Standing Bear News

December 5, 2019

Message from the Principal

Standing Bear Families,

It is hard to believe that it is almost winter break, time really flies when you are having fun!! Below is a link to some of the fun activities the City of Omaha has to offer. I know I am always looking for fun activities for my children and ways to keep them busy when school is out! Hopefully, this is a useful resource for you as we approach the winter break! OPS winter break is scheduled for December 23, 2019 through January 6, 2020.

Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award: As you know, we have some amazing teachers here at Standing Bear and within the Omaha Public Schools! Now is a great time to let them know what a great job they do each and every day! Consider nominating an Omaha Public Schools teacher for the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. Anyone can make a nomination (students, former students, parents, staff, etc). Just write about your favorite teacher and tell what he or she has done that has made a difference. For more that 20 years, this award has been given to OPS teachers who have gone above and beyond to help their students in the classroom and in life. Now you have the chance to give that teacher the recognition he or she deserves. Make your nomination by January 15, 2020. Use the link below to submit your nomination!

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.

Winter Activities!

Click the link to the Winter Events provided by the City of Omaha

Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award

Click the link to submit a nomination for an OPS teacher!

School Choice 2020-21 Information

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!


* 6th- 4th grade field trip to Orpheum Theater

* 13th- Winter Music Program: In order to make sure there is seating for everyone, please plan to attend one performance, but not both. Please also plan to attend the entire program. Students may not be signed out from their classroom until the program has ended.

Attendance Times:

9:30 am Last Names A-M

1:30 pm Last Names N-Z & Strings

*17th- Standing Bear Singers Caroling tour

* 20th- Pajama Day!

Winter Break: December 23, 2019 through January 6, 2020


* 7th- Classes resume

* 16th- Kindergarten Round-up at 10:00am. If you have an incoming student, we look forward to seeing you then!


Mark your Calendars Cubs-it is Pajama Day!

In celebration of the upcoming holidays, we will ease into our long winter break by having a Pajama Day on Friday, December 20th, the last student day of 2019!

Cool cubs spotlight..

High Attendance Classrooms! Go Cubs!!

Congratulations to the following classrooms for having high attendance during the month of November: Mrs. Nordstrom's Class at 94.9% and Mrs. Bock's class at 94.7% attendance!

These classrooms received the Traveling Trophy and will celebrate with a bubble gum party!

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Hy-vee Receipts

Please bring in your Hy-Vee receipts to school, even after you have TAGGed them! This is a great way to help support Standing Bear. All you need to do is bring them to the front office or send them with your student.

Standing Bear Student Council

Holiday Spirit

December 10th- Student Council members will be supporting the Salvation Army by ringing bells at Hy-Vee on 156th & Maple (west doors) from 4:30-6:00pm.

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PTO information

Upcoming events


* PTO Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month @ 6:30pm in the school library. Parents are welcome to attend.

Strive For 95!

School Attendance

Good Job Standing Bear Students! We are continuing to show good attendance each month. Classrooms have a chart outside of their doors indicating the percentage of students in attendance for the week. We continue to STRIVE FOR 95%!

Remember, every minute counts!

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Important Information from Standing Bear

Building Security

We welcome all parents to visit Standing Bear Elementary. For the safety and security of our students and this building, we require that all parents get a visitor badge from the office when going past the main entrance. If you enter through the cafeteria doors, please also stop by the office if walking your child to their classroom. Thank you for taking the extra steps to help ensure our school is a safe place to learn.

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 have some very excited and responsible "Ambassadors" to assist with opening your car doors for easy drop off.

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 you contact your child's teacher to determine if there is a good time to bring in birthday items. We ask that all items be non-food items, due to student allergies. Thank you!

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).