The Mane Tail

Friday, November 4th, 2022


Dear Parents,

We hope that you have had a chance to sign up for a parent/teacher conference with your child's teacher(s). The parent/teacher relationship is very important for a student's success. Our goal is to give each parent a report of academic progress as well as strengths and weaknesses for each student. We appreciate and value your support.

You may have noticed on the dates below that we have our first Spirit Shop coming up in December. We will not be allowing lunch visitors on the 2 days that we will have Spirit Shop this year. Parents can join us to volunteer to work in the Spirit Shop, but we will not be allowing any lunch visitors. We appreciate your understanding and support.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 7th: Student Holiday (No School)

Tuesday, November 8th: Parent/Teacher Conference Day (No School)

Thursday, November 10th: Dennis Lee performs at Sampson (K lunch at 11:15 a.m.)

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

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 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 (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

Veterans' Day Information

Click here to see more information about Veterans' Day 2022

From the library

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3rd grade families! Don't forget to start logging reading minutes in our competition around Houston! We can't wait to get going at Sampson!

All families are invited to participate in the Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. We would love to see as many Stallions as we can! Please register on School Cash. This year, Ainsley's Angels will be there to participate! You can learn about Ainsley's Angels on their website:

We hope to see you there!

Home | Together We Shall Labor As One | Ainsley's Angels of America

Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community. Learn more about us today!

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Character Education

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week we will talk about:

K & 1st grade: Colores (Colores)

rojo (red)

azul (blue)

amarillo (yellow)

verde (green)

morado (purple)

rosado (pink)

anaranjado o naranja (orange)

blanco (white)

marrón o cafe (brown)

negro (black)

gris (gray)

2nd-5th: El alfabeto (The ABC's)

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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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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

VIP Sponsor Spotlight: The Brook Home & Gift

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How did you start your business?

I have been working retail since high school and I love it more every single day! I have a degree from the University of Houston in Consumer Science and Merchandising. I worked for Academy’s corporate office after college but spent most of my retail career with my mom watching her build a successful business. When the opportunity of opening The Brook Home & Gift presented itself, I wasted no time 😊

How long have you had your business?

The location of the business has been here for 9 years but we reopened as The Brook in 2020.

What motivates you to do what you do?

When you love what you do, it doesn't really feel like work! And even though owning your own small business is so much work I absolutely LOVE all it entails.. from going to market and finding the inventory to helping every person who walks in our door. I really love working with people and being able to be a part of whatever it is they are in the shop for...even if it's just conversation! Lots of my customers have become great friends!

In the spirit of the season, will you also share what you are thankful for?

I am so very thankful for my family that God has blessed me husband and 3 children. I am thankful for my career ..all my wonderful employees (my biggest assets) and our loyal customers (we wouldn't be where we are without them)

I am also SO thankful for Sampson.. the family and friends we've made, the teachers & staff that so graciously give their time to our children!
I am very grateful to be able to sponsor such a wonderful school!

Field Day

Thank you to Nicole Countryman, Tori Lamar and all of the volunteers who helped make field day a success!


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


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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