The Mane Tail

Friday, February 4th, 2022


Dear Parents,

If your student is riding a bus to or from school, this information is for you.

We are currently experiencing a shortage of bus drivers in our district. This means that we often have late buses. Typically when a bus runs late, your child will be picked up from Sampson by 4:00 p.m. Staff members wait with the students until a bus arrives, and then we assist the loading of the bus. Parents can track their child while he/she is on the bus using the Zonar system.

To create an account, first visit on a desktop or laptop. (See picture below.)

You will need to enter your students first and last names, along with their 8 digit RFID number that is found on their bus badge on their backpack.

Then download the Z Pass+ app through your app store.

Log in to your account on the app. From there you can setup how you would like to receive notifications when your student is scanning on and off the bus at their bus stop and at school. (See picture below.)

Thank you!

Heather Motzny

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 10th: Valentine's Day Spirit Shop 4:00 PM

Wednesday, February 16th: 4th Grade Papa John's Spirit Night

Friday, February 18th: Teacher Work Day (no school)

Monday, February 21st: Professional Dev. Day for Staff (no school)

Monday, February 21st: Chick Fil A Spirit Night from 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Friday, March 4th: Drive In BINGO at 7:00pm

Spelling Bee

It was nail-biting action at the District Spelling Bee Wednesday evening as our Sampson Champion, Varun Paravastu, competed in round after round. Varun achieved the third place winner position. He will be the District's Alternate for the Regional Bee in March. We are so proud of Varun's accomplishment.

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Science Resource Center

Due to Covid numbers, our January face to face demo training sessions will be rescheduled for February.

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

K and 1st: Body parts (Las partes del cuerpo)

la cabeza (head)

los ojos (eyes)

las orejas (ears)

la boca (mouth)

la nariz (nose)

los hombros (shoulders)

los brazos (arms)

el torso (torso)

la espalda (back)

las manos (hands)

las piernas (legs)

las rodillas (knees)

los pies (feet)

2nd-4th: Things from the classroom (Cosas del Salón)

el lápiz (pencil)

el libro (book)

el cuaderno (notebook)

la carpeta (folder)

las tijeras (scissors)

el pegamento (glue)

la silla (chair)

la mesa (table)

el escritorio (desk)

la pizarra (whiteboard)

los marcadores (markers)

el borrador (eraser)

la puerta (door)

la computadora (computer)

la mochila (backpack)


Sra. Betancourt

From the library

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This is a great time of the year to remind all of our Sampson families about our library book policies. When a book is lost, we do not ask for payment right away. A note is sent home so the grown-ups at home are aware of the lost book. A signature is required saying the student will look for the book and if it is not found by May, the book will be paid for by the family. When the signed note is returned, students can check out two books again. Money for the lost book will be accepted in May, not the actual book, because of the type of library books purchased. In many scenarios, the book is found prior to May, so then that works perfectly!

Damaged books require payment at the time of damage. Please remember to keep those water bottles away from Chromebooks and library books!

Thanks for helping us to take care of our library!

Counselors Corner

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Newsletter-Core Essentials

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PTO News

Upcoming PTO Meeting

Please join us for our next PTO meeting next Wednesday, February 9th at 9:30am in the Sampson Cafeteria.

PTO Board

Nominations are being accepted for the 22-23 PTO Executive Board.


The garden needs your help! Please sign up here to help weed our garden beds.

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Junior Achievement

We need volunteers for Junior Achievement! Online training will be on Thursday, February 16th.

Click here for link to 9:30am training

Click here for link to 12:00pm training

Click here for link to 5:00pm training

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There are lots of opportunities to train coming up this month and next month!! If you have any interest in giving a presentation to your child's class, please see the list of trainings below. You must attend one of the training sessions to be able to present on that topic. Please contact the following grade level chair if you are interested in getting more information:

K - Laura King:

1st - Lauren Barber:

2nd - Shannon Kjol:

3rd - Andrea Nicholas:

4th - Ashley Yoakem:

5th - Emily Johnson:

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Valentine's Spirit Shop

We are in need of helpers at the Valentine’s Spirit Shop next Thursday. Please go to and click on sign ups!

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Please join us on Friday, March 4th for our annual BINGO Night. You can purchase your tickets here!

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Music News

Preparations have already begun for some fantastic Spring Music Programs! Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities to help our Stallions shine!

Sampson Clinic Needs Your Help!

We still have many volunteer slots open for February in the clinic! Your time and efforts are so appreciated. Please check the signup here and sign up if you can!

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Covid Dashboard

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