The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Cree Sanford

We appreciate your support of Copeland. We could NOT do all of the wonderful things the PTO does without your help and generosity.

Our fifth graders are very much looking forward to their Colonial Day which is fast approaching. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun for our students and parents. Please contact your fifth grade Homeroom Coordinator for information on how you can help make this day a success for all of our fabulous fifth graders.

We have a lot of exciting activities coming up in the next couple of months like our Boosterthon Glow Run coming up towards the end of this month! Please watch the Horseshoe Review for exciting opportunities to volunteer. You can always contact your homeroom coordinator regarding these opportunities.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding PTO, please feel free to contact me or any executive board member.

PTO Executive Board

VIPS News by Molli Murray

It’s finally October!! Cooler weather (hopefully) is on the way, Looking ahead Colonial Days is Nov 4th for the 5th grade. We need lots of volunteers to make this a successful and fun day. We would prefer that if you are volunteering you dress up in Colonial costume, but if you are able to volunteer and can’t find a costume, please wear black pants and a white shirt. We would rather have you there than not 

We still need lots of volunteers for different activities! Kinder, 1st and 2nd all need parent readers (usually every Friday afternoon). Your HRC and/or teacher should have sent out a link where you can sign up. 3rd has a lovely garden and we need volunteers to keep it up. Every grade has SRC demos at different times of the year and we need volunteers to be trained and then present the information. There is a training session for 3rd and 5th grade Nature trails coming up soon. See information below in the Science and Resource Center section.

The library always needs volunteers as well. This could just be an hour shift helping to check books in, helping the kids find books they are interested in, and / or checking books out. Please contact me and I will get you in touch with the appropriate person to volunteer.

Music and art also need volunteers and supplies all year round!! Please contact me and I will get you in touch with the appropriate person to volunteer.

Don’t forget to log your hours!!

If you haven't registered before go to this link (takes about a week to get login):

And then this one to log:

If you have any questions or comments regarding our VIPS program or would like to volunteer, please contact me at 713-829-0638 or

this is the registration form you will be asked to fill out when you register

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Volunteer of the Month Whitney Stamper

Thank you Whitney for all your hard work!
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Fundraising by Miranda Daniells

Parents! This year’s main fundraiser is the Colts L.E.A.D. Glow Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on October 25th. Then, families will have time to get pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on November 3rd. With our big goal to raise funds for updating the library, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, BACKYARD BOX OFFICE! It’s a movie theme all about making a difference by getting into character. Our students will learn from five REAL kid difference-makers. From inventors, to world-class speakers, to business owners, to world-record holders, these five kids will inspire our students to practice the five “Character Acts” and make a difference in our community.

Donations will go toward renovating our library and to the entire 9-day experience. So, please help our school by reaching out to family, friends, and any other sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run! Thank you for your support!

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Colonial Day by Emily Chambers

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!! Copeland’s Annual Colonial Day is coming!!!

The 5th grade Colonial Day is rapidly approaching. It will be held on Friday, November 4th from 9:00- 2:30 pm. We hope that everyone is working on costume ideas for this fun and educational day in Colonial America. Putting together such an exciting day requires a lot of work and a lot of help from awesome volunteers like YOU!!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?? Well, we need many volunteers to help with the day itself, but we are also in need of a lot of items that can be donated. If you are interested in helping out on that day, please contact your homeroom coordinator to let them know. You can work all day, a morning shift, or an afternoon shift. If you are interested in sending in materials, a list of everything we need is listed below: (Please contact your homeroom coordinator to let them know what you will be sending in)

2 gallon apple cider (or apple juice)

1 kitchen towel

50 napkins

1 roll paper towels

1 container of wet wipes

3 dozen ginger snaps

1 large bag Dried Fruit

We are also in need of 8 tall thin cans that baby formula typically comes in.

For costumes, please remember that costumes can be found in all price ranges from the inexpensive and simple to the more elaborate, homemade to store bought. Remember that simple black skirts and blouses for our girls and ladies and rolled up pants, baseball/ football, or sweat pants for our boys and men can be the beginning of a good costume. This is the best time of year to get the jump on a costume if you plan to purchase one! Often costumes can be borrowed and handed down from a student who was in 5th grade in a previous year.

You may contact: Emily Chambers at: or your HRC to ask questions, volunteer, or donate items.

We are looking forward to a great experience for our 5th graders!

Spirit Cart- by Crystal Beard

The next Spirit Cart date is November 18th volunteers are always needed! if you can help out during any of the student lunch periods l would love to put you to work.

PK/PPCD (PM Students)12:10-12:40

K- 12:25-12:55

1- 11:55-12:25

2- 11:25-11:55

3- 10:55-11:25

4- 12:55-1:25

5- 1:25-1:55

Yearbooks-by Cheri Villareal

Yearbooks are on sale now at the lowest price of the year. Look for the flier in your child's folder or go to to order. Free icons available until 10/28/2016. For questions contact Cheri Villarreal at
If you have photos to submit for the yearbook for first day of school or anytime throughout the year upload the replayit app on your device or send to the email above. In school activities only please.
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Precious Pre-K/PPCD by Molli Murray

Hi Parents! Thank you so much for coming to the parent teacher conferences. We enjoyed getting to talk with you and share how well the kiddos are doing and how you can help at home! Also, we will be making applesauce on October 27th. Please remember to bring an apple on October 25th. Perfect for the fall.  Speaking of fall, eventually, we will see some cooler temperatures. Please make sure you send your student with a jacket or sweater and label it.

Celine Hernandez (PPCD teacher)
Lisa Bremer (PK teacher)

Kindergarden News by Lindsay Gatto

Wow!! It is hard to believe we are already in October! Our kindergarten classes are hard at work preparing for a busy month! Here are just a few reminders for the next few weeks to keep in mind!

- Parents and chaperones who accompanied classes on the Oil Ranch field trip. If you took pictures please send your pictures to Lindsay Gatto at and she will submit them to the yearbook chairman!

- If you are interested in ordering LEAD t-shirts for you or your student please return those orders to your teacher. Cash and payments online are accepted, but NO personal checks.

-Fall pictures are scheduled for Monday October 17th! Please return the mailer that was sent home with your student to order pictures. If you're submitting payment online, there is no need to send the paper back to school.

-Red Ribbon Week kicks off October 24-28! Each day has a specific theme for students to participate in! There will be more information in the coming weeks leading up to Red Ribbon Week about the themes for the days.

Phenomenal 5th Graders by Lesli Morisak

How is it already October? 5th grade will be busy the entire year with awesome activities so please keep reading these articles. The 5th graders will receive their 5th grade T-shirts next week so they can start wearing them with pride! This is an exciting thing for our students and specific just to our grade level!

Colonial days is fast approaching​!​ It is on November 4th. This is an educational day for the kids, so only volunteers will be able to be present. We are still in need of some volunteers. Please contact your HRC if you are able to come for all or part of the day! If you can’t make it to school that day please consider donating the items needed to make the day a success. And don’t forget to find your child a costume before the big day.

​Tips for finding or making costumes ​have been sent home in Thursday folders.​

It’s going to be a great day!

Save those Box Tops!

No tricks just treats when you clip, save, and send your box tops into Copeland to earn rewards for your school. Use this flyer to make keeping track of them scary easy!
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