Reflections Program

2018 - 2019 Reflections Theme:
"Heroes Around Us"
Each year, the Reflections Program challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. Themes are selected from thousands of ideas submitted by students to the National PTAs Reflections Program Theme Search. The theme for the 2018-2019 season is  "Heroes Around Us".  
For 2017-2018 the Council Reflections Chairs are Courtney Fielder and Jodie Goodwin.
   Art Program Student Participation Forms:  English  Spanish
   More information from Fourth District PTA
Unit Award of Excellence entries are DUE to Council no later than October 27, 2017

A great learning experience
When children express themselves Participating in the Reflections Program is an opportunity for students to explore and learn about various art forms. It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home. Artistic exploration and expression enhance and develop intellectual, social, and physical skills. Creating art is a valuable learning process.

The program is designed to enhance rather than replace a quality arts education. It provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for National PTAs Reflections their artistic efforts. Parents, teachers, and community members all play a critical role in fostering a positive learning environment for children.


Young artists participate in the Reflections Program through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted.

Arts areas
Grade divisions 
Participation in the Reflections Program is organized by school grade. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levelsMore detailed information about each of the categories can also be found on the Forms page

Each PTSA/PTA Unit site will chose their input deadline based on the Council deadlines.  Check your unit website for your schools input deadline.

  • Primary (preschool-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 (all ages using the appropriate grade level) - download the information flyer for more information.

The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, district, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level, where selected works, are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level-council, district, or state-depending on each state PTAs structure. Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select entries to submit to the National PTA. Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit are recognized at the annual National PTA Convention and are displayed as a part of the programs traveling exhibit.

Council and Fourth District Recognition and Honors

Professionals working individuals in the literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts fields volunteer to judge student entries at the district level. Awards of Excellence, Merit, and Distinction are selected in each grade division for each of the four arts areas.

Awards will be given at an awards reception that will take place at the opening of a show of the works that make it to the Capistrano Unified Council PTSA level and to the Fourth District level, for public viewing.

Deadline for Entries

Each Unit determines their deadline for entries.  Check with your school to find out this years deadlines.
2017-2018 Reflections Awards of Excellence entries are due to Capistrano Unified Council PTSA from individual schools on  Friday, October 27, 2017.  Individual school (or "Unit") deadlines for entries are sometime earlier than the Council deadline.

General rules

Please remember that:

  • Students may submit entries only through a PTA or PTSA in good standing
  • All entries submitted must be original works and must relate to the annual Reflections Program theme
  • Each entry must be the work of only one student. Assistance from teachers, parents, or friends is not permitted except in special cases (such as for those with visual or physical disabilities)
  • Participation encourages creativity and exploration. Students should do their best, but crooked lines, incorrect musical notes, or misspelled words do not disqualify anyone  
Information for CUCPTSA Units
Winning Entry Submission Process:  
Unit Entries Names due Friday, October 27, 2017
Special Art Evening Events:  
Capistrano Unified Council Art Evening
Monday, November 13, 2017
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Capistrano Unified School District office
Fourth District Reflections Gallery and Reception
Saturday, February 10, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Orange County Department of Education  
If you would like to know more about the arts, arts education, and arts advocacy, the National PTA website is a good source of information at www.pta.org


Capistrano Unified Council PTSA
PO Box 2183
Mission Viejo, CA  92690  
Dan Snyder - 2017-2018 President
4th District PTA - California State PTA - National PTA
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