The Padilla Post 10/3/2022

October 3, 2022

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

A Message from Principal Purfurst

Tuesday is going to be a very important day at Padilla! It's picture day, prize day for the Fun Run, and we have extra special treat for ALL students - the chance to pie a teacher in the face! We hope to see all students at school on Tuesday!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Safety Information:

We have no scheduled drills this week. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about any of the safety drills we practice at Padilla!

Parking Lot Reminders:

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.

Preschool parents: Please note that our Kindergarten families need the horseshoe drop off for their students as doors open for all K-5 students at 7:30. Preschool parents, please park in the lot instead of the horseshoe if you are waiting to drop your preschooler off at 7:50. This allows all of our kindergarten parents the opportunity to drop their students off and also relieves the congestion now and what we expect when the weather becomes cooler. Thank you for your help with this!

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:

Our inaugural “Donuts with Parents” session will occur this Wednesday, 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.

See Invitation in English Here

See Invitation in Spanish Here

Guardians on Guard:

Through our community survey, we are aware of the desire for our community to be involved more in an everyday setting! With that, we would like to invite all that are interested to help ensure the safety of our students before school, after school or during lunch recess. We are always looking for more adult supervision during these unstructured times in our daily schedule and would welcome anyone that has time to help! If you are interested in volunteering your time at any point during the school day for Guardians on Guard, please reach out to Josh Hawkins at your convenience!


Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Conferences Window - October 4th through October 21st
  • Picture Day - Tuesday, October 4th
  • Fun Run Prize 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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Bear Ticket Drawing Winners!

Each month, classes earn "Bear Tickets." These are earned with all of the students in a class are showing our CHILL Keys at the same time. At the end of the month, all of the Bear Tickets earned that month are entered into a drawing and one class is selected. The class that wins earns a pizza party and gets to keep Snowball the Polar Bear in their classroom for the month!

September's Bear Ticket drawing winner was Mrs. Lovekamp's 1st Grade class! They will get a pizza party on Tuesday!

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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 Honesty!


Ms. Monica - Milah Ibanez


Ms. Gautier - Camila Balderas

Mrs. Hodge - Sophia Matile

Ms. Medina - Malia Mooney

Mrs. Thompson - Landon Tryon

1st Grade:

Mrs. Johnson - Alaric Copeland

Mrs. Lovekamp - Emiliano Gomez

Ms. Thao - Ariannah Romero

Mrs. Wine - Erik Millan

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Baez - Colton McGann

Ms. Grace - Justis Jones

Mrs. McGann - Eric Richardson

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Brantley - Sophia Garcia

Ms. Hunter - Diego Martinez

Ms. Novotak - Tony Jaimes

4th Grade:

Ms. Harder - Kimberly Villalobos

Mrs. Holley - Jordan Perez

Mrs. Richardson - Jaden Lor

Miss Leslie - Peyton Sowell

Next week's Key focus will be on 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

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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