The Padilla Post 10/17/2022

October 17, 2022

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

A Message from Principal Purfurst

I wanted to take a moment to encourage all of you to cast your ballots in this fall’s mid-term election!

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning on Monday, October 17th. October 17th is also the date that 24-Hour Drop Box Locations open as well. You can find the Drop Box location nearest to you at this link -

A reminder again to check your voter registration to be sure that your voter registration is current, or if you are new to Colorado, register to vote. Colorado is a mail in ballot state and your address must be correct for you to receive your ballot.

You can check your voter registration information and/or register to vote at

27J Schools has a mill levy override question (5B) on the ballot. We encourage you to read your sample ballot available to you on this website, do your research on the issues and candidates, and vote!

As you know, 27J Schools had a bond and a mill levy override question on the ballot last November. The bond was successful. The mill levy override was not.

Of the 75,213 registered voters in 27J Schools boundaries, only 26,242 or 34.89% voted in last November’s election. See the election summary here.

The Go Vote Colorado website is very user friendly. Updating your voter information or registering to vote takes just minutes. All you need to register to vote is your Social Security Number or your Colorado Driver’s License.

“We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” - Thomas Jefferson

Your Vote Counts!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Safety Information:

We practiced our October evacuation drill last week. Staff and students again did an incredible job evacuating and accounting for all of our students very quickly. We did notice in the office that families were still trying to check their students into school while the drill was beginning. Moving forward, we want to make sure that you are aware of the fact that we will not allow students or families into the building until the drill has been concluded. There will be a sign on the front doors informing all that we are in the process of a drill. 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.

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

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
  • PTO Candy Drive Competition - October 5th through October 26th
  • PTO Trunk-or-Treat! - Saturday, October 29th - 3 PM to 6 PM

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!

PTO Candy Drive Competition

PTO is collecting bags of Halloween candy to be used at the second annual Padilla Elementary Trunk-or-Treat! The candy drive will run October 5th - October 26th. The two classes who bring in the most bags of candy (as measured by weight) will be awarded with an ice cream sundae bar!
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Music Conference with Ms. Robinson

If you would like to set up a conference with Ms. Robinson please email to set up a time.

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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 Leadership!


Ms. Gautier - James Bechtel

Mrs. Hodge - Silas Wells

Ms. Medina - Nolan Castillo

Mrs. Thompson - Payton Galioto

1st Grade:

Mrs. Johnson - Presley Ellis

Mrs. Lovekamp - Alexia Bolson

Ms. Thao - Clarke Hunter

Mrs. Wine - Melissa Almanza

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Baez - Aviana Perez

Ms. Grace - Magnus Souther

Mrs. McGann - Ivanna Gutierrez

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Brantley - Kellen Cheatwood

Ms. Hunter - Adilynn Breitsprecher

Ms. Novotak - Autumn Peoples

Ms. Hynes - William Johnson

4th Grade:

Ms. Harder - Serenity Rael

Mrs. Holley - Zeke Larson

Mrs. Richardson - Ariana Juarez

Next week's Key focus will be on Living Intentionally!

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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