February 21, 2019

PAPA Celebrates Black History Month

Few details are known about the birth of Onesimus, but it is assumed he was born in Africa in the late seventeenth century before eventually landing in Boston. One of a thousand people of African descent living in the Massachusetts colony, Onesimus was a gift to the Puritan church minister Cotton Mather from his congregation in 1706.

Onesimus told Mather about the centuries old tradition of inoculation practiced in Africa. By extracting the material from an infected person and scratching it into the skin of an uninfected person, you could deliberately introduce smallpox to the healthy individual making them immune. Considered extremely dangerous at the time, Cotton Mather convinced Dr. Zabdiel Boylston to experiment with the procedure when a smallpox epidemic hit Boston in 1721 and over 240 people were inoculated. Opposed politically, religiously and medically in the United States and abroad, public reaction to the experiment put Mather and Boylston’s lives in danger despite records indicating that only 2% of patients requesting inoculation died compared to the 15% of people not inoculated who contracted smallpox.

Onesimus’ traditional African practice was used to inoculate American soldiers during the Revolutionary War and introduced the concept of inoculation to the United States.


PAPA Lottery Window Closes February 28, 2019
Remember – if you want a place for a current PAPA student’s sibling you must participate in the PAPA Lottery.


Here is a link to the Application:




PUBLIC ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS presents 2019-2020 LOTTERY Seeking serious performing artists! 4, ACADEMY 800 PAPA is the only comprehensive performing arts/college preparatory school

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.


-Breakfast Tomorrow:  Banana bread, fruit, 100% fruit juice, fat free chocolate milk or 1% white milk

-Lunch today: Teriyaki chicken, steamed veggies and rice, mandarins 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!

Physical activity is an important way to prevent heart disease – the nation’s No. 1 killer

Do at least 2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity (think brisk walking), spread across the entire week, to improve your cardiovascular health.

Moderate-intensity activity gets your heart beating faster, causes you to break a sweat and makes you breathe harder. (Hint: You should be able to talk but not sing.)

-Link to breakfast and lunch menu:

Food Services


PAPA Artists at UNM

PAPA Artists have their work on display at The University of New Mexico through March 1, 2019. Stop by UNM’s Art Education Building and see mixed-media work by Grace Read, Brendan Oberg, Kyler Kinzie, and Chelsea Christensen in Masely Gallery. Masley Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 2-6 pm. The show is FREE!

Link to story on PAPA website: http://www.paparts.org/papa-artists-at-unm/


PAPA Art Visits Washington DC

PAPA middle school artists were invited to 516 ARTS to view their Fundred artwork in the Currency Exhibit. Artist Mel Chin created the Fundred project to raise awareness about childhood lead poisoning. PAPA’s Fundreds will be on display through February 23, 2019. The exhibit is FREE!

After the exhibit closes, our art will go into The Fundred Reserve in Washington, D.C.!

Link to story on PAPA website: http://www.paparts.org/papas-fundreds/


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.


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

Catopia Cat Cafe


Catopia Cat Café is an entertaining and relaxing environment for cats and the people who love them. Please visit us at 8001 Wyoming NE, Suite C-5 in Paseo Village, and enjoy a unique, fun, therapeutic experience interacting with cats in our spacious and comfortable cat room.

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.




Your school, group or team logo printed onto spirit wear t-shirts and other custom garments. Mascots and logo artwork free for elementary school, middle school, high school as well as teams and groups.


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




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.