The Padilla Post 8/29/2022

August 29, 2022

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

A Message from Principal Purfurst

Thank you to everyone for your help in our change in arrival procedures this past week. We have noticed that this change makes it easier for our students to get their days started and has helped with the flow of students entering the building. We will continue to use this procedure moving forward!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Safety Information:

Thank you for your help with adhering to our safety protocols in and around the parking lots and bus lanes. We continue to offer a new crosswalk behind the bus lanes to the north so that there is not a need to walk through the buses in order to pick up your student. We are fortunate enough to have a couple parent volunteers help us with crosswalk duties before and after school as well as lunch recesses. Please let us know if you would also be interested in joining our safety team! 303-655-5103

Parking Lot: A few reminders as we move into our Fourth week of school:

  • Please stay in your car if you are dropping your student off or picking them up in the “Hug and Go” lane. If you need to get out of your car, please park in the lot to do so.

  • Please pull forward as far as you can before having your student exit your vehicle on the passenger side.

  • Please use one of our crosswalks when walking through the lot or across the street when approaching the school.

  • Please yield to all buses if you are using the bus lane to drop off your student in the morning. Our buses will always have the right away and will not have time to wait for you to drop your student off if you are in the bus lane when they arrive in the morning.

  • Please use the crosswalks in front and behind the buses after school when picking up your student. Walking between the buses is not the safest way to your student and we need this to stop immediately. We have created a cross walk behind the buses to help with this process.

Evacuation Drill:

Our monthly Evacuation Drill for September is scheduled for Thursday at 2:00pm.

Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Chipotle PTO Fundraiser - Tuesday, September 6th
  • PTA Meeting - Tuesday, September 6th
  • Rockies National Anthem Performance - Friday, September 9th
  • Padilla After School Choir Starts - Wednesday, September 14th
  • Conferences Window - October 4th through October 21st
  • Picture Day - Tuesday, October 4th
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers PTO Fundraiser - Tuesday, October 4th
  • Scholastic Book Fair - October 11th through October 14th
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Chipotle PTO Fundraiser

Please come help support our PTO and Padilla Elementary School! This fundraiser will take place from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 6th at Chipotle at Prairie Center! Be sure to mention that you are with Padilla Elementary School and/or use the code 6Y2DQ44 so that 33% of sales can be donated!

PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, September 6th at 6:00 PM in the library at Padilla!
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Rockies National Anthem Performance

A few 4th and 5th grade Padilla choir students will be performing the National Anthem at the Rockies game on September 9th at 6:40. We would love to have some Padilla fans there to cheer us on! Tickets for all fans are available for purchase online at [anthems]. All tickets are managed digitally through the MLB Ballpark App. For questions on digital tickets, please visit [digital] or call 303-ROCKIES. If you use this link tickets are $18 with $1 from each ticket coming back to the Padilla music program. Please contact Ms. Robinson with any questions. Go Rockies, and of course GO POLAR BEARS!

Padilla Choir is Starting After School on 9/14!

Are you in grades 3-5?

Do you love to sing?

Do you want to get better at singing?

Do you want to make new friends?

Come Join the Padilla Choir! Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday September 14th and will be every Wednesday from 3:40-4:30pm after school. When the bell rings at 3:30 students should go to the music room, and will have 10 minutes to eat a snack, drink water, and use the restroom. Parents/guardians should arrange to pick up choir students at 4:30 at the end of rehearsal.

Please email Ms. Robinson ( to sign-up or just come to our first rehearsal on September 14th.

Questions? Email Ms. Robinson:

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!

Picture Day

Fall pictures at Padilla will be taken on Tuesday, October 4th! More information on ordering will be sent out soon!
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Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers PTO Fundraiser

Please come help support our PTO and Padilla Elementary School! This fundraiser will take place from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4th at Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers at Prairie Center! Be sure to mention that you are with Padilla Elementary School so that 15% of sales can be donated!

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair will occur from Tuesday, October 11th through Friday October 14th! More information on that will come soon!
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School Meals and Free/Reduced Meal Applications

Last year all students were able to eat breakfast and lunch for free thanks to a waiver from the USDA waivers. Unfortunately those waivers are expiring. But many students are still eligible for free or reduced cost meals! Applications for free/reduced meals can be found here! Even if you've previously applied, new applications are required each year, so please make sure to fill out an application!

Paying for Breakfast and Lunches

If you need to add money to your child's account for breakfast or lunch, you can do so by paying online, or bringing cash or a check to the school. Click here for more information!
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Attendance is an important piece of helping your child be successful at school! Please help us give your child every chance to succeed by getting them to school on time, every day, unless they are sick.

How sick is too sick to come to school? Click here to see the guidance we use from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

If your child will be out of school, please be sure to call our attendance line at 303-655-5111.

Teachers begin to walk students into the school starting at 7:45 AM each morning. If your child arrives after that time, they will need to enter the building through the main doors at the front of the building.

School begins at 7:50 AM. If you child arrives after 7:50 AM, they will need to be signed in at the main office.

Checking Students Out Early

If you need to check your student out from school prior to the end of the school day, please note that the office will no longer call them down prior to your arrival. Once you arrive at school to pick up you child we will call them down to the office for you. This will allow us to keep students in class for as long as possible, because every minute matters!

Whole Child Needs Assessment

Please see this letter from Ms. A regarding the 27J School Whole Child Needs Assessment.

Walking Group

Are you interested in helping to form a group of students to walk to school together? Please reach out to Annieka Vargas at 310-710-9711!

Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is returning to Padilla this school year!

Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00.

Registration is still open!

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.

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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 Honesty!


Ms. Gautier - Aiden Veliz

Mrs. Hodge - Harper Miyake

Ms. Medina - Daelen Wiechmann

Mrs. Thompson - Mario Olivas

1st Grade:

Mrs. Johnson - Nora Finley

Mrs. Lovekamp - Nolan Easton

Ms. Thao - Lillian Foust

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Baez - Layla O'Riley

Ms. Grace - Lucas Pocklington

Mrs. McGann - Jolee Luiz

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Brantley - Aryana Chambless

Ms. Hunter - Lillian Romo

Ms. Novotak - Andre Arambula-Saucedo

4th Grade:

Ms. Harder - Noah Cohen

Mrs. Holley - Brielle Davis

Mrs. Richardson - JT Jaileigh Campbell

5th Grade:

Mrs. Atkerson - Nathan Vanosdoll

Mrs. Forgette - Aaron Levin

Next week's Key focus will be on Inclusivity!

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!

If shopping in July or August you can also earn extra rewards for Padilla!

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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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