The Mane Tail

Friday, October 14th, 2022


Dear Parents,

Sampson Elementary is turning 20 years old this fall. We are celebrating by having a community open house on Thursday, Oct. 20th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The entire school will be accessible, and we hope to have many of our former students and staff members back on campus. Our Sampson Singers will be performing at 5:30 p.m. and we will have students from the Cy-Woods Band and the Crimson Cadettes outside at 6:30 p.m. We will also have the book fair in the library. We hope that you will join the celebration!


Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 15th: PTO Beautification Committee clean up event from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

October 17th-20th: Book Fair shopping

Wednesday, OCtober 19th: PTO General Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 20th: Sampson 20th Birthday Celebration 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 20th: Book Fair Open 4:00-7:00pm

Tuesday, October 25th-Monday, Ocotber 31st: Half Baked Goodness Spirit Week

Friday, October 28th: Field Day

Tuesday, November 15th: 3rd Grade Music Program

Tuesday, December 6th: 5th Grade Music Program

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Field Day Pre-Registration

Please use the link below to pre-register for Field Day attendance. Please note, you will also use this link if you want to join your child for lunch during Field Day. The link below provides all the information you will need in regards to Field Day.


Field Day 2022

Session 1 - 4th and 5th Grade

8:30-8:45 Kick Off Area/Teacher Relays

8:45-8:50 Transition to our First Station

8:50-10:10 Field Day Stations

11:30-12:00 Lunch for 4th and 5th

Session 2 - 2nd and 3rd Grade

10:20-10:35 Kick Off Area/Teacher Relays

10:35-10:40 Transition to our First Station

10:40-12:00 Field Day Stations

12:00-12:30 Lunch for 2nd and 3rd

Session 3 - Kinder and 1st Grade

1:00-1:15 Kick Off Area/Teacher Relays

1:15-1:20 Transition to our First Station

1:20-2:40 Field Day Stations

11:00-11:30 Lunch for Kinder and 1st Grade

Sampson Spelling Bee 2022-23

Sampson Students and Parents:

Here’s the buzz! On Friday, Nov. 4th, there will be a written spelling test for qualification in the oral Sampson Spelling Bee to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14th from 4:15-5:45pm. Guests may attend the Sampson Bee.

This opportunity is open to all 3rd - 5th graders. The written test will be given during your child’s large group period, and a score of 100% is the goal to qualify for the oral spelling bee.

If your child is interested, please complete the attached permission slip and return it to the homeroom teacher as soon as possible (no later than Monday, October 17th). The list of words to study will be sent home once the permission slip is received.

**NEW FEATURE: If your child was a 2021-22 oral Sampson School Spelling Bee participant last year and would like to participate again, they qualify for a “fast pass”. These students will not need to take a written qualifying test but will receive the oral spelling bee study words after returning the permission slip.

If your child becomes our school Champion, the District Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2023, after school at the Berry Center. The winners will go on to a Regional Bee later in the spring.


Lori Wilson

Grades 3-5 Instructional Specialist/Spelling Bee Coordinator

From the library

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The Sampson Book Fair is HERE! Thanks to the many who helped to set up the book fair and work our browsing day. Students are ready to shop and excited for the books! eWallet is a great option, too!

Please see the attached schedule and come and shop with your student! We would love to have you!

We also look forward to Thursday, October 20 for the book fair and the 20th celebration. Please be sure to stop by the library to shop at the book fair! The book fair is open from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. I can't wait to see you! Thank you for supporting the library and our amazing students!

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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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Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

Next week we will talk about:



Sra. Betancourt

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Watch D.O.G.S.

Visit the Samson Elementary WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Website to learn about the program and access the volunteer sign up. The website also has your Watch DOGS gear available. Please check the website periodically for new dates to volunteer.

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

PTO General Meeting

Our next PTO General Meeting is Wednesday, October 19th at 9:30 AM in the Cafeteria. An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting and the 2022-23 amended budget will be presented for a vote.

Beautification Event!

Please mark your calendars for our next Beautification event scheduled for Saturday,

October 15th from 8:00 -10:00 AM. We will be laying mulch and replacing/planting new plants and greenery! Please remember that your kids and all of their “things” are welcome! All available hands, for any amount of time, are appreciated - THANK YOU!

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Half Baked Goodness Spirit Event

It’s time to start BOO’ing your teachers, neighbors, and friends! What better way than having

cookies delivered from Half Baked and Sampson will get 20% back. You can BOO all week October 25th through 31st!

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Sampson Gives Back

We are collecting bags of non-chocolate candy benefiting Cy-Hope for our October Act of Kindness. Please send bags with your student and they can deliver them to their grade level donation bin. Thanks for your support!

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Fifth Grade Shirt Sales

5th grade shirts are now available to order on the PTO website in the spirit store for any parents and/or staff who would like to purchase them. Please note that these shirts are the front design only. Sales for shirts will end Monday, October 31.

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