Standing Bear News

July 29, 2020

Message from the Principal

Welcome Back Cubs!!

On behalf of the Standing Bear staff, I want to welcome everyone back to school! We are so excited to see you all and start the 2020-21 school year. We have missed you all very much!

Due to Covid-19 some of our practices will look very different. Students will attend school according to the Omaha Public Schools Family 3/2 model. Students with the last name A-K are grouped and will attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with the last name L-Z are grouped and will attend school Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will alternate between groups each week. Students in households that have different last names will follow the schedule of the oldest student in the household.

Students will be required to wear a mask during the time they are in school. Students will be able to remove their mask when eating their lunch and when they are outside if they are able to social distance. We ask that all parents speak with their students about safety procedures such as keeping their mask on properly over their nose and mouth during the day, appropriate hand washing, and social distancing. We will take every precaution to keep everyone safe.

Several layers of health and safety efforts will be part of the new school year. First and most importantly, if staff or students feel ill or anyone in their home feels ill, they need to stay home. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing measures, frequent hand washing or sanitizing and adjusted meal procedures will all be incorporated into daily routines. We know routines will look different this fall. We know conditions and guidance will evolve. We know we cannot achieve this alone. Accomplishing a responsible return to school requires all our participation.

As a safety measure, we will not have visitors in the building. Our staff is here to assist your student get to class each morning and exit the building at dismissal. As much as we love seeing families in our building, we will have to adjust our practices until further notice. At this time, you will not be able to have lunch with your students, visit classrooms, walk students to class, or pick them up from the classroom. The holiday parties and winter program are still undetermined at this point in time. Additional information will follow in regards to arrival and dismissal procedures. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. Please help us get our schools open and keep them open by following the health guidance.

See the school start dates below:

Tuesday, August 11, 2020: Students with Last Names beginning with A –K

Thursday, August 13, 2020: Students with Last Names beginning with L-Z

I am just so happy to have you all back in Standing Bear classrooms! Although it will look a bit different, we will have a GREAT year!


Bridget O'Melia

Links for Parents

Back to School Night: August 6, 2020

This will be a drive through event to celebrate the start of the 2020-21 school year. Please read the below information carefully so you know what to expect. We ask that you follow the listed schedule by last names to provide enough spacing so vehicles do not get backed up. It is recommended that your student hold a sign with their teacher's name, allowing teachers to provide students with the correct packet. If you do not know your teacher's name, we will be able to assist you.

5:00pm-6:00pm-Last names (A-K)

6:00pm-7:00pm- Last name (L-Z)

Please refer to the map below and more specific information (attachment included).

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Notes from the nurse (for Kindergarten or Out of State Transfer Students)

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services requires your child have proof of immunizations and a physical (completed after 3-1-20) on file at school. Your child may not start school without these records.

Return all copies of health information to the Health Office prior to the start of the school year OR have your health care provider fax records to school – Attention: School Nurse

Standing Bear Fax Number: 531-299-2159

******* Below is the Kindergarten Health Checklist

Suggestions for Grade Level Donations

All necessary school materials are supplied by Standing Bear Elementary for every student. There is not a required supply list, but a teacher suggested supply list. If you prefer to purchase your own materials, you are welcome to do so. We are asking for donations specifically to reduce the spread of germs in the classroom. However, we also know that school shopping is super fun for kids!

** Students should have a backpack daily

** Students are asked to bring a waterbottle

** Tennis shoes on P.E. days

Kindergarten Supplies

Some suggested items if you wish to donate these to your child's classroom:


Paper Towels

Hand soap

Gallon and Sandwich Baggies

Playdough (full size)

Backpack (big enough to fit a binder)

Headphones with mic

** Students should have a backpack daily

** Students are asked to bring a water bottle

** Tennis shoes on P.E. days

Suggested items to help organize your 'At Home' learning. Teachers will create the binders/learning packets for at use during those remote days.

10 - Elmer’s Glue Sticks

4 - Black Expo Dry Erase Markers

1 - 24 packs of Crayola Crayon

1 - Fiskars Scissors

1 - 1 inch 3 Ring Binder

1 - Zippered Binder Pencil Pouch (9.8 x 7 inch)

1 - Ream white copy paper

1st Grade Supplies

Earbuds or headphones with mic


Pump hand soap

Paper towels

Baggies (quart, gallon, two gallon)

** Students should have a backpack daily

** Students are asked to bring a water bottle

** Tennis shoes on P.E. days

2nd Grade Supplies

-Pencil box

-Earbuds or headphones with mic

-Antibacterial hand soap

-Paper towels

** Students should have a backpack daily

** Students are asked to bring a water bottle

** Tennis shoes on P.E. days

3rd Grade Supplies

Paper towels


Pencil Sharpener (hand held)

Earbuds w/mic

** Students should have a backpack daily

** Students are asked to bring a water bottle

** Tennis shoes on P.E. days

4th Grade Supplies

2 boxes of Kleenex
Earbuds w/mic

Pencil Box/Bag

** Students should have a backpack daily

** Students are asked to bring a water bottle

** Tennis shoes on P.E. days

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!

Below is the most current list of upcoming events through the end of the school year. It may change as additional events come up, please refer back to this list on a regular basis.


6th: Back to School Night

11th: 1st Day- Students with Last Names beginning with A –K

13th: 1st Day- Students with last names beginning with L-Z


7th: No School (Labor Day)

PTO information


Parent Portal: Below are instructions to access the parent portal and create an account. If you are interested in signing up, please contact the main office for your personal code.

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).