Sam Houston Elementary

Every Child Every Day with Excellence!

January 2022 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!

Happy New Year! We are so grateful to have our students back in school. We hope you all had a wonderful break. We hope you are all well.

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

  • Spelling Bees took place (Both regular and Spanish)
  • School Board member, Cathy Hernandez and Superintendent, Dr. Moore visited Sam Houston for a class read aloud
  • Middle of the year district assessments took place in 1st-5th grades
  • PTA meeting was held
  • Brighter Bites took place
  • Polar Express Day activities for students
  • 12 Days of Christmas

We are beginning the spring semester. Our students are continuing to still learn all they need to know. We want to stress the importance of all students being in school every day and on time unless they are ill. Keep communication with us when your child needs to be out.

We want to remind all parents to show your child's dismissal tag at walker and car rider pick up. Every child is assigned a dismissal number tag. If you need one, please contact our front office. The tag provides a safe and orderly dismissal for all students.

If you do not have your tag for dismissal, you will need to come into the front office to present your ID in order to pick up your child. If you send someone to pick up your child, they must present the dismissal tag or pick up in the front office with an ID. We release office pick ups after our regular dismissal has finished.


Michelle Cavazos

This month @ Sam Houston

January 10 - Little Miss meeting

January 10 - Masterpiece Junior

January 11 - GPISD Area Council meeting - Join here

January 13 - Starbase field trip

January 17 - Martin Luther King holiday

January 18 - Multimedia Projects due

January 20 - Starbase field trip

January 24 - Little Miss meeting

January 27 - Starbase field trip

January 25 - GT Showcase @ 4:30 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

Coffee with the Principal

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

Tutorials and After School activities

Tutorials and after school activities will begin the week of Monday, January 10. Academic tutorials will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. After school activities/organizations will be Mondays and Wednesdays.

Teachers will reach out to parents of children being requested to attend tutorials. Tutorials are provided for students needing extra support. Please be sure your child attends if requested. All tutorials and after school activity times are 3:45 -4:45 p.m.

January Character Education focus: Perseverance and Courage

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Safety/Health Updates

GPISD Covid-19 Information 2021-2022

Click here for GPISD Covid-19 information

Family Outreach Resources

Brighter Bites Program!

Brighter Bites will be servicing our school community this school year. Our spring dates are
  • January 19
  • February 2, 16
  • March 2, 23
  • April 6, 20
  • May 4, 18

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.

Dress Code

Students have been invited to wear jeans our first week back to school January 5-7, 2022. Beginning Monday, January 10 all students will be expected to be in school uniform tops and bottoms. Jeans can be worn on Fridays with a spirit shirt or uniform shirt. Students must wear shoes that cover their feet such as tennis shoes.

Student ID Badges

We want to send a huge THANK YOU to our Sam Houston PTA! Our PTA purchased student ID badge equipment. Our student ID badges will be able to be used for library, cafeteria, and technology. We are excited about having our student badges and know they will be of great use while at school.

Badges will have your child's name and photo. All students will be provided a colored lanyard based on their grade level.

PK - yellow

Kindergarten - orange

1st grade - green

2nd grade- red

3rd grade - purple

4th grade blue

5th grade - silver

Students will be expected to come to school each day with their ID badges on. Teachers will collect badges prior to a long break and at the end of the school year. Badges will be returned at the beginning of the new school year or after a long break.

Please help us by ensuring your child takes good care of their badge and wears it every day to school. A $5 fee may be charged to replace a lost badge.

Messages from our Staff

Message from our School Nurse, Mrs. Calles


Let's not let our guard down. We need to continue to taking precautions against Covid: wearing our mask, washing our hands and maintaining social distance. !

Message from Ms. McCabe, Counselor

Happy New Year! It's time to teach our children how to set goals to make 2022 the best year yet. Our character education theme of the month is perseverance. We want children to learn to keep trying despite any obstacles that may get in their way.

Are you interested in being a parent volunteer? See Ms. McCabe after filling out a criminal background check found on our campus webpage under the parent tab.

We have an amazing group of moms that help out each month! Let us know if you'd like to join their awesome team.

January 10 Little Miss Meeting

January 12 Dance Crew Practice

January 19 Dance Crew Practice

January 24 Little Miss Induction Ceremony

January 26 Dance Crew Practice

January 27 Medal of Honor

Message from Mrs. Tovar, Librarian

January means the start of a new year and new goals. Let's make a goal this year to spend more time reading as a family! Children who are read to on a daily basis have a higher likelihood of becoming avid readers. Please discuss with your child what they are reading and encourage them to read every night for at least 20 minutes.

Message from our Instructional Coaches

Welcome back, students! We hope you have a great second semester. This month we will begin our Middle of the Year testing also known as MOY. This testing cycle will serve to give our teachers and students a clear idea of where the students are in their mastery of their grade's objectives and will inform the strategies to use to reach their needs. Attendance is very important. Thank you for your support.

January 5-18: Kinder - 2nd grade MClass MOY testing

January 4-27: Kinder - 5th grade BAS/Sistema MOY

January 5-15: 2nd - 5th grade Dual MOY Summit Assessment

January 11-29: Kinder - 5th grade iReady MOY Assessment

January 24-27: 2nd grade CogAT Testing

Technology Corner

Let's get 2022 going with a fresh start from the technology department. Please pay for all damaged devices, so a new device can be issued to your student. Please remind your students to use their provided chromebook case. This is for the protection of the device during arrival and dismissal.

PTA: Parent-Teacher Association

PTA Corner

Our next Sam Houston PTA General Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 9 at 3:45 p.m.

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

School Information

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.

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


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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