PTSO Update!

Happy Holidays to all our PAPA Families!

Finals week will be over before you know it and it will be time to relax with our families and friends for a couple of weeks.

Before we “break,”  just a reminder about a couple of things coming up in the new year (can you believe it’s 2015 already!)

- We will have a brunch for the teachers and staff on Tuesday, January 6th.  The kids will not be back to school, but the teachers will have an in-service day.  Please sign up for an item on the following link to bring before the break or an item to bring the day of the brunch.  Thanks! (We are also accepting cash and checks for monetary donations for those who might not be able to be there or help out that day!) If you can help on that day before school starts please contact us at or let Sandy Dierks know!

- PAPApalooza is coming up fast!  PAPApalooza is set for March 5, 2015 at the South Broadway Cultural Center.  We will be having our basket raffle again so keep donations in the back of your mind as we work our way through the holiday season!  Sometimes your “not so perfect” gift can be someone else’s “perfect prize!”  And we always need baskets if you get any nice ones for Christmas you’d like to donate!

– Remind students to be working on ideas for their PAPApalooza Acts!  Auditions will happen late January/Early February!

– If you are available to help with the basket raffle coordination please let us know!

- Our next PTSO meeting will take place in January to discuss some significant changes coming up with the PTSO…please be on the lookout for the meeting if you want to see us continue to offer our current level of support to the PAPA community (or maybe increase it!)

- 2015 Spaghetti Dinner!!!

– We are in dire need of a coordinator/committee for next year’s dinner and show.  At this point, if we cannot get a committee for the dinner, it WILL NOT HAPPEN.  If anyone is interested in keeping this event “alive” at PAPA–WE NEED YOU!  Or a group of you!  If you are interested please contact Kristen at

- A special Thanks goes out to 6th Grader Alivia Abernathy’s family….mom Jennifer and Grandma Barbara…for their coordination of the Classroom lockdown kits for PAPA.  These kits (which we hope never to have to use but are grateful that they are there “just in case”) were distributed last week to each PAPA Portable.  THANK YOU!!!

- And finally, Thank You to everyone for their support and encouragement this year.  Whether you are contributing items for testing week or coordinating snacks for our “hungry student” pantry or volunteering your time to chaperone at the Spaghetti Dinner or donate items for the Student Council Carnival or Prom…we APPRECIATE YOU!  We hope everyone has a relaxing and peaceful holiday season and a SAFE, restful break!  We’ll see you all in 2015!

for the PAPA PTSO….

Kristen Sallberg




Hello PAPA Families!

It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to a close. 2013-14 sure went fast!

It is time for us to start planning for next year!  The link below is a sign up sheet for PAPA family members to help with next year’s Parent, Teacher & Student Organization (PTSO.)  We need officers to help throughout the year, as well as volunteers to help coordinate specific one-time events such as the PAPA Spaghetti Dinner and PAPApalooza Variety Show.  Some of these positions could even be teams or co-positions.

Please consider helping with some of these positions.  The more people we have involved the more our PTSO can do for our students and teachers.

If you have any questions about the work involved, time commitments or anything at all please contact our current PTSO President, Kristen Sallberg at<> OR 553-9498.


Here’s the link:

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Hello PAPA Families!

A quick reminder that the Annual PAPApalooza is Next Week already!  It will be held February 13th at the Wool Warehouse Downtown at 7pm.  This is the annual comedy show where students (and staff!) have the opportunity to show off their comedy chops! 

(I was informed today that the teachers and administrators have a performance they will be sharing with us!  If you were there to see last year’s…don’t miss this year’s!!)

Admission will be at the door and will be $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out so far!   

We could still use a couple of volunteers for the night of the show…we could use one more basket helper to help complete the basket raffle (maybe arriving at the venue at around 5pm), we could use another helper at the admission table, a couple more helpers for the snack bar/refreshment stand (pre-show & intermission), and we could use 2 ushers!  Helpers don’t have to be just parents, students can help as well!  No one will miss the show….all the jobs happen during pre-show, intermission and post-show!  Please see the sign-up genius link below.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to bring snacks for the snack bar!  We could use a few more “snack items” if anyone is interested!

The following link will take you to the “sign up” list to volunteer to help the night of the show or donate items to help make the show a success!

As part of our show we have a basket raffle that we take donations of items such as items you might have received as holiday gifts but might not use or need?  Certain teachers and departments come up with “theme” baskets and the basket that brings in the most money will win a prize for that class or department.  Last year the Theater Department’s Chocolate Basket won a Rebel Donut Party!

