Reflections

National PTA Reflections welcomes, free of charge, students from all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.

The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program—support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. Celebrate arts learning in your school community withReflections.

Problems with submitting entries online

Hello all,

National's submission site is still having problems. Therefore we are going to use paper forms to advance artwork for the rest of this program year.  I apologize to all of you who have had to spend so much time and heartache over this issue and I truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we've tried to work though the problems.

The forms you need are attached at the bottom of this section (not the bottom of the page).  I have made a checklist that covers the steps you need to take and the forms you need to forward at each level.

The one thing we MUST have from EVERY level is the Participation numbers.  I know that those schools that have already entered their information online have already submitted these but we are finding that they cannot be viewed online.  Therefore I need EVERY school to download the Local Participation Form, fill it out and submit it to the next level.  If you want to fill it out, scan it and email it, that's fine.  I'm hoping that I'll have time tomorrow (Thursday, 11-6) to make the forms interactive so you can fill them out on the computer instead of having to fill them in by hand.

Locals: I realize that a lot of our schools have been able to enter and advance their information online and have already sent their artwork to their Council or Region.  These schools will NOT need to fill out the Entry Lists but WILL need to download and submit a Local Reflections Participation Form to their Council or Region.

 Councils: Please work with your school leaders to get Participation forms.  I need these forwarded along with your council's Participation Form and Entry Lists to the region level.

Regions: Please don't worry about submitting anything online - everything is paper from here on out.  If you will double check bylaws due dates for schools and councils and make sure that membership is current that will be truly appreciated!

All:  Remember if bylaws or membership are out of date, I will deal with that on a case-by-case basis but if you do not contact me and I receive artwork from schools/councils that are not in good standing, that artwork WILL be disqualified before it is judged - NO exceptions!  It is up to the schools, councils or regions to contact me if there is an issue.

I truly thank you all for your willingness to participate in the Reflections program.  This program could not be done without you and your countless hours of service.  I also thank you, again (because a million times would not be enough), for your patience and understanding while we've dealt with these problems.

Tonya Aston
Utah PTA Reflections Board Specialist
Tonya@UtahPTA.org

 

Reflections Theme for 2014-15 is:

The World Would Be A Better Place If...

Due Dates

The only due date that State sets is the one for Region to turn their entries in to State - Thurday, January 29th.  Working together, Regions, Councils and School PTAs will set their own dates according to what works best for you.  Please consider that it can take a couple of weeks to collect, catalog and judge artwork and give yourselves enough time to do so.

Recommended due dates are:

  • Schools - Sometime in October
  • Councils - Sometime in November
  • Regions - Sometime in December

Student Entry, Consent & Arts Category Forms

Required:

Each student/parent must fill out and sign a Student Entry Form and an Arts Category Form (ie: Music Composition) that has the Artist Statement and required information.

Additional Form:

A Consent Form is needed if the student creating the art asks other students to be a part of their entry (ie: Film Production, Dance Choreography).  Please see Consent Form Guidelines on page 2 of the Consent Form for more information.

 

Spanish forms are being translated and will be posted as soon as they are available.