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  Welcome to The Harbor Council PTA webpage. This webpage is operated and maintained by volunteers of the HCPTA. All information and postings associated with this page and any links are at the sole discretion of the HCPTA and not endorsed by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


Nominating Committee Report/February 2, 2015

President: Vanessa Hatch

Executive Vice President: Lisa Boler

1st VP/Programs: Cynthia Strasmann

2cnd VP/Membership: Hydee Beth

3rd VP/Legislative: Suzanne Gauntlett

4th VP/Communications: Tehnaz Rutledge

Treasurer: Kristina Dresher

Historian: Judy Franco

Auditor: Vicky Waldo

Secretary: Sarah Fisher


Welcome to The Harbor Council Parent Teacher Association Page

HCPTA Meetings & Event Calendar 2016-2017


Why should I join the PTA?


Here Are Some Answers


What is PTA? Why join PTA? The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more PTA advantages: •Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.


•Discover Great Resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.


•Tap into a Network. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.


•Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with your PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.


•Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.


•Witness Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events.


•Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.


•Enjoy Substantial Benefits. Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.


For less than 3 cents a day, you can become a PTA member, joining more than 4 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children. Everyone—parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities—is invited to join our not-for-profit parent association.


“What’s Your Story?” Reflections Art Program 2016 - 2017

Harbor Council PTA



General Information & Timelines To Keep In Mind


HCPTA Reflections Chairs

Cynthia Strasmann / Cynthia.Strasmann@gmail.com

Amber Snider / essays1@cox.net


Additional Resources

4th District PTA Reflections Chair ~ David Lee / reflections@fourthdistrictpta.org

California State PTA Website – capta.org

National PTA Website – www.pta.org


July – August


  1. Post Reflections theme, rules, student entry and consent forms on your PTA website or bulletin board.
  2. At the elementary school level:
    • Create a Reflections packet for each student for the beginning of the school year.  This may help increase student participation.
      • Include: Student Entry and Consent Form; Program Handout, Deadlines, etc.
      • PTA Section of the Student Entry form must be filled out before you distribute packets to students.  Complete one form then make photocopies.
    • Have a few packets available in the front office.
  3. At the middle school and high school levels:
    • Solicit your language arts, music, film and fine arts teachers to help promote campaign to increase participation. Provide them with 30-60 copes of the Reflections handout.
    • Have extra copies of Reflections packets available in the main office or posted on your PTA website.
  4. Calendar Dates:  Work with your PTA President and school principal in setting up dates for the following activities:
    • Reflections Program Kick-off (in classroom or assembly)
    • Entry Submission Deadline
    • Setting up artwork in your school (i.e. cafeteria/library)
    • Judging of entries
    • Art Show





  1. Kick-off:  Within the first two weeks of September have a kick-off campaign at your school.   Explain how all students of all abilities and grades can participate.   Distribute student packets that you created in the summer.  Student packets will contain information about entry requirements/rules, and consent and student entry forms.
  2. Order Ribbons/Certificates:  Get ahead start in ordering your participant and division winner ribbons {shopPTA.com}. Try to have your ribbons in hand by mid-October.


  • Elementary:
    • 4 Divisions – Primary (Preschool – 2nd Grade); Intermediate (Grades 3-5); Middle School (Grade 6-8); Special Artists (All Grades)
    • 6 Categories:  Dance Choreography, Musical Composition, Film Production, Literature, Photography and Visual Arts
    • Awards Needed:
      • 24 Awards of Excellence Ribbons (Blue)
      • 24 or more Awards of Merit Ribbons (Red)
      • 24 or more Honorable Mention Ribbons (Green)
      • Trophies or Medallions for Awards of Excellence (optional, depending on budget)
      • All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.  


  • Middle School:
    • 2 Divisions:  Middle (Grades 6-8); Special Artists (All Grades)
    • 6 Categories as listed above.
    • Awards Needed:
      • 12 Awards of Excellence Ribbons (Blue)
      • 12 or more Awards of Merit Ribbons (Red)
      • 12 or more Honorable Mention Ribbons (Green)
      • Trophies or medallions for Awards of Excellence (optional, depending on budget)
      • All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.


