Standing Bear News

National Blue Ribbon School, 2020

January 7, 2021

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear,

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing holiday break! We are glad to be back with students, even if it is over TEAMS right now. We look forward to them coming back in the 3/2 schedule on January 19th.

Things to remember while we are in the remote learning environment.

Battery Life of the iPad: A few things that could be draining your iPad battery:

  • Tabs open in Safari- hold X on an open tab and hit Close other tabs (See screen shot below) This is usually our biggest issue!
  • Multiple Apps opened: Double click on the home button, a small version of all open apps will appear, you will need to swipe them off with your finger to close them out
  • Bluetooth is on: you will need to go under settings and turn bluetooth off
  • Cellular Data/Wi-Fi: if you are on a home Wi-Fi, you need to turn off the cellular data. If you are using the cellular data, you will need to turn off the Wi-Fi (under settings)
  • Personal Hotspot: under settings, turn off the personal hotspot
  • Full Shut Down- Complete a full shut down each evening
  • Charge all night for updates and battery charge

Some important dates to remember:
  • January 5th-14th - Students will be in full remote Learning
  • January 14- 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM- Buffett Virtual Live Open House (link to OPS middle schools below)
  • January 15th- NO School (Professional Development for Teachers)
  • January 18th- NO School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • January 19th- Return to Family 3/2 Model

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

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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.

OPS Foundation Pre-K

Online registration for the OPSF Early Childhood Education Program, reopening in the 2021-2022 school year, is currently scheduled to begin January 22, 2021. The registration is $75.00 and the weekly rate will be $195.00. To be notified directly when online registration opens, please complete the form below.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Crystal Hansen at the Foundation office by email at or call 402.502.3032.

Alice Buffett Middle School

Omaha Public Schools is excited that you will be making the important decision on where to send your upper elementary student for middle school. There are many excellent options and exciting opportunities to be had at each of our middle schools.

If your student is interested in Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, then this email is for YOU! Buffett has high performing teachers and students in every classroom!

You can learn all about Buffett and its award-winning programs at our Virtual Open House – JANUARY 14TH from 6-7:30 pm. Click here to preview information about Buffett!

Go to on Open House Night for the full experience!

During this Open House, you will learn about:

· Buffett’s Communication Arts and Technology programs

· Diverse club offerings

· Competitive athletic teams

· Dedicated, hardworking teachers

· Strong focus on academic rigor

You will also have a chance to speak LIVE with teachers and administrators to get your questions answered!

It’s always a great day to be a Bobcat! #wearebuffett

We look forward to you joining us on January 14 at!

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

Principal at Buffett Middle School at

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Kindergarten Roundup: Class of 2034!

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year will take place during the month of January, 2021. In order to be eligible, your child must turn 5 years old on or before 7/31/2021. There will be no in person Round-Ups this year. Enrollments will be completed on line from January 4 through January 29. Click the link below for enrollment. If you have questions or need assistance with the application, please contact your neighborhood elementary school.

· Students must reside in the OPS attendance area

· Students must be 5 on or before July 31, 2021

You can find your neighborhood school by using the following link:

School Choice: All students are guaranteed their home-area-school. The online form will give you an option to apply to a non-neighborhood school. The non-neighborhood requests will be processed via a lottery during February and families will find out the results in early March. Should you have trouble with the online selection form, we have provided the school choice application below. It will need to be delivered to our offices at 3215 Cuming St by January 29. Only use this paper application if you had difficulty with the online process.

For students who are new to the district and who do not have an older sibling in OPS: ONLINE ENROLLMENT (click here)

Students who are currently in an early childhood program through OPS (or Educare) -or- have an older sibling in OPS: go to the Campus Parent Portal. If you do not already have a Campus Parent Portal account, contact your child's school. PARENT PORTAL (click here)

Click here for the general registration paperwork.

Click here for the paper school choice application

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!

If you are looking for information regarding cohort days, days off, etc. You can find that information on the Standing Bear website under School Calendar.


5th-14th - Students will be in remote Learning

12th- PTO Meeting at 6:30pm:

15th- NO School (Professional Development for Teachers)

18th- NO School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

19th- Return to Family 3/2 Model

19th & 22nd- School Picture Retakes and Remote Student Photos (more information to follow)

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OPS District Updates

Second Semester Updates

Omaha Public Schools will begin the second semester of this school year with a phased return to in-person. Staff will teach from their classroom and students will start the semester as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 5 using their district-provided device from home.

Here are the dates for that phased return in-person:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5-14, 2021: All students be in remote instruction
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021: All students return in-person following the Family 3/2 Model

The Remote Learning Program will remain an option for students who wish to continue learning full-time from home during the second semester. Please look for additional information to come.

In-person instruction will continue with the Family 3/2 Model in the weeks that follow Jan. 19th.

Parent Links & Attachments

Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award

If you have a Standing Bear Teacher who you think should be recognized for their dedication and hard work, please take the time to nominate them for the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award.

Nominations are open! Use the link below.

Deadline is January 15, 2021

PTO Information

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

Important Information from Standing Bear

Building Security

For the safety and security of our students and this building, we will not be allowing visitors into the building at this time.

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. Also, we typically have student "Ambassadors" to assist with opening your car doors for easy drop off. This is currently on hold until further notice.

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

Due to COVID-19, we will not allow any outside items brought nto the building. We will continue to highlight students and have them feel special on this day!

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).