The Padilla Post 3/14/2022

March 14, 2022

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

A Note from Principal Purfurst

We need your help again! In the fall of this school year, more than 60% of our families took about 5 minutes of their time to complete our Parent/Guardian Survey. This survey has helped us to examine our practices as a school and work to better serve our students and you, our families! Please click here to take our Spring Parent/Guarding Survey! We would love to hear from 100% of our families this time!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drills This Week:

We will have our March Evacuation Drill on Tuesday afternoon of this week. We will pull the fire alarm but there will not be a need for first responders on campus. We will inform all after the drill as to how it went. Thank you!

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

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!

  • 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
  • Field Day - May 13th
  • Kindergarten and 5th Grade Continuation Ceremonies - May 24th

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!

Book Fair

Our spring Scholastics Book Fair will take place from Tuesday, March 15th through Friday, March 18th. It will be open for families to shop from 7:35 AM to 7:50 AM and 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM each day! 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

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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!

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! More details to come!

Love and Logic Classes

We are gauging interest in a 6 week parenting course with Ari Carol, our district Counselor Coordinator, on Love and Logic, a parenting approach that is built around the science of caring and respectful relationships. An authentic, loving connection between parents and their children forms the foundation of good behavior and healthy decision-making ( for more information). Please fill out this form if you are interested, and keep an eye out for more information if we get enough interest! Guardian Love and Logic Interest Form. Thank you!

Read Across America Week Winners!

Congratulations to the following classes for being our top readers during Read Across America Week!

- Mrs. Hodge's Kindergarten class with 5,348 minutes!

- Mrs. Richardson's 4th Grade class with 5,322 minutes!

And congratulations to our 6 individual winners with the most minutes!

1. With 1056 minutes, from Mrs. Brantley's class: Travis A

2. With 687 minutes, from Mrs. Harder's class: Kalei B

3. With 508 minutes from Mrs. Hunter's class: Robert N

4. With 475 minutes from Mrs. Richardson's class: Sofia R

5. With 463 minutes from Mrs. Richardson's class: Scarlett C

6. With 438 minutes from Mrs. Richardson's class: Kaden B

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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 Honesty! Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Sydney: Domenick Wood


Mrs. Grace: Jace Miller

Mrs. Hodge: Leilani Vigil

Ms. Medina: Samson Baker

1st Grade

Mrs. Johnson: Wyatt Page

Ms. Thao: Grayce Rucker

2nd Grade

Mrs. Baez: Alex Ugalde

Mrs. McGann: Jordee Bolson

3rd Grade

Ms. Hunter: Liam Kelly

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Paola Chavez

Mrs. Richardson: Freddie Garcia

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 narrowed down their list of interview questions to their top three that they would like to ask potential teachers. They then brainstormed desired responses to those three questions. These are the questions they decided were the most important and the responses they desire.

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

  • I love working with kids

  • I want to help kids learn

  • I want to make a difference in kids lives

  • Kids are awesome!

  • Padilla is the best school out there

  • I have heard good things about Padilla

2. How do you feel about homework?

  • I don’t give homework because kids should be kids at home

  • I only give homework when it helps students learn

  • I give homework so I know what students need to work on

  • I like to have kids read for an hour instead of homework

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

  • Let students choose where they work

  • Let students choose their partners

  • Allow students to help each other when needed

  • Peer mentors

  • Group discussions and projects

We can't wait for them to be part of the hiring process!