Standing Bear News

National Blue Ribbon School, 2020

October 13, 2020

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear,

What a great first few weeks for our 3/2 Learning Model! Students have been doing a remarkable job following safety guidelines. All students have been keeping their masks on and have been able to maintain social distancing. I see a lot of "Happy Eyes!"

Please consider placing an extra mask in your child's backpack just in case!

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on October 21st & 22nd. Below is additional information and a link to sign up.

Don't forget our PTO meeting tonight at 6:30pm, link below in PTO information.

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

Parent/Teacher Conferences Information:

These will be held virtually this school year. You will use the link below to indicate a time that you are available.

Conferences will be held on

  • Wednesday, October 21st from 4:20pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 22nd from 12:30pm-7:30pm
  • No School on Friday, October 23rd

* If your child attends GATE or ESL and you interested in holding a conference, you will need to contact those teachers directly to schedule a time.



* Specialists Teachers- if you are interested in meeting with any of the specialist you will need to contact them directly to schedule a time.





Use the link below to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences with the classroom teacher. Be sure to SELECT YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER PRIOR TO CHOOSING A TIME.

Before School Each Day!

We encourage families to self-check for symptoms of COVID-19 each morning before leaving for school. If anyone in your home is sick, your student must stay home. Face coverings, social distancing, frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer and our enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures support a safe and healthy space to learn for students and staff.

Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award

If you have a Standing Bear Teacher who you think should be recognized for their dedication and hard work, please take the time to nominate them for the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award.

Nominations are open! Use the link below.

Deadline is January 15, 2021

Updates & Such

We Love our Standing Bear Families!

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!


19th: Second Quarter Begins

21st-22nd: P/T Conferences

22nd & 23rd: No school for students


3rd- No School/ Election Day!

4th- No School/Professional Development for Staff

6th- Individual school pictures for 3/2 students (Yellow L-Z group)

9th- Individual school pictures for 3/2 students (Blue A-K group)

25th-27th- No School/ Thanksgiving Recess

* Remote only students and all picture retakes will be done in January.

Parent Links & Attachments

Notes for our School Counselor

Hello Standing Bear families!

I hope you and your child have had a positive start to our remote learning journey. There have been many changes occurring in our lives over the last few months; if your child seems to be having more difficulty than typical coping with changes, managing emotions, adjusting to virtual learning, etc., please feel free to fill out the Counselor Request form below. If you believe your child is in need of an urgent visit, potential short term intervention, or a referral to an outside agency, please e-mail or call me directly.

As a school counselor I work diligently to respect the confidentiality of our students; I will contact parents if I have concerns during, or after we meet, however, I encourage you to talk with your child about our virtual visit.

Although our staff and I wish we able to learn together under the same roof, we love seeing and supporting our students virtually. Please know I am here to assist students and families through this time, and always. Take care!

Counselor Request Form:


Phone: 531-299-2147

Emily Woodson

School Counselor, Standing Bear Elementary

Notes from the Nurse

Daily Health Assessment

Every day before they leave home, families must complete a self-health assessment, asking themselves three vital questions:

  1. Have you or anyone in your household had a fever (100.4 or greater), cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle pain, sore throat, head aches, chills, nausea vomiting, diarrhea or new loss of smell/taste in the last three days?
  2. Is anyone in your household waiting for a COVID-19 test result due to symptoms?
  3. Have you or anyone in your household been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you will be expected to stay home.

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PTO Information

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

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. Also, we typically have student "Ambassadors" to assist with opening your car doors for easy drop off. This is currently on hold until further notice.

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).