The Padilla Post 9/6/2021

September 6, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! I heard many students talking about the amazing trips they were taking this weekend, and I'm excited to hear more about them when everyone is back this week!

Thank you all for supporting your students with the implementation of required masks at school. Your support at home helps us to lessen the likelihood that the Tri-County Health Department requires classes or potentially the entire school to temporarily shift to remote learning.

I wanted to make sure that we communicated with you regarding some adjusted expectations we are required to now follow due to the Tri-County Health Department Public Health Order regarding masks in schools.

  • These past two weeks we have been offering masks to students as they enter the building. We will continue to make these available to students who do not come to school with a mask.
  • Starting on Tuesday, September 7th, we are required to contact the family of any student who chooses not to wear a mask at school unless your child has a medical mask exemption (see page 3 under "C. Exemptions" in the Public Heath Order above).
  • We will make multiple requests for students to wear masks before contacting families.
  • During that conversation, we will ask that you please speak to your child and ask them to wear a mask.
  • If you choose not to have your child wear a mask, we are required to have you pick your child up from school, and we are required to mark your student with an unexcused absence for "Failure to follow public heath order."

I know that this continues to be a contentious issue, but we appreciate your support in helping your children understand that the adults at school are simply following the rules they are required to implement. By working together, we can help keep the focus on learning for all of our Polar Bears!

Important Dates

  • Thursday, September 23rd - Picture Day!
  • Friday, October 1st - October Count Day!

Picture Day!

Save the date! Picture day is coming on Thursday, September 23rd! Flyers for ordering details will be coming home this week!

October Count Day!

Each year, the state of Colorado determines funding for schools based on the number of students in attendance at a school on October Count Day. The funding for every student is critical to ensuring that we have the right amount of resources to best support your students. Attendance at school is important every day, but will be especially important on Friday, October 1st. Ensuring an accurate count of students will help us make sure we have the right number of staff hired to help kids and maybe even hire some more!

Parking Lot Update

As we enter our second month of school at Padilla, there are a couple items we would like to clean up within the parking lot drop off/pick up process. Overall, things are going very smoothly and we are appreciative of your patience and help with this process. However, as we grow in the not so distant future, we know that the number of vehicles in the lot before and after school will increase causing more delays and some frustrations.

Please be aware of the following:

  • The left lane is not a drop off or pick up lane. This lane is a pass through lane used to exit the lot after you have dropped off or picked up your student.

  • The right lane (Hug and Go) is not a parking lane. If you need to get out of your car to let your student out, please consider parking in the lot to do so. Having your students sit on the passenger side of your car will help speed the drop off process up. (The kinder and pre-school lot are the exception to this as we encourage parents to use this horseshoe to park and bring their students to the gates or the door for preschool)

  • Please pull forward as far as possible so that we can invite as many cars as possible into the lot. If you can wait to drop off your child until after the first crosswalk, this will help speed up the process for all

  • We are going to have crosswalk areas painted into the lot soon and we ask that everyone does their part and use the crosswalk areas to get where they need to go at Padilla. At this time, we aren’t sure what the city will be able to provide our community with, as far as crosswalks/stop signs onto Longs Peak Street are concerned. Within our lot, we will be adding additional monitors in order to help families of our kinder and pre-k students cross the parking lot safely to the horseshoe. Eventually we will be asking all families to avoid crossing that area of the lot as we know things can get busy before and after school towards the parking lot exit.

Thank you for your patience as well as your willingness to help everyone safely and efficiently get to school and then home every day!

PTO Update and Survey

Thank you to the parents who attended our first ever PTO meeting! I was great to see you there and to begin dreaming about the PTO we want to create as a school!

PTO would like to have another meeting soon in order to begin planning for an October event! Please complete the survey linked below to help us understand what days and times would usually work best for you!

Join the Padilla Choir! Starting after school on 9/8!

Are you in grades 3-5?

Do you love to sing?

Do you want to get better at singing?

Do you want to make new friends?

Come Join the Padilla Choir! Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday September 8th and will be every Wednesday from 3:40-4:30pm after school. When the bell rings at 3:30 students should go to the music room, and will have 10 minutes to eat a snack, drink water, and use the restroom. Parents/guardians should arrange to pick up choir students at 4:30 at the end of rehearsal.

Please email Ms. Robinson ( to sign-up or just come to our first rehearsal on September 8th.

Questions? Email Ms. Robinson:

Chromebooks from Last Year

If your child has a Chromebook that was checked out to them from last school year, please have them bring it to school and turn it in to their teacher, or you can bring it into the front office!

King Soopers Community Rewards Program

Did you know that you can support Padilla just by shopping at King Soopers? Link your rewards card to Padilla Elementary and help us raise funds to support kids! Click the link below to sign up!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Check out breakfast and lunch menus below!

Adult Learning

This week teachers engaged in learning about all the different resources that are available to support them in reaching their professional learning goals this year. Learning Lab Mondays will allow our teachers to dive deeper into their understanding of the 27J tools and resources. Professional Learning on Wednesdays are a chance for our teachers to dig into the evidence they have collected towards their goal and observe fellow colleagues in action. Thursdays are dedicated to collaboration time which allows teachers to identify and plan next steps towards their goals with their grade level teams. Finally teachers can engage in Student-Centered Coaching Cycles with our Instructional Coach in order to set student learning goals, collect student evidence, plan instruction based on the evidence collected, and have support in the classroom to implement their plan through co-teaching. With so many resources in place to support us in reaching our goals of increasing student achievement at Padilla, we have no doubt that we will be successful!