Reflections National PTA

eflections Cultural Arts Competition

Does your child love to imagine and create?
The Reflections Program gives every one of our coyotes the opportunity to explore and be involved in the arts.

 Students: start creating your entries now!
Reflect on this year's program theme 

∼Look Within ∼ 
and get creative!

Entries must be turned in outside the Cascade Ridge office before 3pm, Friday November 1st

♦Each student may enter up to three pieces in any combination of the following six categories:

Dance ChoreographyDance Choreography Film Production Film Production LiteratureLiterature 
Music CompositionMusic Composition  PhotographyPhotography   Visual ArtsVisual Arts

♦There are 3 divisions:

Primary- preschool to 2nd grade;
Intermediate- 3rd to 5th grade;
Special Artist- for students who submit under and meet the ADA guidelines. 

 How to enter

Step 1:  Pick up the reflections entry form from outside the office school or online.

Step 2:  Read the general rules at
Read the  judging criteria for each chosen category and these helpful hints
Note: some of these have changed from previous years.

Step 3:  Time to get creative, with inspiration from this year’s theme - “Within Reach”.
For inspiration, visit the national award-winning Art Gallery
Be sure to review these criteria:

  • Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.
  • Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
  • Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Step 4:  In your artist statement, tell us about your work and what it means to you.

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)? 
  • What/Who was your inspiration?

Step 5:  Submit entry outside the school office between Oct 30th through Nov 1st.
**Please remember that only original pieces may be submitted. Works created in art classes cannot be accepted**

♦A reception to recognize all the participants in the Reflections Competition will be held on 

Wednesday, Nov 6th, at 6:00 pm in the school café.

You don’t have to be a little Mozart, a child prodigy or a prima donna to participate.

Reflections is for everyone

Fifteen entries will be selected to compete in the District level of the competition.
Perhaps, you will be a Cascade Ridge finalist this year.

In past years, Cascade Ridge has had one or more entries advance to the State level of the competition, and beyond.
So encourage your kids take out their art supplies, their cameras, their instruments, their rhythm and imagination and
create an original work for this year’s competition.


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More About the Reflections Competition

The Reflections Program is a National, Washington State, and local PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide a forum for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works”. 

Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local school  level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level.

Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select up to four entries in each of the six arts areas (a total of 24) to submit to the National PTA. National first, second, and third place, and honorable mention entries are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention.

Read more about the competition, posted at Issaquah School District PTSA and Washington State PTA websites.