Sam Houston Elementary

Every Child Every Day with Excellence!

October 2021 Family Newsletter

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Sam Houston Elementary Mission

We are committed to providing our students opportunities for academic excellence through a learner-centered environment. We enhance the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.

From Principal Cavazos

Greetings Sam Families!

We had a wonderful month of September. Some of our highlights:

  • Coffee with the Principal was hosted
  • Virtual Open House
  • Virtual Grandparents Day
  • Picture Day
  • Custodial Appreciation week
  • Hispanic Heritage month began
  • Unit 1 assessments took place in 2nd-5th grades

Teachers will be setting up parent conferences for the first report card. The conferences can be held by phone or video conferencing. Be on the look out for a scheduled day and time.

We want to thank you for your continued support! We look forward to a great month of October.


Michelle Cavazos

This month @ Sam Houston

October 1: Father's Take Your Child to School

- Medal of Honor

October 4 - Little Miss meeting

October 8-12: Fall Break

October 13: PTA meeting- virtual

-Brighter Bites @ 3:45 p.m.

October 12-20: First Report Card parent conferences

October 18: Little Miss meeting

October 19: Galena Park Area Council meeting @ Galena Park HS 10 a.m.

October 20: Unit Day - Wear orange to show you stand up against bullying

October 23: GPISD PK Literacy Day

October 25-29: Red Ribbon week

October 25-29: Unit 2 Reading/Math/Science

Upcoming Events

Coffee with the Principal

We will host Coffee with the Principal meetings this year. Our dates are

October 28, 2021 --> Register here.

  • Topic: Assessments: STAAR and PK-2nd grade assessments
December 2, 2021
  • Topic: Healthy for the Holidays: Nutrition for the Family
February 10, 2022
  • Topic: Dual Language for English Language Learners
April 7, 2022
  • Topic: Internet Safety/Bullying Awareness
May 5, 2022
  • Topic: Summer opportunities for students
  • End of Year Parent Recognition

As of now, our meetings will be held in our cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. We will have time at the end of our meeting for parents to ask questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Desafíos de noviembre

Desafío de Acción de Gracias de matemáticas Un tablero de juego de desafío matemático para que los estudiantes completen durante las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias, usando los juegos y libros en línea en Los estudiantes que completen el desafío pueden participar en un sorteo de premios por parte de sus padres o maestros.

Desafío de lectura A algunos niños les encanta leer y simplemente tomarán un libro por su cuenta. Otros necesitan un poco de aliento. Un desafío de lectura puede motivar a todos los lectores. Durante las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias, su hijo puede participar en este desafío y ganar una gran recompensa. Los estudiantes colorean una pluma de pavo por cada 10 minutos de lectura que hacen durante las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias para completar el Desafío de lectura de Acción de Gracias.

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First 9 week period report card.

Remember, while every child has areas in need of improvement, it's just as important to celebrate his/her successes. Discuss the report card with your child, set realistic goals, and celebrate any small steps forward!

Oct 25-29 ELA, Math and Science Unit 2 district assessment for all 2nd to 5th grade. Ask your child and your teacher about his/her scores. Be part of your child learning process.

Did you know we have great online resources available for our students?

Phonics Audio Guide - English - El alfabeto en espanol extra practice at home for our younger students (Kinder - 2nd grade)

ST Math for families. The program is for all students Kinder to 5th grade and the information is available in English and Spanish.

Let us know if you need help or have questions.

Enfoque de la educación del carácter de noviembre: Equidad

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Safety/Health Updates

GPISD Covid-19 Information 2021-2022

Click here for GPISD Covid-19 information

Family Outreach Resources

Masterpiece Junior

Masterpiece junior is a monthly after school club intended for K-2 students. Each month we meet, a new read aloud will be shared with the students. The students will be engaged in discussion that will include vocabulary, comprehension, making connections and listening skills. Following the discussion, students will participate in an art activity that will connect to the read aloud story. This club will be open to 20 students in grade K-2nd grade. This form is intended for those who are INTERESTED. Filling out this form does NOT guarantee a spot. Those who are selected will receive a paper confirmation.

Interest Survey

Brighter Bites Program!

Brighter Bites will be servicing our school community this school year. Our dates are
  • November 10
  • December 1, 15

Please use this link to sign up to receive free fruits and vegetables. Sign up HERE.

If you want to know more about what Brighter Bites does for schools, please click here.

Messages from our Staff

Message from our School Nurse, Mrs. Calles

Flu season is around the corner. Wearing a face mask, washing our hands, and using hand sanitizer has lessened the number of infections in the past. However, it never hurts to be prepared. Most doctors and clinics will be providing the flu vaccine in mid to late October. Please consider having your child vaccinated against the flu.

Parents, don't forget to send a water bottle with your child, they can always refill it in the school if they run out of water. during the day.

Message from Ms. McCabe, Counselor

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. During our classroom lessons, students will learn the importance of being compassionate, showing tolerance, and being empathetic to others.

Message from Mrs. Tovar, Librarian

Every student at Sam Houston visits the library once a week. Our 1st-5th grade students have now checked out books from the library. Please encourage them to read every night. As a parent, you have the power to boost your children's learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives. Please also remind them to take good care of our books and to keep them in a safe place so that they do not get lost or damaged. Any lost or damaged books will have to be paid for.

Technology Corner

Sam Houston now has a Tech Squad that will help with Chromebook problems. Students can bring their CB and charger to the computer lab Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30-8:30am to get technology help.

PTA: Parent-Teacher Association

PTA Corner

Our first Sam Houston PTA General Meeting of the school year will be on Wednesday, October 13 at at 5 PM. Please join us virtually to kick off the new school year!

You and your child can join PTA! PTA dues are $7 for membership.

All Sam Houston student PTA members are invited to join us on Thursday, October 14 for a movie night from 4-6 PM. We will be serving popcorn and a drink. Join PTA and come out for popcorn and a movie! (This event is for student PTA members only.)

School Information

For Your Information . . . State law requires that parents be notified of the right to request a teacher’s certification credentials. If you have questions regarding the qualifications of your child’s teacher, please contact the front office at 832-386-4430.

Parent Survey

Please click this link to complete a parent survey. Let us know how we can better serve you and your children. Thank you!

2021-2022 Sam Houston El. Family Handbook

Click here to access the Family Handbook.

School Supply List 2021-2022

Click here for the school supply list

Parent Compact

Click here to access our Sam Houston Elementary Parent Compact

Dress Code 2021-2022

Standardized Dress Code Policy: Acceptable attire includes the following:

Slacks, shorts, capris, skirts, skorts, and jumpers (no denim or sweatsuit material)

Belts must be worn when applicable.

Colors: Navy, Black, Khaki

Shirts or blouses (no logos – shirts must have a collar and be tucked in)

Colors: Any solid color

Sam Houston will have SPIRIT dress on Fridays.

Spirit dress will be Sam Houston shirt, any uniform shirt and blue denim jeans/shorts.

All backpacks must be clear or mesh.


In order to protect the security of District students, staff, and the learning environment at schools, all visitors, including parents/guardians, shall conform to the GPISD Visitation Policy.

Please click on the link below to familiarize yourself with the GPISD COVID-19 Controlled Access and Visitor Policy.

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