The Padilla Post 4/4/2022

April 4, 2022

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope your child enjoyed the time they had with you over the course of this week. The staff at Padilla are excited to welcome your child back to school tomorrow!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drill’s at Padilla:

This Tuesday (tomorrow) at 9:30 we will conduct our second lock down drill of the school year. We are expecting a police presence as we hope to receive guidance and feedback as to how we are conducting this drill and if there are areas in which we will need improvement moving forward. We hope to conclude the drill by 10:00. We will let you know through email when the drill has been concluded. Please let us know if you have any questions concerning this drill and as always, parents are always welcome to come and observe and participate in this or any other drill we conduct at Padilla!

Arctic Award Assembly:

Thank you for all that were able to join us (live or through google meet) for our first assembly honoring our Arctic Award Winners! We are extremely proud of our Polar Bear Students and our Artic Award Winners continue to set the example for all. Our CHILL (Courage, Honesty, Inclusivity, Leadership and Living Intentionally) Keys continue to be the values we live by and expect of all that work and attend Padilla Elementary School. This assembly was a small way that we get to honor and celebrate our students! We will have one more assembly for the fourth quarter Arctic Award Winners and will once again invite parents into the building to celebrate! We still have yard signs for any winning student that hasn’t been able to pick them up yet. Please stop by the office at your convenience to pick one up as we will not send these home with students because of the yard stakes that come with the sign. The list below are our winners from the second and third quarters!

T Russell

K Vigil

N Cohen

A Estrada Hernandez

D Romero

R Vargas Pineda

E Mercado

N Finley

C Mylius

P Aquino

Z Arambula Saucedo

H Meyer

R Noriega

J Luiz

A Ramos

A Bastida Buenrostro

N Hutsell

L Duskey

T Birkhead

S Rivera

Z Arambula Saucedo

M Baker

L Damian

P Egan

B Sotelo

J Sandoval

J Russell

E Martinez

X Fontes

M Minor

L Vigil

T Russo

E Richardson

L Kim

M Valentine

A U'Ren

CMAS Testing Letter and 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!

This week begins Padilla’s first opportunity to assess our students through the Colorado Measures of Academic Success testing program known as CMAS. Testing will begin this week for third, fourth and fifth graders from 8:30-10:30 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (See the schedule in more detail here in the Padilla Post). We encourage you to help your student by ensuring that they are present and on time during testing days as they cannot join their class if they arrive after the testing session has begun. We encourage you to also help your student get a good night’s rest and that they are fed and ready to go each morning (breakfast will continue to be served and snacks have been graciously provided by our primary students- thank you to all of our preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade families for your snack donations!). As always, we greatly appreciate all your help and encourage you to reach out to Josh Hawkins if you have any questions concerning CMAS or our schedule!

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Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Kindergarten Round Up! - April 13th - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Field Day - May 13th
  • Last Day of School for Preschool - May 20th
  • Kindergarten and 5th Grade Continuation Ceremonies - The Morning of May 24th
  • Last Day of School for 1st Grade through 4th Grade - May 25th
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Field Day

The first every Padilla Elementary School Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 13th! Mr. Dinkel is hard at work planning for it, and more details will be coming soon!

Last Day of School for Preschool

The last day of school for all students in Preschool will be May 20th.

Kindergarten and 5th Grade Continuation Ceremonies

Save the date! Kindergarten and 5th grade continuation ceremonies will be taking place during the day on Tuesday, May 24th! Both ceremonies will take place at different times during the morning of that day. Upon completion of the ceremony students will be dismissed for the remainder of the day and school year!

Last Day of School for 1st Grade through 4th Grade

The last day of school for students in 1st Grade through 4th Grade will be Wednesday, May 25th. This will be a normal school day, running from 7:50 AM to 3:30 PM.

Student Council Updates!

Student Council is organizing a school supply and nonperishable food drive between April 12th-May 20th. We are collecting nonperishable food items to donate to a local food bank. We are also collecting school supplies such as: pencils, tape, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, highlighters, scissors, glue sticks, binders, Clorox wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, backpacks, lunchboxes, Band-Aids, notebook paper, and folders to be used for our students next year. Please bring any unused school supplies to donate to the box in the front office, or your student can bring donations to Ms. A's office on the second floor near 5th grade.

Additionally, we are collecting items to ensure that each classroom has a "C.H.I.L.L. Zone" next year: a spot for students to use regulation strategies before reentering class. It is a way to help students learn to become self-sufficient to recognize and respond to their emotions. These are the items we need for 19 classrooms in an Amazon list (but feel free to find them other places like Goodwill or the Dollar Tree or Oriental Trading if they are cheaper that way): Amazon List for CHILL Zone Materials"

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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 Leadership! Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Sydney: Elijah Martinez


Mrs. Grace: Amy Torres Landa

Mrs. Hodge: Eliah Veliz

Ms. Medina: Arai Serna

1st Grade

Mrs. Johnson: Tristan Melton

Ms. Thao: Conner Baty

2nd Grade

Mrs. Baez: Logan Carbajal

Mrs. McGann: Enzo Martinez Vargas

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Zeke Larson

Ms. Hunter: Ahlanna Martinez

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Olivia Tran

Mrs. Richardson: Brooklyn Rekemeyer

5th Grade

Mrs. Forgette: Allen Kim

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.

Cub Club Update

Last week Cub Club members met to discuss the transition from our current members to our new members for the 2022-2023 school year. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing information about Cub Club with selected students. We are asking that selected students still apply and obtain parent permission as there are a lot of after school activities and events where our members represent the student population. More information about our new Cub Club members will be coming soon!

Adult Learning

Last week teachers further explored the benefits of flexible grouping and intentionally planning for student success. The benefits of flexible grouping for students include; not pigeonholing, students feel valued because of their strengths, students have increased ownership of their work, and all students are able to collaborate with everyone to gain different perspectives and ideas. The benefits for teachers include; building a team oriented culture, flexible grouping provides students with efficient opportunities to practice, and there are more opportunities for teachers to collect meaningful and relevant data. Teachers will share evidence of flexible grouping when we meet again on April 20th.