Reflections – 2017/18

 – To get your school involved you need to do the following:

* Local PTAs must meet the following requirements each year to attain Active Status with Texas PTA.
* Remit to Texas PTA state/national membership dues for at least 20 members.
* Submit to Texas PTA the name and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) of at least one current board member, preferably the President by December 1st.
          All Reflections chairs should check with your local PTA President to make sure these requirements have been met by the December 1st deadline.
 –  The theme is “Within Reach”.  This is a fun theme, but if you are an elementary school please make sure to explain that it’s not just about reaching things as young children tend to take things quite literally.
Entry forms are on this page. 
Please read this over.  A few things that stick out are:
·        Students may enter any or all of the six art categories.  Multiple entries within a single arts category is permitted.  Each entry must be the original work of one student and created specifically for the Reflections program based on the national theme.
·        Visual art can’t be framed, 3D (no beads, pasta, etc) and must not exceed 24”x30”.
·        Make sure to check any recordings for film, dance and music as we had several that came in that had nothing on the disc or flash drive.
·        THIS WAS NEW LAST YEAR: The student or at least one person from their primary household must be a current member of the Local PTA/PTSA where the student is participating. Each Local PTA/PTSA may determine a date by which the member must join.  This may or not be an issue for your school.  Our PTA dues are $10, but being a Title 1 school this could affect our participation.  This won’t be a problem for most of the schools, but if you have concerns please contact me to discuss this further.  We will make sure that this doesn’t stop any of the student from participating in the contest.


Click on local PTA or use link below to get the checklist that will help you organiE your program.
Poster and flyers are available here
When you kick-off your Reflections program, get creative! Standard advertising such as newsletters and fliers are great, but you could also get the students involved.  However you decide to promote your program, make it fun and inviting!
·       Plan a kick-off event (we have our school librarian kick off the program by talking to each class that comes through that week).
·       Distribute program information to all families in your school (we use the themed flier to send home in folders with the chair’s contact info, letting students know that entry info is available in our library and the due date for the entries).
·       Create excitement among the students.  We promote that all of the students who enter will receive an invitation to a reception at our school in April.  They receive a Reflections certificate for participation in addition to any additional prizes for moving up to the District, State and National levels.
·       Encourage teacher participation (our art teacher will help students during any extra time in class and we have a 5th grade teacher who does a writing assignment that becomes entries for the literature category).
·       In addition to the suggestions on the website, we also remind students and parents via the following:
**School Marquee (especially when the due date is coming up)
**Morning announcements each Friday so that students can work on projects over the weekend during the month of October.
**Include information in your e-blast on what the program is about,
 the theme, where to get more info and the due date.
**Your school’s PTA Facebook page (attached is a logo you can


·       NHE has the due date of Monday, 11/13.  Our chair then has the rest of the week to prep any submissions that need follow-up (forgotten signatures on entry forms, artist statements that are not long enough, etc).
·       We normally have judging take place in our school library that same week on Friday, 11/17 at 12:00 and also the following Monday, 11/27 at 6:00pm.
·       The winning artwork that moves up to the district level is due to me on Friday, 12/01 (moved back two weeks from original date of 11/17- more details to follow).  Make sure to include 2 copies of each entry form.

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