The Padilla Post 10/24/2022

October 24, 2022

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

A Message from Principal Purfurst

I want to encourage you again to vote in this fall’s mid-term election!

Ballots were mailed last week to registered voters! Monday, October 17th was the date that 24-Hour Drop Box Locations opened as well. You can find the Drop Box location nearest to you at this link -

A reminder again to check your voter registration to be sure that your voter registration is current, or if you are new to Colorado, register to vote. Colorado is a mail in ballot state and your address must be correct for you to receive your ballot in the mail.

You can check your voter registration information and/or register to vote at

27J Schools has a mill levy override question (5B) on the ballot. We encourage you to read your sample ballot available to you on this website, do your research on the issues and candidates, and vote!

As you know, 27J Schools had a bond and a mill levy override question on the ballot last November. The bond was successful. The mill levy override was not.

Of the 75,213 registered voters in 27J Schools boundaries, only 26,242 or 34.89% voted in last November’s election. See the election summary here.

The Go Vote Colorado website is very user friendly. Updating your voter information or registering to vote takes just minutes. All you need to register to vote is your Social Security Number or your Colorado Driver’s License.

“We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” - Thomas Jefferson

Your Vote Counts!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

As we celebrate Halloween this Friday with parties in the afternoon. Here are the district’s guidelines on Halloween Costumes:

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.

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 is 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


Please note that there will be an alternative activity for any student that does not celebrate Halloween!

Guardians on Guard:

Through our community survey, we are aware of the desire for our community to be involved more in an everyday setting! With that, we would like to invite all that are interested to help ensure the safety of our students before school, after school or during lunch recess. We are always looking for more adult supervision during these unstructured times in our daily schedule and would welcome anyone that has time to help! If you are interested in volunteering your time at any point during the school day for Guardians on Guard, please reach out to Josh Hawkins at your convenience!


Preschool parents: Please note that our Kindergarten families need the horseshoe drop off for their students as doors open for all K-5 students at 7:30. Preschool parents, please park in the lot instead of the horseshoe if you are waiting to drop your preschooler off at 7:50. This allows all of our kindergarten parents the opportunity to drop their students off and also relieves the congestion now and what we expect when the weather becomes cooler. Thank you for your help with this!

Safety Information:

There are no scheduled drills this week at Padilla. We will practice a Shelter Drill (formerly called a Lock Out) next week. This is a drill we practice if there is a safety concern outside of our school. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about any of the safety drills we practice at Padilla!

Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • PTO Candy Drive Competition - October 5th through October 26th
  • PTO Trunk-or-Treat! - Saturday, October 29th - 3 PM to 6 PM
  • Student Council Canned Food Drive - November 1st through November 16th
  • 4th Grade Snack and Chat - Wednesday, November 2nd 3:45 - 4:15
  • Thanksgiving Break - November 21st through November 25th

PTO Candy Drive Competition

PTO is collecting bags of Halloween candy to be used at the second annual Padilla Elementary Trunk-or-Treat! The candy drive will run October 5th - October 26th. The two classes who bring in the most bags of candy (as measured by weight) will be awarded with an ice cream sundae bar!
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Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break for all 27J Schools will be the week of November 21st through November 25th. Students will return to school on Tuesday, November 29th.
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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 Leadership!


Ms. Monica AM - Adriel Sanchez

Ms. Monica PM - Cyrus Vigil


Ms. Gautier - Autumn Kilborn

Mrs. Hodge - Olivia Cannon

Ms. Medina - Knox Russel

Mrs. Thompson - Olivia Reynoso

1st Grade:

Mrs. Johnson - Mac Duston

Ms. Thao - Eden Garcia

Mrs. Wine - October Mayers

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Baez - Avianna Montano

Ms. Grace - Davy Channal

Mrs. McGann - Willow Bohl

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Brantley - Hans Wafula

Ms. Hunter - Leila Kim

Ms. Novotak - Jaxon Wiley

4th Grade:

Ms. Harder - Spencer Doran

Mrs. Holley - Fernanda Romero

Mrs. Richardson - Liam Kim

5th Grade:

Mrs. Atkerson - Jackie Noriega

Mrs. Forgette - Logan Duskey

Mrs. Gharibyar - Gavin Shiflet

Next week's Key focus will be on Living Intentionally!

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.

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