The Padilla Post 1/24/2022

January 24, 2022

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our families who have linked their King Soopers rewards cards to Padilla Elementary School. For the final quarter of 2021, King Soopers will be donating more than $800 to Padilla Elementary School! That additional money will help us to continue to ensure that we are working towards providing the best possible education for your students. Thank you!

If you haven't yet linked your King Soopers rewards card to Padilla Elementary School, you can find the instructions to do that here!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drill’s This Week:

We were able to practice our monthly Evacuation Drill this past Friday. This date changed because of Thursday’s late start schedule. The drill was successful as we were able to evacuate the building in less than three minutes with all staff and students accounted for in less than eight. Our teachers and students continue to do a great job of taking these drills and the overall safety of their classroom very seriously. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other upcoming drill!

ACCESS Testing Continues This Week!

This will be the last week of this particular test for most of our ELL (English Language Learners) students. We will have a few make ups This week as well as the next. All ELL kindergarten students will be tested one on one on the 27th of this week!
























Make Ups (writing/speaking)




Make ups (writing/speaking)

Kindergarten Access


Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Hot Chocolate and Popcorn Friday! - January 28th - After School
  • Chipotle Spirit Night! - February 8th - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Day! - February 22nd - ALL DAY

Hot Chocolate and Popcorn Fridays!

Please see the information below!
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Chipotle Spirt Night

Come support Padilla Elementary and get Chipotle!
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Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

Make sure to mention that you are there for Padilla Elementary!
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Student Council Update

Thank you for allowing your student to participate!

Our next meeting is Feb 4th.

  • If your student wants to submit a design idea for our Student Council t-shirts, please have them draw it and bring it to our meeting. It must be school appropriate, say Padilla on it, and say student council.
  • We will do a Spirit Week after Spring Break, please be thinking about ideas for the days to discuss at our next meeting
  • We are helping PTO sell candygrams on Feb 1-4th after school (3:30-3:45 pm). If your student wants to be a part of that please make sure to pick them up at 3:45 pm that week.
  • We took a vote on how to use the money we earned from our candy cane sales in December. We are picking a place to donate half, and going to get welcome packages for new students with the other half.
  • Some ideas we are discussing for the remainder of this year:
  • school supply drive
  • food donation drive
  • another fundraiser to donate more money somewhere
  • Remember that 3 absences from meetings or not showing our CHILL Keys at Padilla may result in being asked not to participate in student council.
  • If you are interested in helping with any of these things, or have any questions, please reach out to Ms. A:

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

Valentines Candygrams

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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 Living Intentionally! Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Sydney - Kenzie Emmel


Ms. Grace: Andres Ibarra

Mrs. Hodge: Noel Varela Terrones

Ms. Medina: Mia Minor

1st Grade

Ms. Dimas: Eason Brantley

Mrs. Johnson: Kaylee Luiz

Ms. Thao: Ivanna Gutierrez

2nd Grade

Mrs. Baez: Serenity Diego

Mrs. McGann: Alyssa Thoma

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Elias Suarez

Ms. Hunter: Amilliah Merwin

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Jacob Sanchez

Mrs. Richardson: Karina Nevarez

5th Grade

Mrs. Atkerson: Azrion Serna

Mrs. Forgette: Blake Carrico

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

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 our first learning walks of second semester. Our goal at Padilla is to create an environment of learning and a culture of learners. By deprivatizing our practice as educators 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 at Padilla allows us to build on our own strengths as teachers and see and acknowledge strengths in others. A big thank you to the teachers who opened the doors to our learners this week, Ms. Medina, Ms. Dimas, Ms. McGann, Ms. Harder, Ms. Brantley, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Atkerson! We appreciate their vulnerability and openness to having us come learn from them and their students.