The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter - October 4, 2019

President’s Corner By Amanda Ball

I want to thank everyone that participated & supported Copeland in our Big Kahuna Fall FUNdraiser. We appreciate your support of Copeland and Copeland PTO. We could NOT do all of the wonderful things the PTO does without your help and generosity. Please note there was an error on the October calendar. Big Kahuna product pick up is November 6th, not October 11th. Just a reminder that online sales are still going until October 11th, so let's do a big push to support our Colts.

I would like to thank the fabulous volunteers who have stepped up to chair a position and help our wonderful Copeland Colts have a phenomenal year. We truly cannot offer all the fabulous program that we do without YOU, the volunteers! We still have 5th grade Liaison, 5th grade Memory Book Chair, 3rd grade Multicultural Day Chair, Co-chair for Colonial Days & Yearbook Photographers needed for this school year. If you are interested or would just like to have more information please let me know.

We have a lot of exciting activities approaching in a couple of weeks; Career Day, Field Days, 3rd & 5th grade Nature Trails, Father/Daughter Dance and Colonial Day. Please watch the Horseshoe Review and emails from your HRC for more exciting opportunities to volunteer. Also, check out our website at for all the happenings at Copeland!

PTO Executive Board

President: Amanda Ball 713-557-0316

Vice President: Cree Sanford 713-304-7016

Cultural Arts: Penelope Miller 914-433-3050

VIPS Coordinator: OPEN

Social Media: LaKishia Edwards 409-338-7667

Fundraising: Jennifer Alvarado 832-928-1968

Secretary: Jillana O'Dell 210-845-3918

Treasurer: Valerie Effinger 281-685-6275

Sign up now and be part of the team!

Sign up for your 2019-2020 Copeland PTO Membership. Be the final boost to get your class to the 100% PTO membership. Every class with 100% PTO membership will receive extra recess time & the Grade Level that reaches 100% first will receive a popsicle party! It’s only $12 to join and it helps us provide so much for our Copeland Colts.

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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

Volunteer Opportunities

Well, we did have a Homeroom Coordinator for every classroom and then three more classes were added! We are still in need of HRC's for Mrs. Bergstroms's Kinder class, Mrs. Caro's 2nd grade class and Mrs. Tanguay's 5th grade class. If your child is in one of these classes and you are interested in volunteering to be HRC, please email The VIPS Coordinator will get your connected with your class. Throughout the year, your HRC will keep you informed of class parties, school events, volunteer opportunities and much more. If you haven’t received any emails from your HRC, please ask the teacher for your HRC’s contact information and reach out to the HRC to ensure she has your email address. The HRC’s will rely on email for all communication so it is really important to provide them with your email.

Chair positions still open:

Yearbook Photographers - We need 5 more yearbook photographers; one photographer for each grade level, we have a volunteer for 2nd grade. Your responsibility will be to take pictures at your grade level events & upload them.

Colonial Day Co-Chair – (usually a 5th or 4th grade parent, but can be any grade parent) 5th grade travels back in time to learn how people lived in the colonial days. The kids learn to make candles, go to a typical colonial day of school, learn games, see a working spinning wheel and many other things. Chairman will recruit volunteers to run each station and work with teachers on the layout for the day.

5th Grade Liaisons - (5th grade parents) 5th Grade Liaison responsibilities will be organizing the 5th grade luncheon and 5th grade fun day. They will also help with 5th grade picture, distribute 5th grade shirts & help answer questions from 5th grade HRC's.

5th Grade Memory Book – (a 5th grade parent is requested) Chairman organizes this special "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.

3rd Grade Multi-Cultural Day – Chairman helps organize multi-cultural day which consists of the kids traveling the world to explore food, traditions & games of other countries. Several volunteering opportunities needed from helping in a classroom on that day to donating an item.

Field Days

I know we have all been watching the Astros & Texans and looking forward to the Rockets during pre-season, but the hottest sporting competition in town is right around the corner and minutes from your front door... it's Copeland Field Days!!!

Tuesday, 10/22: 2nd Grade from 8:30am - 10:30am and 4th Grade from 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Wednesday, 10/23: 1st Grade from 8:30am - 10:30am and 5th Grade from 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Thursday, 10/24: Kindergarten from 8:30am - 10:30am and 3rd Grade from 12:30pm -2:30pm

So mark your calendars and tell your boss you need the day off so you can come our and root for your favorite elementary student and their class!!

If you have a pop up tent that we can borrow for the kids to sit under and keep cool please click this link below. Also, be on the lookout next week to receive a class specific signup from your HRC.

Field Day Shirts

Last day to order field day shirts it Friday, October 4th. Please log into school cash, School Cash Online, to get yours ordered. If you missed the deadline you can get a shirt in your class color.

2019 - 2020 Field Day Class Colors

Light Blue: Blowey, Adam, Berry, Alonso, Attleson & Tanguay

Tennessee (Orange): Cook, Basham, Crawford, Gruller, Rankin & Featherstone

Sapphire: Lopez, Clement, Derouen, Burch, Flora & Kurtz

Orchid: Pitts, Goodspeed, Wheeler, Williams, Fischer, Luce & Life Skills

Lime: Rampersad, Trei, McConnell, Hickman, O'Malley & Reeder

Daisy: Smith, Hughes, Drisdale, Bledsoe, Forcha & Lavalais

Jade Dome: Bergstrom, Torreblanca, Mays, Koehn & Sharon

Sport Grey: Caro

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P.E. Twitter Page Fun

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

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There are also many volunteer opportunities for parents wishing to lead Science demos for all grades. Below are the links for all grade level trainings coming up this semester.

The Garden by Tracy Reynolds

Do you like to garden or want to learn more about the garden? The garden is needing a co-chair for the garden. If this sounds like fun contact Amanda Ball at

Also, remember to dress your child in shoes and clothes that can get dirty. In the coming garden classes, the students will be planting fall crops, harvesting sweet potatoes and weeding the beds.

The garden can also use help weeding, and watering the garden.

Volunteer of the Month is....

Stephanie Mueller!! Congratulation Stephanie! Thank you for all the hours you have volunteered (and logged) the month of September. We appreciate everything you do for Copeland Elementary. Enjoy your RESERVED parking spot up front! It is our way of thanking you for your hard-work at Copeland.

Copeland Yearbooks

Yearbooks are on sale now, order before they sell out! All details in the fliers below and in your child’s Friday folders. You can order at or mail in your form with payment. Make sure you are using the Image Share app to upload your photos!
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It's never to early to start talking about yearbooks...

They will sell out fast so...

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Spirit Wear by Amanda Ball

Thanks to everyone who ordered Copeland spirit wear! A special thank you to everyone who has been waiting patiently for their shirt to arrive. The order has been placed and your shirts/hoodies will be arriving mid-October. As soon as they are received they will be delivered to your oldest child. If you missed the deadline, we still have limited quantities of spirit wear available. Please visit our website,, click Fundraising from the menu, then Spirit Wear to place your order before inventory runs out. If you have any questions please email Amanda Ball at

SAVE THE DATE: October 8 Marco's Pizza Spirit Night - 4th Grade Box Night

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Texas Roadhouse Roll Fundraiser Begins: October 16

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OOPS! There was an error on the October calendar.

November 6th if the Big Kahuna produce pick up NOT October 11.

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.

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FREE MONEY for Your Kids!!!!

Logging in as a Volunteer

Working for our kids as a volunteer is both rewarding and important. Please log your volunteer hours in our Raptor Portal.

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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