The Padilla Post 3/7/2022

March 7, 2022

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Your PTO needs your help! As a new PTO, there are some items that would help to get things running smoothly and create awesome events for kids! Please click here if you are able to help!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drills This Week:

We conducted our February Evacuation Drill on Tuesday of this past week. This drill went extremely well as we were able to meet our time goals with the building all clear as well as accounting for every individual in our building. Our students and staff continue to do a wonderful job of being prepared as well as taking this drill very seriously.

There are no scheduled drills upcoming this week.

Parking Lot/ Drop Off:

We are observing many safety issues with our parking lot especially as the weather gets colder. Moving forward, please help us with a few specifics in order to ensure the safety of our students!

  • Only drop off your student in the drop off lanes. This is the lane closest to the curb/sidewalk. Some are dropping their students off in the second lane from the curb with the cars in the drop off lane not seeing the student that is trying to get to the curb.

  • This includes the pre-school/kinder horseshoe. Because there aren’t enough parking spots, cars are also dropping their students off in the second lane from the curb. Please refrain from doing this in the pre-K horseshoe as well.

  • Preschool parents dropping your students off in the morning would help all kinder parents that are dropping

  • If you are in the drop off lane (closest to the curb/sidewalk), please do not get out of your car to pick your student(s) up. If you are needing to physically get out of your car to find your student, please park in the lot.

  • Please use the crosswalks in front of the building as much as possible. We have two marked crossing areas with crossing guards to ensure your students’ safe arrival and departure from school.

  • Our Bus Lane is becoming an easy spot for parents to drop their students off quickly in order to avoid the parking lot traffic before school. Please yield to our buses as this is the only option they have to drop off and pick up students. If you see buses in the lane, please do not use the bus lane to drop your student off. If you see buses approaching the school/bus lane, please exit the lane quickly so that our buses may drop off students and not have to dodge/avoid cars that are parked in this bus lane. Thank you for your help with this

CMAS Testing Letter and Schedule Schedule

Please click here to find the CMAS letter from our district office. Please direct any CMAS questions to Josh Hawkins as he is one of our school assessment coordinators.

Thank you!

Please see below the schedule we will follow for our CMAS testing this spring.

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Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Read Across America Week - March 2nd through March 8th
  • Texas Roadhouse Spirit Nights! - March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th - 3PM - 9PM
  • Parent-Teacher Connections Window - March 1st through March 18th
  • Spring Individual and Class Picture Day - March 10th
  • Book Fair - March 15th through 18th
  • Spring Break - March 21st - March 25th
  • Yearbook Order Deadline - March 25th
  • Kindergarten Round Up! - April 13th - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Read Across America Week

March 2nd is Padilla's first Read Across America Day! We will have part of the day dedicated to reading, and will use this day as our kick-off to the week of focusing on reading! Students will be encouraged to read and participate in fun literacy activities throughout the day. Students are invited to wear pajamas and bring a (small-medium) stuffed animal to school on Wednesday, March 2nd.

Each student will have a log to keep track of the number of minutes they read for a week 3/2/22-3/8/22, and turn in their logs on Wednesday, 3/9/22. Please be on the look out for this at home as well, and encourage your child to read, and read with them! There will be prizes on Friday 3/11/22 for the class who reads the most minutes, and the student who reads the most minutes.

Here are some links to read alouds and other resources if you need help with a place to start:

Texas Roadhouse Spirit Nights!

Please make sure to bring a flyer with you when you eat!
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Parent-Teacher Connections Window

Parent-Teacher Connections (Conferences) will be taking place between March 1st and March 18th. During this team, each teacher will connect with the family of every student. This is done in a window timeframe to allow for flexibility for families when scheduling with teachers. Please look for communication for your child's teacher directly to set up those meetings!

Spring Individual and Class Picture Day

Picture day for both individual students and classes will on Thursday, March 10th! Please visit the link below and use the code to access pictures!


Kindergarten and 5th Grade "Graduation" pictures will be held on April 7th! More information on that to come!

Book Fair

Our spring Scholastics Book Fair will take place from Tuesday, March 15th through Friday, March 18th. It will be open immediately after school for families to come into the book fair. Students will also have time to visit during the day with their classes!

Spring Break

Spring break in 27J Schools is from March 21st through March 25th. Padilla Elementary School will be closed during this time. We will reopen on Tuesday, March 29th!

Yearbooks now on Sale!

Click Here to Order

Order deadline: 3/25/33

Yearbook Id Code: 14571222

School Name: Padilla Elementary

Cost: $18

Yearbook includes:

  • Sturdy Softcover with protective coating
  • All-color pages that vibrantly capture your memories throughout the school year
  • Durable saddle-stitched binding that keeps the yearbook intact through wear and tear

Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run Registration Opens Monday, February 7th at 9AM.

To Sign Up:

1. Go to

2. Click the “Register Now” button

3. Find and select your school in the drop down menu

4. After completing the form, hit “submit”. **You will receive a confirmation email from Pinwheel. Please make sure to check your spam folder in case the email went there. If you do not receive this email, chances are you did not fully complete the registration form.

Fee: $40

Teams practice 2x per week for 10 weeks with trained coaches. Girls will... + Connect and engage with peers in a safe environment + Gain confidence in who they are on the inside and out + Learn to give and receive support + Develop critical social and emotional skills + Be physically active

Send any questions to

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Polar Bears of the Week!

Each week, students are selected by staff to recognize for living our CHILL Key of the week. Last week's CHILL Key of the week was Courage! Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Sydney: Kaylee Honsberger


Mrs. Grace: Kaiden Williams

Mrs. Hodge: Lianna Colmenero

Ms. Medina: Adeline Howard

1st Grade

Mrs. Johnson: Kai Vigil

Ms. Thao: Alana Rieman

2nd Grade

Mrs. McGann: Alex Cervera

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Dominic Colunga

Ms. Hunter: Jaxon Cox

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Elizjah Lopez

Mrs. Richardson: Johanna Fresh

5th Grade

Mrs. Forgette: Caleb Ramos

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Bear Ticket Drawing Winners

Each month, classes earn Bear Tickets. Classes earn these when every student in their class is showing our CHILL Keys at the same time. Those Bear Tickets are then entered into a drawing for one class to win a pizza party!

The winning class for February is Ms. Harder's 4th Grade Class!

They will enjoy their pizza party at lunch on Tuesday!

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

Our teachers participated in learning walks last week as part of their professional learning! The leadership team knows that learning walks seemed a little scary at first but by teachers opening their doors and deprivatizing the practice of teaching we are able to be even more intentional with our instruction. Padilla staff has embraced this journey and everyone has learned so much from one another! Our kids are able to see us as learners too and that is awesome!