The Mane Tail

Friday, October 21st, 2022


Dear Parents,

Thank you for helping us celebrate Sampson's 20th Birthday! We are so thankful to be a part of such a remarkable community. Now we are working hard to make the next 20 years even better.

One of our soccer goals was recently damaged after hours. It appears that someone was climbing on the top pole, and it collapsed. Please contact CFPD if you see anyone not using our equipment properly in the evening or over the weekend. We appreciate your assistance in keeping our playground safe and functional for our school and community.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 24th- Teacher Workday (No School)

Tuesday, October 25th - Friday, October 28th: Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 25th-Monday, Ocotber 31st: Half Baked Goodness Spirit Week

Friday, October 28th: Field Day

Friday, November 11th: Veterans' Day Celebration

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

Tuesday, November 15th: 3rd Grade Music Program

Tuesday, December 6th: 5th Grade Music Program

Field Day Pre-Registration

Please use the link below to pre-register for Field Day attendance. Please note, you will also use this link if you want to join your child for lunch during Field Day. The link below provides all the information you will need in regards to Field Day.


Field Day 2022

Session 1 - 4th and 5th Grade

8:30-8:45 Kick Off Area/Teacher Relays

8:45-8:50 Transition to our First Station

8:50-10:10 Field Day Stations

11:30-12:00 Lunch for 4th and 5th

Session 2 - 2nd and 3rd Grade

10:20-10:35 Kick Off Area/Teacher Relays

10:35-10:40 Transition to our First Station

10:40-12:00 Field Day Stations

12:00-12:30 Lunch for 2nd and 3rd

Session 3 - Kinder and 1st Grade

1:00-1:15 Kick Off Area/Teacher Relays

1:15-1:20 Transition to our First Station

1:20-2:40 Field Day Stations

11:00-11:30 Lunch for Kinder and 1st Grade

Red Ribbon Week

Next week is Red Ribbon Week! Please join us as we do our part to help keep kids drug-free.

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Veterans' Day Information

Click here to see more information about Veterans' Day 2022

From the library

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Character Education

For the month of October, we will be focusing on the character trait Integrity as we Bring Out the Best in CFISD. Integrity is knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing to do the right thing, even when it is difficult. Below are links to an activity you can do at home with your child(ren) based on grade level.

K-2nd Grade Integrity Home Activity:

3rd-5th Grade Integrity Home Activity:

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Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week we will talk about:

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


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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

Fall Spirit Wear

We have 3 fun new Spirit Wear items for sale this fall. A long-sleeved shirt, sweatshirt

and hoodie. Visit the Spirit Store on our website to preorder today! We are taking orders through 10/31.
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Field Day

Field Day is Friday, October 28th and we need volunteers to help run the events! Please consider helping during your child's time OR, if you plan to attend as a guest with your child, volunteer during another grade level's time. As a reminder, Field Day is open to adult only guests. No siblings will be allowed. Note the time frames for the different grade levels below:

4th & 5th: 8:30 - 10:10 AM

2nd & 3rd: 10:20 - 12:00 PM

Kinder & 1st: 1:00 - 2:40 PM

Sign Up Here!

Staff Appreciation Spooky Treat

This month PTO's Staff Appreciation Committee is blessing our teachers with a Spooky Treat, including a fall inspired charcuterie dessert board. Please sign up here to help!

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Half Baked Goodness Spirit Event

It’s time to start BOO’ing your teachers, neighbors, and friends! What better way than having cookies delivered from Half Baked and Sampson will get 20% back. You can BOO all week October 25th through 31st!

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Sampson Gives Back

We are collecting bags of non-chocolate candy benefiting Cy-Hope for our October Act of Kindness. Please send bags with your student and they can deliver them to their grade level donation bin. Thanks for your support!

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Fifth Grade Shirt Sales

5th grade shirts are now available to order on the PTO website in the spirit store for any parents and/or staff who would like to purchase them. Parents and staff are invited to wear their shirts to Fifth Grade Party, Nature Trails, Biz Town and any other Fifth Grade scheduled events! Please note that these shirts are the front design only. Sales for shirts will end Monday, October 31.

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Thank You Ryan Stegall State Farm

Thank you to our VIP Sponsor Ryan Stegall State Farm for donating new footballs to Sampson to be used by our students during PE and recess.

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Beautification Event

Please mark

your calendars for our next beautification day on Saturday, November 5th from 8:00 - 10:00 AM!

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

Spring Creek

Spring Creek Barbecue Spirit Night is back! Please join us and some of our wonderful Sampson Staff on either Tuesday, November 15th or Wednesday, November 16th.

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Fundraiser Update

Attention parents!! Charleston Wrap prizes have arrived and will be distributed to your child on Tuesday, October 25th. Also, our deadline for orders with 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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