Showcase Your Talents!

This year’s theme: “Heroes Around Me”


Check out the website under Reflections


1. Pick a category
2. Read the rules for your category(at or in main office).
3. Encourage your child to create something original!
4. Fill out the entry form (located in the main office).
5. Attach to your child’s entry.
6. Turn entry form and entry in to the main office.

When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, photography and other art forms, they grow intellectually. They learn to analyze their thoughts, feelings and ideas. The Reflections Program also helps parents encourage and recognize the continuous self- discovery process of their children.

Take part in Reflections! Reflections is a National PTA Arts Program that gives students K-8th grade the opportunity to express themselves in any of the following areas:

Visual Arts (drawing, painting, metal etching, etc.)
Music Composition
Dance Choreography
Film Production
Special Artists

Supporting Files

Entry Form
Official Rules

General Reflections program information:

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and a Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works, created around a specific theme. This year’s theme is “Within Reach”  You decide what the phrase means to you. You may print the Participation Rules and Entry Forms for each category that you are interested in.  This year all Dieringer School District grade levels are invited to participate – from part time Kindergarten through the 8th grade.

Participation Rules:

Dance Choreography Rules & Guidelines
Film Production Rules & Guidelines
Literature Rules & Guidelines
Musical Composition Rules & Guidelines
Photography Rules & Guidelines

Special Artist Division Guidelines
Visual Arts Rules & Guidelines

*Be sure you have read the rules and comply with them so that your entry is not disqualified.

How does the Reflections Program Work?

Each year our district gathers hundreds of entries from all three of our schools: LTES, NTMS, and DHES. The entries are judged at the district level first and the top winners go on to compete at the state level.

The judges always have a difficult time picking the winners; Reflections is really an arts celebration program! We have different judges for each category. Each entry gets a score. The scores are based on three things: Interpretation of theme, (max 20 points), Artistic Merit/Creativity(Max 10 points) and Mastery of Medium(max 10 points) for a total maximum of 40 points.

All visual art and photography are judged by school board members and volunteers. The judges have access only to the artist statement and title of their work. It is blind judging. The literature judges do not know any of the participants. Last year the film and dance was judges by retired college professors.

We are so grateful for our wonderful judges!

12 entries go on to compete at the state level from Kindergarten through 5th grade. 8 entries go on to compete at the middle school level.

Students will receive a letter over the Christmas break letting them know whether they won an award and thanking them for their entry.
All participants get a participation ribbon and get to spin the prize wheel for a small treat in January during lunch.
The top winners go on to compete at the state level.

Thank you so much to all the amazing help from volunteers, parents and teachers for promoting and supporting this program.

Special thanks goes out to Mrs. Malkowitz for bringing this program back a few years ago!

All photography & visual arts entries will be displayed at the participant’s school in December.
Our District will have it’s Annual Award Ceremony and celebration at NTMS

We are so proud of each and every one of our kids for participating. They “inspire” us!

Participation in music, visual arts and dance is linked to better performance in mathematics, science and creative thinking. The arts nurture social skills and increase motivation to learn. Artistic exploration promotes the ability to pay attention for longer periods of time. In its 40 year history the National PTA’s Reflections Program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. Help your children see the potential they have with their talents!

Get more information about the Reflections program from the WA State PTA website

*Get ideas and practice for participating in Reflections…Art for Kids School.