The Padilla Post 8/6/2021

August 6, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Welcome to Padilla! We are so excited to meet everyone at our Ribbon Cutting and Back to School Open House, and especially excited to meet all of our Polar Bears on the first day of school!

There is a plethora of important information for you in this newsletter. If you have any questions about the information in it, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask!

As we open this new school, there will be hiccups and bumps in the road. We've spent a great deal of time working minimize those, but they are still sure to occur. We ask for your patience and grace as we work through those, and welcome your feedback as you notice things that we can get better on!

Important Dates

Additional details for all events are below in this Post.

  • Friday, August 6th - Class Lists will be released to families through Infinite Campus
  • Monday, August 9th - Ribbon Cutting and Back-to-School Open House
  • Wednesday, August 11th - First day of school for K-5 students
  • Wednesday, August 25th - First day of school for Preschool students
  • Thursday, August 19th - First PTO Meeting

Class Lists

Class lists will be released on Friday, August 6th via Infinite Campus.

If you have already set up your IC parent portal, please make sure you are able to log in before the 6th so that you can see your child's teacher.

Directions for accessing Infinite Campus are below.

If you have not yet set up your parent portal, please reach out to Ms. Yuliana at or 303-655-5105 for help.

Additional Staff

We are experiencing a huge surge in enrollment as we prepare to start the school year! We are grateful that so many families are excited to join our school!

This influx of students does mean that we are working as quickly as possible to hire additional staff for your students. This reality mean that your student may temporarily experience larger than ideal class sizes until we can get these additional staff hired and started.

Despite that, all Padilla staff members are committed to keeping your kids safe, making them feel welcomed, and beginning their learning this new school year!

Again, we appreciate your patience and grace as we work as quickly as possible to bring on additional staff!

Students Receiving Special Education Services

We are incredibly excited to be home to 27J Schools' second Learning Center. This program supports students with autism who have particular academic needs. Ms. Hynes and the team in the Learning Center are excited to welcome all students to Padilla!

In addition to that, we will be supporting a full and robust program for students needing specialized services in other areas. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet staff members who will be supporting your student. Unfortunately, Ms. Lista who was hired to as our Special Education Teacher has left the school prior to the school year starting. We have moved quickly and hired Ms. Russell-Bickford to fill this position and she is ready to meet you and your child at our Back to School night!

Ribbon Cutting and Back-to-School Open House

We are excited to finally and officially open Padilla Elementary School!

Please join us for our Ribbon Cutting ceremony, taking place on Monday, August 9th at 6:00 PM at the main entrance to Padilla.

Our Back-to-School Open House will follow immediately after until 8:00 PM. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your child to meet your child's teacher!

Because this event will also be open to the public, we ask that students and families do not bring school supplies to the Back-to-School open house, and instead bring them on the first day of school.

COVID Protocols:

  • Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals 12 years old and up
  • Masks are recommend for vaccinated individuals 12 years old and up
  • Masks are recommended but not required for anyone 11 and under
  • When inside the building, please limit your time in any one room to 15 minutes
  • If you are feeling ill, please refrain from attending this event

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

The Padilla staff have spent a good deal of time planning for student drop off and pick up. These times of the day are always some of the most stressful for parents and staff members. While we have a plan, we know we will need to make adjustments. We appreciate your patience and grace as we work to understand the traffic flow at our new school. Please take a look at the plan linked below!

First Day of School - K-5

The first day of school for K-5 students is Wednesday, August 11th.

School hours for K-5 students are 7:50 AM - 3:30 PM Tuesday through Friday.

AM Drop Off begins at 7:35 AM. On the first day of school only, teachers will meet their students in the front of the school and walk them to their classes. Click here to see a map of where teachers will be by grade level on the first day of school.

After the first day of school, students will enter the building through the front doors, pick up their breakfast from the cafeteria and/or go to their classrooms.

Please send your child with their school supplies on the first day of school.

PTO Meeting

Interested in joining the inaugural PTO for Padilla Elementary School? Join us at our first PTO meeting on Thursday, August 19th at 6:00 PM in the Learning Commons at Padilla! Principal Purfurst will facilitate this meeting as we get our PTO up and running!

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

We are excited to announce that all students will have the option for free breakfast and lunch at Padilla this school year!

Breakfast will be served in the classroom for students wishing to get breakfast at school. When students may arrive at school beginning at 7:35 AM. From there, students wishing to eat breakfast can go directly to the cafeteria, pick up their breakfast, and take it with them to their classroom to eat.

Lunch will be served in the cafeteria. Students will sit with their own classes during lunches. Students are also welcome to bring a cold lunch from home if they wish.

While all meals are free this year, your family may still be eligible for reduced fees at Padilla by filling out an application for free and reduced lunch. Applications must be completed each school year. Click below for details!

Child Care

Padilla will host both before and after school care, Tuesday through Friday. Monday care is also available at other 27J Schools. Click below to access information on Child Care through the 27J Schools Finance Department. Before and after care is currently full, but accepting students onto a wait list. Please click below to register.

2021 Return to School Plan

Please make sure you have read the letter from 27J Schools Superintendent, Dr. Chris Fiedler. It is linked below and contains details about COVID mitigation that will be taking place at all 27J Schools, including details about vaccines and masking.

Office Hours

The main office at Padilla is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You are always welcome to reach out to us via phone at 303-655-5100 or by emailing our school secretary, Ms. Yuliana, at


We need you! In particular, we are looking for immediate help with before and after school supervision to support with arrival and dismissal. We are also looking for volunteers to help with supervising recess and lunches. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these opportunities, or for another opportunity in the future, please complete the form below!

Lunch Times

All students will have recess followed by lunch. The recess and lunch times for each grade level are below:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: 10:40 AM to 11:20 AM

2nd Grade and 3rd Grade: 11:20 AM to 12:10 PM

4th Grade and 5th Grade: 12:10 PM to 12:55 PM

Specials Times

The times that each grade level will attend specials is below:

Kindergarten: 12:40 - 1:30

1st Grade: 1:35 - 2:25

2nd Grade: 2:30 - 3:15

3rd Grade: 10:05 - 10:55

4th Grade: 9:10 - 10:00

5th Grade: 8:15 - 9:05