The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Cree Sanford

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. We have a lot of fun events taking place during the second semester at Copeland.

Coming up this semester, in February, 3rd grade will attend a field trip to see a play by some of our former Copeland Colts at Langham Creek HS on February 1st. We will have our very first Father/Daughter dance on Saturday, February 17th! Dads come dressed to impress and be ready to dance with the sweetest little princesses that you know! Our Terrific Third Graders will have their music show on February 13th . We have some very talented students here at Copeland so don’t miss it! We will have our Spring semester fundraiser, Boosterthon FunRun, in March , and the First Graders music show in April and numerous 5th grade activities in May.

I’d like to welcome Donna Schultz to the executive PTO board! She will be our new Fundraiser Chair for the rest of this year. Many thank you’s to Miranda Daniells for her service and dedication.

Thank you so much to our volunteers for the time and energy that you spend helping to make Copeland a great school. Your contribution, no matter how big or how small it may be, really does make a difference. If you haven’t had an opportunity to volunteer, there are numerous events during the second half of the year that require a lot of volunteers. The quickest way to get involved is to contact your Homeroom Coordinator.

Thanks again for all you do for our school! Please contact me if you have any questions regarding PTO.

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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

Well our crazy weather keeps continuing!!! Not sure how it affects what was going on in the classrooms, but here’s what was supposed to be going on :)

Kinder--January 19th the kids will be getting a special visit from the author of the Pete the Cat books, Eric Litwin!

All grades--Pennies for Patients has begun. This is a way to raise money and the winning classroom gets a party!!! Please consider donating your spare change. Every penny counts!!!

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 Alejandra Elizarraras! Thank you for all you do for our kids and enjoy that parking space!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Activities

We need volunteers and helpers year round and there are plenty of opportunities. You can learn about SRC (Science Resource Center), which is an excellent resource not only for the students, but for parents too. If you are able to volunteer for this, I promise you will learn something too! Please contact our SRC Chair Selina Sauceda at for more info.

The library always needs volunteers, as do art and music. Please let me know if you want more information.

If you have any questions or comments regarding our VIPS program or would like to volunteer, please contact me at 713-829-0638 or

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The Garden by Tracy Reynolds


The 3rd gardeners got to "play" with worms last week. Each class got to make their own compost bin with worms.The students added paper, dead leaves and radish leaves from the garden. Each class is responsible for watering and feeding their bins. In a few weeks the students will get to see how the dirt and worms changed. The dirt and worm will be put into the garden to help feed our plants. As always parents are welcomed to help in the garden on garden days and we always need help watering. Thank you so much Howard LeFleur and Yelena Bolotina for watering during the Christmas break. The next garden day is January 25.

Spirit Gear by Amanda Ball

Need a hoodie for this cold weather? Check out the spirit gear section on to see if the spirit hoodie size you need is still available. We have hats, tumblers and vintage Copeland spirit shirts also available. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Ball,

Help our little artists!

We would love to have you help in the art class room! Ms. Krengel is asking for assistance during the 1st & 2nd grade art classes. Click the links to sign up and help kids grow their love of art; 1st grade Sign Up and 2nd grade Sign Up.

The Art Department is collecting toilet and paper towel tubes, masking tape, embroidery flows, salt and food coloring. Please drop these off at the front office if you would like to help. Thanks, your donations are greatly appreciated!

Spirit Cart by Crystal Beard

We have Spirit Cart once a month, 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!