The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Cree Sanford

It is hard to believe that we are down to the last few weeks of school! May is a very busy time at Copeland. I hope that you will be able to join us for some of the activities that are yet to come.

Our final Spirit Cart of the year will be Friday, May 11th! Kindergarten will also have Milk and Cookies with Mom on this date. On May 18th the 5th graders will have their annual pool party celebration! It’s always a fun event! (Please note the pool party is hosted by a group of 5th grade parents and is NOT a PTO/SCHOOL SPONSORED event.) On May 24th, the terrific Third graders will travel from country to country during our first Multi-Cultural Day Celebration. Come dressed in your favorite cultural attire and get a taste of life from around the world! This is sure to be a new Copeland tradition! On May 31st our outgoing 5th graders will enjoy a little fun in the sun with their 5th grade “Fun Day”. Fifth grade really knows how to leave with a bang!

We will have our End of Year Parties for all grade levels on June 1st. If you are interested in helping out with your child’s parties, please contact your homeroom coordinator.

I hope you will plan to join us for the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on Friday, May 18th at 9:30 a.m. in the Copeland library. We appreciate all that you do and want you to be there. If you are an outgoing chairman, please make sure you take the time to meet with your replacement after the brunch. This is the perfect time to share information about your responsibilities. If you have a notebook with helpful information, please have that ready to pass on as well. If you are unable to attend, please leave your notebook in the PTO mailbox.

Speaking of chairman…we are still in need of several Chairman positions. If you are interested in heading up the Marquee, 5thgrade memory book for Shutterfly enthusiast, Clinic, or even a big one like heading up our Colonial Day, please contact me or any of our board members at one of the emails below!! We need great volunteers like you in order to help keep these programs running! If you have a friend and would like to co-chair one of these positions, that would work as well. We just need some help in these particular areas. Copeland is a phenomenal school because of the fabulous volunteers – like YOU!!!

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Sign up now for next year!

Sign-up early for your 2018-2019 Copeland PTO Membership. It’s only $10 but this helps us all provide so much more for our Copeland Colts.

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PTO Executive Board

President Cree Sanford 713-304-7016

Vice President Karen Thomas 832-594-3720

VIPS Coordinator Molli Murray 713-829-0638

Cultural Arts Amanda Ball 713-557-0316

Social Media Coordinator LaKishia Edward 409-338-7667

Fundraising Donna Schulze

Secretary Cynthia Miller 832-326-1545

Treasurer Hollie Tanguay 734-308-3119

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Classroom News by Molli Murray

Kinder—“If you give your mom a cookie” is May 11th during recess time (12:40-1:10). Kinder end of year program (not graduation) is June 1st at 8:30 am. Come see the kids sing patriotic songs.

3rd 4th & 5th—The last STAAR test of the year Monday May 14th. We have a tradition of writing inspirational messages at the front and back of the school to show our support for the kids. Please see the following signup Genius and if you can come out (even if it’s only 15 minutes) and write a phrase or two (Sunday May13th 5pm—yes Mother’s day). Chalk will be provided along with suggested things to write. If you don’t have a 3rd, 4thor 5th grader but are artistic and want to show off your creativity, please come!

All grades--Spirit cart is May 11th! We still need volunteers to come help out. Last one!! Here is a link:

1st grade program by La Toi Gillyard

Greetings parents, LaToi Gillyard here, I am your PTO music chairman. As you know the first grade musical is quickly approaching and I sincerely thank you all for signing up to volunteer. If you are able to come, your help will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please feel free to email me directly at "" Details are below:

Bugs Program: May 8th

6:30pm (arrive @6pm)

Dress rehearsal: May 7th (time tbd)

Rehearsal week: this week - April 30th-May 4th(time tbd)

Kind regards...

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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:

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 volunteer of the month this month is Amanda Ball. Thank you Amanda for all your hard work on behalf of our kids and enjoy that parking spot!

Volunteer Opportunities

Since the year is coming to a close, we are already looking for volunteers for next year!! If you have any questions or comments regarding our VIPS program or would like to volunteer, please contact me at 713-829-0638 or

Thank you to everyone who was able to volunteer this year. Every little bit helps!!

Spirit Gear by Amanda Ball

Still need Spirit Gear? Check out all the styles and sizes on We have current year & vintage Copeland spirit shirts along with hats & tumblers. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Ball,

Help our little artists!

There is only a month left of school but there are still plenty of time to help in the art class room! Click the links to sign up to assist in 1st or 2nd grade art classes; 1st grade Sign Up and 2nd grade Sign Up.

If you don't have time to volunteer you can make a donation! The art department is collecting yarn, felt, thicker thread to sew with. Also, dessert or salad size styrofoam plates, puffy paint, brown paper grocery bags, q-tips and white coffee filters. Thanks, your donations are greatly appreciated!

Spirit Cart by Crystal Beard

We have one more Spirit Cart 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

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!