Standing Bear News

August 11, 2023

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear Families,

We are all getting prepared to welcome students back for the 2023-24 school year! The Omaha Public Schools District provides all necessary school supplies. Students should come with a backpack and have tennis shoes for recess and PE. The classroom teachers may put out a donation list once school gets going. Parents will have the opportunity to support staff and the classroom with supplies then. Just a few reminders and requests to make our morning and afternoon transitions most efficient. Please read this email in its entirety, as there is important information regarding the start of the year. Please carefully read and follow the dismissal procedures to ensure an efficient dismissal. We will have more parents picking up this year due to changes in district transportation. If we all follow the process, we will be able to dismiss quickly and safely.

  • Staff will not be on duty until 8:30am. Please do not drop your student off until 8:35 for breakfast or to go to class. The bell will ring at 8:35am and the doors will open for students to enter the building.

  • It is nice to allow parents to walk their student(s) to class on the first morning to ease nerves and get photos. We will allow parents to escort students the first few days if you feel you need to do so. However, we will ask that parents NOT escort students beginning Monday, August 21st. We love seeing families in the building, but we want to develop some independence also. We have staff in all hallways to assist students. If there is a specific concern you have please feel free to contact me.

  • Please do not arrive at school for pick up prior to 3:55pm, once we get traffic moving the dismissal process is very effective, we dismiss at 4:05pm. It also makes it difficult for day care providers or parents picking up for appointments to get through the line to the front of the building. When parents come early and wait, we get backed up before we start and it is difficult for traffic to move through the line.

  • Car Hanger Tags- This is probably the most important thing. Please have your car number tag visible throughout the entire pick up process. This will help us get your student(s) to you in a timely manner. YOU WILL RECEIVE A NUMBER HANGER ON BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT.

Detailed information about arrival and dismissal is listed below for your reference. Again, thank you for all you do! Standing Bear has the best families and I appreciate working with you all. It is going to be a great year!

Take Care

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

Arrival Reminders

  • Drop off is 8:35AM, that is when breakfast is open and staff are on duty
  • Please have student(s) ready to get out when you pull up
  • Pull all the way down if able
  • If you need to get out to assist your child, go into the parking lot lane not the main drive
  • If your student is NOT eating breakfast they need to enter through the main front doors rather than the cafeteria doors
  • Grab and Go Breakfast- if your student is eating breakfast, they need to enter the building through the cafeteria doors. They may enter through the main front doors if they choose not to eat the district provided breakfast.

Dismissal and pickup

When parents pull onto school grounds, outside staff will input your family number to indicate that you have arrived. Classroom teachers will get your student(s) ready to dismiss. How this works- We will enter your Family Number into a form, this will be visible to classroom teachers in the building and they will dismiss. Students will be dismissing out the main front doors staggered based on your arrival time. Students will NOT be dismissing out any other doors.

It will be extremely helpful if you let your student(s) know your preferred lane for pick-up. This will help them know to look for you in the main drive or the parking lot lane. Once your student(s) are loaded, you can pull out of the pick-up line to leave.

What you will need at dismissal:

  • You will need to place your car hanger number on your rearview mirror so it is clearly visible to outside staff.

  • You will need to pull all the way down to the front door (as cars move ahead, you move ahead) if you are picking up on the main drive, pull all the way down to the front main entrance or up to the vehicle in front of you. If you are picking up in the parking lot lane, you will still need to pull all the way forward. ALL students will exit out the main front doors.

  • We will call your student(s) out as you arrive, continue to pull forward whenever possible until all your students are loaded.

** Kindergarten students- dismissal will remain the same for parents who walk up to get kindergarten students. If you are choosing to drive through for pick up, parents will still pull up like all other vehicles with their family number visible.

** Early Childhood will remain the same. Parents will need to park and come check out their child.

** Walk up parents- A staff member will be located out front, you can provide them with your family number so teachers are aware you are ready to pickup. You student(s) will then be dismissed.

** Each family will receive 2 car hangers. If you would need additional ones, please contact the office. It is imperative not to lose your issued designated car hanger numbers. Please clearly display upon arrive so there is no confusion to expeditiously release your child for pick-up.


Thank you for everything!

Early Pickup for Students

If you are picking up your students early for a doctor appointment, etc please call the office ahead of time and we will have you child ready to go at the designated time. Parents will need to come into the office to check out your student(s).

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At Standing Bear Elementary on Monday, August 14th from 5:00pm-6:30pm

Ice Cream Truck

Grab some ice cream on your way out after meeting your teacher.
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Welcome to Standing Bear! Meet our new staff!

We are very excited to introduce our new staff members. They are already off to a fantastic start and look forward to meeting our Standing Bear CUBS!

Standing Bear has a new Therapy Dog!

Below is some information about our new school pet. We are super excited for this opportunity. I know students are going to LOVE interacting with a school pet.
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Student Safety

Safety remains our top priority in the Omaha Public Schools. We now have a Visitor Management System to ensure we are provided the most secure environment. Visitors will need to ring the outside doorbell. Once the secretary answers, she will verify your student's name and visitor's name prior to opening the front door. If the visitor's name is not in our system, they will not be let into the building. We ask that you understand that it may take a few minutes to gain access into the building while the secretaries verify your information. Please make sure you have updated contact information and that your emergency contacts are current.

Visitors will need to use the kiosk to get a visitor badge. This will require you to get a photo taken and use the printed visitor badge with your photo.

Large events such as holiday celebrations, music programs and family nights will not require the same check in process. Entrance into these events will be monitored by staff.

Parent To Do List:

Portal Account is accessible on the OPS main website. Please take the time to login and update. The steps are listed below.

Standing Bear PTO Information

Website and App

We have a new website and app. We hope you like it! Make sure to check it out and get your student added to the directory! Directions on the image.

We would love for you to join the PTO too ($10), but that is not required to add your student. The directory is only available to those that are connected to the school and sign-up, it is not public.

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District Transportation Information

Parents should sign up for the Here Comes the Bus App as a way to keep in communication with pick up and drop off information.

Below is information to assist you with setting this up.
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Important Information from Standing Bear

Building Security

For the safety and security of our students and this building, anyone entering the building must stop in the office first.

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 3:55pm to prevent traffic flow congestion issues .

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 Blackboard Communication

We will be using Blackboard for mass communications to families. All newsletters, updates and reminders will be sent via email or text. Please make sure to contact the office if you need to update your contact information.

Birthday Celebrations

We ask that only non-food items be brought for birthday celebrations. Please check with your child's teacher to discuss day and time for treats to be dropped off.

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).