The Mane Tail

Friday, September 2nd, 2022


Dear Parents,

We hope that you enjoy a safe and restful three day weekend. Our curriculum nights will be held on September 13th and 14th. We hope that you will plan to attend. Your child's teacher(s) will provide valuable information and give you a glimpse into what a typical day looks like for your child. On Tuesday, September 13th our 2nd and 3rd Grade Curriculum Night will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our 4th and 5th Grade Curriculum Night will follow from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. On Wednesday, September 14th we will host our Kindergarten and 1st Grade Curriculum Night from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 5th: Student Holiday

Wednesday, September 7th: VIPS Breakfast @ 9:30a.m.

Monday, September 12th: Fundraiser Begins

Tuesday, September 13th: Curriculum Night (Grades 2nd & 3rd @ 5:30p.m./Grades 4th & 5th @ 7:00p.m.)

Wednesday, September 14th: Curriculum Night (Grades Kinder & 1st @ 5:30p.m.)

Wednesday, Septembet 14th: Papa John's 5th Grade Spirit Night

Tuesday, September 20th: Watch D.O.G.S. Information Meeting 5:30-6:30pm

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

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

Wednesday, October 5th: Fall Pictures

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

Dress Code Reminders

Tops, Shirts and Blouses: Must not reveal underclothing, midsection, torso, back, or chest

Dresses: Must not reveal underclothing, midsection, torso, back or chest; and must be mid-thigh in length or longer

Shorts and Skirts: Must be mid-thigh in length or longer

22-23 WATCH D.O.G.S. Program

Mark you calendars for September 20th, from 5:30 – 7:00! You won’t want to miss our WATCH D.O.G.S. Kick Off! What is WATCH D.O.G.S. you ask???? WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational initiative designed and developed by educators, experts and parent volunteers. The program helps provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating, by their presence, that education is important. WATCH D.O.G.S. also provides extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security, reduce bullying and provide a greater sense of campus safety allowing students and teachers to focus on learning.

If you are interested in becoming part of this program, please use the link below to provide contact information. We look forward to having you join us for this exciting program!

From the library

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Please remember to charge Chromebooks at home and practice passwords, too! We teach the students that they have borrowed devices, so no stickers, rough play, or writing on the Chromebooks! Thanks for reinforcing this at home.

Next week, we will have all students checking out. Students need to go through their first lesson with Mrs. Maddan before checking out. We did it! Books will start coming home - woohoo!

A reminder about a few library policies:

  • We all misplace things every so often. If a child cannot find a library book, I'll ask the grown up at home to sign a paper saying they will look for it. If the book is not found, the signature says the book will be paid for in May. Many times, books appear, so we can solve that problem easily! If the paper is signed, the student can check out books regularly. Money will be collected in May.
  • If a book is damaged, please plan to pay for it right away. The library cannot accept books you purchased because of the library bound books needed. Please send in money to cover the cost of the damaged book.
  • Keep water bottles on the outside of the backpack! Water can ruin library books and Chromebooks!

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week we will talk about station's expectations.

K & 1st grade:

Camina a la estación (walk to the station)

Haz tu estación (do your station)

Tres, dos, uno, alto (three, two, one, stop)

Señala a la próxima estación (point to the next station)

2nd-5th grade:

Pon las manos en las barras (put your hands on the handles or bars)

Pon los pies en los pedales (put your feet on the pedals)

Usa el equipo correctamente (Use the equipment correctly)

Bájate del equipo correctamente (get off the equipment correctly)

Señala a la próxima estación (point to the next station)

Camina a la próxima estación (walk to the next station)


Sra. Betancourt


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

PTO Meeting Next Week

The first PTO General Meeting of the 2022-23 school year is Wednesday, September 7th at 9:00 AM in the Cafeteria. An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting and the 2022-23 proposed budget will be presented for a vote. Any questions can be sent to Amy Staats at

The Back to School PTO Breakfast will immediately follow with food graciously provided by Hanan’s Café. Thank you to all who RSVPed. We look forward to seeing you all there!

2022 Fall Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap will run from September 12th through September 26th. Be on the lookout for additional information!

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5th Grade Papa John's Spirit Night

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Sampson’s Wild Yearbook Sales

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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Thank you to our 2022-23 Sponsors!

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