The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Cree Sanford

I hope you all had a very fun and restful Spring Break! Can you believe we only have about 2 ½ months left in this school year!! Man, did that go by fast! As usual we are busy at work here at Copeland! This Friday, March 23, 2018 starting at 6:30pm will be our 25th Anniversary Community Movie Night and Silent Auction!! Also, special guest Arnstar from Blazer Fresh will be in attendance! So come out and join us for this FREE fun family event!

This is the time of year when we start thinking about next year and filling our open chairman positions. Copeland has something for everyone and WE NEED YOU!!! Please take a look at the open positions that we have and consider taking a step up or even into the volunteer world at Copeland. Copeland is a fabulous school, but we are only as fabulous as our volunteers make us!! We need help with the following positions:

Marquee – Chairman/Co-Chairmen update the school marquee on a weekly basis. Chairman/Co-Chairmen are responsible for checking with PTO and school administration to post correct and timely information each week.

Grade Level Liaison (5th grade only) - Liaisons are responsible for coordinating and overseeing their respective grade level activities and reporting progress to the VIPS Coordinator. Liaisons are encouraged to attend the activities, which include grade level programs, K and 5th grade recognition meetings, Field Days, etc.

Writing Camp for 4th grade – this takes about 3-4 weeks of time right before the 4th graders take the writing portion of the STAAR test. This is typically handled by a 4thgrader parent

Memory Book for 5th grade – this is a special sort of through the years book for our 5th graders. They talk about their favorite memories at Copeland, favorite teachers, and we get to see their Elementary career in pictures from Kinder through 5th grade. We need someone to help organize this. (a 5th grade parent is requested).

Multicultural Day Chair – Details to TBD

If you see anything that sparks your interest or know of a friend that would be up for the challenge, please feel free to contact me.

Any open board positions will be filled via executive board vote/placement per our bylaws as this is not an election year for our PTO.

As always thank you all for all that you do and for keeping Copeland an awesome place for all of our kids to learn and grow!

Our Family Movie Night celebrating Copeland's 25th Anniversary is Tomorrow night!

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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

The Garden by Tracy Reynolds

The garden is growing! The potatoes the students planted last garden time are sprouting! Thank you Yelena Bolotina , Mike Lee , Thisia Sayers and Jomari La Fleur for taking care of watering the garden during Spring Break. The next three garden dates are April 5, April 9, and May 5th. The 3rd graders really love learning and harvesting in the garden.

Classroom News by Molli Murray

3rd-5th-- These grades are gearing up for their STAAR tests! Keep an eye out for news from the teachers about practices and actual test dates.

All grades—

Family Movie Night is this Friday March 23rd at 6:30 pm. Come out rain or shine! There are auction baskets up for bid and concessions available! Admission is free, but you can purchase tickets for the concessions on-line at Hope to see you there!


Get your yearbook!!!

Price go up after February 9th. Turn in pink form or go online to

If you are not sure you have ordered one, please text or email Cheri Villarreal @ 281-414-2319

Yearbook needs photos! If you have pics from field trips or musicals, please email them to Cheri @ or get the Replayit ap and load them there.

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

Volunteer Opportunities

The year is flying by, but we also always need volunteers and helpers year round. If you do have ability to volunteer on a more regular basis, 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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Spirit Gear by Amanda Ball

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!