The theme for Reflections Program of 2019-2020 is:

Look Within!


Celebrate Arts Education with PTA Reflections:

    Month of October
    October is the perfect time for PTA to offer time, space and materials for students to participate in the arts. Share your support of family arts events, student clubs and visiting artists using #PTAReflections and #ShowYourArt.





Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by grade-level divisions (TK-2, 3-5), while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round. Please review general entry rules and specific category rules.

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at convention

All PTA Reflections program entries are judged on three criteria:
1. Interpretation of Theme (20 pts.)
2. Creativity (10 pts.)
3. Technique (10 pts.)
Notice how “Interpretation of Theme” is weighted? This is what makes the National PTA Reflections Arts Program unique. A well developed concept is more important than technique. If two entries are tied, the entry with the higher score for interpretation of theme receives more recognition.

5th Annual Reflections Art Gallery & Gala


TBD – Preferred deadline for submissions to your school.



(1) Complete count of your submissions. [If you know who is moving forward by default (no judging necessary) send those counts as well.]

(2) Your list of names of participating students in alphabetical order, by submission category and if they are primary (K-2) or intermediate (3-5)

(3) Names of your Reflections officer, Reflections committee, Principal and PTA President.

(4) Double check spelling we will add all the names onto the program the way we receive it.


TBD – Deadline for turning in submissions with dvds, cds and flash drives. We need time to upload and make sure they are ready by tech day.

TBD- Deadline to breakdown space and return all artwork back with you after the event!!! Thanksgiving weekend begins the following day and all schools will be closed for the week.

TBD - Deadline for district submissions. Be on the lookout for emails from Ms. Karen Green on times and submission rules. If you need assistance on how to submit your entries to District, please let us know we will be happy to assist.




Art gallery Decoration space: Once you have all your submissions: start brainstorming how you would like to decorate your space. The more you’re able to do at your school, the less time you will need at Millikan to decorate. Be creative and have fun!!!


Reminder, all Reflection chairs and committees must stay after the gala to breakdown your space and return all artwork back with you. Thanksgiving weekend begins the following day and all schools will be closed for the week.



1. Hospitality – This means help with setup and prep the food area, laying out food, plates, cups, etc. on a continuous basis.

2. Food servers

3. Apple cider fillers and flute servers.

4. Help throw away garbage and store food after the gala.

5. Supervision (Mr. Frome who is Millikan’s’ Drama teacher will have his fantastic student stage design crew there make sure the event runs smoothly) We will need a few adults to supervise the stage crew.

a. Make sure there are at least two to four stage crew by the door handing out programs as the guests come in.

b. Make sure there are at least two-stage crews as ushers sitting people.

c. Make sure there are at least two-stage crews assisting the food line in a very organized and friendly manner

d. Supervise the stage crew who will be working backstage. The stage crew backstage will be responsible for all activities taking place with performance. I.e.: gather the performers to go backstage once the performance portion of the gala begins. make sure all the performers remain back in waiting area until they are done performing, (performers can return to their seats and watch the show after they are done performing) cue the artists, open and close curtains, bring table out for award portion of the show, bring out props like mics, stands, podiums etc.


6. Assist with setup of the ribbons and moving on medals on the stage table on day of gala.

7. Assist with decoration and design of Burrill Hall. This will be a few days leading up to the gala. If you can come by on one of days for even 30 minutes to an hour, this will be very helpful.

8. Assist with food purchase, food pick up, etc.

9. Be a judge for new schools who are starting Reflections in their schools this year.



1. One case of Apple cider Champagne. If you can donate more, we could really use it.

2. We are also asking for a vegetable platter or dessert dish to be donated from each school enough for about 50-100 people.

Schools in alphabetical names starting from A-F donate a veggie platter.

Schools in alphabetical name s starting from G-Z donate dessert dish. (Could be fruit platter)


All veggie platters and desserts must be store bought and ready to be served. Try to avoid any food that needs to be warmed up.


***(You can start dropping off your case(s) of Apple Cider/bottled water at Millikan and we can store them at the parent center. Let us know when you’re dropping it off so we can make arrangements to meet you there. (Please be sure to Label your school name so we know whom it’s from)