The Mane Tail

Friday, October 29th, 2021


Dear Parents,

We will hold our first Dollar Day of the school year on Friday, November 5th. Students may bring $1 to school to earn the privilege of having a sweet treat for their snack on Nov. 5th. Students will furnish their own sweet treat. The money raised from this day will go toward our prizes for the PBIS Winter Raffle. This is an optional activity for students.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 1st- Student Holiday (No School)

Tuesday, November 2nd- Student Holiday/ Parent Conference Day (No School)

Friday, November 5th- Dollar Day & Sweet Treat

Tuesday, November 9th & Wednesday, November 10th: Family Reading Night

Friday, November 12th - Veterans Day Celebration (in the front of the school) at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 16th - Sampson Night at Creekwood Grill

Thursday, November 18th- Sampson Night at Creekwood Grill

Monday, November 22nd- Friday, November 26th- Student and Staff Holiday (no school)

Saturday, December 4th- Jingle Bell Jog

Sweet Treat Dollar Day

Student Council will be hosting our first Dollar Day of the school year! Students will be able to pay $1 to bring in a Sweet Treat of their choice on Friday, November 5th. Students who participate are welcome to bring in a yummy, sweet snack or drink. Student Council will be collecting money between the dates of October 28 - November 5. All money raised will go directly to our PBIS fund for student events, raffles, incentives, etc.

Veterans Day

The students and staff will be participating in a tribute to our veterans on Friday, November 12th. We will be gathering at 8:05 AM around the flagpole at the front of the school to recognize the importance of this day. We would like to invite any veterans that are able to attend on this morning. We will ask all veterans to stand and be recognized during part of our celebration. We would like for all honorees to arrive by 7:45 AM. You may take your seat outside or you may gather in the Art Room for a Meet & Greet. Parents are welcome to attend, but we ask that you stand behind the students. Since all 900 students will be in attendance, it will not be possible for parents to visit with their child during this time. In the event of rain, veterans will be moved inside and the observance will be "zoomed" for students and staff. If you would like for us to include a family member or friend, please use the form below to RSVP.

Please RSVP on if a veteran is attending.


Veteran Picture for Hero Wall

Dear Parents,

We are creating a Hero Wall to honor veterans, past and present, for Veterans Day. The Hero Wall will be displayed outside the library. If you would like to honor a veteran, please fill out the name plate below and return with a copy of a photograph of the veteran (preferably in uniform) by Wednesday, November 10th. A 5x7 or 8x10 size picture is ideal. If you are submitting the same picture from last year, please leave it mounted. The veteran in the picture does not need to be in attendance to be honored on our Hero Wall. Please include the name(s) of the students who are relatives of the honoree. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kim Maxian at . Use the template below to submit your picture.


Veteran’s Name ___________________________________________________________________

Branch & Years Served ______________________________________________________________

Photo submitted by ________________________________________________________________

(student’s name)

Nature Trails


Great news! We will make up our Nature Trails Day 2 (postponed due to weather) on Monday, December 13th. Students will bring home a new permission form for the new date. Remember, students will:

  • leave Sampson around 9am and return around 2pm
  • wear long pants (not leggings), socks, and closed-toe shoes for safety. In addition, keep the weather conditions in mind. Your child may need layers that can be added/removed for comfort.
  • bring a lunch in a container to keep insects out or purchase a box lunch from the cafeteria. Water bottles are recommended.

We look forward to a great day at the Trails!

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week in Spanish class we will cover the following:

Kinder: Review the shapes

Las figuras planas (2 dimentional shapes)

El círculo (circle)

El cuadrado (square)

El rectángulo (rectangle)

El triángulo (triangle)

El óvalo (oval)

La estrella (star)

1st-4th grade: Review the months of the year.

2nd-4th grade: Review the months of the year and answer questions.

