BackToSchoolMorningNote: If you haven’t read my two previous Reflections posts, you can find them here: What is Reflections? and Raising Awareness and Advertising. (They open in a new window.)

Our school held its New Family Welcome gathering last night (August 28th). A few representatives from our PTA set up tables with important PTA related information. I was also present to welcome the new parents and children, and to let them know about the Reflections program. The children, who were students at our school last year already know about the program and the theme. But many new families are not familiar with either of them. This is why it was so important to be present at this gathering, and I will do the same on Tuesday, at our first day PTA breakfast.

What I’ve used:

I’ve created a poster (on a white poster board) that listed the most important components of the competition. This poster was attached to the wall by my table. (Click to enlarge.)

 

The New Family Welcome Reflections Poster
The New Family Welcome Reflections Poster

 

I also had a handout to take home with the above information on it, plus directions to how  to find all the details and the forms on our PTA’s website. (Feel free to use this sheet as a starting point, but remember, that it has information related to OUR school on it. You will need to change some info.) (Click to enlarge.)

 

Reflections Summary Handout  Reflections Summary Handout (pdf).

 

Finally, I taped some info to the table. I wanted to point out the three major steps the families need to do in order to successfully enter the competition. (I had an artwork showing on the table that is missing from this photo.) I’ve asked the parents to read the rules twice and discuss them with their child. Lots of families did not follow the directions last year, and I’d like to avoid this by educating everyone about the importance of reading all the rules before starting the art work..

Three major steps to remember in Reflections
Three major steps to remember in Reflections

 

It was nice to see interest in many kids’ and also parents’ eyes. Some stayed longer at the table and asked detailed questions, others just took photos of my papers with their phone. 🙂 I am looking forward to see how many students we can get interested in Reflections this year.

 

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