The Padilla Post 10/25/2021

October 25, 2021

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

As many of you are aware, this past week has seen an uptick in COVID cases at Padilla. We know that this can be scary and frustrating for some families. I wanted to take a moment to remind you about the layers of protection that we have in place, along with some requests we have for you at home to help us slow any spread that might be happening and keep students safe!

Layers of protection in place at Padilla:

  • Face coverings are required for everyone inside of the building unless eating.
  • Hand washing/sanitizer use is regularly encouraged.
  • Cough and sneeze hygiene reminders to help students learn how to "vampire cough/sneeze."
  • Sending students who develop symptoms at school home.
  • Stricter cohorting to reduce exposure across classrooms.
  • Increased sanitizing and cleaning of classrooms and shared spaces in the building.
  • Limited visitors to the building to avoid large groups of people in the same space.
  • Required isolation for individuals testing positive for COVID.
  • Optional quarantine for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID.
  • Staff members staying home when sick.

Below are somethings that you can do at home to help prevent the spread:

  • Keep your child home if they are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms.
  • Complete the at-home health screening if your child is sick or experiencing any symptoms.
  • Send your child to school with a mask and a backup.
  • Talk with your child about mask etiquette and wearing it at all times except when eating.

I know that many of you were looking forward to possibly joining your child's class for a Halloween party on Friday this week. Unfortunately, because of this uptick in cases and an inability to have larger groups of people in the building at this time, we will not be able to have families join in on the Halloween parties.

Thank you for helping us to reduce the spread at Padilla!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Discipline Trends:

As we come to our last week of October, I am excited to share that our students have done a remarkable job living our core values (Keys) at a very high level! Last week our focus was on Inclusivity which is a very difficult idea for many of our kiddos to understand and articulate. However, as I talked with kiddos in the cafeteria, the playground and in my office, it was easy to see that students not only knew what inclusivity was, but they were also able to communicate to me how they can show this “Key” every day at school and at home! This week teachers will be recognizing students that are demonstrating all of our keys in and out of the classroom. We encourage parents and families to have conversations with their students daily about how they showed our Padilla Keys at school!

Thank you and have a great week!

Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • PTO Meeting - Tuesday, November 2nd from 6:00 - 7:00
  • Picture Retakes - Wednesday, November 10th
  • Thanksgiving Break - November 23rd - November 26th

Next PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, November end from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be on Wednesday, November 10th. More information on retakes will be available soon!

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break in 27J Schools is from Tuesday, November 23rd to Friday, November 26th! Students will be off from school starting on Saturday, November 20th through Monday, November 29th.
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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. This week's CHILL Key of the week was Inclusivity. Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Kimberly: Kayleigh Bracken

Ms. Sydney: Titan Alaniz


Ms. Grace: Clarke Hunter

Mrs. Hodge: Lincoln Kielek

Ms. Medina: Lilly Foust

1st Grade

Ms. Dimas: Rory James

Mrs. Johnson: Presley Perualtt

2nd Grade

Mrs. Baez: Mackenzey Hill

Mrs. McGann: Tyler Carrico

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Charloette Cortez

Ms. Hunter: Bella Mondragon

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Jackie Noriega

Mrs. Richardson: Sofia Rivera

5th Grade

Mrs. Atkerson: Wyatt Brantley

Next week's CHILL Key of the week will be ALL OF OUR KEYS!

Preschool at Padilla!

We have recently had several spots open up in our preschool program here at Padilla! Do you know someone who might be interested? Please let them know and have them complete the preschool questionnaire at the preschool website below!

Halloween Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to 27J Schools students participating in Halloween celebrations, which will take place this Friday at Padilla:

  1. Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code Policy (Superintendent Policy JICA) will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.
  2. For safety reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the student unrecognizable. Masks or makeup that conceal a student’s identity may be worn only during designated times such as during a costume contest. (Students are still required to wear face coverings for COVID reasons.)
  3. Toy or facsimile guns or weapons (fake swords, knives, etc.) are not allowed.
  4. Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence, or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others are not acceptable.
  5. Costumes that are sexually suggestive and would otherwise violate the school’s dress code are not appropriate.
  6. Costumes should not include items with sound effects, lights, or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment.
  7. Regarding costumes that may be clearly addressed by these guidelines, students should be instructed to have the costume pre-approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.

27J Compliance Documents, Z-5, Revised 11/01/2018

Prairie View High School Fall Fest

If you are looking for something fun to do on Halloween weekend, consider walking the halls at PVHS for their Fall Fest on October 30th from 10am to 1pm!

It will be a fun afternoon filled with games and of course candy!

Clubs such as art, theatre, and student government will also have booths you can get information from if you are interested in joining.

We hope to see you all there for a few fun packed hours of tricks and treats.

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 engaged in conversations with our Polar Bear parents that were data driven and meaningful. Because of their effort and intentionality in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and using data we hope that you have a clear understanding of where your students are in their learning and what their next steps will be. Our teachers' ability to have open communication with parents and their dedication to our students' success does not go overlooked. We are proud of our teachers and we are thankful for you partnering with us on this journey!