The Mane Tail

Friday, October 1st, 2021


Dear Parents,

We want to thank a few of our faithful sponsors for Sampson Elementary.

We currently have two sponsors at the $5,000 dollar level:

  • State Farm- Ryan Stegall and
  • The Brook

We also have two GOLD sponsors at the $2000 level:

  • ABC Home & Commercial and
  • Jill Smith Team.

If your family or business is interested in becoming a sponsor for our school, just go to the website and click the BUTTON that says "BECOME A SPONSOR." Thank you for your continued support of our amazing school!


Heather Motzny


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 13th- Papa John’s Pizza Night for Kindergarten

Friday, October 22nd- Teacher Work Day (no school for students)

Monday, October 25th-Friday, October 29th: Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 25th- Sunday, October 31st- Half Baked Goodness Spirit Week

Thursday, October 28th- Outdoor Spirit Shop & Bahama Bucks from 4:00-6:00pm

Friday, October 29th- Field Day (all grade levels)

Friday, November 12th - Veterans Day Celebration (in the front of the school) at 8:00 a.m.

Monday, November 22nd- Friday, November 26th- Student and Staff Holiday (no school)

Covid Dashboard

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

Change of Transportation

We are updating our procedures for transportation changes in an emergency. (See the new policy below.)

Parents must send a note to school regarding any transportation changes. In the case of an emergency, parents may email the school: A copy of the parent’s driver’s license MUST accompany the email. Phone changes will NOT be accepted. All transportation changes should be made before 2:50 PM so that we may have adequate time to get a message to the teacher. Students may register for bus transportation during the school year by contacting the registrar. Her email is This process will take a few days.

From the library

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are invited to be part of Read, Run, Sampson! Please see the attached information to learn more and sign up. We can't wait to begin on Friday, October 15!

Save the Date! The Sampson Book Fair is coming! We can't wait to welcome our students and families into the greatest event around! The Sampson Book Fair is a favorite and full of fun for all. Please save the date for our first day of sales on Tuesday, November 2 - Conference Day, and two nights for Family Reading Night: Tuesday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 10. Three cheers for reading and community!

5th Grade Book Club will begin in November after our book fair. All 5th grade students are welcome to attend our monthly meetings during lunch in the library. Our first book will go together with an author visit we have next week! On Tuesday, October 5 we will meet with author Sara Pennypacker and her book Pax will be our first book club book! Please see the attached information on both events.

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Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week in Spanish class we will cover the following:

Kinder: Review numbers 0-10

cero (zero)

uno (one)

dos (two)

tres (three)

cuatro (four)

cinco (five)

seis (six)

siete (seven)

ocho (eight)

nueve (nine)

diez (ten)

1st: Review colors and answer basic questions.

rojo (red)

azul (blue)

amarillo (yellow)

verde (green)

morado (purple)

rosado (pink)

anaranjado (orange)

blanco (white)

marrón (brown)

negro (black)

gris (gray)

¿Te gusta el rojo? (Do you like red?)

Sí, me gusta el rojo. (I like red.)

O No me gusta el rojo. (Or I don’t like red.)

¿Te gusta el _______? (Do you like _____?)
Sí me gusta el _______. (I like _______.)

O No me gusta el _______. (Or I don’t like ________.)

2nd-4th: Cosas de la Casa (Things from home.)

El sofá (sofa)

La mesa (table)

La lámpara (lamp)

La estufa (stove)

El refrigerador (refrigerador)

El fregadero (kitchen sink)

El horno microondas (microwave)

Las sillas (chairs)

La cama (bed)

El inodoro (toilet)

El lavamanos (sink)

La computadora (computer)

La ducha (shower)

La bañera (tub)

La televisión (television)

Las flores (flowers)

Los arbustos (bushes)

¿Qué ves en la sala? (What do you see in the living room?)

Veo _______. (I see ______.)

¿Qué ves en el comedor? (What do you see in the dining room?)

¿Qué ves en la habitación? What do you see in the bedroom?)


Sra. Betancourt

Field Day

FIELD DAY - Friday, OCTOBER 29th


4th and 5th Grade

8:30-10:10 am Field Day

11:30-12:00 pm Lunch

2nd and 3rd Grade

10:20-12:00 pm Field Day

12:00-12:30 pm Lunch

Kinder and 1st Grade

1:00-2:40 pm Field Day

11:00-11:30 am Lunch

Counselors Corner

Horizons (GT) Testing

The Open Referral Period for Mid-Year Testing (1st-5th) for the Horizons Program is open until Tuesday, 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 (2022-23).

Information regarding Kindergarten Horizons screening will be shared at a later time.

**No Late Permission Forms will be accepted.**

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Small Group Counseling

As part of the guidance program at Sampson Elementary, we are offering small group counseling sessions (1st-5th). The purpose of the group meetings is to help children be more successful in school and everyday life by learning and practicing strategies that can be used independently.

Possible Topics:

· Friendship-learn how to get along with others and make/keep friends

· Changes in Family-dealing with recent separation/divorce/remarriage, or death in family

· Academic Focus/Motivation-learn and practice positive strategies to manage behavior in the classroom

· Self-Confidence-building self-esteem

· Anger Management-identify causes of anger and practice positive coping strategies

· Worry/Anxiety- identify causes of worry/anxiety and practice positive coping strategies

· Problem-Solving Skills- learn and practice problem-solving strategies

Groups will meet for 4-5 sessions during a non-instructional time. Groups will be made up of approximately two to six students from a grade level.

If you would like your child to participate in a counseling group, please contact your child’s counselor via phone 281-213-1600 or email.

