The Mane Tail

Friday, September 30th, 2022


Dear Parents,

On Tuesday Sampson Elementary and Sampson PTO formally adopted Farney Elementary School. We are going to support their staff by showering them with appreciation. No funds that were raised and/or donated for Sampson Elementary will be used at Farney. Any funds needed to appreciate the staff at Farney must be raised separately. We hope that you will join us in supporting our neighboring school.


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 1st: Family Garden Day

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

Wednesday, October 5th: Fall Pictures

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

Tuesday, October 11th: 5th Grade Yearbook photo (during PEAM)

Wednesday, October 12th: Kindergarten Papa John's Spirit Night

Friday, October 14th: Book Fair Browsing Day

Saturday, October 15th: PTO Beautification Committee clean up event 8:00-10:00am

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

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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.

Destination Imagination

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

From the library

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Kindergarten and 1st grade students have a special treat with author and illustrator Ross Burach visiting on Friday, October 7. If you would like to purchase a book, please see the attached information sheet and order on School Cash. Books will come home after the visit.

The Book Fair is just around the corner! Please be on the lookout for an email to sign up to volunteer. I can't wait to have families in the library.

Browsing Day: October 14

Shopping Days: October 17 - 20

Family Reading Night and our 20th Celebration is on Thursday, October 20. The book fair will be open from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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Character Education

For the month of October, we will be focusing on the character trait Integrity as we Bring Out the Best in CFISD. Integrity is knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing to do the right thing, even when it is difficult. Below are links to an activity you can do at home with your child(ren) based on grade level.

K-2nd Grade Integrity Home Activity:

3rd-5th Grade Integrity Home Activity:

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Notes from the Nurse

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The Sampson Clinic would like to thank all the wonderful parent volunteers who helped with student mandated screenings on September 28th and 29th. So much was accomplished in two days! We are very grateful and appreciative of all the hard work and help received!!!

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Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week we will talk about:.

K &1st: Review everything we have learned so far:

Classroom and station's rules, expectations and procedures (mira al que habla, escucha, manos a los lados (look at the speaker, listen, hand to your yourself...) and manners (gracias, por favor...)

2nd-5th: Review How are you? And What’s your name? Dialogs:

¿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

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.

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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PTO News

Field Day Shirts

The last day to order your Field Day Shirt is today - September 30, 2022!! These can be purchased through School Cash.

Family Garden Day

This Saturday, October 1st is our Family Garden Day 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.

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Beautification News

A BIG thank you to those who helped out at our Inaugural Beautification Day!! Our group was small, but very quick and efficient! Please take a look at some before and after pictures!

Also, please mark your calendars for our next Beautification event: Saturday, October 15th from 8-10 am. This really is a big project, so please plan to attend, even if just for a bit, if you can! Please continue to check Sampson’s various social media outlets, more details to come soon!

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Science Resource Center

Hello Parents! Lots of training opportunities are coming up for 1st, 4th, and 5th graders! Please take a look at the SRC calendar and see if it fits your schedule. No need to register, just show up and attend the training located at 11206 Telge Road. Please email to ask about presentation dates and any questions to
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Kindergarten Papa John's Spirit Night is October 12th!

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Attention 5th Grade Parents!!!

5th Grade Yearbook photo will be taken on Tuesday, October 11th during the school day. Your student's 5th Grade shirt will be distributed at school the morning they take the 5th Grade photo.

As a reminder, Field Day is one of the days our kids will wear their 5th Grade shirts. The days they wear their 5th grade shirts are: Field Day, Nature Trails, Spirit Days (that will be Thursdays this year), and the 5th grade party. If you have already purchased a Field Day shirt or wish to have one for your child, that's OK too!

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is just around the corner and we have some fun themed days to help us celebrate

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