The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Karen Thomas

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our want to give a Thank You to our 5th Grade Liaisons Suhair Noufal and Tien Chen for organizing the 5th grade luncheon. The students enjoyed going to the play and coming back to a catered lunch. Thank you to all the chaperones who came to the play with us to help with the students and Thank You to all the volunteers who decorated the cafeteria or served food. The day would not have been as special as it was for the students without all your support. I wanted to give a special Thanks to Alejandra Elizarraras for helping me with getting the decorations set for the catered lunch.

Only two more weeks and the students and staff will be out for the winter break. It will be a busy time at Copeland until then. The 5th grade music program will be on Tuesday, December 11th. This date will also be our first general PTO meeting for the year. Please plan on joining us that evening at 6:30 pm for a short business meeting followed by a performance from our 5thgrade students. What a great way to kick off the season! OurHoliday parties will be held on Friday, 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. Look for the party schedule in today’s Horseshoe Review. Please be aware that siblings cannot be accommodated at these parties. Remember to honor any ‘no parking’ zones and be prepared to show your ID when entering the school for the parties if you have not gotten your v-soft sticker.

Thanks to the numerous volunteers at Copeland. The services you provide are invaluable and very much appreciated!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding PTO, please feel free to contact me at

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

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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.

VIP’s News

The holiday season is in full swing and there are lots of exciting things happening this month.

On Wednesday the 5th graders enjoyed the play "It's a Wonderful Life" and a lovely catered lunch sponsored by PTO members. Thank you to everyone that joined PTO and made this possible. 5th grade students will also be presenting "Sounds of the Season" Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm. They have been working hard and are ready to put on a great performance.

Another fun treat for all the students is Spirit Cart! It is scheduled for December 14th during their lunches. If you would like to volunteer please click the link to sign up, Winter Spirit Cart Sign Up.

Everyone is excited about the holiday parties. Your HRC has or will be sending you all the information for the holiday party and a sign up genius link to sign up for items needed to make the party a success.

Copeland Holiday Party

Schedule for Friday, December 21, 2018

Party Times

PreK/PPCD (am), 1st, 2nd, 3rd @ 9:30-10:00 am

Kinder, 4th, 5th, Life Skills @ 10:45-11:15 am

PreK/PPCD (pm) @ 1:00-1:30 pm

The garden by Tracy Reynolds

On the November 14th the 3rd graders got to sample sweet potatoes hash browns made from sweet potatoes that they picked from the garden. Most of the kids loved it. On November 29th the they pulled weeds and cleaned up the vegetable gardens. They did a great job. With the cleaned beds the 3rd graders got to plant carrots. Most of them were surprised at how small the carrots seeds are. Hopefully in a few months each students will get to take a carrot home.

During the Christmas break we will need volunteers to help water the garden. If you are available please email me at

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colonial day

Our Fifth Graders experienced colonial America on Friday, November 16 and what a day it was! The children and adults came in their colonial day wear and looked fantastic! They experienced many aspects of colonial life from hands on candle making, to quilting, penmanship with feather quills, a spinning demonstration, colonial food, making homemade butter, hat making, colonial children's games and even a history lesson from Ben Franklin. The children enjoyed the immensely and we couldn't have done it without Karen Thomas, Jennifer Emerson, Patricia Penn, Shawn Lapina, Shanna Wang, Stephanie Kollar, David Dummond, and Annette Carter for taking on leadership roles , preparing and leading the children through their stations. These volunteer station chairs put in hours and hours of work before the big day! Also a special thanks to the numerous volunteers who gave of their time to work each station! This event could not have happened without all these volunteers who gave of their time.

Karen Thomas did a great job with the hospitality suite for the volunteers and our special guests Ben Franklin and the Spinner.

I would also like to thank our amazing fifth grade teachers and Tess Eugenio who are the real experts on this Colonial Day Event. Thanks for answering our numerous questions, making the schedule and all your wonderful suggestions. We have a great school and great volunteers.

Thanks to all for making this event happen for our 5th graders,

Tracy Reynolds

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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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Volunteer of the month

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

Science Resource Center-Selina Sauceda

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.


SRC Volunteers for Copeland: PreK


SRC Volunteers for Copeland: Kinder

1st Grade

SRC Volunteers for Copeland 1st Grade

2nd Grade

SRC Volunteers for Copeland: 2nd Grade

3rd Grade

SRC Volunteers for Copeland: 3rd Grade

4th Grade

SRC Volunteers for Copeland: 4th Grade

5th Grade

SRC Volunteers for Copeland 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!