The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Cree Sanford

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was great to have a week off, wasn’t it?! It just makes us look forward to the two weeks the kiddos will have off for the Christmas holidays. Only three more weeks and the students and staff will be out for their well-deserved winter break!!

It will be a busy time at Copeland until then. We have some SRC demos for our 2nd graders coming up (Dec. 6th) and ourwonderful Copeland Spirit Cart on December 8th! Our Fabulous Fifth Graders will have their annual field trip downtown to see the play Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight, on Wednesday, December 13th. This is always a fun day for the students to dress up to partake in our Houston culture down in the theater district! They get to come back to a luncheon and the cafeteria all decorated for them. It is such a special day for our 5th graders and we wish them all the best! The 5th grade music program will be on Tuesday, December 12th. This date will also be our first general PTO meeting for the year. We will have a quick business meeting to vote on the amendment of our bylaws (last revised in 2003). To view the bylaws please visit www.Copelandpto.org . Please plan on joining us that evening at 6:15pm a performance from our 5th grade students will directly follow. What a great way to kick off the Holiday season!

Our traditional Christmas parties will be held on Thursday, December 21st during school hours. You should be receiving a letter or email from your homeroom coordinator indicating ways that you can help with your child’s party. We can’t do it without you!! Look for the party schedule in today’s Horseshoe Review. Our parties are always a great way to get the Christmas season started…. after all it is the most wonderful time of the year!

As always, if you have questions regarding the PTO, please contact me at cree410@yahoo.com.

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PTO Executive Board


President Cree Sanford 713-304-7016 cree410@yahoo.com


Vice President Karen Thomas 832-594-3720 kdean0923@sbcglobal.net


VIPS Coordinator Molli Murray 713-829-0638 mmcgah@gmail.com


Cultural Arts Amanda Ball 713-557-0316 balla1103@hotmail.com


Social Media Coordinator LaKishia Edward 409-338-7667 xaviervaughnedwards@gmail.com


Fundraising Miranda Daniells 713-261-7297 mirandadaniells@outlook.com


Secretary Cynthia Miller 832-326-1545 cynthia@themillerhome.net


Treasurer Hollie Tanguay 734-308-3119 hdtanguay@hotmail.com

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Classroom News by Molli Murray

As we gear up for all the special events and activities planned for this month we would like to take just a moment to thank all our volunteers who have spent their time and talents on helping make Copeland the best place for our kids that it can be. We appreciate all you do!

Volunteer Activities

We are always in need of volunteers and helpers for all sorts of things at Copeland. If you do have ability to volunteer on a more regular basis, there are plenty of opportunities. You can learn about SRC (Science Resource Center), which is an excellent resource not only for the students, but for parents too. If you are able to volunteer for this, I promise you will learn something too! Please contact our SRC Chair Selina Sauceda at selina.sauceda@gmail.com for more info.

The library always needs volunteers, as do art and music. Please let me know if you want more information.

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

Classroom News

Kinder—Classes had a great time at the zoo. Thank you to all the volunteers that made it possible to keep track of our kids! Thankful day was also a great success. The kids had fun tasting lots of different goodies. Finally Kinder Grinch day is December 8th.

5th—The 5th grade musical is coming up on December 12th and their field trip is the next day on the 13th!!

All grades—Holiday parties are on December 21st! Please make sure your HRC has your contact info and you have had your badge scanned in the new system so you can get into the school quickly.

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Logging in as a Voluteer

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:

https://apps.raptortech.com/Volunteer/Login/MzYxOlZvbHVudGVlcjplbi1VUw==

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.
http://storage.raptortech.com/helpcontent/VolunteerPortalHelpSheet.pdf


If this is your first time to use the Volunteer Portal, select the link below to create a new password.
https://apps.raptortech.com//Portal/PasswordReset/Confirm?portalKey=MzYxOlZvbHVudGVlcjplbi1VUw==&uid=01cc3ede-82af-4338-be64-e2811c55e236&clientId=361


Returning Volunteer Portal users can select the link below and sign in.
https://apps.raptortech.com/Volunteer/Login/MzYxOlZvbHVudGVlcjplbi1VUw==

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Volunteer of the month

Our Volunteer of the Month is Alejandra Elizarraras! Thank you so much for all you do for our Copeland Kids and enjoy that parking spot.
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Spirit Gear by Amanda Ball

If you would still like to order spirit gear there are limited quantities available, go to copelandpto.com to order. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Ball, balla1103@hotmail.com

Help our little artists!

Love ART? Love to help kids experience art first hand? Ms. Krengel is asking for assistance during the 1st & 2nd grade art classes. Click the links to sign up and help kids grow their love of art; 1st grade Sign Up and 2nd grade Sign Up.

The Art Department is in need of small glass baby food jars with lids, plastic grocery bags, tin foil, and liquid dish soap. Thanks, your help is greatly appreciated!

Science Resource Center by Selina Sauceda

Hello Copeland Parents!

I am excited for another great year at the SRC! Please

​read​

the information below to see how you can help!

What is the SRC: The Science Resource Center (SRC) is a CFISD center that brings curriculum and live animals, meant to extend on the science lessons done in class, to the schools. All materials and live animals needed for lessons are provided by the SRC staff.

Who is needed: The SRC demonstrations (demos) are done by campus volunteers. The SRC will train you in any grade level demo you are interested in presenting. Demo dates are then set by the SRC Liaison at each campus, and the trained volunteer presents the demo to the students on the assigned date.

How to volunteer: See the

​Fall demo dates below and RSVP to Selina Sauceda with the grade level and demo dates you wish to be trained for: Selina.sauceda@gmail.com

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Spirit Cart by Crystal Beard

We have Spirit Cart once a month, and we need your help! We just need a couple hours of your time, to help our kiddos buy items from our cart! Super easy and fun! I love watching their excitement when they see all the cool stuff!

Thank you for volunteering your time, our students enjoy the opportunity to shop and they wouldn't be able to do it without volunteers like YOU!

If the signup is full, but you still want to come, please do!! We always need extra hands!

If you would like to volunteer your time, just click the link down below!


If you have any questions you can reach me cbeard351@gmail.com.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4daaae2dabfb6-spirit1

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!