Originally delivered on 9/16/2022 7:34 am

SUBJECT: Horseshoe Review September 16th

Horseshoe Review- Copeland Elementary PTO Newsletter

September 16th, 2022

President's Corner

Welcome back, Copeland families! 

I realize we are now a month into school, but this is our first official newsletter! What a month it has been. I hope you are all as excited about this year as I am. 

Our PTO Board works hard for the staff, students, and families always. As most of us on the board roll into our second year, we have some really exciting things planned for everyone.

On Wednesday, our children got to enjoy a great fundraiser kickoff, and we hope you are as excited as we are about some of these amazing products. Please post to social; have your child ask friends, family, and neighbors; and even talk to your coworkers. These products can ship anywhere in the country! If you just ask the question, you'll be amazed at how positively people will respond. :)

We have some great volunteer opportunities coming up. We'll need help for hearing and vision screenings on October 3-4 (more details below), Field Days (October 11-13: information to follow from your Homeroom Coordinator), Truck or Treat on October 28, Fall Family Fun Fest on November 12, and so much more! Please follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/copelandelementarypto) and Instagram (@copelandelementarypto) for all the latest updates.

Finally, please join us October 4th for a PTO General Meeting via Zoom. You can also find those details below. Thanks so much for all your support, and I look forward to another amazing year with our Copeland Colts!

Valerie Effinger

Copeland PTO President

Become a PTO member today!

✅ Join PTO

Have you checked it off your to do list yet? 

Your one-time $12 family membership allows us to provide fun activities for your kids, field trips, playground equipment, classroom tools, teacher appreciation, and so much more all year!

PTO Board Members 2022-2023

Valerie Effinger



Deepa Ozarkar

Membership Liaison


Robin Sovie



Majesta Carraway



Magen Hall

VIPS Coordinator


Laurie Alexander



Cecilia Fernandez

Cultural Arts


LaKishia Edwards

Social Media


Rebecca Bintcliffe

Major Events Coordinator


2022-2023 PTO Board Members



We are kicking off a new year in the garden! The 3rd graders have gotten right to work getting their hands dirty and planting their fall vegetables. They started off with beets, radishes and kale planted from seeds. Take a stroll through the garden and be on the lookout for sprouts! 

Our next garden day is 9/20. Parents, please help your child dress appropriately for garden days as we do get dirty.  

Volunteer Opportunities

We love our Copeland Volunteers! We have so many fun ways to help out at our school. Listed below are descriptions of each role still available as well as who to contact if interested. We would greatly appreciate the help!

Homeroom Coordinators Needed

Hello parents! We are still in need of a Homeroom Coordinator for the following classes:

Pre-K - Alanis

2nd - Berry

2nd - Derouen

2nd - Drisdale

2nd - McConnell

2nd - Sheldon

4th - Delk

4th - Kohen

5th - Alvarado

5th - Colburn

5th - Reeder

Our Homeroom Coordinators support our teachers and the class! This role would involve sending email communications to class parents keeping them informed of school/class activities. They are also responsible for creating and managing signups to be sent out to their class parents for needed supplies for upcoming events such as class parties, field day, etc.

If you are interested in supporting any of our available classes by serving as Homeroom Coordinator, or have any questions, please send an email to Magen Hall at copelandptovips@gmail.com

Science Resource Center

Are you interested in being more hands on in your child's science education?  Here is your chance!

The Science Resource Center trains parents to present demos to our kids. Some are live animal demos, some are not.  If you like the ideas of presenting, but aren't comfortable handling the animals, consider training with a friend and split the duties! 

September and October are full of training opportunities, and Demos begin in October!

Pre-K Opossums


Pre-K/ Animal Friends


Kinder Guinea Pigs


1st Grade Eggs and Nests


1st Grade Small Mammals


4th Grade Galveston Bay Ecology


4th Grade Reptiles


4th Grade Aquatic Bird Study Skins


5th Grade Bird Study Skins


5th Grade Mammal Skulls


If you have any questions, please contact me!

Brandy Clark

Copeland SRC Coordinator




Our hearing and vision screenings are coming up next month! October 4 and 5 are the screening dates, and we need your help! 

We would love to have someone train to be our clinic chair for next year! Also, we need those of you who are certified to screen for hearing and screening to help out. We'll also need a few assertive volunteers to help shuttle the kids from place to place and help keep them quiet. Please sign up if you are able to help out! 


Spirit Cart

If you are available to help with our monthly Spirit Cart, we would appreciate it so much. 

Thank you for always being there for our Colts!



Our Copeland Library is the heartbeat of our school, and we have a special family of volunteers who help keep it running! Our volunteers help students check out books and shelve the books for other students to enjoy. We'd love for you to join us. We'll have a training for all our new volunteers and get you on the schedule to help our wonderful students experience the joy of reading! 

If you are interested, please email me at valerie.effinger@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

Logging Volunteer Hours

Please make sure that when you volunteer you log your hours. This helps the district and state keep up with community involvement as well as shows us who to award Volunteer of the month!  Click on the button below to do so. Thank you!

Log Your Volunteer Hours
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Fall Fundraiser

We are so excited to kick off our Fall Fundraiser this week! 

We heard your feedback last year and have moved to a catalog-based fundraiser for fall with some great shopping options for the upcoming holiday season!

Your kiddos should have brought home their fundraiser catalogs on Tuesday. Remember to setup their sales page online and share with family and friends. 

For a peek at the great Lightyear themed prizes up for grabs check out the video below!

Spirit Gear

Needing new spirit wear for the new year? Show your school pride as you wear your Copeland Spirit Wear! There are also water bottles, baseball hats, and tumblers available.  Don't forget to place an order for mom, dad, and siblings!

Please visit our online shop here to see the selection and place your order.

Your spirit wear purchases will be delivered to your oldest child's classroom.  

If you have any questions, please email Sahar at CopelandSpiritWear@gmail.com.

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 here

- Submit the $20 Birthday Marquee Fee

- Watch the look on their face when they see their name

Due to district policy, we will only put their first name and last letter of their last 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. 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.

Join Copeland PTO today by going to CopelandPTO.org.

Copeland PTO Facebook - @CopelandElementaryPTO

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Remind App

Copeland PTO Volunteers – Text @2868g4 to 81010

Copeland PTO Events – Text @aeb664 to 81010

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