Standing Bear News

October 24 2019

Message from the Principal

Standing Bear Families,

I can't believe that 1st Quarter is already behind us! Time flies when you are having fun! We enjoyed seeing so many parents during conferences. Thank you for taking the time to visit with your child's teachers about their progress. Students learn more, have higher grades and have better school attendance when parents are involved in their child's education. That is why attending parent-teacher conferences is so important. It also allows you to stay connected to the school community and build a positive partnership with your child's teacher. If you were not able to attend your scheduled time, please call the main office, we are happy to reschedule.

Fall is definitely here! Please send students with coats, hats and gloves so they are warm during recess and at dismissal.

Reminder- NO SCHOOL Friday, October 25th

Don't forget Red Ribbon Week starting on Monday, October 28th. See below for the daily themes.

Additional reminders from our "Traffic Staff"-

Parking Lot Lane: If you drop off using the parking lot lane, you will need to make a left turn when you exit. 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.

Main Drive Lane: If you are dropping off using the main front entrance, you will need to turn right when you exit.

Thank you for being cognizant of the "No Parking" signs along Taylor Street and 159th street. This helps out our bus driver tremendously!

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


For Standing Bear Students!

Blue Cup Challenge!


Standing Bear students are playing the "Blue Cup Challenge" while in the cafeteria. An informational video, highlighting our 4th grade students, was used to explain the challenge and cafeteria expectations. They did a great job!

The cups start out on red, as students enter the cafeteria quietly, move through the line to get their food, and sit down. Once all students are seated and eating, the cup is switched to blue. This indicates that they are doing a great job and they can visit with their neighbors using a "blue voice." After the classes have finished lunch, they stop by the Challenge Chart to mark their blue days. Students have done an outstanding job! Our cafeteria is at a reasonable noise level, which helps the ladies hear food orders and students are eating more of their lunches. Even our Standing Bear students have indicated how much they like the cafeteria noise level!

Classrooms have received gum for getting points on the Challenge Chart! Way to go Cubs!!

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!


* 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
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Standing Bear Families are the BEST!

Standing Bear Happenings...

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.

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

COOL CUBS Spotlight!

Standing Bear Student Council

Thank you to everyone who donated used shoes to the Student Council Shoe Drive. You helped us keep 228 pairs of shoes out of the landfill! 198 pairs of shoes will be sent to Nike to be recycled into new products like running tracks, new tennis shoes, and active wear. We are excited to announce that 30 of the donated pairs were in outstanding condition and will be donated to the Open Door Mission. The Student Council is grateful for your support!

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great group of student council members!

Thanks for all you do to support Standing Bear!

PTO information

Upcoming events

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

* 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

We have 103 students who have PERFECT ATTENDANCE for 1st Quarter! Way To Go!

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.

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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).