Standing Bear News

October 10, 2019

Message from the Principal

Standing Bear Families,

What a success!!

Students earned $42, 000 dollars during the Fun Run! I want to thank all our families for participating and supporting Standing Bear Elementary. I truly feel blessed to be part of this community. Students were very excited for the "sliming" event. I am glad that they exceeded the original goal and we were able to have some sticky fun!! Below is a quick movie trailer of the Fun Run and Slime Time. Hope you enjoy it!

Hey Parents- WOOT! We have shaved off 7 minutes of time during morning drop off by pulling down the the main entrance crosswalk when possible. If you are in the parking lot line (between the parked cars), please pull all the way down as well. We will cross students at the west crosswalk and they can still enter through the breakfast doors. We anticipate that we can shave off another 5 minutes if we do this. I know that parents have busy mornings, so we want to make this process as efficient as possible. Just as a reminder, you will not be able to park in the drop off zone once cones are out. Thank you!!

Please be cognizant of where you are parking and take note of the "No Parking" signs along Taylor Street and 159th street. Buses are having difficulty making the corner turn due to cars parked in no parking zones. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me.

We appreciate all you do to help make our drop off and pick up safe. Thank you!


For Standing Bear Students!

Hey Standing Bear students! These are great videos about attendance!

What is your favorite subject?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

How do you make sure you have good attendance?

***** Watch the Fun Run trailer kids!!

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!


* 11th- Early Childhood (Room 5) Family Fun Day @ 11:00am

* 11th- Parent Pay PK (Room1) Family Fun Day @ 3:00pm

* 14th-24th- Student Council Shoe Drive (see information below)

* 16th- Author Visit- Drew Dawalt

* 17th- KDG Field Trip to Children's Museum

* 18th- Scholastic Book Fair @ 4:00pm-6:30pm (Standing Bear Library)

* 18th- PTO Family Movie Night @ 6:30pm in the gym (Parents must attend)

* 22nd- Parent Pay PK (Room 1) Field Trip to Bellevue Berry

* 23rd- P/T Conferences & Book Fair 4:30pm-8:00pm (No school for Head Start or ECSE)

* 24th- P/T Conferences & Book Fair 12:30pm-7:30pm

* 24th & 25th- No School for all students

* 29th- 3rd Grade field trip to SAC Museum

* 31st- Classroom Halloween Parade & Parties (2:40pm-4:00pm)

* Parade starts at 2:40pm- Students will exit the building from the cafeteria door, parade down front of building, and enter back into the building by the primary playground.

* Costumes: Students can bring Halloween costumes to school in their backpack to change into later in the day. Costumes must be school appropriate (no weapons of any kind or items that are scary). No face make-up during the day (this can be applied quickly by the parent prior to the classroom party if you wish). Students should be able to independently wear the costume over their clothes with minimal teacher assistance.

* Classroom snack will be provided, families are not obligated to send any type of



Monday, October 28th

Theme: Being Drug Free is No Sweat

Wear: Active Wear

Tuesday, October 29th

Theme: Be All You Can Be, Drug Free

Wear: Camo/Patriotic Clothing

Wednesday, October 30th

Theme: Don't Let Drugs Mix You Up

Wear: Mismatched Clothing

Thursday, October 31st

Theme: Scare Away Bullying and Drugs

Wear: Orange, Black, and Purple Clothing

Friday, November 1st

Theme: Keeping Our PAWS off Drugs

Wear: Standing Bear Spirit Wear


* 1st- 2nd Grade field trip to Rose Theater

* 5th- Scholastic pictures re-take date

Standing Bear Families are the BEST!

Hy-vee Receipts

Please bring in your Hy-Vee receipts to school. This is a great program that provides Standing Bear with extra money. All you need to do is bring them to the front office or send them with your student. More information will be coming about the TAGG app and how that will help support Standing Bear also. Keep an eye out for that information around conference time.


You can now scan box tops with the Box Tops App! This will provide support for Standing Bear Students!!

COOL CUBS Spotlight!

Author Visit- Drew Daywalt

Standing Bear will be hosting an author visit on Wednesday, October 16th

* 9:10am – 9:55am for PreK –1st grade students

* 10:10am – 10:55am for 2nd – 4th grade students.

Drew Daywalt is an author of half a dozen children’s books, they are pictured below. Mr. Daywalt has received over 60 awards for children’s writing and is currently nominated for the Nebraska Golden Sower Award for the book- The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

If you own or choose to purchase a copy of one of Mr. Daywalt's books, you may send it to school by October 15th to be autographed. Please include a note with your child(ren)’s first and last name as well as the name of their classroom teacher. Standing Bear will not be selling books. Any purchases must be done independently of the school.

Standing Bear Student Council

Standing Bear is proud to announce the 2019-20 Student Council. These students were nominated by their classroom teachers. They will do many projects throughout the year. Look for information and upcoming events in our newsletters.

Student Council Upcoming Events:

Used Shoe Drive- October 14 - 24

Bring in your used tennis shoes (any brand). We are recycling tennis shoes and will collect them at school. Nike is the sponsor for this program.

Pop Tabs- continue to bring in pop tabs!!

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great group of student council members!

Thanks for all you do to support Standing Bear!

PTO information

Upcoming events

Movie Night

Please mark your calendar for Family Move Night, October 18th. Featuring Toy Story 4!

6:00 p.m. Doors Open

6:30 p.m. Movie Begins

Standing Bear Elementary Gym - bring your blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and chairs to join us for a fun evening.

FREE Admission. An adult must be present with students. Concessions (popcorn, candy and bottles of water) will be available for purchase, cash only.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open from 5:30-6:30 p.m. before the movie and there will be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win one of our prize baskets.

We hope to see you there!

Fall Party

Standing Bear Halloween classroom parties will take place on 10/31 from 3-4 pm* (ESCE AM class party is from 11-12 pm). Room Parents are seeking party donations and volunteers to assist. Please click on the link to see how you can help your student's classroom: Signups.

*Note*-If you don't see a sign-up for your student's classroom, please ensure your family information is updated and your child is listed with a teacher assigned in this portal. Click here to update your information: Open Forms

Parent Teacher Conference Hospitality

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be on 10/23 and 10/24. The PTO would like to provide the teachers with some breakfast/lunch items and snacks to get them through the long days. Please consider donating a food/beverage/snack item for this event. Parent Teacher Conference Hospitality 10/23 and 10/24

* 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!

Facts about School Attendance

When 90% Does Not Earn An “A”

95%-100% Not Chronic (Satisfactory Attendance)—Missing (9 days) or less of school in an academic year.

91%- 95% At-Risk Attendance—Missing (10 -17 days) of school in an academic year.

90% -81% Chronic Absence—Missing (18 days) or more of school in an academic year.

80% or less Severe Chronic Absence—Missing (36 days) or more of school in an academic year.

80% or less Habitually Chronic Absence-Missing (36 days) or more of school, year after year

Establishing Good Attendance Habits

Introduce your child to his/her teachers and classmates before school starts to help his/her transition.

Attendance matters as early as kindergarten.

Starting in the early grades, the number of students missing 10 percent of school can reach remarkably high levels.

Early absences can rob students of the time they need to develop literacy skills.

Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.

Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

nurses notes

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Students often borrow clothing from the school nurse, please remember to return those to her. Thank you!

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!

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