Standing Bear News

National Blue Ribbon School, 2020

February 25, 2021

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear,

We have our dismissal down to about 15 minutes once the students start exiting the building and traffic begins to move. Thank you for having your numbers visible and moving forward when possible.


We need your help with one adjustment to make this work as efficiently as possible. We ask that you do not arrive early, we have cars lining up starting at 2:30pm. This causes congestion and unnecessary traffic issues on Taylor Street and all adjacent roads next to the school, as we are unable to get buses or daycare vans through, and parents picking up students for appointments can not get through to the front of the building.

PLEASE, Please plan in advance not to arrive at the school until 3:45 PM, as this will alleviate the current traffic congestion, flow and related issues we are currently trying to alleviate. This will allow students to exit at 3:55pm and traffic will start moving. We can get through dismissal faster if we don't line up so early.

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

From Governor Pete Ricketts

Standing Bear received a big shout out from the State of Nebraska with a Proclamation proclaiming this week BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL WEEK! Again, a big accomplishment for our staff and families.

Next Level Learning: Summer learning opportunity for students!

The below link is intended for students in grades Kindergarten through third grade.

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Next Level Learning for 4th Grade Students-

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are so excited for you to be part of our Buffett Family starting in the 2021-22 school year as a new Bobcat! This initial communication is designed to inform you about summer programming at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School. Buffett Middle School will be offering many opportunities for your student to transition to middle school (Bobcat Camp), extend/reinforce learning in ELA and Math, and/or take part in enrichment activities.

As new Bobcats, we highly recommend attending Bobcat Camp on June 2-4! This is the best way to get acclimated to a new middle school environment.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Summer Programming-Next Level Learning Registration Form

For questions about Bobcat Camp, please contact

For questions about Next Level Learning, please contact or

Anthony "CK" Clark-Kaczmarek (he/his/him)


Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School

P: 531-299-2320

IMPORTANT: If you are not attending Buffett next fall, please EMAIL and we will provide you with the link to the middle school you will attend

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Yearbook Cover Contest!

Calling all artists for our yearbook art contest! All students are invited to submit a drawing for our Yearbook Cover contest. Portrait entries must be drawn vertically on a white 8 1/2 x 11 paper and include "Standing Bear Elementary" and "2020-2021" in the design. Please Include the student’s and teacher’s names separately on the back.

Please submit all entries to your teacher (or the office for remote students) by March 19.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendars! Parent/Teacher conferences will be held virtually via TEAMS on March 3rd-4th. If you have already signed up for a time, thank you! If you still need to secure a time, please use the link below.

Due to conferences, there will be no school for students on March 4th-5th.

Class Composites Are Available To Order For A Limited Time!

Parents can order Class Composites online until 03/10/2021 at 11:59pm.

We’ve created a website to make it easy to promote Class Composites to your school’s parents and guardians! Click below to see customizable messages and accompanying graphics that you can use to inform parents/guardians in the way you most commonly communicate: text messages, social media, hall TVs, etc.

Your school’s Class Composite Order Code is 57647RQ.

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Standing Bear Support

Dine to Donate: Texas Roadhouse

Support Standing Bear on Monday, March 29th (4pm-10pm)

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Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!

You can find that information on the Standing Bear website under School Calendar.


3rd & 4th- Parent/Teacher Conferences

4th- No school for students (conferences)

5th- No school

8th-12th Spring Break

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Notes from the School Nurse

2021-22 Kindergarten Enrollment Important Tips/Dates:

✓ Make an appointment for your child’s kindergarten physical and vision exam after March 1st

✓ Ask your child’s health care provider to make a copy of your child’s kindergarten physical/vision exam, immunization record, any emergency health care plans (as needed for life-threatening conditions), and any order for medications or procedures to be dispensed/done at school

✓ Return all copies of health information to the Health Office prior to the start of the school year OR have your health care provider fax (402)827-4362 records to school – Attention: School Nurse

✓ The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services requires your child have proof of immunizations and a physical on file at school. Your child may not start school without these records

✓ A complete dental check-up is strongly encouraged at this time - please ask your child’s dentist to send a brief note stating your child has been seen Please visit with the school nurse if assistance with resources is needed

Please return the following documents to the Health Office when completed:

  • Copy of current immunization record

  • Copy of the physical/vision exam

  • Asthma and Allergy Action Plan (if applicable)

  • Health care provider order(s) for any medication to be given at school (includes over-

    the-counter), if applicable

  • Other emergency care plan or procedure plans, such as, provider orders for diabetic

    care, Seizure Action Plan, g-tube feeding, etc. (if applicable)

  • Note from dental provider with date of last dental exam

Parent Links & Attachments

iPad Check List

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Lost & Found

If you see items that belong to your student(s) please have them stop by the lost and found to claim those items. Thanks!

PTO Information

Yearbook Updates & PTO Board Information

Yearbook Information:
  • We are asking parents to submit any remote or first day of school pictures for the yearbook. Please include the teacher name to assist us with organization of the yearbook.

Board Information:

  • The Board will be looking for additional parent volunteers for next school year, both with board positions and with committee chairs. We are also seeking support from any parent with accounting or tax experience that is willing to help in a Treasurer-type role (or consult for tax season)
  • If you are interested, please send an email with your contact information to the PTO email address

Thank you! Our PTO is a fabulous organization and such a support to our students and staff!

Membership Toolkit

Enroll in the Membership Toolkit- you will have access to all online forms set up for you to review and complete as needed. You will find forms for Membership, Donations, Volunteer opportunities and more.

Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact us at

Student Placement for 2021-22 School Year

As a staff, we will be working on sorting students for next year sometime in April. This is a very detailed and specific process to make sure classrooms are balanced and students are placed according to their strengths and needs. Therefore, I will not be taking requests for specific teachers for next year. You definitely know your child the best, so if there is a situation, concern, type of teacher, etc you feel your child would benefit from, please send me an email with that information. We will place them to the best of our ability and take into consideration your email.

I appreciate you trusting us that we will place your child in the best possible classroom. Fortunately, the staff at Standing Bear are all high quality instructional leaders and caring teachers. If you wish to send an email to me regarding next year, please send that before the end of March so we can have that information when we start the sorting process.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

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.

We currently have a school staff member assisting your child to breakfast or the classroom at the main doorway for all student’s morning arrival. REMINDER: School doors don’t open until 8:35 AM for classroom entrance and breakfast opening hours.

We ask again not arrive for end of school day pick-up until 3:4pm due to traffic flow congestion issues we’re currently experiencing due to early arrivals.

Please be attentive and cognizant of all school crossing guard officials and adhere to their requests during student morning drop-off and pick-up times. Our goal is to ensure your child’s overall safety.

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).