The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

President's Corner by Cree Sanford

Wow, 2018 is quickly approaching!! Where has the time gone!! Our fifth graders had a fabulous trip to see Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight this past Wednesday and this past Tuesday they put on a phenomenal musical performance. We have some incredibly talented students here at Copeland!! Special thank you to LaToi Gillyard, our music chair, and her crew for all of their hard work with program.

At our general PTO meeting on Tuesday night, the general PTO voted and approved our new amended bylaws. This is a big success for our PTO as our bylaws had not been updated since 2003 and are now up to date with the sign of the times! Thank you to all who attended the meeting and exercised your right to vote. I’d also like to report that our fall fundraiser with Great American raised over $10,000, not too bad especially with all the aftermath our city and some of our families faced from Hurricane Harvey!! These funds will go towards updating our school’s literacy library. I sincerely thank each and every one of you for helping to raise these funds for our school!! We could not do any of this without the help of you!! Copeland truly has some awesome parents!!!

Our traditional Christmas parties will be held on Thursday, December 21st during school hours. You should have received information from your homeroom coordinator regarding times and ways that you could help out with the big day. If you plan to purchase your teacher a little something special, please check out the Teacher Favorites tab on our website at I know the kiddos are looking forward to their winter break so let’s kick it off right with a fabulous party!!

I hope that everyone has a restful and joyous Christmas holiday and I hope that the New Year of 2018 will be a bright beginning for everyone!!

As always, if you have questions regarding the PTO, please contact me at

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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 Miranda Daniells 713-261-7297

Secretary Cynthia Miller 832-326-1545

Treasurer Hollie Tanguay 734-308-3119

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Classroom News by Molli Murray

Volunteer Activities

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

Classroom News

Kinder—Classes are having a Polar Express day on December 15th. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to school. They will also have the option to drink hot chocolate. Please let your teacher know if you don’t want them to or if they can’t drink hot chocolate.

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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 is LaToi Gillyard! Thank you so much for all you do for our Copeland Kids and enjoy that parking spot.

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The Garden by Tracy Reynolds

The garden survived the snow. The 3rd graders are enjoying seeing the garden grow. December 6,20147 the 3rd graders got to make a salad from the broccoli and kohlrabi they grew in the garden. Many of the kids thought it was the best salad ever! The kids planted carrots seed on December 11. As the holidays quickly approach we are going to need help watering the garden. When seeds are planted they need to be watered every other day. We need one or two parents from every class to help. Email me at if you can assist with watering the garden. Parents from all grade levels are welcomed. Thank you Sarah Nelson and Howard LaFleur.

Spirit Gear by Amanda Ball

Check out the spirit gear section on to see if the spirit shirt 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!

Love ART? Love to help kids experience art first hand? 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 in need of gift wrapping paper rolls. Thanks, your help is greatly appreciated!

Science Resource Center by Selina Sauceda

Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to the SRC this semester! We have had SRC demos in Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade so far this year, plus a successful two days at Nature Trails for 3rd and 5th! None of this would have been possible without your support. Please view the updated calendar for more SRC opportunities in the coming semester and email me to RSVP for training.

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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!