The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter

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President's Corner by Cree Sanford

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.

We have a lot of exciting activities coming up like our First Mummy & Son Dance approaching in a couple of weeks, Field Days, Red Ribbon Week and Colonial Day. Please watch the Horseshoe Review for more exciting opportunities to volunteer. You can always contact your homeroom coordinator regarding these opportunities. Also, check out our new and improved website at for all the happenings at Copeland!

Our fifth graders are very much looking forward to their annual Colonial Day which is fast approaching. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun for our students and parents. Please contact your fifth grade Homeroom Coordinator for information on how you can help make this day a success for all of our fabulous fifth graders.

The Copeland Book Fair is also going on RIGHT NOW, so please stop by the library if you get a chance.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding PTO, please feel free to contact me or any executive board member.

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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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VIPS News by Molli Murray

Volunteer Activities

We have lots of things happening in the next couple of weeks for which we need items and volunteers. Please check out the classroom news below for lots of exciting opportunities.

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.

We also have spirit cart once a month. See below from our Spirit Cart Chair, Crystal Beard.

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

Who will be the Volunteer of the Month? Every month we honor the volunteer who has logged the most hours working for our kids. It is our way of thanking our hard working VIP's. The honor gets you your picture in the in the Horseshoe Review, our undying gratitude, and most importantly a reserved parking spot right up close in the school's front parking lot!

Spirit Gear is on it's way!

Thank you for being patient if you had to wait for your spirit gear to be ordered, the deadline was pushed back due to Hurricane Harvey. We expect to have all orders in and delivered to students by the end of October. If you missed the deadline, we still have limited quantities of spirit gear available. Please go to (click Fundraising from menu, then Spirit Wear) to place your order before inventory runs out. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Ball at

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 small glass baby food jars with lids, plastic grocery bags, tin foil, and liquid dish soap. Thanks, your help is greatly appreciated!

Classroom News

Please make sure your homeroom coordinator (HRC), has your email and information. Also, make sure you have entered their email into your contacts so you don’t miss out on anything! If you don’t know who your HRC is, please check with your teacher.

Kinder—Thank you to everyone who donated for the apple tasting for the kindergarten students. They all had a great time.

1st--We just got a dozen chick eggs today! It takes 21 days for our chicks to incubate and then peck out of their shells, but we're so excited!"

3rd-- The 3rd graders are having fun in the garden. The kids got to pick sweet potatoes that the 3rd graders from last year planted. On October 10, 2017 the 3rd graders got to eat mashed sweet potatoes for lunch with the sweet potatoes they picked. The 3rd graders will start planting soon. We are going to need help with watering the plants. The old butterfly garden will need to clean out soon. We will have a weekend parent/ student work day soon (TBD). The gardener is requesting pine needles for the garden. Just place bagged pine needle by the picnic tables near the garden. The pine needles are used for free mulch to help the students not have to wed the garden as much. Remember on garden days wear old clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes. The next garden day is October 18.

4th and 5th—Colonial Days is approaching soon—Friday November 3rd!! And we need lots of help. While this is an activity for the 5th graders, 4th grade parents can also help and you get to see what your kiddos will be doing next year! There are options for full day, morning and afternoon shifts.

Please contact either Kari Werner at or MishellRodriguez at

Field Days! by Amanda Ball


October 24th = 2nd Grade @ 8:30am-10:30am / 4th Grade @ 12:15pm-2:15pm

October 25th = 1st Grade @ 8:30am-10:30am / 5th Grade @ 12:15pm-2:15pm

October 26th = KG @ 8:30am-10:30am / 3rd Grade @ 12:15pm-2:15pm

Field days are coming up soon! We are still in need of pop up tents so each class can have shade while running and playing the exciting games. Please click on this link, Field Day Items Needed, to sign up to get field day off to a great start. We will have volunteers putting up & taking down the tents each day and will store them in the school if you would like to offer your tent for all three days.

If you haven’t received anything from your HRC, please contact your teacher to see if it has been sent out and make sure your HRC has your info. There will be a signup genius created for each classroom to volunteer to bring items and help out along with a separate one to help out taking pictures (please see below for this link). If it’s full, please take pictures anyway and send to Cheri Villarreal!

“Hello everyone. This is Cheri, the yearbook chairman. We need pics of field day for the yearbook. I would love to have 3 people sign up to take pics from each grade. Pictures must be of different students participating in field day. We love seeing pictures with your kids In them but please take pics of other students too. Once field day is over, I will have you send them to me thru image share. I need 3 people to sign up but anyone is welcome to take pics and send them to me.

Thank you all!!!

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Cheri Villarreal

Yearbook Chairman

Copeland Elementary

Some of you have been attending Field Days for many years and some of you may be experiencing your first Field Day. Below are some helpful hints to help make this a stress free event.

Please do not provide additional refreshments to the children. This would be a violation of the Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value Policy. The PTO will provide a treat to all students at the end of their field day.

Volunteers are not allowed to put sunscreen on the students. Parents are instructed to put sunscreen on their children the day of the event. This is for your protection as well as the student’s protection. Some children are very sensitive to the ingredients in these products.

Parents are encouraged to bring noisemakers and/or posters! Let’s get loud and cheer for our students!

• Parents please refrain from adding inappropriate embellishments to the Field Day shirt or to the students themselves. (i.e.- no body, face or hair painting). However, ‘bling’ & name can be added and it can be fringed at the bottom or tied up at the sleeves with ribbon.

If you have any questions please ask Krista Vicklund, or Amanda Ball, Thanks for your help!

Science Resource Center by Selina Sauceda

Hello Copeland Parents!

I am excited for another great year at the SRC! Please


the information below to see how you can help!

What is the SRC: The Science Resource Center (SRC) is a CFISD center that brings curriculum and live animals, meant to extend on the science lessons done in class, to the schools. All materials and live animals needed for lessons are provided by the SRC staff.

Who is needed: The SRC demonstrations (demos) are done by campus volunteers. The SRC will train you in any grade level demo you are interested in presenting. Demo dates are then set by the SRC Liaison at each campus, and the trained volunteer presents the demo to the students on the assigned date.

How to volunteer: See the

​Fall demo dates below and RSVP to Selina Sauceda with the grade level and demo dates you wish to be trained for:

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Spirit Cart by Crystal Beard

It’s that time of year again! 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!