February 15, 2019

PAPA Celebrates Black History Month

“One person plus a typewriter constitutes a movement.”  This quote was from Pauli Murray, a fierce leader of the Civil Rights Movement.  Murray had a tragic childhood, with both parents dying before she was a teenager.  She lived with family members in Baltimore, eventually attending Hunter College in New York City.  Her passion for civil rights blossomed in 1938 when Murray was denied enroll in the all-white college, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Among Murray’s many acts of defiance, she wrote.  A prolific poet and author, she wrote many articles as she earned a law degree and co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality.  Her written works were noticed by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall who described her work, State’s Laws on Race and Color, as a “bible for civil rights lawyers.”  President John F. Kennedy recognized Murray’s dedication to racial justice law and activism in 1961 when he appointed her to the President’s Commission on the Status of Women Committee on Civil and Political Rights.   There is much more to learn about Pauli Murray which can be read at https://paulimurrayproject.org/pauli-murray/biography/


No School Monday or Tuesday
Remember there is no school this coming Monday or Tuesday. That means before you leave today students: throw away food in your locker and check the lost not found table, and teachers throw out your garbage, turn off the lights and lock all doors.  Also – take home food in the teacher’s lounge refrigerators.


NAEP On Wednesday for some 8th Graders
8th grade students, remember 2/3rds of you will take the NAEP on Wednesday!  Please rest well Tuesday, arrive to school on time Wednesday and make sure you eat breakfast before school.  Remember your earbuds.  Students testing in the morning will take the Math test.  The afternoon tests Reading.  Good luck!


-Lunch today: Domino’s Pizza, tossed salad, apple slices and fat free chocolate milk or 1% white milk

**If you want to eat lunch today, tell your teacher.

**Teachers please enter the number of students for lunch into PowerSchool ASAP, thanks!

-Link to breakfast and lunch menu:

Health, wellness and good eats for you!

Choosing healthy foods is a smart thing to do—no matter how old you are! Maintaining a healthy weight and getting needed nutrients is one of the most important things you can do for healthy aging.

-Link to breakfast and lunch menu:



Paint Night Fundraiser

PAPA Visual Art is having another paint night fundraiser with “Relax…It’s Just Art!” on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5pm-7pm at Catopia Cat Rescue Cafe. Catopia will be selling food and drinks before and during the event.

You can arrive early at Catopia and spend time with the rescue cats, all of whom are up for adoption!


Tickets are $30 each, and include a large canvas, materials, paint, instruction, stencils, and clean-up. You’ll take your painting home at the end of the event.


Seating is limited, so please sign up today! Payment is due when you sign up. You can pay cash, check, or card to Jackie Danfelser in the PAPA business office OR exact change/check to Ms. Beck. Please make checks out to PAPA. All proceeds go to buy more art materials and supplies for PAPA Visual Art.


I’ll send out a poster soon with an example of what we’ll be painting.


Thank you for your support!


For more info about Catopia, please visit https://www.catopiacatcafe.com/


Do you struggle with Math? 

UNM Continuing Education is offering a 5-week Learning to Love Math class for high school students starting February 23rd.  Visit MathNM.wordpress.com or see Ms. Maestas for a flyer.

PAPA Spirit Gear

PAPA Parents, Students & Alumni!  There have been several requests for “PAPA” logo clothing so we now present to you:  “Spirit Gear” will have the following items available for purchase until the end of February.  All sales are online.  Items will be delivered to the school free of charge after Spring Break or can be delivered to your home for an additional shipping fee.



Tickets for 5 6 7 8 : the PAPA Spring Dance Concert are on sale now!  Tickets may be purchased online, by phone or in person at the NHCC box office, NOT at PAPA. This show will sell out, so get your tickets now!


PAPA’s Dance Department presents

5 6 7 8 : Spring Dance Concert

Thursday, March  7 & Friday, March 8


Tickets $7/$12/$17

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th Street SW




PAPA Lottery

Here is a link to the Application:



Art to Remember at PAPA:

Order forms will be sent home to parents/guardians on Friday, March 1st, 2019

Order forms are due to Ms. Beck on Friday, March 8, 2019

Order forms are available in English and Spanish.

Don’t forget to share your online order code with extended family, friends, and art lovers!

You can select FREE shipping to PAPA or pay to have items shipped to any home address.


Questions: Please email jbeck@paparts.org


All proceeds will go to the PAPA Visual Arts department.

Thank you so much for your continued support,


Coder Career

Thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program.  Applications are open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders and are due April 15th.  See link in email sent home.