The Mane Tail

Friday, November 11th, 2022


Dear Parents,

We wanted to provide an update on the playground. We surveyed the students and staff to see what additions or renovations they would like to see. The students and staff both asked for some type of "climbing equipment." to be added to the playground. The first step in this process is for facilities to come out to survey our current playground to see where we might be able to put an additional piece of equipment. We have put in a request for this to happen as soon as possible. We will keep you posted as we progress through this process.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 15th: 3rd Grade Music Program 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 16th: Spring Creek Barbecue Spirit Night

Wednesday, November 16th: Picture Re-takes

Wednesday, November 30th The Brook Shopping Spirit Event from 10:00-6:00

Thursday, December 1st: Holiday Spirit Shop during lunches (No Lunch Visitors)

Tuesday, December 6th: 5th Grade Music Program 6:00 p.m.

Message from The Nurse

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As cold, strep and flu season progresses, we are in that time of year when many students are coming down with upper respiratory symptoms. These include nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, headache, and possibly fever.

Please be aware that Texas Administrative Code requires that students be excluded from school for a fever of 100.0 F or higher and they may not return to school until they are fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Temporarily masking a fever with medication does not change the fact that the child is in the contagious period of an illness and may be spreading illness, like the flu, to others by coughing, sneezing, and by touching surfaces around the school.

While we value student attendance very much, it is important that everyone plays their part in keeping the spread of illness to a minimum by following this rule.

Please also make sure that you have your daytime contact numbers and emergency contacts up to date with the Registrar so that you can be reached in the event your child is ill and must be picked up from school.

For more information on when to keep a sick student home from school, please visit the district website at the following link, . For guidance to communicable disease rules

Thanksgiving Food Drive

We are collecting food items for C.A.M. for The Thanksgiving Food Drive November 14th-18th. Here are the items by grade level:

K: Instant Mashed Potatoes

1st: Canned Cranberry Sauce

2nd: Canned Yams

3rd: Canned Broth

4th: Corn Bread Stuffing

5th: Cake Mixes

Music Notes

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3rd Grade Program "A Patriotic Celebration"

When: Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00pm

Where: Sampson Cafeteria Stage

Details: Students are asked to meet in the GYM at 5:45pm. Students are asked to dress in RED, WHITE and BLUE. Please no athleticwear or ripped jeans. Dress for a SPECIAL occasion!

5th Grade Winter Program Auditions

A form has been sent home for students that are interested in auditioning for a speaking, singing or dancing spotlight part in the upcoming Winter Musical Lights, Camera, Christmas! by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. Please complete and bring the completed form at the time of the audition.

From the library

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We want our Sampson families to join us on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. for the Jingle Bell Jog. Please sign up in School Cash today! Registration closes on Thursday. We will have snack, prizes, finisher's medals, music, and fun! Don't miss this fantastic family event!

3rd grade! Are you recording your reading minutes? We want to make a mark in Houston with reading! Bring in your minutes next week. We will enter them on Monday and start recording for the next week! Let's show the NCAA how we can slam dunk in reading!

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Character Education

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week we will talk about:

For Kinder and 1st grade: Review What's your name? (¿Cómo te llamas?)

A. ¿Cómo te llamas? (What's your name)

B. Me llamo ______, ¿y tú? (My name is _______, what about you?)

A. Me llamo _______. (My name is ______.)

B. Mucho gusto. (Nice to meet you.)

A. Mucho gusto. (Nice to meet you.)

For 2nd-5th: Review the ABC's (El Alfabeto)

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Sra. Betancourt

Bring Out the Best in CFISD

For the months of November and December, we will be focusing on the character trait Gratitude as we Bring Out the Best in CFISD. Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation or thanks. You can access any of our lessons and activities through the district website here:

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Horizons (GT) Testing

The Open Referral Period for Mid-Year Testing (1st-5th) for the Horizons Program is open until Wednesday, 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 (2023-24).

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

All Kindergarten students will be screened for the Horizons program in the Spring.

Nature Trails

Do you love the great outdoors and helping students learn? Then our third and fifth grade Nature Trails might be for you! Sampson third and fifth graders will attend Nature Trails on January 19th (math/sci homerooms) and January 20th (ELAR homerooms). We will need parents at the stations to help facilitate the activities and teach the concepts. Volunteers must be currently trained (year 2021 and up) since the Trails has a completely new curriculum. Please see the following for training details and know we will be coordinating grade level sign ups soon:

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Counselors Corner

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PTO News

VIP Sponsor Spotlight: Brianna Bischoff

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Last month for the BEST Yearbook price!

Yearbooks are currently available for purchase! You must pre-order your yearbook by November 30 to get the best deal. Prices go up on Dec 1st!

Visit and order today!

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Spring Creek Barbeque Spirit Night

Join us and some of our wonderful

teachers on November 15th and 16th at Spring Creek Barbeque!

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The Brook Shopping Event

Come shop with us at The Brook on Wednesday, November 30th and get your teacher something special off their Wish List!

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Minted Fundraiser

It's Holiday Card season! If you order

your Holiday Cards through Minted, you get a discount and Sampson gets money back!

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Charleston Wrap Fundraiser

Our deadline for Charleston Wrap has been extended until December 31st. Please continue to support Sampson during your holiday shopping. Thank you again for all your support.

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In November we are learning about our Texas State Flower - The Bluebonnet! Students studied the life cycle of the Bluebonnet and how to identify the plant at all stages. We added Bluebonnet seeds to your garden and are eager to see Bluebonnets blooming in your garden this Spring.

While in the garden today students harvested some very large radishes - 12 pounds worth. They rotated through stations with seed catalogs, a bluebonnet craft, seed pod/sunflower seed investigation, and a seed listening game. Some groups even saw the bunny that lives part time in the oregano.