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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.


2016 - 2017 Harbor Council PTA Executive Board


Vickie Waldo

Executive V.P

Suzanne Gauntlett

1st V.P., Programs and Events

Cynthia Strasmann

2nd V.P., Membership

Tehnaz Rutledge

3rd V.P., Legislation 

Jane Kim

4th V.P., Communications 

Amber Snider


Lisa Boler


Julie Lenk


Judy Franco


Welcome to The Harbor Council Parent Teacher Association Page

HCPTA Meetings & Event Calendar 2016 - 2017

November 7, 2016 - Reflections entries due to HCPTA.


December 12, 2016 - Holiday Luncheon - Avenue of the Arts Hotel Costa Mesa 10:00 to 11:00 m HCPTA meeting.  11:30 a.m. Luncheon.


January 23, 2017


February 13, 2017


March 6, 2017


April 3, 2017


May 8, 2017 - Honorary Service Luncheon


June 5, 2017


All meetings, except the December 12, 2016 and the May 8, 2017, are held at the NMUSD Boardroom located at 2985 Bear Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  The meetings commence at 9:00 a.m. and are not open to the public.  The HCPTA meetings are open to the current PTA Presidents and the Harbor Council Executive Board.  


“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


  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.

HCPTA ADVOCACY 2016 - 2017


THEME:  Count Me In


ELECTION DAY:  Tuesday November 8, 2016


SACRAMENTO SAFARI:  February 27 & 28, 2017


CONVENTION:  California State PTA April 28, 29 & 30, 2017



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