Welcome PTA Reflections Chairs, PTA officers and school staffs!
Thank you so much for making it possible for students to participate in this awesome program! 💓 It is not too late to start! PTA Reflections continues to make positive impact on students' lives by giving them the platform to express their talent and creativity. For some students, it may even be their rare chance to shine and can be life-changing!
Steps to run the program at your school:
1.) Register your school’s PTA Reflections participation on PTA.ORG/REFLECTIONS by February 1st, 2020. Make sure your PTA is in good standing.
2.) Decide on a deadline for your school, probably 2 weeks before the January 24, 2020 state-level due date ATTENTION: STATE DUE DATE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31ST, 2020!. Promote PTA Reflections by hanging up posters around school, sending information home with the students, and/or including a blurb in the school or PTA newsletters/ websites/ social media… etc. You can also ask the school to mention it during morning announcement, and ask teachers to incorporate the theme “Heroes Around Me” in writing and art assignments.
3.) Make a few copies of Official Rules and Student Entry Form, and hang them next to the posters, or leave them with the school office for distribution. Upload them to your PTA’s website so you can refer all students/families/teachers to it.
4.) Collect all the art entries. Make sure each has followed the official rules and is accompanied by a fully completed and signed Student Entry Form. For photography and Visual Art entries, we suggest protecting them with shrink wrap or cellophane. NEW for 2020: You can submit all student entries that you've collected, to North Dakota PTA via the Student Entry Portal. Yes! Even entries in the Visual Art category (2D or 3D) can be submitted electronically, by taking 3 good photos of each entry and submit the photos.This is how all the entries that end up competing nationally are submitted and judged anyway. After receiving confirmation that your entries are submitted, return all entries back to the students. You only need to keep physical entries in Visual Art category until March 1st, 2020, when we find out if any of them is being advanced to National PTA. In that case, we might need to collect the physical entry from you and submit it to National PTA. It might be a good ideas to also make a copy or take a photo of each of the student entry form receive, in case it is required in the future.
5.) If you just HAVE TO submit entries the old fashion way, that's perfectly fine, too! Please mail or deliver them, each accompanies by a signed and fully completed Student Entry Form, to North Dakota PTA, 3523 45th St S, Suite 100, Fargo ND 58104 by January 24, 2020. If you're in the Fargo, ND area you can also contact the North Dakota PTA Reflections Chair to arrange for pick up.
Note: If your PTA doesn't have anyone to run Reflections and you still want to give the students a chance to participate... We Can Help! Just post this pic at your school and/or share it on your school PTA's social media, and direct all questions to the email on the bottom of this page. We will take care of it for you ... this time. 😉
What if I have receive way too many entries? How many can I submit?
Wow! What a nice problem to have! If your school receive more entries than specified by North Dakota PTA, you might need to recruit creative professionals (i.e. a dance instructor, an art teacher) to conduct initial judging, so to keep the number of entries within range:
Number of Entries Each Local PTA Can Advance to NDPTA
Enrollment at School # of Entries per Category/per Grade Division
For example, if your school has 300 students, you can submit up to 13 dance entries from Primary division, another 13 dance entries from Intermediate division. Plus 13 film entries from Primary, and 13 film entries from intermediate… and so on.
For A Complete List of Promo Materials and MORE-- Check out the National PTA Reflections Library!
State and National Awards
Students will have the opportunities to move up through their school to compete at the state level, and the national level.
🎈🎉 The 2020 North Dakota PTA Reflections Celebration Party will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at Dakota Medical Foundation in Fargo, ND. All students who's entries are advanced to the state-level will be honored. (In the past few years, it has been all students who participated at the school level, due to number of participation). Families/guardians of these students are also invited. Light refreshment will be served. This party is also open to all PTA Reflections Chairs, PTA officers from all PTA schools in North Dakota, regardless of participation, and open to school staff and individuals that helped to run this program.
The first-place winner from each grade division/art category at the state level will then advance to the national Level. Winners at the national level will be announced in early May, and will be celebrated in June at the 2020 National PTA Convention & Expo in Louisville, KY.
👏 Thanks again for all your hard work! 👏
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