Reflections Art Program


Thank you to all who submitted pieces for this year's Reflections!  You can view all submissions through PadletOur Grand Ridge Finalists are listed below. They will move on to the District competition.


2020-21 Grand Ridge PTSA Reflections Finalists:

Theme: “I Matter Because...” 

  • Chuan Li (Grade 2 / Ms. Magnussen) - Visual Arts - 2D (Primary) - “The Beauty of Being Myself”
  • Aditi Kumar (Grade 2 / Ms. Reinke) - Literature (Primary) - “Things Matter”
  • Samiksha Logesh (Grade 2 / Ms. Polak) - Visual Arts - 2D (Primary) - “My Thoughts, My Deeds, My World!”
  • Anika Iyer (Grade 2 / Ms. Walerius) - Music Composition (Primary) - “Spotlight”
  • Anika Iyer (Grade 2 / Ms. Walerius) - Literature (Primary) - “The Rainbow”
  • Marya Chang (Grade 2 / Ms. Ms. Magnussen) - Visual Arts - 2D (Primary) - “World”
  • Linn De Booij (Grade 5 / Ms. Herman) - Visual Arts - 2D (Intermediate) - “A Tree’s Gift”
  • Linn De Booij (Grade 5 / Ms. Herman) - Literature (Intermediate) - “Nature Matters!”
  • Jade Soukhavong (Grade 3 / Ms. Elmer) - Photography (Intermediate) - “The Community Flower”
  • Haley Lim (Grade 5 / Ms. Kamau) - Music Composition (Intermediate) - “Joyful”
  • Yuchan Zachary Na (Grade 5 / Ms. Kamau) - Visual Arts - 2D (Intermediate) - “I Matter Because of My Family”
  • Cici Lai (Grade 5 / Ms. Stettler-Schug) - Visual Arts - 2D (Intermediate) - “Care About Wild Animals”


The Reflections' Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. Students can use their creative talents to express themselves through original art work to submit to the competition. 


Twelve Grand Ridge Elementary finalists can be chosen to advance to the Issaquah District level.


Entry Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020



The theme for the 2020-21 school year is "I Matter Because....".  This theme was chosen two years ago as part of a nationwide contest. The selected entry was from a 1st grader in California who drew inspiration from her town and the towns around her being completely wiped out by the California wildfires of 2018. The selection of her theme brought hope and pride back to her community.


However, the theme was launched in late spring just before the Black Lives Matter movement took center stage to address racial and social injustices impacting the Black community. Students in the Issaquah community raised concerns that the theme could be seen as dismissive and insensitive to the Black Lives Matter movement and people of color in our community.


We've worked with the Issaquah Council and the Student Equity Council to discuss the issue and ensure that this contest is inclusive for all artists. We've also elevated the concerns to the State & National PTA who responded that: "National PTA does not condone the All Lives Matter movement. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We believe the 2020-2021 Reflections theme, I Matter Because…, is an opportunity to engage and elevate the voices of students of color. This is a priority, now more than ever, and National PTA is committed to standing behind our beliefs and mission to make every child’s potential a reality.” The National PTA President-elect also spoke about the theme selection here.


We want parents to be aware of this background and we encourage all Grand Ridge Grizzlies to express themselves through art. They can submit entries related to the "I Matter Because..." theme or interpret that theme as "I Am Valuable Because..." or "I Am Strong Because..." Art is a powerful way to make a statement and artists can change hearts and minds. We are excited to see what our Grizzlies will create. 



 Program Details

A student may submit up to two entries in one category and submit entries for all six categories if they are feeling very creative! Only original works of art are accepted. Please follow the specific guidelines for each art area. The six art areas are:

    • Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.

    • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.

    • Photography -- prints have a maximum finished size of 18 x 24 inches in color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure.

    • Visual Arts -- drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling. A maximum finished size of 18x24 inches.

    • Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.

    • Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed dance composition

Official Entry Form

Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. Please submit artwork that adheres to the following rules and guidelines. 


Download Student Entry Form here


Submission Rules for Grand Ridge

Only virtual uploads will be accepted this year.  The student's parent/guardian should email the Reflections chair the following documents:

  1. Completed entry form.  This can be a PDF, photo, or scanned copy.  Please take extra care when filling in the Title, Details, and Artist Statement portion.
  2. Submission of the art project
    • Literature: 1 word format file
    • Music: 1 audio recording file (ex:  MP3 or WAV) - size must NOT exceed 5 minutes long/1000MB  (if this is a self composed song, please include the lyrics on a word format file)
    • Photography: 1 clear digital file (jpg format)
    • Visual Arts: 1 clear photo for 2D art and 3 clear photos of 3D art (showing the varying angles)
    • Film:  1 video recording file (ex:  AVI or MP4) - size must NOT exceed 5 minutes long/1000MB
    • Dance:  1 video recording file (ex:  AVI or MP4) - size must NOT exceed 5 minutes long/1000MB

**Please note:  If the student is submitting more than 1 project, a separate email with the entry form and project must be submitted.


Rules & Guidelines

To ensure your entry can move on to the higher levels please submit artwork that adheres to the following rules and guidelines. Click on the links below for detailed information.


Literature Rules

Music Composition Rules

Photography Rules

Visual Arts Rules

Film Production Rules

Dance Choreography Rule


Special Artists

The Special Artist Division is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines set forth in the American Disabilities Act. Qualifying students entering this division create their own artwork but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one Special Artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation Award. Up to five additional Special Artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence. Find out more info here.


If you have any questions on the entry process, contact PTSA Reflections chair Farha Ajir-LaHue ( Any questions or comments on the theme, contact the GR PTSA Board at


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