Standing Bear News

National Blue Ribbon School, 2020

March 3rd, 2022

NO School on March 3rd & 4th

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear Families,

Student Placement for 2021-22 School Year

As a staff, we will be working on sorting students for next year sometime in April. This is a very detailed and specific process to make sure classrooms are balanced and students are placed according to their strengths and needs. Therefore, I will not be taking requests for specific teachers for next year. You definitely know your child the best, so if there is a situation, concern, type of teacher, etc you feel your child would benefit from, please send me an email with that information. We will place them to the best of our ability and take into consideration your email.

I appreciate you trusting us that we will place your child in the best possible classroom. Fortunately, the staff at Standing Bear are all high quality instructional leaders and caring teachers. If you wish to send an email to me regarding next year, please send that before the end of March so we can have that information when we start the sorting process.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Thank you for not arriving before 3:50pm for dismissal. Early arrivals tend to cause a back up before we start entering numbers for dismissal. We appreciate you having your numbers visible to staff and pulling all the way down the front drive when possible. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Yearbooks: Standing Bear Yearbook Preorders open in Membership Toolkit through April 11, 2022. All orders need to be placed through Membership Toolkit.

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

Celebrating Read Across America Next Week!!

Monday: Hats off to a good book (wear a hat)

Tuesday: Read my shirt (wear clothes with words or letters on them)

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (wear clothes inside out or backwards)

Thursday: Wild about books (Wear something with animal print or an animal on it)

Friday: Character Day (dress like a book character)

Family Literacy Night Information

On Friday, March 25th Standing Bear Elementary will have a Literacy Night. The event will be held at our school from 5 - 7pm. Students will be able to participate in different activities that promote literacy. Standing Bear students in attendance will receive a new book. Families will also have an option to purchase pizza the night of our event. Please use the link below to indicate if you will be attending. This will help us get a count for the activities and food. Thank you!

Kid's Heart Challenge

Standing Bear participated in the Kids Heart Challenge in February. It is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. We raised approximately $10,000 (3 grand over our goal!). Our highest fundraiser was Gwen Hull in 3rd grade (pictured below) who raised $500! We have about 40 students who raised $100 and earned the right to dunk Mr. Nelson in a dunk tank! We will be doing this later in the Spring outside on the north blacktop. Thank you for your generousity! It all goes to a great cause!
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Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!


2nd & 3rd- Parent/Teacher Conferences

3rd & 4th- No School for Students

14th-18th- No School (OPS Spring Break )

25th- Family Literacy Night (Additional information to come)

28th- Standing Bear Blood Drive- Monday, March 28th (2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m)

Notes from the School Nurse

It is the time of year when we see a variety of illnesses going around. Please read over the Health and Safety section below and follow the directives for Covid symptoms. This will assist you in determining if you should send your child to school and next steps. If you have any question's contact the health office and we would be happy to assist you.

If your child has a fever, vomiting or diarrhea they must be free of these symptoms for 24 hours without the use of medication before they can return to school. This is important in controlling the spread and making sure your child is feeling well enough to return to learning.

Thank you,

Mrs. Frazier


Standing Bear Blood Drive

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Health & Safety

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Health and safety remain our priority. To assist us with our effort in keeping students, staff and families safe, we are asking you to conduct a daily health screening on your child(ren) every day prior to sending them to school.

Please assess and/or ask your child(ren) the following screening questions before sending them to school.

Does your child have one of the following?

  • New cough

  • New onset of shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

Does your child have two or more of the following?

  • Fever of 100.4 or greater

  • Chills

  • Muscle aches

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

If you answer yes to the above questions, please do not send your child to school. Instead:

• Notify the school of your child's absence

  • Contact your child's health care provider to see if your child needs to be tested

  • Contact the school for further guidance

For information on testing sites, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444- 3400 or

For information on COVID-19 vaccine sites please contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-3400 or


Anyone 12 years of age are older is eligible to be vaccinated. Minors, 12 thru 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult/guardian to be vaccinated.

PTO Information

Yearbook Info-

Preorders open in Membership Toolkit through April 11, 2022- Parents and Staff Pricing available. All orders need to be placed through Membership Toolkit.

Membership Toolkit

Enroll in the Membership Toolkit- you will have access to all online forms set up for you to review and complete as needed. You will find forms for Membership, Donations, Volunteer opportunities and more.

Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact us at

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Parent Links & Attachments

District Transportation Information

Parents should sign up for the Here Comes the Bus App as a way to keep in communication with pick up and drop off information.

Below is information to assist you with setting this up.

Important Information from Standing Bear

Building Security

For the safety and security of our students and this building, we are asking that any parent visitor make an appointment prior to entering the building. We will continue to limit outside visitors due to Health & Safety Protocols.

Drop Off Zone

We ask that you please continue to pull all the way down to the second crosswalk if possible (by main front doors). We can then unload around 10 vehicles rather than 5.

We currently have a school staff member assisting your child to breakfast or the classroom at the main doorway for all student’s morning arrival. REMINDER: School doors don’t open until 8:35 AM for classroom entrance and breakfast opening hours.

We ask again not arrive for end of school day pick-up until 3:50pm due to traffic flow congestion issues we’re currently experiencing due to early arrivals.

Please be attentive and cognizant of all school crossing guard officials and adhere to their requests during student morning drop-off and pick-up times. Our goal is to ensure your child’s overall safety.

School Messenger

We will be using the School Messenger (Robo call or email) to communicate this year. Please make sure to contact the office if you need to update your contact information.

Birthday Celebrations

We ask that only non-food items be brought for birthday celebrations.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).