December 13, 2019

PAPA Weekly Panda

Today during the announcements we are highlighting the celebration Omisoka. According to we learn that Just like New Year’s Eve, Omisoka is celebrated as the beginning of a new year with new possibilities, but their celebrations are a little different. Japanese New Year takes place on the last day of the year (December 31st). In preparation for a new year and a clean slate people purify their homes and remove last year’s clutter by cleaning from top to bottom. This is called “osoji”. They have a giant feast with friends and family with some traditional Japanese foods. Often people go out to celebrate or stay home and watch a nation-wide New Year’s talent competition until it’s time to countdown to midnight. Omisoka isn’t just about having a party, it is also considered a spiritual event for many Japanese people, and at midnight they visit Shinto shrines. Temples ring a large cast iron bell at midnight to signify the 108 earthly wants that created human suffering.

 is TODAY and will feature fun holiday song selections with Mr. Torrez and Choir students during both middle and high school lunches.  Don’t miss out on the super-cool fun!

PAPA Visual Artists Leslie Bello Garcia and Daniela Basista were honored at the University of New Mexico’s exhibition for Young Artists. Read all about it on PAPA’s website:


Your presence is required in one week, on December 20, if you were not present during the last panel, if you are still not done, were not prepared, or still need to give Mr. Torrez your professionally edited, quality cut of music in the right format.  Artist statements & bios should be updated & tech notes completed. The final deadline is December 20.

Poinsettia pick up
day is TODAY! If you ordered poinsettias, please pick them up on Friday from 2 to 4:30. If you didn’t order any, the PTSO has a few left to sell. Thanks for your support!

Did you order socks from NHS? Well NHS will be delivering them to your friends on Wednesday, December 18th, during second period.

Have you been wondering how to show your appreciation for the incredible staff of PAPA this holiday season? Wonder no more! Please join the PAPA PTSO in providing a catered staff appreciation lunch from La Salita on December 20th. Follow the instructions provided below to help provide this lunch for our hard working staff.  You will also have the option to write a note of thanks which we will print for the staff! No donation is too big or too small! Thanks in advance for helping us show the staff how much they are appreciated and loved!

Go to the PTSO page:

– there is a very tiny PayPal button under the link to the PTSO nonprofit status letter – click on that.

Try this link for donations:

The end of the semester is drawing near very quickly!
  Final exams begin December 16th!
A link to the final exam schedule will be emailed home:

Middle School Students – Have you ever
wanted to go to the Upside down?!?! NJHS and MSSC are selling tickets during Finals Week at lunch in front of Mr. Power’s office for the Snow Ball on January 10th 2020, 6 to 9! Tickets are seven dollars! Free food with admission but bring extra money for pizza and drinks! We hope to see you there! Thank you!

What’s for LUNCH today?

What’s for LUNCH today?

Tony’s Cheese Pizza Square, Garlic Breadstick, Marinara cup, Tossed Salad, Fresh Fruit, Salad Bar, Milk

Please order lunch each day if you plan to eat and if you order lunch come and get it. Thanks

Teachers please make sure that if you are having a pot luck today you get correct lunch orders.

Middle School!!!! No trays outside don’t leave without us checking your tables. We are having lots of disrespectful people leaving their trash and their trays and not cleaning up. It is your responsibility to clean your own mess no matter where you go.