Reflections 2018-19

Announcing the 50th Anniversary Reflections Theme:

Important Notice for Reflections chairs/coordinators:

Thanks to chairs that have emailed contact information and/or attended Reflections training!  Local unit (school) PTA Refections chairs, Please email with your contact information.

FCCPTA Reflections deadline is Nov. 8 and 9, 2018.  These are the dates by which school Reflections chairs must submit their schools’ 1st-place winning entries (in each arts category/age division) to the FCCPTA Reflections level.   

Information and Important Dates
For more information on the Reflections program and how to get started visit and and search “Reflections”

Local Unit Entry Turn Into FCCPTA:
Thursday, November 8th, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, November 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Rm 3050/3051

FCPS Gatehouse Admin Center

8115 Gatehouse Rd

Falls Church

 VA 22042

Park in underground garage and enter from garage elevators.  Building entrance at ground level is closed after 5 pm.  

For more information contact Denise Bolton,

The Virginia PTA’s “Guide for Local Leaders” at (under arts in ed and reflections menu tabs), provides an overview of how the contest works and what your responsibilities include.  Also find there judging rubric and scoresheets (optional).


Now let’s go over the basics, by category, of what each entry should include. As always, check the arts category rules sheets for all the details. If you have a problem (i.e., your winning entrants did not follow these rules) talk to me if you don’t know what to do; we’ll figure something out.

DANCE & FILM entries are electronic files on a flash drive, they’re compatible with more systems.

LITERATURE entries will be hard copy of a poem or story, typed or handwritten on one side only of 8 ½ x 11” paper. Include two copies if possible. If the entrant included an electronic file, too, leave it with the entry; it may be useful. But hard copy is required.

MUSIC COMPOSITION entries must include a recording, either an electronic file of the music as performed by the student or other musicians, or an electronically generated recording  generated by music notation software. Video files are not allowed. In the Middle-School and High-School divisions, the entry MUST also include a hard-copy score (sheet music). In the Primary, Intermediate, and Special Artist divisions, the score is optional. See the rules for details.  Flash drive.

PHOTOGRAPHY entries must include a print of the photo AND may also include AN ELECTRONIC FILE (on flash drive). The e-file is a new requirement this year. If the entrant did not include an efile – for entries being advanced to FCCPTA,  contact the student or parent for one. The photo may be matted but not framed. If it’s matted, count the mat in the total size of the piece. Maximum size 11×14”.

VISUAL ARTS entries must include the original artwork. Copies are not eligible.  A flash drive with photo efile but be included this year.

  • FLAT ART (drawings, paintings, collages): Artwork may be matted but not framed. If it is matted, the total size, with mat, must not exceed 24×30”.  Include flash drive
  • 3D ART (sculptures, mobiles, models. etc):  Do not submit 3D artwork.  Submit photos, printed and on flash drive, of the artwork.  The entrant should have  at least 3 photographs of the artwork, taken from different angles (prints are required,with-files on flash drive, If the entrant did not, you can take them yourself).
Student entry forms should be attached (preferred for entries advancing to FCCPTA -in a clear page protector) to page size or larger manilla/clasp envelop with flash drives/DVDs/or original artwork/photo inside; or attached to back of original visual arts and printed photography.
Please ensure advancing entry forms are complete (must have parent/guardian signature if entrant is under 18, and must have artist statement).  We understand some students, for example,  Special Artist entrants, and others, may need special accommodations, and will consider those as needed.
Please ensure student name, age division/category, and PTA/school on on backs of art, photos, and literature (each page).
I am asking you to complete the attached log for the entries advancing to FCCPTA and email it to me by Nov 6, and bring a hard copy with you to turn-in: schoolname_20182019FCCPTAReflectionsLOG
Thanks to a couple of you that have volunteered to help at turn-in and with judging.  We welcome more volunteers!
Denise Bolton
FCCPTA Reflections Chair
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The National PTA Reflections Program recognizes students at local, council, district, state, and national PTA 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 PTA’s structure.

Students can obtain entry forms and additional information at

Reflections Chairs are invited to training on at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018. For more information and to RSVP click here.

Student Entry Form and Categories/Rules Info is available at

Please send 2018-2019 local (school) Reflections chair contact information to

Contact Denise Bolton at Reflections@fccpta.orgfor information.

Local (School) unit turn into FCCPTA is Nov 8 and 9 and FCPS Gatehouse Admin Center, Rm 3050/3051*.  Each entry submitted to FCCPTA must have a flash drive with digital copy, including visual arts, photography, and literature entries (pdf), that should also include original/hard copy/print.  Each local unit PTA may submit one 1stplace entry in each category/age division to FCCPTA.

*Gatehouse Administration Center is located at 8115 Gatehouse Rd., Falls Church, VA 22024. Park in underground garage at the rear of the building.  Check in at front desk, then take elevator to 3rd Floor.  Ground level front doors are locked after business hours.