The Mane Tail

Friday, September 23rd, 2022


Dear Parents,

We need your help! We have only met half of our goal for our fundraiser. Our fundraiser is crucial to helping fund the amazing programs that PTO provides such as; garden, Biztown, field day, class parties, etc. Any extra funds will go towards new playground enhancements. Please consider participating in our fundraiser through Charleston Wrap or by a direct donation to PTO. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your consideration.

Our fence is almost complete. The last stage is the activation of the "badge access gates." During the school day our staff members will be able to enter with their school badge. The gates will be unlocked each evening (Monday-Friday) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The gates will be unlocked from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The badge reader by entrance 19 is working. The badge reader by the portable building is not working. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope to have both gates working soon.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 26th: Teacher Work Day/ Student Holiday

Monday, September 26th: Fall Fundraiser Last Day

Monday, September 26th: MOD Pizza Spirit Night

Wednesday, September 28th & September 29th: Hearing & Vision Screening

Monday October 4th- Friday, October 7th: College Career Week

Wednesday, October 5th: Fall Pictures

Friday, October 7th: Author Visit for Kinder & 1st

October 14th: Boof Fair Browsing Day

October 17th-20th: Book Fair shopping

Thursday, October 20th: Sampson 20th Birthday Celebration 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 20th: Book Fair Open 4:00-7:00pm

Friday, October 28th: Field Day

Bicycle Safety Reminder

CFPD has asked us to remind our bike riders to lock their bicycles on the bike racks each day. Bicycles that are unlocked can be taken in a matter of seconds. Thank you for helping us keep all of our Stallions safe.

College & Career Week

College & Career Week is October 3-October 7. During this week, students will be hearing about different institutions of higher learning in Texas as well as a variety of careers.

On Tuesday, October 4, students and staff are invited to wear the College shirt of their choice or the colors of their favorite College team.

On Friday, October 7, students may dress for their future career.

Field Day Shirts

Don't forget to order your Field Day Shirts! They are available for sale through your students School Cash account.
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From the library

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K/1 students can look forward to a visit from author and illustrator Ross Burach on Friday, October 7!

The Book Fair is coming!

October 14 - Browsing Day

October 17-20 Shopping at school!

October 20 - Open late! Come from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week we will talk about:.

K & 1st grade: Review

Sí (yes)

No (no)

Buenos días (Good morning)

Buenas tardes (Good afternoon)

Buenas noches (Good evening/nigh)

Gracias (thank you)

De nada (You are welcome)

Por favor (please)

Lo siento o perdón (I am sorry)

Con permiso (excuse me)

Hasta luego (see you later)

2nd-5th grade: How are you? and What's your name?

¿Cómo estás? (How are you?)

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)

¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name?)

Me llamo ______, ¿y tú? (My name is ______, and you?)

Me llamo_______. (My name is ______.)

Mucho gusto. (Nice to meet you)

Mucho gusto. (Nice to meet you)


Sra. Betancourt

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. Please check the website periodically for new dates to volunteer.

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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.

Destination Imagination

If you are interested in joining a DI Team, please complete the form below by September 30th . Contact information will be shared with those who are interested. All teams must be formed by October 7th. Email Katie Perry with any questions.

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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Character Education

We are excited to begin our new Character Education program in CFISD this year, Bringing Out the Best. Each month we will focus on a positive trait at school. Students will be encouraged to continue to talk about and show this trait at home and out in the community. For the month of September our focus will be School Pride.

You can see the character traits we will work on each month and access each month’s lessons through the district website here: Bringing Out the Best

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PTO News

Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap

Our fundraising deadline is quickly approaching and we still need your help! Have you placed your Charleston Wrap fundraising order yet? Need gift wrap? Gift ideas for the holidays? Don’t forget to share our link with your friends & family! TEXT, email and share on social media now! Place your order or donate directly to Sampson PTO by midnight Monday, September 26th and help us achieve our goal!

Direct Donation

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MOD Pizza

Join us on Monday, September 26th for MOD Pizza night!

Inaugural Beautification Day


Please join us THIS Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 8-10 am for Sampson PTO’s Inaugural BEAUTIFICATION Day, brought to you by Sampson PTO’s newly developed Beautification Committee.

What does the Beautification Committee do?

This committee will be working to BEAUTIFY the front of Sampson: the two entryway flower beds near the main office entrance, plus the flower beds lining the front of Sampson. With the help of our landscaping guru, Marc, we will be hosting monthly, family friendly events (trimming, weeding, sweeping – all the landscaping “things”) to continue keeping Sampson’s school lining flower beds maintained and looking beautiful for all to enjoy.

What do you need to bring?

All we absolutely need is YOU (plus any family members that you’d like to bring, these events are always family friendly!)!! Please feel free to bring any trash bags, trimming and weeding tools, etc., but know that we will provide them, as well.

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Imagination Garden

Come join us in the Sampson Imagination Garden! Please see the link below if you

haven’t signed up to volunteer yet. Thank you to those who have already volunteered!

Sign up to volunteer here:

Family Garden Day

We will also have a family garden day on Saturday, October 1 from 8-11am. You are welcome to come and go during this time. We will be accepting plant donations (Salvia, Cone Flower, Rudbeckia, Buddleia, Gulf Coast Penstemon, Penta, Porterweed, or Dianthus) from a reputable nursery like Arbor Gate, Plants for All Season, or Enchanted Gardens.

What to bring: We’ll need shovels, wheelbarrows, and bags of pine needles. For the pine needles, please make sure nothing else is mixed in.

Science Resource Center

SRC has a few more upcoming trainings! All trainings are held at 11206 Telge Road, from 9:30-11:30. No need to register, just show up and attend!

Sept 27 – 5 th Grade, Mammal Skulls

Sept 29 – Kinder, Guinea Pigs

Attend a training and present it to your child’s class, it’s that easy!!

If you are interested in attending one of these trainings, please contact Shannon Kjol at


Yearbooks are now available to purchase! Check this off your list and order yours TODAY! Prices will go up on Dec 1st . Follow this link to place your order!

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