The Padilla Post 10/18/2021

October 18, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

This is the last week to participate in our Parent and Family Survey. Thank you to everyone who has already participated. If you haven't already done so, please use the link to take that survey. Your voice is important to us!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Lock Down Drill #1:

This past week we held our first successful Lockdown Drill of the school year. As you may have seen in the messaging this week during and after the drill, our staff and students did an amazing job! We were able to clear every classroom in under fifteen minutes with each classroom remaining quiet and obviously very well prepared. We thank our parents and staff members that took the time to speak with our kiddos and prepare them for this drill and for ensuring that our students took this drill seriously. Unfortunately, we were unable to have a police presence at Padilla on Thursday morning because of circumstances beyond our control. We will continue to plan well in advance to ensure that they are with us during our spring drill. Thank you again to all of our community members for your continued help with ensuring the safety of our students!

Discipline Trends:

This week we saw a behavior that I want to make our community aware of as we continue to work together for our students. The behavior we worked through this week was bullying through social media. The words that were used through snapchat were hurtful and very disappointing to all that were involved. As a parent myself, I encourage all to be open and forthright with your students concerning social media and what is being posted. Please have conversations with your students about acceptable and unacceptable behaviors online. As a school we will begin to plan as the need fits, to have conversations with our fifth graders when dealing with social media. Thank you for your help and please let me know if you have any questions about this or any other behavioral items of concern.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, October 19th through Friday, October 22nd - Book Fair!
  • Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st - Conferences
  • Saturday, October 23rd - PTO Trunk or Treat

Book Fair!

Check out information about our Book Fair by clicking below! The book fair will be open, in-person (masks required) from 3:30 - 4:30 on Wednesday and Thursday this week!


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!

PE Conferences

Information for PE Conferences with Mr. Dinkel is below:

Here is the zoom link and times Mr. Dinkel is available for conferences:

PE Conference Times--

Tuesday-Friday 11:50-12:30

Wednesday Evening 5:15-8:15

Thursday Evening 5:15-8:15

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!

PTO also needs YOU to sign up to host a trunk! Click the link below to sign up!

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Next PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, October 19th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons. We will finalize our planning for Trunk or Treat!

Padilla Student Leadership!

Do you want to make a difference in your school and community? Do you want to be a leader at school? Do you have a lot of ideas about how to make the school better? If so, then Student Council is the group for you!

If you are in 4th or 5th grade and are interested in joining: please fill out the Google form below. Parents/guardians: keep an eye out for an email or letter sent home for more information about meeting times and signing for permission.

NOTE: The form below has been updated to accept responses! Sorry about that!

Prairie View High School Fall Fest

If you are looking for something fun to do on Halloween weekend, consider walking the halls at PVHS for their Fall Fest on October 30th from 10am to 1pm!

It will be a fun afternoon filled with games and of course candy!

Clubs such as art, theatre, and student government will also have booths you can get information from if you are interested in joining.

We hope to see you all there for a few fun packed hours of tricks and treats.

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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:

Kindergarten: Mason Garza

1st Grade: Jayden Ojeda

2nd Grade: Jaxon Wiley

3rd Grade: Max DeWalt

4th Grade: Logan Duskey

5th Grade: Jackson Pierce

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

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

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our partnership with King Soopers. Over the last quarter, we have raised more than $500!

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 we made connections to an article about a business woman who represented a group of business people that were dedicated to improving public schools. Throughout the story the author learned a valuable and important lesson about schools. Schools are not businesses. As a school we don’t have a choice in our blueberries. We accept and love ALL blueberries, every single one of them. That is why it is so important that we collect, analyze, interpret, and use student evidence to drive instruction on a consistent basis. We need to ensure all students have opportunities to be successful no matter where they are coming from and where they currently are in their learning. Every one of our blueberries deserves and is capable of mastery and that is why the use of student evidence is a crucial part of our instruction at Padilla.

Here is a link to the story if you are interested.

The Blueberry Story