Facts At A Glance Pre K-12 Priorities District Departments Mission, Vision, Belief Harbor Council Parent Teacher Association Contact Us
Board of Education Current Board Meeting Agenda Upcoming Board Meetings - 2016 Agendas, Minutes, DVD, and Video Policies and Administrative Regulations Dana Black, President Karen Yelsey, Vice President Vicki Snell, Clerk Walt Davenport, Member Martha Fluor, Member Judy A. Franco, Member Charlene Metoyer, Member
School Calendars and Student Holidays
Educational Program Resources and Information Athletics Visual and Performing Arts
Employment Opportunities With N-MUSD Administration Open Positions Certificated Open Positions
Resource Page for Employees K-12 Assessment Transportation Services

Fourth District PTA, and National PTA

  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

NMUSD Candidate Trustee Form

The Harbor Council


in cooperation with


Presents an impartial and nonpartisan

Newport - Mesa Unified School District


Dana Black

Leslie Bubb

Martha Fluor

Amy Peters

Vicki Snell

Michael Schwartzmann


Wednesday, September 21, 2016  ~  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

City of Costa Mesa, Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa, Ca 92627



Armida Brashears, Orange Coast Area Chapter

The League of Women Voters of Orange County



If you have a question you would like asked of the candidates, please send it to Suzanne Guantlett at suztg@pacbell.net.

HCPTA Meetings & Event Calendar 2016 - 2017


October 3, 2016


November 7, 2016


December 12, 2016 - Holiday 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. 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.

HCPTA ADVOCACY 2016 - 2017


THEME:  Count Me In


FORUM:  NMUSD Forum Wednesday September 21, 2016


ELECTION DAY:  Tuesday November 8, 2016


SACRAMENTO SAFARI:  February 27 & 28, 2017


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



Forms & Links