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Kristen at or Carol Torrez at the school!



Kristen Sallberg for

PAPA PTSO Spaghetti Dinner

The PAPA PTSO Spaghetti Dinner is coming up on Friday, November 1, 2013.   This year marks our 5th consecutive year of the dinner.  This is one of two primary fundraisers we hold during the year.  The other is PAPApalooza held in February.  All funds raised go directly back to the PAPA Community to support students & staff. 

The Spaghetti Dinner is the first performance opportunity of the school year for our PAPA students.  Students prepare acts, audition and perform for 250 guests.  Guests not only have the opportunity to enjoy a PAPA performance, they also have dinner with fellow PAPA families.  The last 4 years we have Sold Out!  Make sure you get your tickets early!


Admission to the dinner includes a meal of salad, bread, spaghetti, and a beverage, the opportunity to win door prizes as well as seeing our PAPA students perform.

Adults:  $20
Students:  $12

Location:  St. John’s United Methodist Church Family Life Center at 2626 Arizona St NE.  Parking and entrance to the venue are on the east side of the building. 

Doors open at 6pm for seating

This dinner is considered an official PAPA Performance.  Students that are performing will arrive at the venue at 4pm for a “run through” and will stay in the “Green Room” during the dinner when they are not performing and will be released at the conclusion of the dinner.  Performers will be provided food and beverages separately in the green room.   


There is currently a sign up sheet in the front office for those students wishing to audition a performance for the dinner. 

As always, all audition acts should be “performance ready” which means that they have been rehearsed and are polished enough to be able to go on stage with the act tomorrow if necessary!   

Auditions for School Groups will be Tuesday, October 8th at 3pm in the East Dance Studio.

Auditions for individual and small group acts will be Wednesday, October 9th at 3pm in the East EanceStudio. 

A group of teachers and parents will decide which acts will be selected this year. 


Tickets will be on sale through the month of October until we sell out (250 guest capacity). 

Please note:  Tickets ARE NOT sold by PAPA front office staff….Tickets are sold by PTSO parent volunteers. 

Tickets may be purchased as follows in the “work/copier room” next to the front office:  

Monday, September 30th from 2:45 til 3:25

(Beginning October 1st):

- Each morning from 7:45 am til 8:30 am

- Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 til 3:30

- at the PAPA Parent Meeting on October 3, 6pm in the PAPA Café


Fill out this Ticket order form and place it with exact change/or check in an envelope marked PTSO/Spaghetti Dinner and drop off at front office.  We will email you your receipt and tickets!

We still have a need for some volunteers for the night of the dinner…please let us know if you are available to assist us on that night! 

We are also still accepting door prizes if you have something to donate in that arena or know someone who might be able to donate! 

Please contact Kristen with any questions: or 553-9498.



Kristen Sallberg





Message from the PAPA PTSO

Hi everyone!
1. Teachers have mentioned they are in need of some small disposable cups for drinking water…if you happen to be doing your grocery shopping and can pick up a package or two that would be wonderful! Just bring them to the front office and place them in the green boxes with “Supplies” in yellow on them!
2. We are also in need of some “healthy” snacks for some of our students. If you could bring in a box of granola bars or some containers of oatmeal that would be very helpful! Again, they can be dropped off in the Green Boxes in the front office!
3. Our next Teacher/Staff appreciation luncheon is scheduled for the 20th of Dec. We need some folks
a. to donate some pot luck dishes and/or
b. to help set up and/or
c. to help serve and/or
d. to help break down/clean up and/or
e. any volunteers to coordinate the lunch?
Please contact me with any questions at or 553-9498
Kristen Sallberg
553-9498 (mobile)

PAPA Parent Helpers

Looking for some long-term help!
We are looking for an adult (or two or three) to work with our students a few times a month to make sure we communicate with our local community!  This could mean parents, adult siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, family friends!  We are looking to create a student committee that will take care of items such as publicizing PAPA events AND taking care of thanking memebers of the community for their support and generosity toward PAPA!
This effort would involve being a type of “advisor” to the committee to ensure things like posters and fliers are created and posted and distributed prior to events, requests for donations are made for events, and ensuring that those local organizations that helped out received recognition for their help!
Please contact Kristen at for more information!
Our goal is to make PAPA a household name in the Albuquerque area and beyond….when people in the community talk about student artists and performers in the ABQ area, we want PAPA to be the first thing that comes to their minds!