The Mane Tail

Friday, November 19th, 2021


Dear Parents,

We are planning a Holiday of Fun for our Sampson Stallions on Friday, December 17th. Our fabulous PTO will be providing activities such as: a reindeer mask craft, a reindeer toss game, reindeer Bingo, and decorating a cookie (to look like a reindeer). The teachers will be adding fun activities to last the entire day. Visitors will not be allowed to attend the Holiday of Fun events. We do not want to encourage large crowds of individuals inside the building, and we want this last day before our holiday break to be a fun filled day for students and staff. We appreciate any support that our community can provide for our Holiday of Fun. To donate please use this link: We hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving break, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 29th.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, December 2nd- The Brooke Home & Gift Shopping Event from 10:00am-7:00pm

Saturday, December 4th- Jingle Bell Jog

Wednesday, December 15th- Papa John's 2nd grade Pizza Night

Thursday, December 16th- Spirit Shop & Bahama Bucks from 4:00pm-5:00pm

Friday, December 17th- Holiday of Fun in all classrooms (all day event)

Monday, December 20th- Monday, January 3rd- Winter Break

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!

Spelling Bee Participants

Calling all Spelling Bee participants... Mrs. Wilson will have a lunch bunch session during third, fifth, and fourth grade lunches on Friday, Dec. 3rd, with all Sampson Spelling Bee participants. We will answer questions, model a Bee, and practice. Go S-P-E-L-L-E-R-S!!

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

2nd-4th grade: Review Things I like to do at home.

¿Qué te gusta hacer en casa? (What do you like to do at home?)

Me gusta… (I like to…)

cocinar (cook)

dormir (sleep)

leer (read)

jugar videojuegos (play videogames)

estar con mi familia (be with my family)

dibujar (draw)

K: Review numbers up to 10

1st: Review numbers up to 20


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From the library

Our Jingle Bell Jog 5K is just around the corner! We can't wait for the fun morning. If you did not get to register and you would still like to participate, please go into School Cash and register now. Registering after November 15 does not guarantee a t-shirt, but you will get bells, a reward at the end, and guaranteed fun - rain or shine!

On the morning of December 4, we will have a costume contest for best holiday costume. Prizes will be awarded for the top three places. We will send home t-shirts, race bibs, and bells with students the week before the 5K. Thanks!

5th grade book club met last week and they were, no surprise, amazing. Our next meeting will be on December 9 during lunch to discuss The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Sampson Stallions Service Project 2021!

This year we are going to take part in a Holiday Food Drive benefitting Cypress Assistance Ministries. Each grade level has been assigned specific items to collect and donate. Please take a look at the list below and donate if you can. The Food Drive will run from November 29 through December 10 and the grade level with the highest participation will win extra recess!

Thank you for helping to build our community both inside and outside of Sampson. We are thankful for YOU!

Kindergarten: condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.), snack items, assorted canned vegetables and toilet paper

First Grade: baking goods, evaporated milk, baking powder, baking soda, oil, sugar (1 lb bags), cookie & cake mixes, icing/frosting, pie crust, pie filling and dish detergent

Second Grade: instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, cornbread mix, canned cranberry sauce, canned yams, canned pumpkin, brown gravy, canned broth and mouthwash

Third Grade: bagged rice (white or brown), dry beans (pinto, white, black, kidney, etc.), jelly/jam, shampoo and conditioner

Fourth Grade: Spaghetti O's, raviolis, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, canned soups and deodorant

Fifth Grade: boxed cereal, dry pasta & spaghetti, macaroni & cheese, ramen noodles and paper towels

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.**

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PTO News

The Brook Home & Gift Shopping Event
Come join us on December 2nd from 10:00am to 7:00pm at the Brook Home & Gift. While shopping you can check out your teacher’s wish list and shop for them!

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HoliDAY of Fun Party

Let's help make this year's HoliDAY of Fun party the best yet! We have lots of new and exciting games, crafts and treats for our students to enjoy throughout the day. Please use the links below to sign up.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Donate to Teacher & Staff Holiday Gifts

If you would like to donate to your teacher's Holiday gift, we have included instructions below.

Please note that the Holiday gift is optional and is offered to help alleviate the Holiday stress.

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Jr Achievement

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Covid Dashboard

Click this to see a live representation of Covid in all of Cypress Fairbanks ISD.