“Heroes Around Me”
That’s the theme for the 2018-2019 Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.
Reflections encourages students of all ages to:
- Unleash creative talents and be inspired
- Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
- Experience the fun and joy of making art
- Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
- Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.
This popular program is open to all schools with PTAs, is free to students and takes place at our schools between the start of school and the end of October. The kids need to complete their projects at your schools by mid-October because the 1st place artworks are due to me at the November 7 th Executive OCCPTA meeting. I strongly encourage you to identify a parent volunteer to chair this program at your school ASAP!
There is much information about the program at: https://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/
I have chaired the program at Linda Vista Elementary School for the last 12 years, OCCPTA for 4 years, as well as at El Modena High, La Veta Elementary and Santiago Middle School. I am confident I can help you with any questions or concerns and offer guidance.
Michelle Deziel Hernandez
Reflections Chairperson , Orange Community Council, El Modena High and Linda Vista Elementary PTAs
Contact OCC-PTA Reflections Chair Michelle Deziel Hernandez
PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2018-2019 theme: Hero's Around Me
Projects are DUE TO OCC-PTA at the Wednesday, November 7, 2018 OCCPTA meeting at the District Office on Handy. You decide when your projects are due to you (you need time to get the projects judged, displayed and have your reception). As an example, the due dates at El Modena and Linda Vista are Mid Oct.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Start by putting an announcement in your student bulletin, on your school website and on student video/audio announcements.
- Print out the promotional poster, found on the capta.org website under Resources - Reflections, and post them around your school.
- Poster placement - Target areas where parents might see the posters - Valet area, common pick up and drop off areas, where parents hang out before and after school. Additional tip is to hang a plastic sheet protector right next to the poster. Put some entry packets in the sheet protector for parents and students to take with them.
- Ask the specific art teachers to promote the program. You can ask them to hang a poster in their classroom and give them a supply of their specific art rules & entry forms.
- Request to speak at a staff meeting or in class rooms and ask teachers to promote the Reflections program.
- Have a Reflections Kick-Off at a school assembly.
- Provide students with a Reflections workshop, either during lunch or after school. Provide paper, crayons, colored pencils, writing paper. Ask them "What does 'Hero's around Me' mean to you?".
- Find your judges now. Judging must be annonymous and by someone not affiliated with the school. If there are schools nearby who are also doing the Reflections program, consider sharing judges. Each school's entries will be judged separately, but the judge can be the same for multiple schools.
Filling out the Student Entry Form:
Hint - Fill out the school info section out BEFORE you make copies. (FYI PTA Leader name is the Unit/School Reflections chairman's name.)
Print up a few copies for each classroom or put copies in the school office, library, art room or computer lab.
- Leave the "Region PTA" line on the top of the entry form blank.
- The PTA ID number on the top of the entry form is your National PTA number. This number can be found on the front page of your PTA by-laws.
- Make sure to complete the Member dues paid, Insurance paid and bylaws approval date on the top of the entry form.
Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories:
National PTA Reflections welcomes 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.
Join the search for a future theme by entering the annual Theme Search Contest for students.