The Padilla Post 2/28/2022

February 28, 2022

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

I wanted to take a moment to inform you about a situation that occurred at Padilla on Friday, February 25, 2022. During the school day on Friday, a School Resource Officer with the Brighton Police Department and paramedics responded to the school to provide support to a student in a non-emergency situation. You and your child may have seen the emergency vehicles parked in our drop off lane, and your child may have seen Officer Delein and paramedics in the hallways of the school. Elementary-aged students are not accustomed to seeing police officers in the building or seeing paramedics at school, so I wanted to assure you that they were only there to help provide support. At no time was a risk to student safety during this situation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drills This Week:

We will have our evacuation drill that was scheduled for last week, this Tuesday at 2:30. With the snow and cold, we felt that it was best for all staff and students to be able to practice when the outside conditions were more favorable… We will update you Tuesday when we complete the drill.

Parking Lot/ Drop Off:

We are observing many safety issues with our parking lot 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 Schedule

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!

  • PTO Meeting - March 1st - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 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

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1st from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons at Padilla!

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!

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!

Kids Heart Challenge!

I am very excited to announce that our kiddos at Padilla Elementary have raised $7,966.20 to help support the American Heart Association!!! I am so proud of everyone’s efforts and I am amazed how we have come together to raise the funds for AHA. To help celebrate all the hard work and efforts I will be allowing all students that raised $50 or more to “chalk me”. They will be given some crushed chalk and the opportunity to toss it on me! We have been working hard in PE to improve our health and fitness while raising awareness about heart attacks.

- Mr. Dinkel

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 Inclusivity! Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Kimberly: Deven Rucker

Ms. Sydney: Shyla Baker


Mrs. Hodge: Tyler Crum

Ms. Medina: Cory Schachterle

1st Grade

Ms. Dimas: Karli Fulk

Mrs. Johnson: Noe Pena Sanchez

Ms. Thao: Lucas Pocklington

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Jaileigh Campbell

Ms. Hunter: Alex Mariscal

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Brella McClendon

Mrs. Richardson: Preston Wiley

5th Grade

Mrs. Atkerson: Austin Martin

Mrs. Forgette: Kloee Lucero

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

Cub Club members were busy last week! We had 5 students stay and participate in SPED interviews. They brought a different and important perspective into our hiring process and I am excited for them to be a part of this process in the future. 7 team members stayed late Wednesday night to provide tours to families that attended Kinder Round Up. They really took ownership in the event and did everything from holding doors open, welcoming families with the information they needed, and giving tours of the building. They were really excited to be a part of this event and can’t wait to volunteer in April.

During our Cub Club meeting students brainstormed a list of interview questions that they would like to ask potential teacher candidates based on the qualities of effective teachers. Here are the questions they came up with (with a little wordsmith help from me):

  1. Why did you become a teacher and why do you want to work at Padilla?

  2. How do you show students you care about them?

  3. What do you do to encourage student voice in your classroom?

  4. Tell us about your classroom management.

  5. What strategies do you use that allow students to share their ideas?

  6. How can you tell when a student needs help? What do you do to help them?

  7. How do you feel about homework?

  8. What opportunities do you give students to work together?

Next meeting we will be identifying look fors based on the questions they want to ask.

Adult Learning

This week our teachers engaged in a Tuning Protocol in order to “fine-tune” small group instruction that is high quality and data driven. There were a lot of great instructional successes as well as some takeaways and ideas for using fast evidence to pull small groups in the future. We will continue this same cyclical process (learn a new strategy, plan the new strategy into a lesson, deliver the lesson, study the student evidence collected from the lesson) when we dive into flexible grouping next month.