The Padilla Post 10/4/2021

October 4, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Last Friday was a great day to be a Polar Bear! All sorts of awesome things happened! Check it out!

Also, if you haven't yet taken our parent and family survey, please do so! Information about that is below!

All classes competed to have 90% or better attendance for the week. Every single class got to 90% so every class earned a popsicle party during lunch!
Classes competed for the highest attendance for the week. The following classes had the highest attendance in each grade level!

  • Preschool: Ms. Sydney's PM Class
  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Hodge's Class
  • 1st Grade: Ms. Dimas' Class
  • 2nd Grade: Mrs. McGann's Class
  • 3rd Grade: Mrs. Brantley's Class
  • 4th Grade: Mrs. Richardson's Class
  • 5th Grade: Mrs. Forgette's Class

Ms. Sydney's class got a pizza party a reward for having perfect attendance!

One student from each of the other classes got to throw a pie in the face of Mr. Purfurst or Mr. Hawkins!

Mrs. Forgette's class had the highest attendance percentage for the week, so they earned a pizza party at lunch!
Ms. Hunter's class won our first Bear Ticket drawing on Thursday! Classes earn Bear Tickets when 100% of student in the class show our CHILL Keys and a staff member recognizes them doing it! Ms. Hunter's class will get to hold on to our mascot stuffy (whose name is being determined now!) until next month's drawing, and they got a pizza party on Friday!
Ms. Harder's and Mrs. Richardson's 4th Grade classes presented their Living Wax Museums on Friday as well! Students researched and created a memorized speech about the person they researched. All of the students then had a chance to present their speech to other students, staff members, and visitors! All of the students did such a great job!
Finally, our 5th Graders took a field trip to the Brighton High School Homecoming Parade with Mrs. Atkerson and Mrs. Forgette! This opportunity helped to connect 5th Graders with the high school that Padilla feeds into, and helped them imagine themselves marching in that same parade one day!

Parent and Family Survey

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to complete our Parent and Family Survey by clicking below. It is quick and should only take a few minutes! The voice of every families at our school matters, so we have a goal of 100% participation! Once we have the results we will share them with you and what steps we are taking based on that data to get better as a school!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Discipline Trends:

As we transition into October, I want to take a moment to update our Padilla community as to the email some may have seen this week from the district concerning disrespectful behaviors and Tik Tok challenges in our schools. I am grateful to share that our behaviors we are seeing at Padilla are mostly very positive. We are not seeing the disrespectful behaviors other schools are experiencing in regards to bathrooms etc. Our students continue to improve with having safe bodies and their overall attitude towards school remains at a very positive and respectful level. We thank all of our families for helping to ensure these positive behaviors as we know that this is a partnership and we will always value working side by side to ensure the progress of our students in all facets or their education.

Evacuation Drill #3

This week (Wednesday morning) we will take part in our third evacuation drill of the year. Our morning preschool students will have their first opportunity to practice with us. We welcome any parent or family member of our community that would like to come and observe any of our drills. Please let us know your interest level and I will reach out with times etc. Thank you!

Lock Down Drill #1:

October 14th at 9:30 we will take part in our first lock down drill of the school year (a second one will take place in the spring). This is a drill that we practice for situations where there is someone in the building that poses a threat to our school. This drill can present some nervous moments for our younger students as there will be police officers in our building helping us to ensure that we are prepared for this type of situation. We will be talking with our students in order to prepare them for this drill. We also ask that you talk with your kiddos to prepare them for the drill and to the reasons why we practice. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st - Conferences
  • Saturday, October 23rd - PTO Trunk or Treat


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!

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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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.

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 Honesty. Our Polar Bears of the Week are:

Preschool: Flynn Nead

Kindergarten: Gabriel Montaño Jr.

1st Grade: Issachar Perez

2nd Grade: Avalyn Marcove

3rd Grade: Larry Riebschlager

4th Grade: Gentry Dean

5th Grade: Reyden Armendariz

Next week's CHILL Key of the week will be Living Intentionally!

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Next PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, October 5th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons. We will continue planning Trunk or Treat!

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 took the opportunity to dig deeper into data points and the student evidence from our beginning of the year data to intentionally plan for student learning goals and the creation and revisions of READ plans. READ plans provide ongoing and personalized support for students in reading. If your student qualified for a READ plan, this plan for ongoing support and the evidence that was used to create this plan, will be discussed with you during Communication Time (formally known as Parent Teacher Conferences).

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