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Fall Fest


Fall Fest will be held on October 25th from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a free family event held at Fischer Elementary for all Fischer families.

More information will be provided as the event approaches. If you would like volunteer to help plan the event, please reach out to Dulce Renelli or Karen Sienko at


The theme for Reflections this year is “Look Within”. The artistic categories remain the same as previous years; Dance Choreography, Photography, Film Production, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, and Literature. Additional details and rules will be sent out at the beginning of the year. However, your student can begin to think about how to express this year’s theme. Use the long days of summer to bring the theme to life. You can go to for some additional details. We can’t wait to see what you discover when you LOOK WITHIN!  

El tema de Reflexiones de este año es "Mira dentro". Las categorías artísticas siguen siendo las mismas que en años anteriores; Coreografía de Danza, Fotografía, Producción Cinematográfica, Composición Musical, Artes Visuales y Literatura. Detalles adicionales y reglas serán enviadas a principios de año. Sin embargo, su estudiante puede comenzar a pensar en cómo expresar el tema de este año. Utilice los largos días de verano para dar vida al tema. Pueden visitar el sitio para algunos detalles adicionales. ¡No podemos esperar a ver lo que descubran cuando MIRES DENTRO!



Students must enter through a Local PTA Unit and according to state program guidelines. Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like. Students may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted. At Fischer we will have a Reflections art club that will meet during lunch recess on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the projects are due on November 17th for judging. Judging begins at the School level, winners advance to the district for judging, then those winners advance to the Illinois PTA and finally to the National PTA.

Select projects will advance from the local level to the National PTA level in the following categories:

  • Visual Arts (2D & 3D)
  • Photography
  • Music Composition
  • Literature
  • Film Production
  • Dance Choreography

2018-2019 RULES


Each project submission must include an official entry form:

ENGLISH SPANISH (Not available, being translated)

Title and Artist Statement

Judges will consider your title and artist statement to learn more about your original work and creative interpretation of the theme. Give your work a title that stands out and describe how your work relates to your own personal interpretation of the theme.

Guiding Questions: 

  • 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?

Scholarships and Prizes

National level awards include the following: 

  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the traveling exhibition. 
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the traveling exhibition.
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: An expense-paid trip for awardee and chaperone to showcase work on stage at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration; $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the traveling exhibition.

Review Criteria

Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. 

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


Use #PTAReflections, #ArtsEdWeek and #ShowYour Art to connect with thousands of Reflections Chairs and contestants from across the country and show support of family arts events.

Awards Celebration

2019 National Winners

The 2018-2019 national winners will be announced May 1st, 2019. Honorees will be celebrated at the at the National PTA Convention, June 2019.

2018 National Winners

The 2017-2018 national winners are invited to attend an art exhibition opening in their honor on January 22, 2019 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. The 11th annual Student Arts Showcase will feature the National PTA Reflections' exhibition: Within Reach