The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Karen Thomas

I want to give a Big Thanks to Tracy Reynolds and the Colonial Day Chairmen for organizing the festivities. The 5th graders enjoyed a day full of activities that gave them a sense of what colonial life in America was really like.

The time and talents of many other 5th grade parent volunteers also made this event possible, including Hugh Corpening who comes back to Copeland every year to do a convincing performance as Ben Franklin. Thanks to Wendy Johnson for creating the documentation and slide show we needed for the candle making station. All of you are greatly appreciated!

Thanks to all who participated in our Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser to make it a success.

Our first general PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th at 6:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. We will have a quick business meeting followed by a performance by the Copeland 5th grade students. Mrs. Vigil and the students are working hard on a production that you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendars now to join us.

December promises to be a fast and furious month! 5th graders will go see the play It’s A Wonderful Life and enjoy a catered lunch on December 5th. The holiday parties will be held on Friday, Dec. 21st. Exact times will be published in the next issue of The Horseshoe Review. Homeroom coordinators will be contacting you soon regarding volunteer opportunities for the parties.

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

Colonial Day was Friday and we want to thank everyone who came out to volunteer to make this day a big success for our 5th graders. A special thank you to Tracy Reynolds for putting in countless hours organizing this event. We also want to thank David Dummond, Stephanie Kollar, Annette Carter, Shanna Wong, Jennifer Emerson, Tricia Penn & Shawn Lapina for stepping up to be in charge of a station. The 5th graders had fun rotated through 9 different stations to experience life during Colonial America.

The PK & Kindergarten kids had pumpkin tasting on Friday as well, be sure to ask them how they like it.

Don't forget the Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser pick up is 11/19 - 11/21! 19th 2-5 pm, 20th 10-6 pm & 21st 10-4 pm

The kids will be excited to come back after the Thanksgiving break because the Big Kahuna Rewards Gaming Truck will be at the school on Monday the 26th and Kona Ice will be at the school on Tuesday the 27th.

The garden by Tracy Reynolds

The garden has been growing and the students are learning a lot, Thankfully the weather has taken care of watering the garden. The garden will need a list of people willing to waters . especially during the holidays. If you can help water please email

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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 Stephanie Mueller! 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!