The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Karen Thomas

It is hard to believe how quickly this school year is passing! In the next newsletter, we will be publishing a list of open chairman positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Where do your interests lie? Think about it! If you already have something in mind, please let me know by email or phone. Copeland is very proud of their volunteers and all that they/we do! We are such a successful school because of our wonderful volunteers like YOU!!!

We are always busy here at Copeland…On this Friday, March 1st we will have our 2nd annual Copeland Community Movie Night and Silent Auctions. This will be an fun and exciting event!. With this fundraiser, we will be raising funds to help update our playground equipment. Our next exciting event will be our Mom and Son Tailgate, which will be on Saturday, March 23rd. We hope too our mom and sons out there ready to compete.

Thanks again for all that you do to make our school so fabulous! We could not do any of this with you! As always feel free to contact me anytime at

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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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Multicultural Day by Amanda Ball

Hello, Hola, Ni has, Olá, Heita, Namaste and G'day!!

Copeland 3rd Graders will once again be hosting Multicultural Day on March 8th! This is a fun and exciting day, as third grade will travel across the world on a learning expedition to explore authentic cultures from 7 different countries! They will learn about the dynamics of each country, enjoy authentic food, participate in traditional games or create a traditional craft from each country. The kids may dress in any traditional cultural clothing of their choice on this day. The teachers and kids are excited, but in order to make this day a success we will need lots of help from across all grade levels. Please consider signing up to bring an item(s), volunteer the day before to set up the rooms or the day of as a Tour Guide. Click here to sign up, 3rd Grade Multicultural Day. If you want to see all the excitement that day you will need to volunteer.

The Garden by Tracy Reynolds

Spring planting has started. The last garden class the 3rd graders learned that February is the month to plant tomatoes, and potatoes and cut back your roses. This week potatoes and tomatoes were planted so the 3rd graders, can harvest them before school ends. With spring around the corner the garden will need additional help with watering, when the rain finally stops. If anyone has pines needles in their yard, Please bag them up and bring them to school. Pine needles can be left under the picnic table near the garden. The 3rd graders use the pine needles as mulch to help keep the weeds out of the garden. If you can help water please contact Tracy Reynolds at Our next garden dates are March 7 and the 21.

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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 Tracy Reynolds! 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!

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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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Science Resource Center-Selina Sauceda

Below you will find the training schedules for the Spring Semester.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

Copeland Spirit Items - NEW Copeland Items have been added to the website! Communication forms, key chains, pens, koozies, cups & more are now available to purchase online. Please visit to see all the Copeland Spirit Item available. Choose fundraising from the top menu, then click Copeland Spirit Items. There are still a few spirit shirts & hoodies (for this cold weather) available in limited sizes. Also, you do not have to be a PTO member to purchase online!

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!