Resources to promote your PTA Reflections Art Contest
  • Join our Facebook Reflections Group: NISD PTA Reflections and Arts in Education
  • Join our Remind: @nisdptaart

To spark your creative ideas, these are some ways other schools have done PTA Reflections:
  • A Spirit Monkey Spirit Stick could be used for participation prizes.
  • A kick-off event
    • A Reflections Spirit Night at a local restaurant with all the proceeds funding your local prizes
    • A Family Art Night  celebrating creativity and introducing the forms of art accepted in the art contest: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film, and Special Artist. You can have a local photographer giving tips about framing, get high school volunteers to teach dance, set up some play dough and invite parents to download stop motion software onto their home devices, etcetera.
  • Have a poster and flyers in the classroom for meet the teacher night.
  • Have an activity station at your back to school night or kick-off night!
    • set up some crayons and have a coloring contest.
    • set out some random objects that might represent heroes and let kids take still-life photos with their phones
    • Have a photo-op with a frame that says “My Hero”
    • Ask the computers teacher to show parents the software students can use on school computers to create movies.
  • At the staff lunch before school starts, present the theme to the teachers and encourage them to have “early finishers” work on their projects in class.
  • Provide a laminated flyer or two that teachers can use as a “station” during rotations.
  • Meet with your campus art teacher and encourage them to practice writing Artist’s Statements for the work they do in class.
  • “Write about your heroes” is a great prompt for ELA teachers to free-write during class.
  • Meet with the Special Education Team and encourage them to enter students in the Special Artist category.