The Mane Tail

Friday, November 12th, 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

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

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

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


The Sampson Clinic would like to thank all the wonderful parent volunteers who helped with student mandated state screenings on November 9th and 10th. So much was accomplished in two days! We are very grateful and appreciative of all the hard work and help received!!!

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 and 1st grade: Review Weather

El estado del tiempo (Weather)

Hace sol (It’s sunny)

Hace calor (It’s hot)

Hace viento (It’s windy)

Hace frío (It’s cold)

Está nublado (it’s cloudy)

Está lloviendo (it’s raining)

Está nevando (it’s snowing)

1st grade: Review

¿Cómo está el tiempo hoy? (What’s the weather like today?)

Hace buen tiempo. (There's good weather.)

Hace mal tiempo. (There’s bad weather.)

2nd-4th grade: Review The ABC’s (El Alfabeto)


Sra. Betancourt

From the library

Jingle Bell Jog!!!!

Thank you, wonderful Sampson families, for our successful book fair! It was a joy to see parents, grandparents, siblings, and more at our book fair. It's such a fun time to talk about books with more people in our community. We are excited to have our library back so we can continue to grow as readers. Our book fair helps to buy books for our school, author visits, technology, and supplies in our library. Thank you for supporting the children's library.

Sign up for the Jingle Bell Jog by November 15! This is a great time for a fun community event. We will have a holiday costume contest, hot cocoa, bagels, jingle bells, and so much excitement! Come and join us by registering on School Cash!

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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.**

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PTO News

Science Resource Center (SRC)

2nd Grade Parents!! We need a couple more volunteers to help give our kids a presentation on SNAKES! The next training opportunity will be held on Friday, December 3 with the tentative in class presentation date of Friday, December 10.

Please email me at if you are interested.

3rd Grade Parent Volunteers are needed as well! Your first opportunity to train for Arthropods is on November 18 and the second chance on January 11. The presentation date is tentatively scheduled for March 1.

Please contact Andrea Nicholas at for more information.

4th Grade Parents!! We would love to have a few more 4th grade parent volunteers for Science Resource Center Training. Your opportunity to train and present to your child's class is coming up! Galveston Bay Ecology Training will take place Tuesday, November 16 with the tentatively scheduled presentation date of December 3.

Please contact Ashley Yoakem at for more details.

Creekwood Grill Spirit Night:

Please join us at Creekwood Grill on Tuesday November 16th and Thursday November 18th from 4:00 - 9:00 PM. Mention “Sampson Elementary” and a portion of the sales will go back to our school.

There will be teachers and Administrators both nights greeting and seating our families! Come hang out and enjoy dinner with your family.

There will be a Pizza party during your holiday party for the class with the highest participation!

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Staff Appreciation Thanksgiving Luncheon

Please join us in blessing our staff with an amazing Thanksgiving Meal. We need all of your help to make this happen!! Please sign up here to help out!

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Have you ordered your Sampson Yearbook yet? Don't miss out on the lowest price!

Order yours today here!

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Junior Achievement

We need volunteers for Junior Achievement! Online training will be on November 17th or in-person training will be held at Sampson on December 2nd at 830am. For more information please email Vanesa:


Garden cleanup days are back! Please visit here to sign up & help!

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Covid Dashboard

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