The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter - January 17, 2020

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President’s Corner By Amanda Ball

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break! Our third graders put on a fantastic performance this past Tuesday. Mrs. Vigil always does an amazing job getting the students prepared and our music chairs, LaToi Gillyard & Veronica Flores, do a great job with the stage decorations.

I would like to invite everyone to our Spring Mix & Mingle on Tuesday, January 21st from 6:00-7:00 pm at Las Brazos restaurant on Barker Cypress. This event will be an excellent time to come out and learn about all the exciting volunteer opportunities and ways you can support our Colts.

We have a lot of fun events taking place this spring semester at Copeland so be sure to mark the dates in your calendar because you will not want to miss any of them. Our Mother/Son Ultimate Tailgate is 2/29, Movie Night and Silent Auction is 3/27 & Color Run is 4/17.

There, of course, will be Spirit Cart once a month, SRC demo’s, Little Beakers for K, 1st & 2nd, Enrichment activity for 4th, Staff Appreciation Week, Book Fair, PK Splash Day, end of year parties, 5th grade fun day and numerous spirit nights. Be sure to check the PTO calendar here: PTO calendar to stay up to date on everything.

Thank you so much to our volunteers for the time and energy 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. As always, if you have questions/concerns/ideas regarding PTO, please feel free to contact me at


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Congrats to Andrea Packer, our January Volunteer of the Month!

Thank you, Andrea, 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 upfront! 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 Veronica Flores & LaToi Gillyard

Y'all did an awesome job on the set and helping out for the 3rd grade Multicultural program Tuesday night! It was awesome! Thank you for helping Ms. Vigil give such an amazing performance. The decor and costumes really added to the stage.

Shout Out to our Nature Trails Volunteers

A huge thank you to all the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the training and field trip for Nature Trails! They were all so accommodating after the first trip was canceled due to bad weather, and we are so glad they were able to make it this time to help our teachers and make sure the students had an awesome, educational day outdoors for some hands-on science. Thank you so much!

Brandy Clark

Howard LaFleur

Amanda Ball

Alya Hidayatallah

Erin Freeman

Erin Ball

Jillana O'Dell

Jeana Handley

Donna Schulze

Kristen Sanchez

Gina Henry

Brittany Brown

Lourdes Olivera

Valerie Effinger

Rocio Salgado

Lakishia Edwards

Melanie Ablack

Kristen Kanuch

Stephanie Cardoso

Demi Janak

Shout Out to Laura Rivera, Rebecca Bintcliffe, and all our Spirit Cart volunteers

Ladies, thank you for hosting a successful spirit cart EVERY MONTH for our Colts! They truly enjoy taking something home fun. Spirit cart is a great reward for hard work at school and a fun way for us to raise money for Copeland. We couldn't do it without you.

Spirit Night January 22

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Spirit Night January 28

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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

Multi-Cultural Day Committee

Gardening Co-Chair

Yearbook Finance/Communication

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, 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.

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***New dates have been added for SRC Demo Trainings in the Spring! Plan ahead - click the link for your grade level to sign up for a training event.***

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Spirit Gear SALE!!!

We are having a sale on our V-Neck shirts! They have been reduced from $16 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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