Standing Bear News

National Blue Ribbon School, 2020

November 5, 2020

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear,

The nominations for Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award will remain open until January 15, 2021. See information and link below.

Health & Safety- As we continue to work to support the health and safety of all staff, students and families, it is imperative that we all wear face coverings appropriately at all times while on school grounds. Including student pick up outside. These practices are the most important steps we can all take to keep each other safe and Standing Bear open!

MAP Testing- We will be MAP testing over the next few weeks. Please make sure that your student gets a good nights sleep and eats a healthy breakfast. Let your child know that all we want is for them to do their best!

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

Fall Picture Day is Coming! Mark Your Calendars!

Inter-state Studio

Fall picture schedule is as follows:

  • November 6th: Students in the Yellow (L-Z) Cohort will have pictures
  • November 9th: Students in the Blue (A-K) Cohort will have pictures
  • January 11th: All retakes and remote students will have pictures

Message from Inter-State Studio regarding Picture Day Flyers: - We will be eliminating school picture day fliers & posters where possible. A picture day flyer passes through many hands including front office staff, teachers, students, parents, back to students a second time, back to teachers, photographers, local Inter-State Studio office staff & plant production staff. Not to mention payments of check and cash to banking personnel. This is up to 10 people in the process of touching a single piece of paper. Alternatives to this process would be Emails to parents, advertising on school marquee, picture day stickers, etc...

Parents will NOT be able to order pictures until after Monday, November 9th photo session, then you will have up to 48 hours to "PrePay" parents will not be charged for shipping if they do so by then. It is never too late to order, once the photos have been taken and processed if a parent did not pre pay, they will receive a proof card when the packages are delivered. This card will have an individual order code that they may use to go online and order from there. This code will not expire for a few years.

Below is the link to order pictures. You will need to use the code 55021J

Parent and Community Support! Thank You!

Nothing Bundt Cakes!

Thank you for donating these fancy desserts!

Nothing Bundt Cakes just dropped off these to share with staff during conferences! They are delicious and were much appreciated!

Halloween Parade, 2020

Thank you for sharing, it was so much fun seeing all the creative costumes. I hope you all enjoy the video!

SB Halloween part 2

Before School Each Day!

We encourage families to self-check for symptoms of COVID-19 each morning before leaving for school. If anyone in your home is sick, your student must stay home. Face coverings, social distancing, frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer and our enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures support a safe and healthy space to learn for students and staff.

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

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!


6th- Individual school pictures for 3/2 students (Yellow L-Z group)

9th- Individual school pictures for 3/2 students (Blue A-K group)

19th- Progress Reports

25th-27th- No School/ Thanksgiving Recess

* Remote only students and all picture retakes will be done in January.

Parent Links & Attachments

Notes from our School Counselor

Hello Standing Bear Families!

In addition to the global pandemic, there have been drastic changes made to the school year, and our child(ren)'s everyday life/lives. With an increased need for student support in the social/emotional realm, I would love to share some ideas on how to support your child(ren) at home: the first topic being anxiety/worry.

Anxiety in kids may look a variety of different ways (see graphic), ranging from anger, to perfectionism, and more. In classroom guidance, we learn about all emotions, and strategies to manage them. Feel free to use these ideas; I would love to hear what you try at home, and what is helpful for your family!

6 Anxiety Soothers to Try Now

(Adapted from Scholastic Parents:

1. Have your kid tense and relax each muscle group, working up from the toes.
Why it works: Your child releases tension, and when the body relaxes, the brain does, too.

(Search for progressive muscle relaxation for kids on Youtube, as well!)

2. Tell your child to pay attention to the noises around him until he hears five different sounds.
Why it works: Focusing his thoughts helps your child stay in the moment rather than worry about the future.

(You can also use the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 grounding exercise. This can help children get ready to begin the remote learning day.)

3. Grade-schoolers can write down (or dictate) their fears and stash them in a shoebox.
Why it works: Writing worries helps minimize them and gives kids permission to let ’em go.

(With winter on it's way, crumble those worries up and toss them around like snowballs!)

4. Tell your child to remember a time he faced a scary situation and overcame it or learned something hard.
Why it works: Picturing a previous success makes anyone feel more confident.

(Depending on the child's age, they can also write, or draw about this time; put it somewhere they can see each day to help them picture a positive outcome.)

5. Tell your kid to pretend she’s holding a slice of pizza. Have her inhale the aroma by breathing in deeply through the nose and cool the pizza by blowing out through the mouth.
Why it works: Focused breathing sends the brain a message that it’s time to relax.

(We learn SO many ways to take deep breaths; ask your child what ways they have learned! Students love to use the iWatch, or Breathe app do this this as well.)

6. Download some anti-anxiety apps, or use this virtual calming room:

Why it works: Visuals give kids something to gaze at, and listen to as they quiet down (or breathe).

(You can also find a 'recipe' for a calming jar, and make one together!)

Thank you for your partnership, and all that you do to help us support the students we care about so deeply!

Take care (...of your family, and yourself!),

Emily Woodson

School Counselor, Standing Bear Elementary

Omaha Public Schools

P: 531-299-2147

Notes from the Nurse

Daily Health Assessment

Every day before they leave home, families must complete a self-health assessment, asking themselves three vital questions:

1. Have you or anyone in your household had a fever (100.4 or greater), a new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle pain, or new loss of smell/taste in the last three days?

2. Is anyone in your household waiting for a COVID-19 test result due to symptoms?

3. Have you or anyone in your household been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you will be expected to stay home.

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PTO Information

Membership Toolkit

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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).