Supplemental Newsletter

National Blue Ribbon School, 2020

January 14, 2021

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear,

This is a supplemental newsletter that contains important information, please take some time to read though it today. It will provide you details about the following:

  • Remote Schedule Adjustments
  • Inter-State Photography (remote/re-take pictures)
  • Return to 100% in Person Learning (5 days per week)
  • Kindergarten Enrollment (deadline January 29th)

Some important dates to remember:
  • January 15th- NO School (Professional Development for Teachers)
  • January 18th- NO School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • January 19th- Return to Family 3/2 Model
  • February 1st- No School for students
  • February 2nd- Students return for in person 5 days a week.

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

Remote Schedule for Family 3/2 (January 19th-29th)

When we return to the Family 3-2 model, we will begin live streaming part of our Reading instruction to all students who are at home that day. Students will no longer watch a "Foundational Skills" video. Instead, they will join their teacher for live instruction. The videos have been a great tool, but nothing can replace the amazing teachers we have here at Standing Bear! The content taught during our Foundational Skills time is absolutely vital for building strong readers. We know it is a slight change and students (whether they are in the all-remote instructional model or are at home during their Family 3-2 days) will be on-line a bit more with teachers. But we are very excited to have our students spend more of their at home days with us! We are still finalizing our process. You'll be getting classroom-specific information, including the time your child must join for Foundational Skills, from your child's teacher.

Pictures for Remote Learnings & Re-takes

Picture option for Remote Students and Re-take photos:

All photos will be taken in the main entryway of the building, please enter through the front main doors. We request that students only enter the building.

January 19th from 9:00am-11:00am

January 22nd from 1:00pm- 3:00pm

Re-Takes: If you have already purchased photos and would like retakes, you will need to bring back your old photos in exchange for new ones.

Remote Students: If a parent has yet to order, or would like to order on up coming picture days, the code is attached below.

The below code will need to be used to order pictures. if you order the pictures prior to the photo date, you will not be required to pay for shipping.

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In-Person Instruction (5 days a week)

It is time for our next in-person learning transition, welcoming students five days per week. We are so excited to have students back in school full time! Five days of in-person academic, social and emotional instruction will best help our students move forward after a year of significant disruption.

For planning and preparation, our transitions will take a phased approach.

  • Monday, Feb. 1st – No school for elementary students.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2nd – Elementary students will transition to five days in-person per week.

The Remote Learning Program will continue to be available for families who feel it is best.

If your child is currently enrolled in the 3/2 family model, they will be rolled into the full time learning model starting February 2, 2021.

If you would like to change how your student is learning, whether it is in person or through the Remote Learning Program, please contact your student’s school via email by January 22nd for planning purposes to or

Health and Safety-

Though routines may look different, health and safety will remain at the forefront.

Social Distancing: Routines will look different following the transition. Six feet of distance will not always be possible. However, our layers of health and safety precautions include facial coverings and enhanced disinfecting to protect students and staff. Nearby districts have seen successful in-person learning with a five day per week model.

The current visitor procedures will continue, even as all students are able to attend in person five days each week. Limiting outside visitors helps to protect students and staff as we focus on academic, social and emotional instruction. Visitors will NOT be allowed in the building at this time. We thank you for your understanding.

Kindergarten Roundup: Class of 2034!

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year will take place during the month of January, 2021. In order to be eligible, your child must turn 5 years old on or before 7/31/2021. There will be no in person Round-Ups this year. Enrollments will be completed on line from January 4 through January 29. Click the link below for enrollment. If you have questions or need assistance with the application, please contact your neighborhood elementary school.

· Students must reside in the OPS attendance area

· Students must be 5 on or before July 31, 2021

You can find your neighborhood school by using the following link:

School Choice: All students are guaranteed their home-area-school. The online form will give you an option to apply to a non-neighborhood school. The non-neighborhood requests will be processed via a lottery during February and families will find out the results in early March. Should you have trouble with the online selection form, we have provided the school choice application below. It will need to be delivered to our offices at 3215 Cuming St by January 29. Only use this paper application if you had difficulty with the online process.

For students who are new to the district and who do not have an older sibling in OPS: ONLINE ENROLLMENT (click here)

Students who are currently in an early childhood program through OPS (or Educare) -or- have an older sibling in OPS: go to the Campus Parent Portal. If you do not already have a Campus Parent Portal account, contact your child's school. PARENT PORTAL (click here)

Click here for the general registration paperwork.

Click here for the paper school choice application

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).