The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Karen Thomas

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. We have a lot of fun events taking place during the spring semester at Copeland.

We will have our Father & Daughter dance on Saturday, February 9th at Langham Creek High School! Dads come dressed to impress and be ready to dance with the sweetest little princesses that you know!

On Friday, March 1th we will have our Movie Night & Silent Auction.

Saturday, March 23rd will be our Mom & Son Ultimate Tailgate event. Moms lets get ready to compete against our young men and show them how it’s done.

On Wednesday, April 17th we will have our Copeland Color Run this will be a fun and exciting event for the students.

Our Terrific Third Graders will have their music show on February 12th and the First Graders music show will be May 7th. We have some very talented students here at Copeland so don’t miss it!

We will have numerous activities going on for our 5th grade students during the month of May. There will be countless spirit nights through out the months so check our PTO website for all the dates.

I’d like to welcome Penelope Miller to the executive PTO board! She will be our new VIPS Coordinator for the rest of this year.

Thank you so much to our volunteers for the time and energy that you spend helping to make Copeland a great school. Your contribution, no matter how big or how small it may be, really does make a difference. If you haven’t had an opportunity to volunteer, there are numerous events during the second half of the year that require a lot of volunteers. You can sign up to volunteer on the PTO website at the following link or contact your Homeroom Coordinator.

Thanks again for all you do for our school! Please contact me at if you have any questions regarding PTO.

Sign up now and be part of the team!

Sign-up for your 2018-2019 Copeland PTO Membership. It’s only $12 but this helps us all provide so much more for our Copeland Colts.

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PTO Executive Board

President Karen Thomas 832-594-3720

Vice President Amanda Ball 713-557-0316

Cultural Arts Cree Sanford 713-304-7016

Social Media Coordinator LaKishia Edwards 409-338-7667

Fundraising Donna Schulze 281-851-4349

Secretary Cynthia Miller 832-326-1545

Treasurer Alya Hidayatallah 281-908-7674

VIPs Coordinator Penelope Miller 913-433-3050

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The 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 front office or send it in with your student.

Volunteer of the Month

Our VIP of the month is Stephanie Mueller! Thank you for all you do for our kids and enjoy that parking spot!

The Spirit Cart

The once a month Spirt Cart always needs volunteers!

VIP’s News

Happy New Year! I'm happy to announce that Penelope Miller has accepted the VIPS coordinator position! She has a 2nd grader at Copeland, is our literacy library chair, a substitute at Copeland and has helped with many other things at the school. She is eager to start & ready to take over the position. Her contact information is: email - & phone - 913-433-3050.

There are several exciting events happing in the spring, so make sure you review the save the date flyer and mark your calendars!

The Staff Luncheon is coming up on Thursday, January 24th, desserts are still needed. Please click the link to sign up, JanStaffLuncheon.

The art room is very thankful for all the donations of materials they have received. Mrs. Krengel is in need of newspapers and paper tubes is you would like to donate.

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Logging in as a Volunteer

Working for our kids as a volunteer is both rewarding and important. Below is information on logging your hours in our Raptor Portal and a few reasons why documenting your hours is so important.

To Log Volunteer Hours:

This free program will allow you to track your volunteer hours, sign up for events, and communicate with the district Volunteer Coordinator and fellow volunteers. Your Volunteer Portal user account information will be emailed to you.

If you are new to the Volunteer Portal, you can download a Help Sheet by clicking the link below.

If this is your first time to use the Volunteer Portal, select the link below to create a new password.

Returning Volunteer Portal users can select the link below and sign in.

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The Garden by Tracy Reynolds

On Friday the 3rd graders get to eat the alien vegetable as the gardener called it kohlrabi in a salad. Thank you Cynthia Miller for helping prepare the salad. Ask you students if they tried it and what they thought. The kids really do eat vegetables that they grow in the garden.

Help is needed with watering and garden maintenance. If you can help, even just once, please email

The 3rd graders really enjoy garden days. The next garden dates are January 24 , and February 7th.

Science Resource Center-Selina Sauceda

Happy New Year! Below you will find the training schedules for the Spring Semester. Besides the regular SRC demos, 3rd and 5th grades will also be attending Nature Trails in February. In order to attend this field trip as a volunteer, you must attend a training session. The final training for this field trip is listed in the links below, under the appropriate grade level. Please take a look at the links below and see which trainings you can attend!

Demo trainings are generally good for 3 years, unless the demo has changed. If you feel you need a “refresher”, feel free to sign up for a demo training. If you are comfortable teaching a demo based on your past training, email to be added to the trained volunteer list.

Simply click on the link below for the corresponding grade level and sign up for ONE of the available training times per Demo. After completion of training, email and I will add you to the trained volunteer list and provide you with demo dates at Copeland!

Grade Level

SighUp Genius Link

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Spirit Gear by Amanda Ball

Spirit Gear - There are a limited number of sizes available for spirit shirts & hoodies if you are still interested in showing your school spirit! To order go to If you have any questions please contact Amanda Ball,

Kroger Rewards Program

Did you know you can donate to Copeland just by doing your regular grocery shopping? It's a great program that donates money to the school for everything bought by participating Kroger Plus Card holders. See the flyer below for details.
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Don't Forget to Save Those Box Tops!