The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter - September 18, 2020

President’s Corner By Amanda Ball

Welcome back to all returning families and a big welcome to all new families! I’m looking

forward to an exciting school year for 2020-2021!

Thank you for taking the time to read the “The Horseshoe Review” our PTO Newsletter. It will

be published every 1st & 3rd week of the month and will have important news and information regarding upcoming events, programs and volunteer opportunities. We will also utilize our PTO website, Facebook page and Remind, so please see the ‘Parents Stay Connected’ section below to make sure you have signed up to receive notifications.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on the first day of school. Your time and help were greatly appreciated and it wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without each of you. I would also like to thank the volunteers who stepped forward to fill committee chairman positions. We are still in need of a Fundraising Chair on the Executive Board and Homeroom Coordinators for each class. See details below on how to volunteer or get more information. The families, teachers, and staff of Copeland appreciate all your energy and efforts. The programs offered at Copeland would not be possible without your contribution.

The very best way you can support Copeland right now is by joining the PTO. We spend, on

average, about $50 per student per year in various programs and support. We hope this helps

you see that your $12 per family membership is a great investment to help us continue these

great programs and support for the students and staff. Please check out our website at to see all the programs we fund for our students.

If anyone has any comments, suggestions or questions about Copeland PTO or volunteering at the school, please feel free to contact anyone on the PTO Executive Board. Their phone numbers and email addresses are included below. We all look forward to working with you and I am looking forward to a great school year at Copeland.



PTO Executive Board

President: Amanda Ball 713-557-0316

Vice President: OPEN

Cultural Arts: Penelope Miller 914-433-3050

VIPS Coordinator: Deepa Ozarkar 214-562-3337

Social Media: LaKishia Edwards 409-338-7667

Fundraising: OPEN

Secretary: Jillana O'Dell 210-845-3918

Treasurer: Valerie Effinger 281-685-6275

Stay Connected and Get All the Latest Information

Join Copeland PTO. Go to or return the form sent home with F2F students with your payment. Join by midnight on October 2nd for a chance to win your student’s homeroom teacher a $25 Amazon gift card for their classroom!

Copeland PTO Facebook - @CopelandElementaryPTO

Copeland PTO Instagram - @CopelandElementaryPTO

Remind App Copeland PTO Volunteers – Text @2868g4 to 81010

Copeland PTO Events – Text @aeb664 to 81010

Volunteer Opportunities

With our district safety practices in place, this year will look quite different for volunteering. While we may not be able to have as much of a physical presence at the school, we are still in need of a Homeroom Coordinator for each class. The role of the Homeroom Coordinator will be to create sign ups where needed and communicate to the class parents on any upcoming events such as teacher birthdays, holiday party, teacher appreciation, and any other events that we are permitted to have this year as they arise.

The HRC can be a parent of a CFISD Connect or Face to Face student. If you are interested in serving as the Homeroom Coordinator for your child's class, please send an email with your contact information, including your name, your child’s name and your child’s homeroom teacher to Deepa Ozarkar at or go to and choose HRC under volunteer opportunities.

There is also an opening for a Fundraising chair on the executive PTO board. The fundraising chair investigates options for major and minor fundraisers, coordinates & oversees all fundraising activities. If you are interested or need more information about this position please contact Amanda Ball, PTO President, at

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Spirit Gear By Amanda Ball

Show your Copeland Colts pride by wearing your Copeland Spirit Shirts on Fridays! If you are in need of spirit shirts please visit our website,, click Fundraising from the menu, then Spirit Wear, to see the selections and place your order.

F2F students will be bringing home a spirit gear order form this week if you would prefer to fill it out and return with payment to place your order. We also have hoodies, caps, tumblers and vintage spirit shirts! Please order soon to guarantee you get the size you need.

If you have any questions please email Amanda at

Extra School Supplies Available for Purchase

Are you in need of school supplies for your student? We received extra pre-packaged supplies for every grade level and they are available for purchase on our website while supplies last. Go to and click on school supplies under fundraising to order.

The Garden By Tracy Reynolds

The Copeland garden is cared for by the 3rd grade class! They will learn how to plant, maintain and harvest different vegetables. The first garden day is set (tentatively) for September 24th. All CFISD Connect kids and face to face kids will be able to participate in the garden lessons. We want all 3rd graders to be a part of the garden experience. On garden days please make sure your student wears clothes they don’t mind getting dirty.

Do you like to garden or want to learn more about the garden? The garden is in need of a garden co-chair. If this sounds like fun or you would like more information please contact Amanda Ball at

We will also need volunteers to help weed the garden before the first garden day this weekend or after school hours. The garden will need parents to be willing to water on the weekends and during the week, but not during school hours. If you can help, please email

Art needs Egg Carton donations!

Ms. Krengel is collecting egg cartons for art. If you have any send them up to school.

2020-2021 Yearbooks ON SALE NOW! More info to come...

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Download Android App Here

Take pictures of your child during school activities at home or at school...your child's teacher share a picture with you from class....upload in 5 seconds...your kid and their friends may appear in the yearbook

Download Apple App Here

Take pictures of your child during school activities at home or at school...your child's teacher share a picture with you from class....upload in 5 seconds...your kid and their friends may appear in the yearbook

Birthday Marquee

Support your Copeland PTO and wish your Copeland Colt a HAPPY BIRTHDAY by featuring them on the Copeland Elementary Marquee the week of their birthday.

It's Simple and Easy...

- Choose the week you want to feature your Copeland Colt

- Complete the Birthday Marquee Form

- Submit the $20 Birthday Marquee Fee

- Watch the look on their face when they see their name

Spots are limited to 5 listings per week. You must submit the form and payment by noon on the Friday prior to the week selected. So sign up your Copeland Colt TODAY!

Does your student have a summer birthday or is the week of their birthday already filled up? You can choose any week that is still available.

Due to processing, payments must be made online or by cash to guarantee your spot on the birthday marquee. If you are paying by cash; complete this online form, choose the "pay later" option then submit the payment within two business days to the school, either to the front office or send it in with your student.

Volunteer of the Month

Who will our first Volunteer of the Month be? Every month we honor the volunteer who has logged the most hours working for our kids. It is our way of thanking our hard-working VIP’s. The honor gets your picture in the Horseshoe Review, our undying gratitude, and most importantly, a reserved parking spot right up close in the school’s front parking lot!

Logging in as a Volunteer

Working for our kids as a volunteer is both rewarding and important. Please log your volunteer hours in our Raptor Portal.

CFISD has provided an online program to make it easier on volunteers to log and track their

volunteer hours. This program is called Raptor, which is part of the V-Soft security software

that helps keep our schools safe.

Copeland does not have logbooks in the front office to record your hours. So, in order to

log your hours, you will need to establish a raptor account. This is quite easy and will allow

you to log your hours at home.

The steps to register online are as follows:

1. Go to or click on the "New to Raptor" button below.

2. Complete this form in its entirety and submit (you must have an email address to do this)

3. You will receive an email from with your account information and password.

4. Once you receive the email use the button below to log in to your account.

5. Add this website to your favorites (this is where you will log hours)

6. Log in with email and password

7. Select campus

8. Select the tabs you will need

This program will be used to determine volunteer of the month and reporting our total volunteer hours to the district, enabling them to apply for various grants and programs.

Log Volunteer Hours Here

If you are a returning volunteer and have a login, use this link to sign in and log your hours.

New to Raptor Volunteer Portal?

Click here to create your account if you have never used Raptor to log volunteer hours

FREE MONEY for Your Kids!!!!