What is Reflections?

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Each year, students in preschool through high school are invited to create and submit works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and the visual arts.


Every year there is a new theme for the competition, which is chosen from student suggested ideas. The 2020-2021 theme "I Matter Because…" will spark imagination & creativity and will provide them an outlet to express themselves in these testing times when students are away from their school for an extended period of time!  


Entries from Stonegate Elementary will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity.  The top entry from Stonegate Elementary for each category and each age division will go on to be judged in the Regional PTA Reflections Program which encompasses all schools in the Irvine Unified School District. Please visit our Reflections FAQ page for additional information. 


Who Can Participate?

All Stonegate students in all 3 academic models can participate. The three age divisions that students will compete in at Stonegate Elementary are:


• Primary: Preschool - Grade 2
• Intermediate: Grades 3 - 5
 Middle School: Grades 6 – 8
• Special Artist: All grades welcome


What are the categories?


Students can submit original artwork in one or more of the following art categories. Each artwork is to be submitted with an online Entry / Submission form.

  • Dance/choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film production
  • Music composition
  • Visual arts

Adults are welcome to encourage students but are asked not to assist in any way with their interpretation of the theme or artistic expression.


Reflection Rules:


Following are the Official Rules and the How to Enter Guidelines By Category. Each one is a link which opens in a new window. Please read all the applicable rules and guidelines before submitting your entry. Since this year’s format is virtual your entry form is also your submission form. It will be available on our website until October 16th 2020 @ 11:59 pm PST. 


Official Rules 


Special Artist Division Rules


How To Enter Guidelines By Category: 




Film Production

Music Composition

Visual Arts


When and Where do I submit my artwork?


Please find the entry/submission form HERESince the submission form is in a Google form document please ensure you are logged into the correct Gmail address that you would like to use as your contact information. 


If participating in multiple categories, each entry should be accompanied by a separate entry/submission form. Please note that this year a separate consent form is not needed but when filming or taking a picture of a person, please take their consent to display their image / video. 


How do I participate? (Step by step instructions)


Step 1: Choose a category  

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Students can submit original artwork in one or more categories. However, please use a separate form for each entry. Create your art work and submit on or before the deadline October 16th, 2020 before 11:59 pm.


Step 2:


Please read the Official rules and guidelines to enter as stated above; create and prepare your entry! Fill in all the applicable information (as mentioned under 'How to Enter Guidelines').


Step 3: 


Turn in your work on Friday, October 16th 2020 on or before 11:59 pm by filling the entry form and submitting your work virtually. 


If you have questions, please send an email to 





A nationwide search is underway to find the perfect theme for the 2022-2023 Reflections Program. National PTA will select one exceptional theme to inspire creativity in Reflections Program participants. The theme will be announced by National PTA in June 2020 and the student who submits the winning entry will receive $100.


Submit your theme ideas HERE today! Submissions will be accepted through 5 p.m. on November 1, 2020.


Here is the info which will be required to be filled in the above form:


PTA District – 4th District 

PTA Council – Irvine Unified 

Local PTA Unit – Stonegate Elementary PTA 

8 digit PTA id – 00019684

Reflections Chair name – Anamika Bhattacharya

Reflections chair email address –