Brigitte Campbell Leigh Ann Kasberg

Counselor: 1, 3, 5 Counselor: K, 2, 4

Message to 5th Grade Parents:

Information about K-Level classes for 6th grade:

Once students reach middle school, core classes are leveled: On-level and K-Level.

· On-level classes, just like K-Level classes, provide students with a college preparatory curriculum.

· K-Level classes have entry criteria to be put into the classes and criteria students must meet in order to remain in K-Level for the school year.

· K-Level classes are designed to challenge students beyond grade-level academic courses and prepare them for success in future advanced coursework. K-level classes are more rigorous and in-depth in content, often move at a faster pace, include different types of assignments and may require additional outside reading.

Students are eligible for K-Level classes in 6th grade (2022-2023 school year) if during their 5th grade year:

Ø Earn a yearly average of 85+ in subject (reading/language-average, math, science and social studies)


Ø Earn Masters Level on the STAAR exam for the corresponding subject area

Students who meet the criteria will automatically be placed in K-Level courses for the corresponding subject. Parents may opt the students out of K-Level classes.

If students do not meet the criteria for eligibility, they will not be placed in K-Level courses.

College & Career Week

College & Career Week is October 4-October 8. 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 5, students and staff are invited to wear the College shirt of their choice or the colors of their favorite College team.

On Friday, October 8, students may dress for their future career.

Requests for Teachers to Complete Paperwork for Outside Sources

Requests for Teachers to Complete Paperwork for Outside Sources

(Rating Scales, Observations, Areas of Strengths/Weaknesses)

In order for teachers to fill out forms or other information needed for outside sources (doctors, psychologists, agencies, private schools, taekwondo, tutors, etc.), we must have a release of information (consent) form from the parent. Parents may request the permission form from the counselor or through the teacher. A new permission form needs to be filled out each school year.

Once the permission form is completed and returned, the teachers may fill out the requested paperwork. At Sampson, we follow the District’s procedure to send the paperwork directly to the outside source (doctors, psychologists, agencies, private schools, taekwondo, tutors etc.) via fax or mail. If the parent chooses for the information to be mailed, an envelope (addressed to the outside source with postage attached) should be included with the paperwork provided by the parent.

These procedures are to ensure the student’s needs are addressed legally and ethically.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the counselor.

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Red Ribbon Week Themes

10/25 Monday: Wake Up Drug Free

Wear your Pajamas to school.

10/26 Tuesday: Team Up Against Drugs

Wear your favorite team gear.

10/27 Wednesday: Saying NO is My Superpower

Dress like your favorite Superhero.

10/28 Thursday: Use Your Head...Don't Do Drugs

Wear your favorite hat.

10/29 Friday: Peace Out to Drugs (Field Day)

Wear your field day shirt or Tie dye.

PTO News

Staff Appreciation Fall Treat

Please help us bless our staff next week by signing up here to bring items for our Fall Treats event on Thursday.

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Kinder Papa John's Spirit Night - October 13th

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Spirit Wear Update

All remaining spirit shirts have arrived and will be delivered next week!

Fifth Grade Photo and Shirts

The Fifth Grade photo has been scheduled for Friday, October 8th during the ELAR period. All fifth graders will receive their shirts that day. If they are not present, they will receive it when they return to school. If you still need to order your shirt, they will be for sale online next week.


Please join us in the Sampson Garden this Saturday for a family work day! Plant donations needed also!

Work day sign up:!/showSignUp/409054da9ab22a57-garden

Plant Donation:

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Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) is a financial literacy program made available for K-4th grade. Biztown is for 5th grade. Five volunteer-led sessions, 20-30minutes each, are planned for each class in the late Spring.

JA is offering online training via Zoom on Wednesday, October 13th, at three different times (9:30am, noon, 5pm) during the day. Each training session is one hour with an additional 30 minutes to answer any questions. Once you are trained, your certification is good indefinitely! Please see the JA Volunteer Training Flyer and links below for registration. Registration requires first & last name along with an email address. Register by October 11th!

Click here for link to 9:30am training
Click here for link to 12:00pm training
Click here for link to 5:00pm training

Future online and in-person training will also be available in December, dates will be forthcoming.

Volunteers may be parents, guardians or grandparents. Please register through the CYFair Raptor Volunteer Portal.

Contact Vanesa Arce-Long at 956-465-9257 with any questions or comments.

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Sponsor Shout Out

A huge thank you and shout out to this year's sponsors!


State Farm - Ryan Stegall Insurance Agency

The Brook Home & Gift


ABC Home & Commercial Services

The Jill Smith Team

Sampson Elementary PTO invites you, as a local business, to be one of our Community Sponsors. It is with the generosity of our local businesses and families like you, that we are able to ensure an exceptional education for our student population, which is expected to be near 1,000 for the 2021- 2022 school year and increasing over the next few years. Your contributions fund programs such as our garden education program, new library resources, cultural programs, and provide educational tools for our students and teachers.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please go to the Sampson PTO website and select the BECOME A SPONSOR link to see our various levels and what is included for each.

Sampson Elementary PTO is a 501(c)(3)

Update your Account Information and Directory Preferences on the PTO Website

Go to and LOGIN to your account

After you are logged in....

  1. Click on My Account to access your Family Account Page
  2. Follow the steps of verifying your family information.
    NOTE: Please make sure your contact information is all correct as this is how we will communicate volunteer opportunities!
  3. Click the "Next" button at the bottom to add your student's information and homeroom teacher. Click "Save"!
  4. Next, click on Step 2: Directory Publish Preferences
  5. Check the boxes next to the information you want to be included in the 2021-22 Sampson Directory. Click "Save" again!
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