volunteers that are giving of their time to help us monitor kiddos at lunch recess and after school. We are always looking for volunteers if your schedule allows. Please contact the school or Josh Hawkins ( if you would like to volunteer. Thank you!

Important Dates

  • Friday, October 1st - October Count Day!
  • Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st - Conferences
  • Saturday, October 23rd - PTO Trunk or Treat

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!

Spirit Week is coming the week of September 28-Oct 1st!

- Tuesday 9/28: Sports day (this can include college gear!)

- Wednesday 9/29: Crazy hat/hair day

- Thursday 9/30: PJ/stuffie day

- Friday 10/1: Color day (each class will pick a color)

There will be rewards for highest attendance by class throughout the week, with awards happening on Friday:

- Each class that gets above 90% attendance for the week will get popsicles!

- The class with the highest percentage for the week in each grade will get to pie Mr. Purfurst or Mr. Hawkins in the face!

- The class with the overall highest percentage for the week will earn a pizza party!


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!

PTO Trunk or Treat

Our PTO is teaming up with the YMCA at the Brighton Crossings Venture Center to put on a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 23rd in the Padilla parking lot from 3:00 to 5:30!

To support the candy that will be given away, PTO is hosing at Candy Raiser Class Competition! Check out those details below!

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Polar Bears of the Week

Each week, one student at each grade level is selected by staff to recognize for living our CHILL Key of the week. This week's CHILL Key of the week was Courage. Our Polar Bears of the Week are:

Preschool: Joshua Gallegos

Kindergarten: Nora Finley

1st Grade: Reed Palmer

2nd Grade: Sophia Garcia

3rd Grade: Diego Lucero

4th Grade: Scarlett Cortes

5th Grade: Mason Tatman

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

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Next PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, October 5th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons. We will continue planning Trunk or Treat!

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 teachers engaged in a task that demonstrated teacher clarity from the viewpoint of a student. Teachers were assessed as learners on a task in which they had no clear directions, expectations, clear learning target, or success criteria to gage where they were at during the learning process. All teachers put in their best effort on the assigned task and were creative, detailed, made personal connections, and yet the highest "grade" of all the teachers was a 60%. As we chase the idea of teacher clarity at Padilla we are reminded that teacher clarity is defined as:

Fendick (1990) defined Teacher Clarity as the compilation of organizing instruction, explaining content, providing examples, guided practice, and assessment of learning. Hattie (2009) describes Teacher Clarity as communicating the learning intentions and success criteria for the learning intentions. Teachers and students have clarity if they are able to answer three questions:

1. What am I learning and why?

2. Where am I in the learning process?

3. What are my next steps?

Without clear and communicated learning intentions our students are flying blind. Our goal at Padilla is to provide students with clarity in their learning so they can answer the three questions above. Go ahead... give it a try! Ask your student what they are learning and why. It will be great evidence for us as we continue on our journey of teacher clarity!