The Mane Tail

Friday, September 10th, 2021


Dear Parents,

The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority. To provide schools an opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, our district Superintendent has asked all students and staff to participate in emergency preparedness drills on a continuous basis.

The goals of the training drills are to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. They allow us to evaluate our emergency operations plan and improve our response skills. As part of the drill, the students and staff participate in the activation of our Campus Emergency Operations Plan.

Your child will be participating in practice drills on Friday, September 17th at Sampson. The drill practice will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and conclude around 9:00 a.m. This might be a good time to discuss your family’s home preparedness plan with your student(s). If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call our school office at 281-213-1600.


Heather Motzny, Principal

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Sept. 21st - 2nd and 3rd Grade Curriculum Night (Virtual Event)

4th and 5th Grade Curriculum Night (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd- K and 1st Grade Curriculum Night (Virtual Event)

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

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

**Our Spring Creek Spirit Nights originally scheduled for September have been moved to November. Please mark your calendars for November 16th and 17th.


Families, thank you SO MUCH for the science consumables that you donated to Sampson! Our science classes will be bubbling over with experiments thanks to your generosity. We will have additional opportunities throughout the year to continue helping Sampson through science donations.

Lori Wilson

Instructional Specialist grades 3-4-5

Science Liaison

Car Rider Line

We encourage parents to have their child open his/her own door and exit the car independently. We may not have always enough adults outside to open every car door. There could be a situation inside the building that requires adult attention, or we could have staff members absent. We appreciate your understanding and help in fostering your child's independence.


We will not deliver student lunches to the classroom. We do not have enough staff members to make this happen. The cafeteria meals are free again this school year, and we encourage students that have forgotten their lunch to simply go through the lunch line. We will provide a cart for parents to drop off a lunch for their child due to extenuating circumstances. An example of an extenuating circumstance would be a food allergy. The cart will only hold one or two lunches per grade level, so parents will not be allowed to drop off lunches on a regular basis. The cart is located inside the vestibule. Parents will be buzzed in the front door and can put the lunch on the cart. The student will need to come to the office to pick up their lunch. Any lunches that are not picked up by the end of the day will be disposed of.
Covid Dashboard

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

COVID-19 Testing Update

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

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.

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 review stations expectations and courtesies.

Next week in Spanish class we will learn the following:

Kinder: Greetings, goodbye, and courtesies

Buenos días (Good morning)

Buenas tardes (Good afternoon)

Buenas noches (Good evening/nigh)

Gracias (thank you)

De nada (You are welcome)

Por favor (please)

Lo siento o perdón (I am sorry)

Con permiso (excuse me)

Hasta luego (see you later)

1st grade: Numbers up to twenty

cero (zero)

diez (ten)

uno (one)

once (eleven)

dos (two)

doce (twelve)

tres (three)

trece (thirteen)

cuatro (four)

catorce (fourteen)

cinco (five)

quince (fifteen)

seis (six)

dieciséis (sixteen)

siete (seven)

diecisiete (seventeen)

ocho (eight)

dieciocho (eighteen)

Nueve (nine)

diecinueve (nineteen)

veinte (twenty)

2nd-4th: Review the following dialogs: How are you? And What’s your name?

¿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

Counselors Corner

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

Papa John's Spirit Night

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Chick Fil A

We will be holding a Spirit Night with Chick Fil A on Tuesday, September 21st. A flyer will be sent home with your student at a later date. Let's support Sampson by grabbing your dinner before joining this year's Curriculum Night!


We are hosting a Garden Work Day on Saturday, October 2nd to help clean up the beds in our Sampson Garden. Please click here if you are interested in helping! The more the merrier!

Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to help replace some of our fruit trees and butterfly plants that we lost during the freeze earlier this year. If you would like to donate and help plant these gorgeous additions, please visit here.

Birthday Marquee

This year, the birthday marquee can be purchased through School Cash.

Yearbook Reminder

As a reminder, the 2021-22 Yearbooks are for sale! For a limited time, yearbooks are on sale for $34! Grab yours here before the price goes up on December 1st.

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