The Padilla Post 9/26/2022

September 26, 2022

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

A Message from Principal Purfurst

Thank you to all of our families who made it out to our first every Fun Run on Friday! It was so amazing to see all of our kids working hard to raise money for our PTO! Please don't forget that pledges are due by this Friday so that students can earn their rewards on Tuesday, October 4th!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Safety Information:

This past week we practiced a Shelter in Place Hazmat Drill. The purpose of this drill is to be prepared if there was a chemical spill, fire or a serious crash with a semi truck outside of our building. During this drill all students will come inside if they are at recess and stay in their classrooms with the doors shut but learning does continue. We would shut the HVAC system off so that we are not bringing dangerous gasses, fumes or smoke into the building. This drill lasted five minutes and all students and staff did a great job ensuring that we followed protocols for this type of drill. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any of the safety drills we practice at Padilla!

Parking Lot Information:

Thank you for your help with the use of our crosswalks in front of and behind the bus lanes. We appreciate you avoiding walking through the buses in order to pick up your students.

If you are dropping students off in the morning through the “Hug and Go” lane, we need you to pull forward as far as you can before you let your student out of your vehicle. Please stay in the hug and go lane when dropping off your student, if possible please have your student exit the passenger side of your vehicle and please stay in your car as this helps keep vehicles moving in an orderly fashion.

Community Survey: If you haven’t had an opportunity to share with us your thoughts about how we can involve our Padilla Community more, we encourage you to take some time to fill out our very quick survey. Survey Link Here

Donuts with Parents:

Thank you to those that have had a chance to fill the survey out! We have taken some of your feedback and started our inaugural “Donuts with Parents” session that will occur October 5th. This session will include our 5th grade teachers and is open to any community member (we are hoping to keep this to the adult community members) that would like to get to know our wonderful fifth grade teachers and other Padilla community members better in a more relaxed setting. We will be meeting in the library from 7:30-7:50 during our soft start. Parents are more than welcome to stay longer but teachers will be leaving to return to their classrooms at 7:50. Students will be in class and will not be joining us during this time. We will continue these Donut Sessions monthly with our fourth grade teachers meeting our community members in November.

Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Conferences Window - October 4th through October 21st
  • Picture Day - Tuesday, October 4th
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers PTO Fundraiser - Tuesday, October 4th
  • Scholastic Book Fair - October 11th through October 14th
  • 27J Family Safety Night - Thursday, October 13th

Conferences Window

Conferences at Padilla will be held during the window of October 4th through October 21st. Your child's teacher will reach out to you to schedule a time to connect with them regarding your child's progress during this window of days!

Picture Day

Fall pictures at Padilla will be taken on Tuesday, October 4th! More information on ordering will be sent out soon!
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Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers PTO Fundraiser

Please come help support our PTO and Padilla Elementary School! This fundraiser will take place from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4th at Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers at Prairie Center! Be sure to mention that you are with Padilla Elementary School so that 15% of sales can be donated!

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair will occur from Tuesday, October 11th through Friday October 14th! More information on that will come soon!

27J Family Safety Night

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 5pm

12909 East 120th Avenue

Henderson, CO

We know our role in keeping kids safe; do you know yours?

Improve your safety knowledge at our Family Safety Night on Thursday, October

13 at Prairie View High School at 5 PM.

● Interactive Learning for the Whole Community

● 20+ Community Safety Partners

Student Fees

Student school fees have increased for the 22-23 school year from $15 to $65. These fees will be posted to your students account in October. Fees can be paid through the parent portal or payments can be made at the school office. We encourage families to apply for the free and reduced meals as some of these fees could be waived if you are eligible. Click here to apply for free and reduced meals. Click here for information about how to pay student fees.

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Polar Bears of the Week!

Congratulations to this week's Polar Bears of the Week! These students are chosen by their teachers or other staff members for living our Key Values. This week's focus was on Courage!


Ms. Kimberly - Kenny Gomez


Mrs. Hodge - Oscar Santos Divas

Ms. Medina - Isaiah Romo

Mrs. Thompson - Truxton Van Cleave

1st Grade:

Mrs. Johnson - Leilani Vigil

Ms. Thao - Irvin Vargas

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Baez - Mckinley Roos

Ms. Grace - Penelope Reyes Bautista

Mrs. McGann - Jaxon Osborne

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Brantley - Ava Otsby

Ms. Novotak - Logan Cardenas

4th Grade:

Ms. Harder - Elias Suares

Mrs. Holley - Shawn Honsberger

Mrs. Richardson - Carter Thomas

5th Grade:

Mrs. Forgette - Elizjah Lopez

Next week's Key focus will be on 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.

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