The Mane Tail

Friday, October 28th, 2022


Dear Parents,

We are changing the location for our Veterans' Day Ceremony. We will be gathering on the hard top. Gathering on the hard top allows us to maintain a higher level of security for our students and staff.

Parents will be allowed to watch the ceremony. We will be sending home information about where parents can enter the playground and observe the remembrance.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 11th: Veterans' Day Celebration 8:15 a.m.

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

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

Wednesday, November 16th: Picture Re-takes The Brook Shopping Spirit Event from 10:00-6:00

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

Thursday, December 1st: Holiday Spirit Shop during lunches

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

Veterans' Day Information

Click here to see more information about Veterans' Day 2022

From the library

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Thank you so much for supporting our Sampson Book Fair. The students were fabulous, and we had so much fun for the week and into our 20th celebration. Thank you for your time and encouraging children to read!

Huge thanks to Melanie Gasson and Christina Worral for setting up my load of volunteers! Thanks to all those who came to volunteer!

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Character Education

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week we will talk about:

For K and 1st grade: review ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?) and manners.

Hola, ¿cómo estás? (Hello or hi, how are you?)

Bien, gracias ¿y tú? (Good, or fine, thank you, and you?

Bien, gracias. (Fine, thank you)

Adiós o hasta luego. (Goodbye or see you later)

For 2nd-5th: review days of the week and the months of the year:

Los días de la semana (The days of the week)

lunes (Monday)

martes (Tuesday)

miércoles (Wednesday)

jueves (Thursday)

viernes (Friday)

sábado (Saturday)

domingo (sunday)

Hoy es ______. (Today is _______.)

Ayer fue _____. (Yesterday was _______.)

Mañana será ______. (Tomorrow will be _______.)

Mi día favorito es ________. (My favorite day is _______.)

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)


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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Watch D.O.G.S.

Visit the Samson Elementary WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Website to learn about the program and access the volunteer sign up. The website also has your Watch DOGS gear available. Please check the website periodically for new dates to volunteer.

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

Red Ribbon Week

Thank you to everyone who participated in this week's Red Ribbon Week themed days. Please share your child's pictures with our Yearbook Committee at!

We also want to thank everyone who helped decorate our Campus for Red Ribbon Week!!

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Kari Harrison, Carolina Terry, Andrea Nichols, Meaghan Pollard, Amber Renfro, and Jami Nicolaisen (not pictured)

Lastly, thank you to Kim at Cypress Yard Greetings for donating signs to help celebrate Red Ribbon Week.

Fall Spirit Wear

Today is your last chance to order Fall Spirit Wear! Visit the Spirit Store on our website to place your order today! Deadline is 10/31!

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Fifth Grade Shirt Sales

Final call for 5th grade shirts which are available to order on the PTO website in the spirit store for any parents and/or staff who would like to purchase them. Please note that these shirts are the front design only. Sales for shirts will end Monday, October 31.

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Beautification Event

Please mark your calendars for our next beautification day on November 5th from 8-10am!

This should be a quick “pull some weeds and clean up random trash in the flower beds and in the parking lot” event!

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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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