The Padilla Post 2/21/2022

February 21, 2022

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Do you know the family of a future kindergartener?! We would love for them to come to our Kindergarten Round-Up this Wednesday!
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An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drills This Week:

We will practice our February Evacuation Drill this week on Tuesday (weather permitting). We will share info with you following the drill. We will pull the alarm for this drill however, we will not require any support from our local fire agencies. We have also added our second Lock Down Drill to our calendar on April 5th at 9:30. We will require a police presence for this drill and also invite any family member that would like to observe this drill to be a part on this day. Please call Josh Hawkins for more information 303-655-5103. Thank you!

CHILL Grade Level Assemblies March 29th:

During these assemblies we will be reviewing our CHILL Key expectations in addition to awarding our ARTIC Awards winning students for the third quarter. We will be streaming this assembly to parents that would like to take part (we will be letting parents know ahead of time if their student will be receiving an award!). We will also be using these assemblies to inform students about CMAS prizes etc. in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.

Discipline Trends: (same as last week)

Our bathrooms continue to be an area of concern for 2nd through 5th graders. Some students, both boys and girls, continue to struggle to treat the bathrooms with respect as we continue to find messes in stalls, countertops as well as the floor. We continue to revisit this expectation as well as create a new system to help keep track of who is going into the bathroom and when. Please help us by reminding your students as well about the need to treat the bathrooms with respect. Thank you so much for your time and help!

CMAS Testing Schedule

Please see below the schedule we will follow for our CMAS testing this spring.

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Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Day! - February 22nd - ALL DAY
  • Kindergarten Round Up! - February 23rd - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • PTO Meeting - March 1st - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Yearbook Order Deadline - March 25th
  • Texas Roadhouse Spirit Nights! - March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th - 3PM - 9PM
  • Parent-Teacher Connections Window - March 1st through March 18th
  • Kindergarten Round Up! - April 13th - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

Make sure to mention that you are there for Padilla Elementary!
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PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1st from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons at Padilla!

Texas Roadhouse Spirit Nights!

Please make sure to bring a flyer with you when you eat!
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Parent-Teacher Connections Window

Parent-Teacher Connections (Conferences) will be taking place between March 1st and March 18th. During this team, each teacher will connect with the family of every student. This is done in a window timeframe to allow for flexibility for families when scheduling with teachers. Please look for communication for your child's teacher directly to set up those meetings!

Yearbooks now on Sale!

Click Here to Order

Order deadline: 3/25/33

Yearbook Id Code: 14571222

School Name: Padilla Elementary

Cost: $18

Yearbook includes:

  • Sturdy Softcover with protective coating
  • All-color pages that vibrantly capture your memories throughout the school year
  • Durable saddle-stitched binding that keeps the yearbook intact through wear and tear

Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run Registration Opens Monday, February 7th 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.

Fee: $40

Teams practice 2x per week for 10 weeks with trained coaches. Girls will... + Connect and engage with peers in a safe environment + Gain confidence in who they are on the inside and out + Learn to give and receive support + Develop critical social and emotional skills + Be physically active

Send any questions to

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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 - Aveanna Baca


Ms. Grace: Clayton Beston

Mrs. Hodge: Ryleigh Josey

Ms. Medina: Ellee Page

1st Grade

Ms. Dimas: Bobby Reid

Mrs. Johnson: Willow Bohl

Ms. Thao: Jason Liszcz

2nd Grade

Mrs. Baez: Madison Routh

Mrs. McGann: Thomas Gaarde

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Serenity Rael (for Honesty)

Ms. Hunter: Jaden Lor

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Aaron Romero

Mrs. Richardson: Owen Umstead

5th Grade

Mrs. Atkerson: Garhett Arbuckle

Mrs. Forgette: Madison Don

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 engaged in another round of learning walks. Our goal at Padilla is to create an environment of learning and a culture of learners. By deprivatizing our practice we are able to get into each other's rooms, celebrate great instruction and student learning, and think about ways we can refine our own practices. We know that collective efficacy is built by mastery experiences and vicarious experiences. Utilizing learning walks as part of our professional learning ecosystem allows us to build on our own strengths and see and acknowledge strengths in others. A big thank you to the teachers who hosted our learning walks this week! We appreciate their vulnerability and openness to having us come learn from them and their kids.