The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

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President's Corner by Karen Thomas

Well we are off and running!!

Our fall major fundraiser kicked off on Friday, September 14th! Please take a moment to look through the information your child brought home on Friday. It concludes on Tuesday, October 2nd for catalog orders and October 9th for online orders. Please return all orders (including payment) by Wednesday, October 3rd. We appreciate you supporting Copeland by placing an order or making a donation, which allows our children to benefit from all the wonderful programs we have planned for this school year. Thanks to our fundraising chairman, Donna Schulze, for organizing and coordinating our fundraiser.

Please plan to join us for a Volunteer Orientation Brunch onThursday, September 27th at 9:00 am in the school cafeteria.

We are still looking for a 5th grade Memory Book Chair. If you like collecting pictures and making memories last a lifetime then this is the position for you! Just contact Karen Thomas, at

There have been several forms coming home in the last couple of weeks (VIPS forms, PTO Membership forms, t-shirt forms, etc.). Thanks to everyone who has completed and returned them to the school. If you have not yet had an opportunity to fill yours out, please send those in as soon as possible. We want to ensure you and your child take advantage of all the PTO has to offer.

Thank you to our clinic chairman, Valerie Effinger, for organizing and setting up the vision/hearing’s screenings. Thanks to all the numerous volunteers who came out to help with the screenings. I know many volunteers have already put in countless hours at the school and at home assisting with tasks needed at the beginning of the year. The administration, staff, students and PTO thank you for these efforts. Keep up the great work!

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

VIPS Coordinator Alya Hidayatallah 281-908-7674

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 Hollie Tanguay 734-308-3119

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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.

The Garden by Tracy Reynolds

This week for garden the 3 Rd graders fertilizer, the garden with blood meal and dry molasses. You should ask your students which smelled better?? The kids pulled weeds in the hot sun. Remember on garden days to wear the appropriate clothes. The 3 Rd graders started their fall planting. They planted arugula, raddishes and mustard greens. The garden will need to be watered more regularly , especially if we don't get rain. Please contact Tracy Reynolds at, if you are willing to water. Watering can be done anytime during school or after school. Our next garden day is October 4 th.

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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

Who will our first VIP of the month be? Make sure you log your hours and it could be you! It comes with our gratitude and a fantastic reserved parking spot.

Science Resource Center-Selina Sauceda

What is the SRC? The Science Resource Center (SRC) is a CFISD program that brings science curriculum into the classroom through the training of Parent Volunteers.

How can I help? Each grade level is presented with 2-4 SRC Demo opportunities each year. By attending a training for a demo offered in your child’s grade level (or any grade level that may interest you), you can then help present this curriculum (demo) to all students in that grade level.

When and where can I get trained? Trainings are available throughout the year. Click on the grade level links provided to find dates available for your child’s grade level. All training (except for Nature Trails) are done at the SRC facility, from 9:30-11:30 am.

SRC Training Center: 11206 Telge Rd. (Across from Arnold MS) 281-897-4004

What if I don’t like to handle animals? Many SRC Demos include live animals for the students to observe, but not all. Each demo is listed with whether they include live animals. At Demo training, the SRC staff will thoroughly train you in handling the animal involved in each demo. However, if you are not comfortable handling the animals, don’t let that discourage you from volunteering! Each Demo is designed to be taught by 2-3 volunteers who can split he duties of presenting the information and handling the live animals.

What if I have been trained in the past? 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.

Sign Me UP! 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 she will add you to the trained volunteer list and provide you with demo dates at Copeland!

Grade Level

SighUp Genius Link


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

Volunteer Opportunities by Alya Hidayatallah

I am happy to announce that we have found a homeroom coordinator (HRC) for each classroom! Throughout the year, your HRC will keep you informed of class parties, school events, volunteer opportunities and much more. If you haven’t received any e-mails from your HRC, please ask the teacher for your HRC’s contact information and reach out to the HRC to ensure he/she has your e-mail address. The HRCs will rely on e-mail for all communications so it is really important to provide them with your e-mail.

We have had an overwhelming number of parents indicate that they would like to volunteer during the year and there will be lots of opportunities to do so. One great way to find out about opportunities is to attend the volunteer fair on Thursday, September 27 at 9:00am. It will take place in the Copeland cafeteria and light refreshments will be served.

For parents with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, we are always looking for volunteers to read to the students. Every week, we ask for a parent from each K-2 homeroom to come to Copeland and read a few books to the students in their homeroom. The kids get so excited for the parent readers and it is a lot of fun for the parents as well. Please contact your HRC for further information on how to sign-up.

Field day is approaching quickly. We will be seeking volunteers and we also love for parents to come out to support the kids. More information will follow in the coming weeks from your HRC.

October 17 – Field Day for Kindergarten and 3rdGrade

October 18 – Field Day for 2nd and 4th Grades

October 19 – Field Day for 1st and 5th Grades

Finally, please see the message below about our monthly Spirit Cart.

Spirit Cart

We are so happy to be back in school & are looking forward to another amazing year here at Copeland! We have Spirit Cart once a month on the 2nd Friday of the month (unless there is a student holiday). We just need a couple of hours of your time, to help our kiddos buy items from our cart. Super easy & fun! We enjoy watching their excitement when they see all of 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! Please click on the link below to sign-up. If the sign up is full, but you still want to come, please do!! A lot of times people end up not being able to come, so we can always use an extra hand!

If you have any questions please email Crystal, Kim, & Laura at

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 menu, then Spirit Wear to place your order. Your child will be bringing home a spirit gear order form this week also 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!

Deadline to order to guarantee the size you want will be September 26. If you have any questions please email Amanda Ball at

Looking for a job that fits your life? The district is hiring!

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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!