The Mane Tail

Friday, August 27th, 2021


Dear Parents,

Thank you for your help as we start another Super School Year! Your child's teacher will be sending home important information each week, and you can look here in our school newsletter for important school wide information. We will include reminders during these first few weeks of school, important dates, etc. Keeping up with school communication is one of the ways that you can help your Sampson Stallion succeed. We are looking forward to partnering with you through your child's elementary years.


Mrs. Motzny

Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept. 6th Labor Day (Student Holiday)

Tuesday, Sept. 21st 2nd and 3rd Grade Curriculum Night 5:30-6:30

4th and 5th Grade Curriculum Night 7:00-8:00

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd K and 1st Grade Curriculum Night 5:30-6:30

Friday, Sept. 24th Teacher Work Day (Student Holiday)

Thursday, Sept. 30th 3rd and 5th grade Nature Trails

Friday, October 1st 3rd and 5th grade Nature Trails

Dress Code

Over the next week the Assistant Principals will be discussing the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook with the students. You can access this information on the district website. The following information will be shared with students.

Dress Code – Student Handbook

Students are not to wear clothing that is tight, loose, sagging, baggy, revealing, spaghetti-strap, backless, low cut or short. Shorts and skirts must fit at the waist or upper hip, must not reveal underclothing, , and must be mid-thigh in length or longer. This means that athletic shorts may not meet dress code standards. Tennis shoes or closed toed shoes are preferred as the students have recess each day and PE several times a week. Students are required to wear their ID badge on the school issued lanyard.

Reminder About Animals on School Grounds

Animals are not allowed on campus at any time. This includes arrival and dismissal time. The only exception to this rule are service animals that are assisting a disabled person. (Cy Fair Student Handbook pg. 34) Many of our students are afraid of animals, and large groups of people can make animals nervous.

Covid Dashboard

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

COVID-19 Testing Update

Super Saturday Vaccination Day

Dear CFISD Community,

Super Saturday Vaccination Day is set for tomorrow, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road). A joint initiative between Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department, the event will provide free Pfizer vaccines to individuals age 12 and older.

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As an added incentive, everyone who receives their first dose at this event will qualify for a $100 gift card. Parents of children age 12-17 must sign a consent form with incentive information. No appointment is needed.

The FDA recently approved the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 23. Initially known as the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, it will now be marketed as Comirnaty. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccination is currently the leading public health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about Super Saturday Vaccination Day and other area vaccine providers by visiting the CFISD website.

CFISD Communication

COVID-19 Testing

CFISD will resume offering free rapid COVID-19 testing for CFISD staff and students beginning today, Monday, Aug. 23. The testing site (new location) is located near the intersection of Highway 290 and Telge Road behind the Science Resource Center. Appointments are required for staff and students. For additional information or to sign up for a testing appointment, please see


On Saturday, Aug. 28, Harris County Public Health will be administering the Pfizer vaccine to individuals age 12 and older at the Berry Center between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Everyone who receives their first dose at this event will qualify for a $100 gift card. Parents of children age 12 and older must sign a consent form with incentive information. No appointment is needed. According to the CDC, vaccination is currently the leading public health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. See a list of other area vaccine providers.

Self-monitoring for Symptoms

Students and staff must monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home when sick. If COVID-19 symptoms are experienced, individuals must not report to work or school, and test for COVID-19 or consult with a licensed healthcare provider.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

· Cough

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Loss of taste/smell

· Nasal congestion

· Sore throat

· Headache

· Fever at or above 100°F

· Vomiting/diarrhea

Hand Hygiene

Students and staff will be frequently reminded to wash hands thoroughly and often, cover coughs and sneezes, and use hand sanitizer throughout the day. All classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers, in addition to building and cafeteria entrances and buses.

The keys to a successful start to the school year are staying home when sick, practicing good hand hygiene, getting a COVID-19 vaccine if eligible, and opting to wear masks when indoors. For more details on the health and safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year, please view the LEAD Safely plan, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.

Z Pass for Buses

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From the library

Here's to hoping the beginning of the school year has been great for your students!

In CFISD, all students have a district-issued Chromebook to fit our 1:1 system. New students will not receive a device until the 1:1 acknowledgement form is signed in School Cash. All students must have a form signed each year. All parents must complete the form in School Cash.

Happy Fox is new too! If a student has an issue with a device (cracked screen, mouse does not work, lost charger, etc), a Happy Fox ticket must be submitted from their account. Please see the attached directions.

Ask your child about 5th grade book club! More information is coming!
We have a great year planned in the library!

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Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week in Spanish class we will continue to review classroom procedures and expectations:

Hola (hello)

Camina (walk)

Fila (line)

Siéntate (sit down)

Levántate (stand up)

Adiós (goodbye)

Mira al que habla (look at the speaker)

Ten la mascarilla puesta o Pon una burbuja en la boca (put your mask on Or a bubble in your mouth)

Escucha atentamente (listen carefully)

Piernas cruzadas (sit criss-cross)

Manos en las rodillas (hands on your knees)
Pon las manos a los lados (hands to yourself)

Junta los pies (feet together)


Sra. Betancourt

Note from The Nurse

Counselors Corner


Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use “credit-by-exam” to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.

To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be 5 by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school. To apply to take the test to skip grade 1, a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.

Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be “skipped” each year. No retests will be given.

Los estudiantes de kindergarten a 5to grado tendrán cuatro oportunidades durante el año escolar para usar el sistema de “crédito por examen” para adelantarse y pasar al siguiente grado. Los estudiantes solo tendrán una oportunidad de rendir la prueba por grado considerado.

Para rendir la prueba y saltarse kindergarten, el estudiante debe cumplir 5 años al 1ro de septiembre y estar inscrito en una escuela de CFISD. Para rendir la prueba y saltarse 1er grado, el estudiante debe cumplir 6 años al 1ro de septiembre y estar inscrito en una escuela de CFISD.

Los estudiantes que obtengan puntajes de 80% o más en cada uno de los componentes de las evaluaciones de “crédito por examen” calificarán para ser avanzados un grado. Solo se puede saltear un grado por año. No se pueden repetir las pruebas.

Si están interesados en obtener más información sobre el proceso “crédito por examen” sírvanse contactarse con el consejero de su escuela.

If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact the school counselor. The deadline for this testing session is Tuesday, August 31.

Credit-by-Exam Testing in November and February are for the following school year only (2022-23).

Gifted and Talented

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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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PTO News

Spirit Wear

All Spirit Wear has arrived! For those who were unable to pick up at the Meet the Teacher or were waiting on backordered shirts, your Spirit Wear will be delivered to your student/s next week.

Staff Appreciation Lunch - Volunteers Needed!

We are excited to bless our staff with a pizza lunch on Tuesday, August 31st. Please help us by signing up here to donate items for the lunch.

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!

6. If you have not selected your membership option yet, it will then take you to the page where you can select from two options: Option #1 at $10 which includes your membership only or Option #2 at $20 which includes your membership and paper directory.

1st Day of School Photos

We'd love to have your First Day of School photos for this year's Sampson Yearbook! If you took photos on Monday that you would like considered for the Yearbook, please email them to

· Remember to send them in the largest format possible.

· Send them by 8/28/21

Please note: We want to include as many students as possible, but we also cannot guarantee that every photo sent in will be included.

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