The Mane Tail

Friday, December 10th, 2021


Dear Parents,

We appreciate your support as we continued some of our "Covid Protocols" this first semester. When the students return in January we will return to students sitting in each seat at the cafeteria tables. We will also continue our mask zones in the cafeteria. With this change in seating, we will be able to start allowing a few lunch visitors each week. We are going to limit the number of lunch guests that may come each week. Beginning Monday, January 10th students with the last name(s) beginning with A, B, C, D, E, and F may have a parent or guardian join them for lunch. The students may have a guest any time during the week of January 10th. We will only allow guests for this group of students so that we can limit the number of guests in the cafeteria. The next week of school (Jan. 18th-21st) we will allow students with the last name(s) beginning with G, H, I, J, K, and L to eat lunch with a parent or guardian. Please review the following information that comes from our "Quick Reference Guide for Parents."

Parents, legal guardians, and relatives (with a note from the parent) may come to have lunch with a student. Only that student will be allowed to eat at the parent table with their guest. Groups of students (teams, clubs, etc.) will not be allowed to gather together at the parent table during lunch. While parents may not bring food for other children, they may provide food or beverages for their own child's consumption. Many parents treat their children to special lunches from outside restaurants occasionally. While we encourage you to reward your children with these special celebrations, we ask that if you are bringing your child lunch that you arrive on time. To protect instructional time, any student waiting on a parent ten minutes after lunch has begun will be sent through the cafeteria line. The front office will not deliver lunches to students. Students can stop by the cart in the vestibule on the way to the cafeteria to pick up a forgotten lunch. Relatives that are not the parent or guardian will need to bring the parent note and their driver's license with them on the day that they are visiting for lunch. Cy-Fair ISD students are not permitted to come as lunch guests. Due to the limited seating in the cafeteria for guests, we ask that each student have no more than 2 lunch guests.

Parents can access the lunch visitor schedule for the remainder of the school year by clicking on the button below.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 15th- Papa John's 2nd grade Pizza Night

Thursday, December 16th- Spirit Shop & Bahama Bucks from 4:00pm-5:00pm

Friday, December 17th- Holiday of Fun in all classrooms (all day event)

Monday, December 20th- Monday, January 3rd- Winter Break

A Message from The Registrar

To help us better prepare for next semester, if you know that your child/children will not be returning to Sampson in January, please email the registrar, Erin Johnson, at as soon as possible. Thank you!

Nature Trails


Great news! We will make up our Nature Trails Day 2 (postponed due to weather) on Monday, December 13th. Students will bring home a new permission form for the new date. Remember, students will:

  • leave Sampson around 9am and return around 2pm
  • wear long pants (not leggings), socks, and closed-toe shoes for safety. In addition, keep the weather conditions in mind. Your child may need layers that can be added/removed for comfort.
  • bring a lunch in a container to keep insects out or purchase a box lunch from the cafeteria. Water bottles are recommended.

We look forward to a great day at the Trails!

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

For K-4th grade:

Palabras relacionadas a las fiestas (Review words related to the holidays)

El invierno (Winter)

La familia (family)

Los regalos (gifts)

Las luces (lights)

Las galletas (cookies)

Los adornos (decorations)

Las tarjetas (cards)

Las velas (candles)


Sra. Betancourt

From the library

Thank you to the so many Sampson families who participated in the Jingle Bell Jog. We loved having you! Huge thank you to Coach French for all of her hard work, HEB, Dad's Club, and Splash Print. What a great morning of activity, community, and family!

We had some fun times this past week. The Cy Woods Girls Basketball team came to Sampson to read with our kindergarteners. How cool! We would love to support the basketball team for a game in the future.

We had our 5th grade December book club this week and had lots of fun and lots of laughs. The next book will be The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett. We will meet on January 20.

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Pictured are the Cy-Woods girls basketball team. They read to our kindergarten classes this week.

Counselors Corner

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PTO News

Donate to Teacher & Staff Holiday Gifts

Today is the last day we will be accepting teacher donations! If you would like to donate to your teacher's Holiday gift, we have included instructions below. Please note that the Holiday gift is optional and is offered to help alleviate the Holiday stress.

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2nd Grade Papa John's Spirit Night
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Outdoor Christmas Spirit Shop - Thursday, December 16th from 4:00-5:45pm

Come help us make our Christmas spirit shop a success! If you're available to volunteer please sign up on the PTO website. Access to the link can be found under "sign ups" on the quick links tab. Thank you for your help and we look forward to a fun spirit shop.

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Nurse Alms needs all the help that we can give her! Miss Mary, her clinic aide, is retiring at the end of December. So beginning January 4th, we will need volunteers for DAILY assistance in the clinic until the district hires a replacement aide. We have a morning shift (9:00 AM-12:00 PM) and an afternoon shift (12:00-3:00PM). Please don’t worry if you cannot stay for the entire 3 hour shift. We are grateful to get any support in the clinic that we can! So go ahead and signup here even if you have an hour to offer and just let Nurse Alms know when you arrive for your shift. ANY help is GREAT help! Also, some days the clinic is very busy, some days it is vey slow. Bring a book or computed/tablet if you would like for the slower days. Again, we appreciate your support. It takes a village and Sampson has an amazing village that keeps this train CHUGGING along! THANK YOU!


Our kiddos get muddy, have spills, etc. and the clinic relies on us to stay stocked with items to keep our kids comfortable throughout their school day. ALL SIZES - Please send your sock donations with your child or bring them directly to the clinic! THANK YOU!

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SRC - 1st Grade

1st grade parents!! Another fun training/presentation opportunity is coming up! The first training for Small Mammals takes place Tuesday, December 14...this includes live animals (a chinchilla and a dwarf hamster)! For more information please contact Lauren Barber at

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Covid Dashboard

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