WHAT IS REFLECTIONS? The Ohio PTA, through National PTA, holds an annual cultural arts program, Reflections. Children in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit original works of art in six areas: literature, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, film production and music composition. The Reflections program allows PTAs throughout the state to recognize children for their creativity as they reflect on the yearly theme. Teachers, parents, children and community can get involved in enhancing arts education though the Reflections program. The Reflections Program is one of the best examples of the PTA's ability to bring out the best in our youth. PTA strongly supports education in the arts. It is about creating educational excitement and involvement within our schools between parents, teachers and our kids.
INFORMATION TO COME SOON!
Reflections® Art Program
Participation in the Reflections® Program is open to any student, from preschool to 12th grade in Ohio through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing. To be in good standing, initial membership dues must be received in Ohio PTA office by November 30. The Reflections program promotes advocacy for all children. By using the PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships in the development your local Reflections program, you can help improve your school in the areas of arts and cultural exploration.
Students can enter Reflections® in the following grade divisions - Primary: preschool–grade 2, Intermediate: grades 3–5, Middle/Junior: grades 6–8 and Senior: grades 9–12. They may submit works in any of the six arts areas: Literature, Music composition, Photography, Visual arts, Dance choreography, and Film production. Special artists can submit entries in any category. Our Reflections program begins at the local level, advances to PTA Council level, then to State for judging. The State winners of the Award of Excellence are then advanced to National PTA.
Congratulations to all our participants in this year’s REFLECTIONS PROGRAM! The children created and displayed many original, imaginative, and outstanding interpretations of this year’s theme.
Behind the scenes are many dedicated PTA parents, teachers and community partners that have helped to make this wonderful Arts opportunity possible for our children. We are grateful to all of the volunteers for unselfishly giving of their times and talents and continued support of this program.
This year, thousands of students participated in submitting entries to their local units. The entries that we received at the state level were truly outstanding. All of the children who participated are to be congratulated for their handiwork in Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Film/Video Production and Dance Choreography.
Judges this year were from various professions across the state. Some were from professional associations in their field of expertise and others from universities. We thank them for their caring, time and effort on behalf of the children of Ohio PTA.
Interested in learning more about the arts in education? OAAE, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, provides a weekly Arts Online Education Update.
National PTA is partnering with Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Kaiser Permanente to encourage families to walk more while keeping track of their steps. PTAs may also access tools available to turn this program into a healthy fundraising option. Fire Up Your Feet helps PTA members live healthier and connect with their families
PTA's Healthy Lifestyles program provides family-centered education and tools to empower families to partner with schools and advocate for healthy changes around nutrition and physical activity. It also strives to create an environment at home that supports the positive changes happening at school.
Bullying can happen anywhere that young people gather, including online, via text and on social
networks. This program encourages PTAs to engage student leaders to lead conversations about how bullying is affecting their communities and to develop collaborative solutions.
OTHER HELPFUL PROGRAMS:
Start Talking! : A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances.
Likewise, teachers and other authority figures can have a similar influence on youth and their decision-making. Parents, mentors and peers can make a difference just by talking to the young people in their lives about drug use. Please Start Talking!
Watch the webinar: Ohio PTA presents a Start Talking! webcast for parents and families.
Healthy Habits Program : National PTA, National Education Association (NEA), and LYSOL have partnered to educate students and families about health and hygiene both in the classroom and at home.
Anaphylaxis: Be Aware, Prepared and Ready to Respond: A three-part video series is designed to help create a safer environment for children with severe allergies.
Safety at Home and at Play : National PTA partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to develop a program guide, safety lessons and promotional tools.
Smart Talk: A new interactive online tool developed by LifeLock and National PTA. The Smart Talk lets parent-child duos set ground rules together about smart digital habits. It's fun and engaging, and together, we can help educate a new generation of good digital citizens.
Smart Snacks: On July 1, 2014, the Smart Snacks guidelines - which originated from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 - went into effect. All schools enrolled in the National School Lunch Program must comply with the nutrition guidelines for what is considered "competitive food" - more commonly referred to as "Smart Snacks". Resources, including "A PTA's Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools", are readily available to help your PTA be a successful partner in this transition.
National Response to Address Children's
Exposure to Violence
Did you know that more than half of this nation's children - estimated at 43 million - will have their lives touched by violence, crime, abuse, and psychological trauma this year? It will happen in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, playgrounds or playing fields, locker rooms, place of worship, shelters, streets, or in juvenile detention centers. The U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence is a must read report for every parent, guardian, and/or community stakeholder.
To view the complete report:
Visit National PTA for additional resources:
Give 'em breakfast. Give 'em a boost:
The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge is back!
Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Statewide "Let’s close the gap so ALL students in Ohio can start their day ready to learn. Share your commitment to school breakfast and invite others to take the Spring Breakfast Challenge-February 1, through March 31, 2017. In late March of 2017, School Food Authorities will receive a survey to report monthly data for the Spring 2017 challenge. Schools that meet the Challenge criteria will be recognized as a “Breakfast Rising Star” or “Breakfast All-Star and will receive a Breakfast “All-Star” Banner to proudly display in their school. Click here for more information and helpful tools and resources.
Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Statewide
"Champions of Breakfast" Awards
The “Champions of Breakfast” award recognizes schools/districts that demonstrate collaborative
based school breakfast programs that enhance and/or expand the breakfast program.
Schools may apply for the award February 2017. Applications will close March 15, 2017. Applications
can be accessed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Award Winners will be announced in April, 2017.
Building Family-School Partnerships
Supporting student success in your PTA involves collaboration between parents, schools and communities. The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships provides a framework to use to help build FSP in your school. Talk with your PTA unit to see which of the standards below you feel you are meeting and which areas need strengthening. Check out the new Family-School Partnership e-learning workshop now available at www.pta.org/elearning for fresh ideas on how you can implement the Standards in your PTA.
STANDARD 1- Welcoming All Families
This is the first of six National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Interactions among teachers, students, parents and others set the tone for everything else. Families say the number one reason behind their school involvement is that they were greeted with warmth and respect.
STANDARD 2 – Communicating Effectively
Regular opportunities for open, honest dialogue helps families to feel they are informed about important issues and that they can easily communicate feedback to teachers, the principal, and other staff. Many schools deliver information through handouts, newsletters, handbooks and websites.
STANDARD 3 – Supporting Student Success
Every student should be afforded every opportunity to graduate from high school while being adequately prepared for and encouraged to pursue postsecondary education, including vocational education.
STANDARD 4 – Speaking Up for Every Child
All children need an advocate—someone to speak out and stand up for them. Most likely that “someone” will be a parent, guardian, or close family member.
STANDARD 5 – Sharing Power
Shared decision making needs to exist among all parties involved in a child’s education. In a true partnership, all parties have an equal say in important decisions.
STANDARD 6 –Collaborating with the Community
Partnerships that connect a school with businesses, hospitals, colleges, service clubs, social service agencies, youth organizations, public housing projects, churches, other faith-based organizations, and other community groups can turn a neighborhood into a thriving place to live, work, and raise a family.
More information for building Family-School Partnerships
- Ohio Family-School Partnership Award. See www.ohiopta.org Earn this award by participating in family,school and community partnership activities at the local, state, and national levels, within a one year time period (October 1 - September 30). PTA members who accumulate 150 points will earn an Ohio PTA. Family-School Partnership Certificate of Achievement Award. receive a pin and certificate as well as arecognition at the Ohio PTA Convention and in The News, the Ohio PTA publication.
- Every Child in Focus Calendar
September - Hispanic Indian Child
October - Urban Child
November - American Indian Child
December - Child w/ special needs
January - Suburban Child
February - African-American Child
March - Foster Child
April - Military Child
May - Asian American/Pacific Islander Child
June - Rural Child
July - American Child
THE M.A.C.K. (Male Action Changing Kids) Award
All participants must follow General Rules for Participation.
Deadline: Submit by March 1, 2017
Prose, poetry and drama are all accepted. The entry must relate to the program theme, “HOW A MALE POSITIVELY CHANGED/INFLUENCED MY LIFE.” Whether an entry uses a variety of techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner chosen from each division – Primary (Preschool – Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5), Middle School (Grades 6 – 8), and High School (Grades 9 -12). The 1st place winners will receive $100.00; 2nd place winners will receive $50.00; and 3rd place winners will receive $25.00.
Ohio PTA has launched its diversity and inclusion committee, called the Ohio PTA Mosaic Committee. The “mosaic” concept is derived from the fact that we want our PTA’s to be reflective of the communities that we serve. Rather than wanting every family to come in and just blend into our units, we want each family’s culture to be integrated into and embraced by our PTA’s. If you picture a mosaic work, each unique piece is bonded together by mortar creating a beautiful design. We want PTA to be the mortar that bonds each distinctive piece of the school community together creating a mosaic.
Our Ohio PTA Mosaic Committee is designed to:
• Help develop and expand Ohio PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan
• Address challenges that PTA’s face in the areas of diversity and inclusion
• Help ensure that local PTA’s reflect the communities they serve
• Strive to insure that local PTA’s are inclusive, making each family feel invited and valued and that each family has a sense of belonging
• Solidify PTA’s position as the “Go To” organization in the area of diversity and Inclusion
• Create programs to educate leaders and members on the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions and family structures of the population they serve
• Help give insight into different cultures
• Help translate materials
If you are interested in being a part of the important work of the Ohio PTA Mosiac Committee, please complete this application.
Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION
Jeane Groetz-Shockling d&I@ohiopta.org
Chairperson, Ohio PTA Mosiac Committee