Standing Bear News

November 7, 2019

Message from the Principal

Standing Bear Families,

We are really focusing on Math Fact Fluency. It is important to review math facts on a regular basis with your student. This will help them feel less confusion and more confident when doing math.

Math facts are the foundation for higher-level math concepts. When a child masters his/her math facts, these more advanced concepts will be significantly easier and the student will be better equipped to solve them faster. When a student spends a lot of time struggling with the basic facts, he/she is more likely to experience confusion and stress with the processes and get lost in their calculations. Please try to incorporate math fact review into your nightly routine, even if it is a quick review with flashcards right before bed or writing facts on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker.

In the Cubs Communication section there are some links that provide suggestions for fun family math fact fluency games you can play at home.

Thanks for your support and all you do at home!!

Traffic Safety Concerns: We want to ensure that all students are safe during dismissal. Please be very cautious as you approach the 159th and Taylor crosswalk. Do not drive through the intersection when students are trying to cross. Follow the directions of the designated staff who are supporting that area. Use your turn signal so our staff knows what your intentions are when going through the crosswalk. Please do not park illegally or next to the crosswalks. We understand that it is a very busy time of the day and there are a lot of parents picking up, but the safety of our children is the most important. We are doing our best to get students to cars in a timely manner. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please give me a call.

Thank you!

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!


* 19th- Standing Bear Choir Program:

Standing Bear Singers Concert: "Earth, Sky, and In Between"

Students arrive at 6:30pm; concert begins at 7:00pm. The concert is free and all are welcome!

* 20th- 2nd Quarter Progress Reports sent home

* 27-29th- No School for all students. Have a Happy Thanksgiving break!


* 13th- Winter Music Program: In order to make sure there is seating for everyone, please plan to attend one performance, but not both. Please also plan to attend the entire program. Students may not be signed out from their classroom until the program has ended.

Attendance Times:

9:30 am Last Names A-M

1:30 pm Last Names N-Z & Strings

* 23rd- January 6th Winter Break


* 7th- Classes resume


For Standing Bear Students!

Congratulations Quarterly Cubs! Each quarter, teachers will choose two students from their classroom that have best demonstrated "PAWS" behavior. First quarter we focused on students who demonstrated their Personal Best. Way to go cubs! Those of you who were selected this quarter should be very proud!

Math Fact Practice: Make sure you spend time each night practicing your math facts! I challenge all Standing Bear students to focus on math facts. You can bring in any documentation to show me that you have spent some time practicing (note from parent indicating the facts worked on and when, a chart from home, a photo of you playing a math fact game, a written description of what you do at home to practice, etc.) and I will have a math fact prize for you!

School Choice 2020-21 Information

Cool cubs spotlight..


The Standing Bear Girls On the Run team completed their culminating event, a 5K run, last weekend in Lincoln! In preparation for the 5K, the girls completed 10 weeks of training combined with lessons on friendship and self-confidence. As part of the GOTR curriculum, the girls planned a Community Impact Project. They chose to help the dogs at the Nebraska Humane Society by making fleece pull toys. The Standing Bear Girls On the Run program is open to 3rd and 4th grade girls in the Fall. Thanks to Chloe Worth, Lindsee Gourley, Emily Woodson, and Laurelin Moeller for coaching this season!
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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!!

Standing Bear Student Council

Stuff the Turkey

November 18th-26th- The Standing Bear Student Council will be accepting new hats, gloves and mittens to donate to the Open Door Mission.

Student Council Day

November 26th- Staff and students should wear Tye Dye!

Holiday Spirit

December 10th- Student Council members will be supporting the Salvation Army by ringing bells at Hy-Vee on 156th & Maple (west doors) from 4:30-6:00pm.

PTO information

Upcoming events

Next Meeting: November 12, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Standing Bear Library

* 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 off to a great start this year with attendance. Below is a chart that shows how we are doing by grade level and as a school overall. 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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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).