Standing Bear News

March 5, 2020

Message from the Principal

Standing Bear Families,

We had a great turn out at conferences this week and appreciate parents taking the time to come up. If you were unable to make it to your scheduled conference, please contact your child's teacher following break to reschedule. It is super important to discuss the progress your child is making this year.

OPS SPRING BREAK- MARCH 9TH-13TH. Classes will resume on Monday, March 16th. I wish everyone a relaxing and fun spring break!- Mrs. O'Melia

Part time job opportunity!

Omaha Public Schools Foundation is looking for energetic and responsible individuals who have a passion to work with elementary children. We offer care before and after school to OPS families. Must pass a Federal Background check and be willing to work a split shift Monday through Friday. If interested please contact OPSF Kids Club at (531) 299-0250 .

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- NO SCHOOL

* 9th-13th- NO SCHOOL Spring Break

* 16th- NSCAS testing begins (through April 24th)

* 17th- St. Patrick's Day! Wear Your Green!

* 26th- Scholastic Class Pictures

* 27th- 3rd Grade field trip to Rose Theater

* 30th- Blood Drive (2:30pm-7:30pm)


* 3rd- Family Fun Day (Early Childhood Room 1) @ 3:00pm

* 3rd- 4th grade to Lincoln

* 8th- Kindergarten to Durham

* 10th- No School

* 14th- PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm

* 21st- KDG (Livers/Maguire) Fontenelle Forest

* 22nd- KDG (Tolacko/Long/Madsen) Fontenelle Forest

* 27-1st grade to Lauritzen Gardens

* 28th- Parent Pay PK field trip to Rose Theater

*28th- 4th grade choir day performance @ Standing Bear (10:00am)

  • Choir night performance @ Standing Bear (7:00pm)

* 30th- Kid's Heart Challenge celebration


* 1st- Standing Bear School Carnival

* 6th- 3rd Grade Durham Museum

* 7th- Fun Field Day/Family BBQ

* 12th- PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm

* 14th- Spring Choir Celebration @ 4:15pm

* 21st- 4th Grade Farewell @ 2:00pm

* 22nd- Last Student Day

  • 4th Grade Clap Out @ 3:55pm


Read Across America

We had fun celebrating Read Across America week! Staff enjoyed dressing up as their favorite story book characters on day. We welcomed guest readers and former Standing Bear students, sharing their love for reading. Lots of super hero readers around during the week also.

Enjoy some time reading with your child over the break!!

Cool cubs spotlight..

Kids Heart Challenge

Standing Bear participated in the Kids Heart Challenge in the month of February, an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association. This year our students raised more than $5,000 with over 150 students participating! Students learned about nutrition and ways to promote heart health in PE classes. Nineteen students raised $100 or more! They will have the opportunity to dunk Mr. Nelsen in a dunk tank on Thursday, April 30!

Liam O'Neal in Mrs. Young's 1st grade class, raised the most money with $303.64! Thanks to all who gave and participated in the Kids Heart Challenge!- Ms. Lensch

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Way To Go CUBS!!

Standing Bear Sock Hop!

We all left with red cheeks and sweaty, but we sure had fun!

PTO information

PTO Upcoming events

STANDING BEAR SOCK-HOP! We had a great turn out for our Sock Hop event! Thank you to all the families who made it out!

Message to Parents from PTO:

Yearbook Pre-orders will begin soon and this year all sales will be on-line only. If you want to know the minute pre-orders begin, be sure to create a FREE account by visiting

Standing Bear Yearbook: Please submit photos for the year book using the following email

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

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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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Mark Your Calendars!! Standing Bear Blood Drive (March 30, 2020)

*** If your child borrowed clothes from the Health Office please wash and return.

Donations of sweatpants/ leggings are needed in size small or medium.

Monday, March 30th will be Standing Bear’s 8th annual blood drive!

Students will have the opportunity to show leadership and save lives by recruiting blood donors for the drive. Each student who recruits one presenting donor will receive an America Red Cross medal. As staff, your consideration in donating is appreciated and has made this drive successful for many years!

Monday, March 30th, 2020

2:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Standing Bear Cafeteria

Blood drive coordinator: Julie Frazier

To register visit and use sponsor code: StandingBear

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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.

Author Jan Brett

There is still time for Standing Bear to win this author visit!!

Jan Brett is hosting a contest for a chance to win an author visit from her. The school that has the most parents, teachers, friends, or supporters who enter the contest will win a free school visit from Jan in the 2020 school year. Contest ends Monday April 20, 2020.

Please enter your name and the information of the school you would like to win a free Jan Brett visit. One email address entry per person. Duplicate email addresses will be removed. All emails will be verified before the winning entry is announced. If you are under the age of 13, please use your parent's email address.

Standing Bear families, this is a great opportunity! Please take a few seconds to submit your entry for us!

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).