The Padilla Post 1/3/2022

January 3, 2022

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Welcome back from winter break! I hope you and your families all had an enjoyable time over the break! We are so excited to welcome your students back to Padilla!

As COVID cases surge again, please help us keep in-person learning happening at Padilla! If your child is sick, please keep them home so that we can prevent the spread of COVID at Padilla. The best way for us to keep staff and students in the building is to ensure that we do not have an outbreak among classes, and the best way to do that is for individuals who are sick to stay home. We greatly appreciate your help with this!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drills this week:

There are no scheduled drills this week. However the week before break we successfully completed a Shelter Hazmat drill as well as our monthly Evac-Fire drill. Both drills were completed successfully with our students and staff doing tremendous jobs!

English Language Learning Students:

As we return from Winter Break, our EL students will be taking the ACCESS test, Jan 11-Jan 26. We greatly appreciate your help to ensure your student’s attendance during this testing window. Additional communication in regards to the scheduling and assessment will be sent out this week.

Thank you!

Vape Found:

The week before the holiday break a Vape was found outside on the back playground. We share this info with you for the purpose of being transparent and to also make you aware as to how similar this particular Vape looked to an actual eraser that many of our students keep in their desks. After some investigation and many hours of watching video, we believe that the Vape was left on the playground last weekend not during school hours. As we work together to educate our students, we ask that when you feel it appropriate to please have the conversation with your student about the dangers of all smoke and smokeless products.

Thank you for your help with this important issue!

Artic Award Winners!

Congratulations to the following students for being nominated for our first ever Arctic Award recipients for the first semester! These students were nominated by an adult in our building for their outstanding efforts with our CHILL Keys for our first semester of learning. This award will be given out quarterly moving forward! Along with a certificate of achievement, winning students will also receive a yard sign for our families to proudly display announcing this outstanding accomplishment! We do ask however that a family member of our winning students come to the school in order to pick up this yard sign as there are stakes that accompany the signs in order for them to stick in your yard. You may pop-in any time during school hours to pick up your student’s sign! Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions about this process!

Thomas R. - 4th Grade

Kai V. - 1st Grade

Noah C. - 3rd Grade

Anthony E. - 5th Grade

Dalilah R. - 4th Grade

Ramses V. - 5th Grade

Edgar M. - 3rd Grade

Nora F. - Kindergarten

Cameron M. - 1st Grade

Preston A - Kindergarten

Zahira A. - 3rd Grade

Harper M. - 3rd Grade

Robert N. - 3rd Grade

Jolee L. - 1st Grade

Analeah R. - 2nd Grade

Abraham B. - Pre-school

Noah H. - 5th Grade

Mask Reminder

27J Schools continue to remain under the Tri-County Health Department's mask requirements. All individuals who enter the building are required to wear a mask. Please help us remain in compliance with this requirement by sending your child with a mask to school everyday. Please also send your child with a backup mask in their backpack in the event their original mask gets lost, damaged, or dirty.

Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • PTO Meeting - January 4th - 6:00 PM
  • Hot Chocolate and Popcorn Friday! - January 7th - After School
  • Choir Practice Resumes - January 12th - 3:30 PM

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, January 4th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons!

Hot Chocolate and Popcorn Fridays!

Please see the information below!
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Padilla Choir

Padilla Choir will be starting back up on Wednesday January 12th. All students grades 3-5th are welcome--even if they did not participate during 1st semester. Choir meets every Wednesday after school from 3:30-4:30. Please email Ms. Robinson ( for more information

Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run will start the week of March 7th. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1-mile run/walk race with fun games and activities that help girls learn to define their lives on their own terms. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls. Registration opens at 9AM February 7th. For more information about the program go to

Orchestra Academy

Please see the information below!
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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.