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The Copeland PTO Newsletter - February 7, 2020

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President’s Corner By Amanda Ball

Can you believe we have been through 100 days of school! It’s been fun, but it’s not over yet and we still have several fun activities left to do before the school year is over. I hope you are able to attend all of the great things we have planned. Why, just in February alone we have Mom & Son Ultimate Tailgate, Reading is Sweet, Spring Pictures, Spirit Cart on Valentine’s day, 3rd grade garden, 5th grade STAAR Night, Dance Across Texas for grades K-2nd & spirit nights. Please check out the Save the Date flyer below with more exciting events you won’t want to miss. You can also go to the PTO calendar here: PTO calendar to stay up to date on everything.

Thank you so much to all of you who are constantly volunteering at or for Copeland. I cannot say “Thank You” enough to those of you who help with hospitality, SRC, reader parents, clinic, library, and hosts of other committees. Copeland is a fabulous place for our kiddos because of YOU!! As always, if you have questions/concerns/ideas regarding PTO, please feel free to contact me at


Copeland PTO Facebook - @CopelandElementaryPTO

Copeland PTO Instagram- @CopelandElementaryPTO

Remind App Copeland PTO Volunteers – Text @2868g4 to 81010

Remind App Copeland PTO Events – Text @aeb664 to 81010

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We need all our Android parent picture taking skills!

Go to an event...take pictures...upload in 5 seconds...your kid and their friends appear in the yearbook

We need all our Apple parent picture taking skills!

Go to an event...take pictures...upload in 5 seconds...your kid and their friends appear in the yearbook

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Congrats to Danielle Washington, our February Volunteer of the Month!

Thank you, Danielle, for all the hours you put in at Copeland. You are AMAZING! It's people like you that make Copeland the best school our kids can be at. Enjoy your RESERVED parking spot up front! This is our way of thanking you for everything you do at Copeland Elementary and the SRC.

Who will it be next month??? Log your hours now. If you need to know how, see the bottom of this newsletter for step by step directions on how to use Raptor, our volunteer hour recording system for CyFair ISD.

Volunteer Shout Out to our Hospitality Committee

We have a fabulous Hospitality Committee who treats our staff each month with the help of others to a great luncheon. They also decorate and give countless hours into making those decorations and hosting events.

We appreciate all you do Alejandra Elizarraras, Kristen Sanchez, and Lourdes Oliveras!

A big thank you to all the parents that sign up every month to donate the items needed to provide for the staff luncheons!

Spirit Night February 11

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Spirit Night February 19

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Volunteer Opportunities by Deepa Ozarkar

We are still in need of the following chairmen and committee members. If you are interested in any positions or helping out with specific events on their committees, please email me at

Yearbook Photographers

Mother/Son Tailgate Committee

Movie Night/Silent Auction Committee

Color Run Committee

HRCs will continue to keep you informed of class parties, school events, volunteer opportunities and much more. If you haven’t received any emails from your HRC or Membership Toolkit, please ask your child's teacher for your HRC’s contact information and reach out to the HRC to ensure she has your correct email address.

Interested in Volunteering for Hearing and Vision Screening?

In order to actually do the testing, you have to be trained first by the district. There is a training scheduled for next week, February 12, 9 am - 3 pm for anyone interested in getting trained to do the hearing and vision screenings at any school each school year. The certification is good for 5 years.

Contact Valerie Effinger ASAP at if you would like to participate.

Mrs. Krengel is looking for art class volunteers! If you love art and would like to help please signup with the link above.

She is so grateful for all the donations this year. The art room is still in need of the following supplies:

-plastic quart-size juice containers plastic bottle type

-cornstarch, paper plates-any size





-old t-shirts (for smocks)

-paper towels

-paper plates


-Alum (spice)


Have your student bring them to the art room or you can bring them to the front desk. Thanks for your donations!

The Garden by Tracy Reynolds

Our Colts garden is growing and looks fantastic. We are in need of parents who would be willing to help out watering the garden. Please contact me at if you can.

Thank you for all the pine needle donations. It is still cold out so if you have more leave them in trash bags by the picnic table.

The garden is still selling bluebonnets seeds. The seeds were harvested from the garden by last year's 3rd grade.
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SRC Demo Trainings

There are still a few more trainings for the spring. If you are interested click the link for your grade level to sign up for a training event.

Spirit Gear SALE!!!

We are having a sale on our V-Neck shirts! They have been reduced to $12. Please go online to, click fundraising from the menu to place your order. You can always choose the pay later option if you would like.

We still have a limited number of sizes available for all of our other spirit shirts and hoodies if you are interested in showing your school spirit! If you have any questions please email

Help us get FREE MONEY for Our Kids!!!!

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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, either to the front office or send it in with your student.

P.E. Twitter Page Fun

Check out our Twitter page @CopelandPE3 for P.E. fun photos.

Log your Volunteer Hours to get more money for our school!

Working for our kids as a volunteer is both rewarding and important. Please log your volunteer hours in our Raptor Portal. The more volunteer hours we log the more money we get from the state.

CFISD has provided an online program to make it easier on volunteers to log and track their

volunteer hours. This program is called Raptor, which is part of the V-Soft security software

that helps keep our schools safe.

Copeland does not have logbooks in the front office to record your hours. So, in order to

log your hours, you will need to establish a raptor account. This is quite easy and will allow

you to log your hours at home.

The steps to register online are as follows:

1. Go to or click on the "New to Raptor" button below.

2. Complete this form in its entirety and submit (you must have an email address to do this)

3. You will receive an email from with your account information and password.

4. Once you receive the email use the button below to log in to your account.

5. Add this website to your favorites (this is where you will log hours)

6. Log in with email and password

7. Select campus

8. Select the tabs you will need

This program will be used to determine volunteer of the month and reporting our total volunteer hours to the district, enabling them to apply for various grants and programs.

Log Volunteer Hours Here

If you are a returning volunteer and have a login, use this link to sign in and log your hours.

New to Raptor Volunteer Portal?

Click here to create your account if you have never used Raptor to log volunteer hours

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