  • High School
    • 2 Divisions (High School (Grades 9-12); Special Artists (All Grades)
    • 6 Categories as listed above.
    • Awards Needed:
      • 12 Awards of Excellence Ribbons (Blue)
      • 12 or more Awards of Merit Ribbons (Red)
      • 12 or more Honorable Mention Ribbons (Green)
      • Trophies or medallions for Awards of Excellence (optional, depending on budget)
      • All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.



Note:  Number of participant ribbons and certificates will depend on your best estimate of student participation based on past history.  If you plan to take a different approach this year to increase student participation, please be sure to factor this in when ordering ribbons/trophies, etc.


  1. Collection Bins/Folders
    • Work with the front office staff and classroom teachers on how to best collect student art entries.  Keep in mind most art entries will be turned in several days before your deadline.  You can provide each teacher with an inexpensive art folder to collect student entries and also have a large plastic bin in the office to receive artwork.


  1. Newsletter & eBlast Announcements:  Ask your Communications VP/Chair to announce this year’s theme, due dates and where extra copies of the entry form can be found.  Post copies of flyer on your PTA bulletin board and/or around campus.



  1. Judges:  Contact local artists, photographers, etc. to assist with judging your students’ entries.  It may take 1-2 days to judge, depending on their availability.
    • Provide your judges with the list of art entries, rubric and artist statements.  Make sure no student names appear on the artwork and entries list.
  2. Post Reflections reminder in your school newsletter and eBlast in early-October.  Parents need a lot of reminders!
    • Schedule your entry submission deadline by mid-October. 
      • Each student entry must have completed paperwork – student entry form and consent form.
      • Make sure names on entries are not displayed on the front of the student work (for blind judging).
    • Schedule your awards/reception in late October (before November 4th).
      • Reflections Awards – Open to all students and families.  School principal to prepare classroom-viewing schedule.  
    • After your awards / reception, take down your 1st place entries and prepare paperwork to submit to Harbor Council PTA.  All winning entries must have:
      1. Title
      2. Artist statement
      3. Required student and parent signatures
      4. Make sure you have the necessary consent forms and required #of copies of CDs, DVDs, and literature entries
      5. PTA Section on Student Entry form must be completely filled out.


November Deadlines


  1. November 7th, 2016:  Turn in your 1st place winners (Awards of Excellence) to Harbor Council PTA Reflections Chairs, Cynthia Strasmann and Amber Snider by 9:00 a.m.   This is our monthly Council Meeting at NMUSD.
  2. November 16th, 2016:  Harbor Council PTA Reflections Awards & Gallery from 5:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m. at NMUSD Sanbourn Building in the Sanbourn Assembly Room.

Student entries not forwarded for the next level of judging will be returned to your schools.


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PTA Convention 2015

Click on this link for convention information: 



Harbor Council PTA

2015 – 2016 Advocacy



Count me in.



Friday, September 25, 2015 ~ 9:15 a.m. to Noon

National University ~ 3390 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa, Rooms 139 & 142


ROUNDTABLE DATES:  All dates on Fridays from 9:30 am – 11:00 am

November 6 ~ Rick Simpson

January 22

April 22


SACRAMENTO SAFARI ~ February 22 & 23

Sacramento Safari Orientation ~ Friday, February 5


Voter Issues & Dates – Activities – Voter Registration Drives at schools

May 9 vote by mail ballots mail out

May 23 Last day to register to vote

June 7 Presidential Primary Election, OC Supervisor (districts 1&3); OC Board of Education Members (districts 1, 3, 4); Superior Court Judges


Suzanne Gauntlett

3rd Vice President Legislation

suztg@pacbell.net 949-721-9928 - home; 949-375-5284 - cell; 949-720-8760 - fax

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