Standing Bear News

January 9, 2020

Message from the Principal

Standing Bear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope that you all found time to relax and enjoy your families. We are in full swing here at Standing Bear! Students are currently in the MAP testing schedule. For tips on helping your child get ready for MAP Growth testing, check out the below link

A few simple tips to help your child perform the best they can on the MAP tests and in their daily work are:

* Get a good nights sleep!

* Eat a good breakfast

* Remind them to do their best and take their time when testing, it is not a race!

We know they will all do great!!

Kindergarten Round-up is on JANUARY 16th at 10:00 AM.

Pre-Kindergarten Registration is on January 30th at 10:00 AM

See additional information below to assist you.


Below is the information and parent letter regarding the upcoming Kindergarten Round-up. If you have contacted our main office, you should also receive a copy of this letter in the mail. For all other questions please contact the main office.

If you are unsure of what school is considered your Home Attendance Area School, you can check using the link below listed in the parent letter.


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Kindergarten Round-Up at Standing Bear Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. All parents of children who will be 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2020, and who live in the Standing Bear attendance area, are invited to attend. During Round-Up, parents will attend an informational program and have the opportunity to enroll online, while the kindergartners-to-be will go into a classroom to do activities with current kindergarten students.

To complete the kindergarten registration process, we request that you bring the following items to Round-Up:

· Certified Birth Certificate

· Immunization records


We will make copies of your documents and return them to you at the end of the Round-Up program. You may bring these documents to school to be copied before Round-Up, if you wish to do so. If your documents have been copied before Round-Up, you will not have to wait after the Round-Up program for your documents to be returned to you.

Our school district requests that the kindergarten registration process be completed at a student’s neighborhood school. At this time students who reside in Standing Bear’s home attendance area are the only students who are guaranteed enrollment. If you would like to verify your neighborhood school, please visit the following website listed below.

If you wish for your child to attend a school other than your neighborhood school, you will need to fill out an Omaha Public Schools School Selection Application by Thursday, January 16, 2020. The form can be turned in at any Omaha Public School or mailed to the TAC building. This application will be processed by the district and approved or denied according to available space in the requested school. These forms are available at all Omaha Public Schools elementary schools and at the Teacher Administrative Center.

We look forward to meeting you and your child on January 16, 2020.


Bridget O'Melia, Principal

2020-2021 Early Childhood Education/ Pre-K Registration is Just Around the Corner!

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) will open registration for our Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs in January at the following schools’ Open Houses:

* Standing Bear Elementary: 10 am - 11 am on 1/30/20

* Saddlebrook Elementary: 10 am - 11 am on 1/22/20
* Western Hills Elementary: 4 pm - 5:30 pm on 1/23/20

* Columbian Elementary: 9 am - 10 am on 2/5/20

* Fullerton Elementary: 10 am - 11am on 2/6/20
* Picotte Elementary: 9:15 am - 10:15 am on 2/7/20

Visit and follow us on social media for updates about ECE registration. You can also contact the schools directly for more information.


Schools will have registration packets available during and after the ECE open houses. All forms must be completed and returned to the school with the following items:

• A copy of the child’s birth certificate

• Proof of residency
• The child’s immunization records

• The $75 registration fee


OPSF’s full-day ECE program is located in the student’s home school and is curriculum-based so that children can have academic, social and emotional opportunities as they begin their learning journeys. Before-school and after-school childcare is also available to ECE program participants.


In order to be eligible for ECE, children must be:

• 4 years old by the first day of school

• Able to nap or rest for 45 minutes to 1 hour per day

• Potty trained

Spots in each classroom are limited, so register now! Priority is given to children with siblings who attend the same school and to children who live in the school’s home attendance area. A random selection process will be used to fill any remaining spaces. If your child is selected to attend an ECE program, you will be notified beginning the week of March 16th.

For more information, please visit or contact Program Director KrisShonda Levering: (531) 299-4903 /

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!
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!


* 16th- Kindergarten Round-up at 10:00am.

* 20th- NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

* 28th- Family Math Night HAS BEEN CANCELLED AT THIS TIME.

* 30th- Pre-K registration: Standing Bear Elementary @ 10:00am-11:00am


17th- NO SCHOOL (Presidents' Day)


PAWS at Home

If you completed the PAWS at home over break, you can still bring those into the office!

Cool cubs spotlight..

Attendance Rock Stars!

The following classrooms maintained a 97% attendance average for the month of December:

Mrs. Bock's 4th Grade

Mrs Fahnholz's 2nd Grade

Mrs. Young's 1st Grade

Way to go!!

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Standing Bear Student Council

We will continue to collect pop tops! Thanks to all those who have donated so far.

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!

However, we do understand that sometimes circumstances occur out of our control and students may need to miss school. If your student is sick, we want you to keep them home to get better. Please contact the office and let us know about any illness or other situations that may impede your child's attendance so we can better assist you.

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Advise for Staying Healthy....

Help Your Family Stay Healthy

Wash your hands: Children and adults with the flu can infect others before their symptoms even show up. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water helps prevent the spread of germs.

Cover your cough and sneeze: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, this helps stop the spread of germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Doing so can spread germs from your hands.

Practice healthy habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. Having a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to fight illness.

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. 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!

Vision Statement

Standing Bear Elementary School is committed to creating a positive atmosphere for academic, social and behavioral success for all students.

"Our hands are not the same color....our opportunities are the same."- Chief Standing Bear

Mission Statement

The staff, parents and community of Standing Bear Elementary will educate each student to his/her greatest potential through differentiated learning to become life long learners. The foundation provided at Standing Bear Elementary will encourage respect and responsibility both academically and socially while maintaining high expectations. Students from Standing Bear Elementary will be successful in a diversified society.

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).