Reflections

 

The 2019-2020 theme is…..

 

“Look Within”

 
It is that time again! Reflections season is in full swing. Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life.
 

Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. 

 
Important things to remember:
 
1) We will soon send home an interest form with all students to see who might be interested in participating in the Reflections contest this year. That interest form needs to be returned to the front office by 9/25 or as soon as possible, so we can forward the rules for each category directly to your family. The interest form may also be completed online through your Membership Toolkit account under "my forms."
 
2). All students K-5 are eligible to participate and there are a variety of categories to enter. You can enter a project in one category, or in multiple categories.
 
3). Emily McKinney is the NFES PTA Coordinator this year and can answer any questions you might have via email at esmckinney1@yahoo.com, or by phone at (804) 338-0556.
 
4). All Reflections Contest entries are due Tuesday 10/15 in the NFES front office by 4:00 PM. More information to follow on our school ceremony in November, and the Henrico County Council of PTA’s ceremony in February.
 
Art Trivia Contest:
 
We will have the same art trivia contest for the next 4 Friday’s. I will be on the morning announcements each Friday to announce the question of the week. Children participating should write their answers on a sheet of paper with the following:
 
First and Last name
Teacher Name
Answer
 
I will try and have each trivia question posted on social media weekly so interested families can help even their littlest participate as well. Answers can be submitted all week to the front office where we will have a Reflections bin to collect. Each winner will receive a little arts and crafts supply bag for fun art at home.
 
While participation is not mandatory, it is so much fun, and we help every step of the way. Art is a blast and there never is a wrong way to do it!
 
So charge your art brain, and buckle up for some excitement, Reflections style!
 

Emily McKinney
 
 

Program Background 

In 1969, Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson developed the first Reflections program to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts.  Since that time, millions of students have benefited from the program.

 

The program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students in Pre-K through grade 12. As participants in the program, students are encouraged to create works in various art categories.

 

Students submit artwork to Local PTAs. Works are judged by Local PTAs and the winning entries advance to the Council, District, and/or State PTA round, depending on the State structure. Top entries from each State PTA Reflections contest advance to National PTA for the final round of judging.

 

Each Spring, PTA districts present state winners with Certificates and Ribbons for Excellence in each grade division and category as well as Awards of Merit for in each grade division and category.  There are also Outstanding Interpretation winners in each grade division and category that are recognized at the Virginia PTA’s Annual Conference with certificates and medals.

 

Each June, National PTA awards 6 outstanding Interpretations awards, 3 Awards of Excellence for each category in each division and 5 Awards of Merit for each category in each division.

 

 

2019-2020 NFES

 

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