Los meses del año (The months of the year)

Enero (January)

Febrero (February)

Marzo (March)

Abril (April)

Mayo (May)

Junio (June)

Julio (July)

Agosto (August)

Septiembre (September)

Octubre (October)

Noviembre (November)

Diciembre (december)

2nd-4th grade:

A. ¿Cuántos años tienes? (How old are you?)

B. Tengo ____ años, ¿y tú? (I am ___ years old. And you?)

A. Tengo ____ años. (I am ___ years old.)

A. ¿En qué mes es tu cumpleaños? (What month is your birthday?)

B. Mi cumpleaños es en _______. (My birthday in is_______.)

A. ¿Te gusta el mes de ____? (Do you like the month of _______?)

B. Sí me gusta el mes de ____.O (Yes, I like the month of _______.)

No me gusta el mes de _____. (I don’t like the month of _______.)


Sra. Betancourt

Sampson Spelling Bee 2021-22

Sampson Students and Parents:

Here’s the buzz! On Thursday, Nov. 11th, there will be a written spelling test for qualification in the oral Sampson Spelling Bee to be held on Wednesday, January 5th from 4:00-5:30pm. Guests may attend the Sampson Bee.

This opportunity is open to all 3rd - 5th graders. The written test will be given during your child’s recess period, and a score of 100% is the goal to qualify for the oral spelling bee.

If your child is interested, please complete the attached permission slip and return it to the homeroom teacher as soon as possible (no later than Monday, October 25th). The list of words to study will be sent home once the permission slip is received.

**NEW FEATURE: If your child was a 2020-21 oral Sampson Spelling Bee participant last year and would like to participate again, they qualify for a “fast pass”. These students will not need to take a written qualifying test, but will receive the oral spelling bee study words after returning the permission slip.

If your child becomes our school Champion, the District Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, after school at the Berry Center. The winners will go on to a Regional Bee later in the spring.

Please complete the attached permission slip and return it as soon as possible.

Happy s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g !

Lori Wilson

Grades 3-5 Instructional Specialist/Spelling Bee Coordinator

From the library

The Sampson Book Fair is here! Shopping begins on Tuesday, November 2 during conference day. Stop in for a purchase. I highly recommend using eWallet for your students. Go to and scroll to eWallet. You can purchase books online as well.

*Of course, we have experienced shortage of supplies in many parts of our lives, and books are not to be forgotten. We will do our best to get just what children want!

Don't forget about Sampson's Family Reading Nights on Tuesday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 10 from 3:40 - 6:00 p.m.

Come to Our Book Fair!

Visit our school's homepage to hear the latest Book Fair news, RSVP for events, sign up to volunteer, and more!

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Please see the attached information for our book shopping schedule, information about Family Reading Nights, and purchasing gift certificates.

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Jingle Bell Jog!!!!

Sign up for the Jingle Bell Jog! December 4 at the Coles Crossing Lap Pool at 8:00 a.m. A 5K for all! Register on SchoolCash. Yes, non-Sampson families can participate with this link: Fee Details

SchoolCash Online

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Counselors Corner

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Horizons (GT) Testing

The Open Referral Period for Mid-Year Testing (1st-5th) for the Horizons Program is open until Tuesday, November 30th. During this time, parents may choose to refer their child for testing. Parents can get a Parent Permission form for Horizons testing by sending a request to their child’s teacher. 1st-5th grade testing will take place in January and/or February and results will be received at the end of April. Services for 1st-5th grade students who qualify for the Horizons program will not start until next school year (2022-23).

ALL Kindergarten students will be screened this school year.

**No Late Permission Forms will be accepted.**

Student screening for credit-by-exam

Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use “credit-by-exam” to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.

To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be 5 by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school. To apply to take the test to skip grade 1, a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.

Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be “skipped” each year. No retests will be given.

Testing is for placement for next school year (2022-23).

Application due date for current testing session: Friday, November 5, 2021.

Testing will take place during the week of Monday, November 29th-Friday, December 3rd.

Application due date for February testing session: Friday, January 21st, 2022.

Testing will take place during the week of Monday, February 7th-Friday, February 11th.

**Summer testing information will be available after Spring Break.**

If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact the school counselor.

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