Standing Bear News

May 2023

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear Families-

I can't believe how fast this school year has gone. We only have 19 days of school left! We will continue to work hard on academics this last month, so attendance is still very important. Please remind your student to continue doing their very best while at school.

There is A LOT of information in this newsletter. Please take the time to read through it so you know what is coming up this last month.

Some important things coming up this last month and into summer include:

  • Staff Appreciation Week is May 8th-12th. Take some time to let your child's teacher know how much you have appreciated them this school year.

  • Summer Reading Challenge and Books- Your student will be bringing home a bag of books this week for summer reading. We want Standing Bear to "STAND OUT" this summer with this reading challenge. Your student can log reading minutes by visiting or use the link below between May 15th- August 15th.

  • PTO Meeting- May 9th at 6:30pm in the Standing Bear library. A link for virtual attendance will be sent out to families that day.

  • School Carnival- May 12th (see flyer below) PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING FOR THIS EVENT! WE NEED PEOPLE TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS! We still have open spots to cover.

  • Last Student Day- May 26th

School Supports:
  • Teacher Snack Cart- Please consider donating to the Friday Snack Cart for staff, see information below. Thank you!!
  • Staff Shout Out- Take a minute to give a "Shout Out" to a staff member (link or QR code below) Let us know how we are doing!

Thank you families for all the support this school year. I hope everyone has a fun, safe and relaxing summer break. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Take Care

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

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We want Standing Bear to "STAND OUT" this summer with this reading challenge. Your student can log reading minutes by visiting or use the link below between May 15th- August 15th.
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Teacher Snack Cart

Each Friday I put out a snack cart for "Snack Cart Friday." This is a little treat for our staff that they look forward to each week. We are looking for donations of individually wrapped items such as popcorn, chips, candy, etc. and various drinks. If you would like to donate any items, please send those to school by May 5th. You can use the below link to select your donation. Thank you for your support!!

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Standing Bear School Carnival Information...

We Need You......

Standing Bear school carnival is in two weeks and we are short on volunteers. Please consider helping for one hour!

If you know of a Scout troop, sports team, employer organization, etc that needs volunteer hours, we are happy to provide! Share or let us know who to reach out to.

Sign up

All volunteers are eligible to win raffle prizes from local businesses and organizations.

Wristbands need to be purchased for those participating in games or bouncing. Parents are not obligated to purchase those for entry into the carnival.

We appreciate your support.

Standing Bear Elementary PTO

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Summer iPad Information

Student iPads will be sent home for the summer. We will NOT be keeping those at school. Please keep them in a safe place so your student is able to bring them back in the fall when we return to school following summer break. Take advantage of the learning apps to during the summer months. See available apps and Log those reading minutes using the link above under the Summer Reading Challenge.

Below is a great parent resource for technology questions (limiting screen time, internet safety, etc.)

Clever Badges for iPads

Clever Use Over Summer Break

Omaha Public Schools is committed to providing students with educational technology over summer break. Students returning to Omaha Public Schools in the fall can take their district-provided iPad home over the summer. Families and students can use the apps provided on their devices.

Students typically sign in to Clever with a badge (QR code). You may have seen your student use this. Students receive a new badge each year to access the appropriate technology for their classes. Your student’s 2022-23 badge will work through July 24, 2023. After that time and until the first day of school, students must log into Clever with their username and password. The update to badges will allow our staff to prepare for the 2023-24 school year.

Your student’s username and password will come home in a summer packet before the last day of school.

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Our Outdoor Movie Night was a success! We had so much fun!

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Congratulations to as our Top English Language Learner

Saray Sanabria is the recipient of the 2022-2023 Outstanding English Learner Award for Standing Bear Elementary. Saray is a third grader who moved to the United States in first grade during our virtual and 3/2 model school year. Saray deserves this award because she has been an enthusiastic and caring learner and has had a positive impact on our school. She strives to do her best every day. Saray will be recognized at our EL Outstanding Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 27th. Congratulations Saray!
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Thank you to Peter Baye and Lara Ray from King of Kings for supporting our Teacher Snack Cart this week!

Standing Bear Staff "Shout Out"

If you have a staff member who you want to give a "Shout Out" to, use the QR code or LINK below to submit. It is always nice to hear good things! We appreciate all the hard work the Standing Bear staff does each day.

District Opportunities

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Band at Standing Bear

If you 5th grade student is interested in band for the 2023-24 school year, use the QR code below for additional information.
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Omaha Virtual School

If you are interested in the virtual school, use the QR code for the online application
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Mark Your Calendars......

Dates and Events can change, so keep up on this section of the newsletter.


  • 9th- PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm
  • 12th- School Carnival
  • 14th- No Early Childhood Classes
  • 19th- Field Day
  • 26th- Last Day!


  • 10th @ 5:30pm- Kindergarten Parent Information Night (this is for parents of incoming kindergarten students, no students should attend as this is a parent meeting)

  • 14th- (5:00pm-6:30pm)- Standing Bear Meet Your Teacher Night (come up to meet your teacher, drop off supplies and see where your classroom is located)

  • 16th- First Day of School

There will be a Fall Opening Letter coming in the mail with beginning of the year information and your child's schedule/teacher.

End of year Field Day!

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  • Contact the main office if your child will not be in attendance or late
  • If you will be picking your child up early for any reason
  • If the dismissal procedure for your child has changed (another person picking up, no bus, etc.)
  • Please provide a doctor note for any appointments so we can mark the absence as medical and excused

Phone: (531) 299-2140

Fax: (531) 299-2159

Nurse Fax: (531) 299-2158

Notes from the School Nurse....

2023-24 Kindergarten

Now is the time to make an appointment with your health care provider for your child’s 5 year-old check-up and immunizations. A copy of the physical exam dated after 3-1-23 and immunizations will need to be on file at Standing Bear. Please have the Dr’s office fax to 531-299-2158. If you have questions or would like to check that we have received this information, please call the Health Office at 531-299-2142. Thank you!

Students with Asthma or Allergy Action Plans, Seizure Plans or medication given at school will need new Dr orders/plans for the 2023-24 school year. We can accept these dated after 3-1-2023. Please schedule an appointment or contact your health care provider to fax the Health Office at 531-299-2158.

If you need to contact the nurse, you can email her at with any documents or questions.

Counselor's Corner.....Message from Miss "Monty"

Updates and information from Ms. Montemarano, known as "Miss Monty" by the students.

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PTO Updates

Be sure to check this section often for updates on events!

Standing Bear PTO

@ptostandingbear · Community

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School Safety

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.

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).

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).