Reflections 2023-2024

Chairs: Yihsuan Lu and Jieyi Xu


Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school but in life.

Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2023-2024 program year is I am hopeful because…. Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

Submission Deadline: extended to Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023

The 2023–2024 Reflections theme is I am hopeful because…. Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 students are encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories:



  • Dance Choreography – originally choreographed dance composition.
  • Film Production – original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or music video/film.
  • Literature – works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories, and lyrics.
  • Musical Composition – an original musical composition, with or without words.
  • Photography – color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposures.
  • Visual Arts – drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer-generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.

Special Artist Division – Students with disabilities may receive special accommodations by entering the special artist division and are encouraged to enter any category.

How To Participate

1. Create your piece of art, make sure your art piece follows the following rules: 

  1. Write about how the piece relates to the theme in 100 words or less(word/pdf only)
  2. Complete the entry form (Only accept typed)
  3. Label and send all three files: artwork, written statement and entry form to  somersetelementaryreflections@gmail.combefore November 12st

How to label the files:  Follow the prompts to submit an entry:

  • Artwork:category_level_title_phonenumberandfirstandlastinital_artwork
  • Entry form:category_level_title_phonenumberandfirstandlastinital_entryform
  • Statement:category_level_title_phonenumberandfirstandlastinital_statement (pdf or word only)
  • Music: category_level_title_phonenumberandfirstandlastinital_musicnote

For example: Visualarts_primary _showyourvoice_4250001111TD_entryform

We have three levels:

  • Special Artist (includes ALL grades) 

  • Primary (PreK-2nd)

  • Intermediate (3rd-5th)

TIP: When taking a photo of visual art to upload, make sure the entry is in good light, camera is aligned straight with artwork, and crop everything else out.

More Info

For more information, please visit the Reflections pages from:

WA State PTA           National PTA

Questions? Please contact



The 2022–2023 Reflections theme was Show Your Voice.

The theme of the 2022-2023 program was Show Your Voice. Student finalists and a sampling of their work are located on the Student Showcase page.

Our mission is to support the education, health, and welfare of each and every child at Somerset Elementary School. As part of the Washington State PTA, we are a nonprofit membership association bringing together the home, school, and community on behalf of our children.