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Programs - Reflections

Theme for 2016-17

"What is Your Story"

Reflections Program Chair - Meghann Russell, 323.388.8222, meghannrussell@gmail.com

The Council Submission due date is November 18, 2016

Congratulations!!!
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Download guidelines, rules, and entry forms at:
http://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning should not be the emphasis.

Six Arts Areas are
  • Musical composition
  • Photography
  • Visual arts
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film/Video Production
  • Literature
Five Grade Divisions are
  • Primary: Preschool, Pre-K to Grade 2 or up to age 7
  • Intermediate: Grades 3-5 or ages 8-10
  • Middle/Junior: Grades 6-8 or ages 11-13
  • Senior: Grades 9-12 or ages 14+
  • Special Artist: Non-Graded

Please remember that

  • PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES ON THE CA PTA WEBSITE REGARDING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH CATEGORY: SIZE AND PAGE LIMITS, COPIES, ETC.
  • EVERY SCHOOL NEEDS AN ART PORTFOLIO TO SUBMIT WINNERS. GROCERY BAGS, GIFT BOXES, OR ANY OTHER CONTAINERS DO NOT WORK.
  • EVERY SUBMISSION NEEDS A COMPLETED ENTRY FORM, SIGNED BY A PARENT, AND SIGNED CONSENT FORMS FOR EVERY PERSON DEPICTED IN A PROJECT.
  • EVERY ENTRY FORM MUST BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT, INCLUDING ALL THE SCHOOL INFO IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER.
  • EVERY SCHOOL MUST LOG THEIR SUBMISSIONS TO THE ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM. EVERY SUBMISSION MUST BE REGISTERED ONLINE.
  • EVERY ITEM MUST HAVE ITS FORMS INSERTED INTO A PLASTIC PAGE PROTECTOR AND BE FIRMLY ATTACHED TO THE ITEM.

To Do List for Reflections Chairperson

  • Familiarize yourself with the materials on the California State PTA Web site—the web address is http://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/. Read the materials but I recommend that you do not overwhelm your students and their families with too many forms or too much information— create one page that highlights the most important info, like your school’s deadline for entry, the categories, and theme, plus the Reflections chair’s contact info.
  • Submit a Reflections Program budget to the budget committee for approval.
  • Explain the Reflections Program to the principal and school staff; teachers can encourage students to participate. Share information about the Reflections Program at a PTA/PTSA meeting, share examples of last year's entries and have current entry forms and rules for distribution. Publicize the Reflections Program, theme and deadline dates in your school or PTA/PTSA newsletter.
  • Select impartial, qualified judges. Inform judges of the criteria to be used in evaluating/judging Reflections Program entries. (Refer to the rules for each art category.) Remember to accept the judges' selections of winning entries. IMPORTANT: Do not show student information (name, address, etc.) on entries displayed for judging.
  • Make certain each entry meets all judging criteria with regard to size, mounting, etc. See rules at http://www.33rdpta.org/for-presidents/reflections.
  • Please make sure your school has a large art portfolio in which to transport your entries.
  • Be sure the Official Entry Form (Forms Section) is completely filled out, signed by both student and parent, and attached securely to each entry, according to the National PTA rules.
  • After the program, give each participant a certificate of participation.
  • Return entries to students whose work was not selected for the next level of judging.
    Recommended Activities
  • Hold Reflections workshops, maybe using a different art category each month. January could be photography month, for example; February could be music composition, etc. You could recruit parent volunteers with abilities in those areas to lead a workshop.
  • Hold family Arts Night on Saturday, after school or at lunch for students to work on their projects and provide supplies. Make sure to include this in your PTA budget.
  • Team up with your PTA president and board to perhaps extend and expand your Reflections program for next year.
  • Display local entries in school (e.g., hallways, display case, library), at PTA functions, in local community buildings (e.g., libraries, museums, banks, hospitals, nursing homes)
  • Organize a special program/reception/assembly where Reflections Program photography and visual arts entries can be displayed, musical composition entries can be performed and literature entries can be read aloud.
  • Make all Reflections Program entrants feel special. Consider awarding students with certificates, ribbons, medallions, buttons, plaques, trophies, or other items than encourage future participation in the arts. Send congratulatory letters to students.