Standing Bear News

January 23, 2020

Message from the Principal

Standing Bear Families,

New phone numbers: We just received updated phones and the contact numbers for Standing Bear will be changing. The new main number will be 531-299-2140. You will then be able to select an option such as nurse, attendance, etc. (this will be set up soon). We hope that this will be more efficient when you are trying to reach a staff member or if you have specific questions. The old number will continue to ring through for a limited time while we transition.

Standing Bear Yearbook: Please submit photos for the year book using the following email

Student Placement for 2020-21: As a staff, we will be working on sorting students for next year sometime in April. This is a very detailed and specific process to make sure classrooms are balanced and students are placed according to their strengths and needs. Therefore, I will not be taking requests for specific teachers for next year. You definitely know your child the best, so if there is a situation, concern, type of teacher, etc you feel your child would benefit from, please send me an email with that information. We will place them to the best of our ability and take into consideration your email. I appreciate you trusting us that we will place your child in the best possible classroom. Fortunately, the staff at Standing Bear are all high quality instructional leaders and caring teachers. If you wish to send an email to me regarding next year, please send that before the end of March so we can have that information when we start the sorting process. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

We have already hosted our Kindergarten Roundup for 2020-21 school year and we had a fabulous turn out! I was thrilled to see so many families and some very excited little ones! If you know of any families in the Standing Bear area who have kindergarten age students, please let them know they can still come up to school to register for next year or call the main office with questions. Welcome class of 2033!

I hope that everyone has enjoyed some extra time with family during these snowy days!

Author Jan Brett

Jan Brett is hosting a contest for a chance to win an author visit from her. The school that has the most parents, teachers, friends, or supporters who enter the contest will win a free school visit from Jan in the 2020 school year. Contest ends Monday April 20, 2020.

Please enter your name and the information of the school you would like to win a free Jan Brett visit. One email address entry per person. Duplicate email addresses will be removed. All emails will be verified before the winning entry is announced. If you are under the age of 13, please use your parent's email address.

Standing Bear families, this is a great opportunity! Please take a few seconds to submit your entry for us!

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!


* 28th- Family Math Night 6:00pm-8:00pm

* 30th- Parent Paid PK visit

* 30th- 100th Day of School (more information below)


* 11th- PTO Meeting 6:30pm

* 14th- Valentine's Classroom Party 3:00pm

* 17th- No School (Presidents' Day)

* 28th- Early Childhood Application Day (See information below)

School Choice 2020-21 Information

2020-2021 Parent Pay Pre-K

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) will open registration for our Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs in January at the following schools’ Open Houses:

* Standing Bear Elementary: 10 am - 11 am on 1/30/20

Visit and follow us on social media for updates about ECE registration. You can also contact the schools directly for more information.

2020-2021 Early Childhood Education

Omaha Public Schools

Early Childhood Classrooms

Standing Bear Elementary

We’re recruiting 3 and 4 year olds for our

Early Childhood Classrooms in 2020-2021!

If you have a child who will:

· Turn 3 or 4 years old on or before July 31, 2020

· Would benefit from a high-quality learning environment

APPLY ON February 28, 2020 from 9:30am-11:30am or 12:30pm-3:30pm at


10828 Old Maple Rd, Omaha, NE 68164

Only the parent/legal guardian with custody may complete the application.

You will need to bring the following:

  • Bring your child with you. All applicants must be administered the academic screening.
  • Your child’s original birth certificate
  • Your child’s up to date immunization record
  • Proof of address in the parent/legal guardian’s name (OPPD, MUD, Cox or Century Link bill, letter from Nebraska Health & Human Services, or lease/purchase agreement)
  • Income Verification: Proof of Family Income for the previous 12 months (2019), including TANF/ADC, SSI, Child Support, 1098, 1099, 1040, 8453, all 2019 W2s, 12 months of check stubs, and/or letter from employer.

Please note: Our preschool program is funded by state and federal grants that require us to select students based on a number of factors. Applying for our program, does not guarantee that your child will be enrolled for the 2020/2021 school year.


Mark your Calendars Cubs-it is the 100th Day of School!

The 100th day of school is January 30th - the students will have an opportunity to dress like they are 100 years old or wear something that has 100 things on it.
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The Great Kindness Challenge!

The Great Kindness Challenge is January 27th-31st. If you have a few minutes to spare, please watch this video to help kick off the week! Students will get a blue challenge sheet this week to help them keep track of their kindness. The goal is for students to complete as many acts of kindness in a week as possible, and they DO NOT need to turn it in; it is just for fun, and to help them to record.

Kid's Heart Challenge Program!

Message from our P.E Teacher Ms. Lensch-

We are kicking off our Kids Heart Challenge program (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) on February 4th. Through the Kids Heart Challenge, we are going to talk about three things:

1. Habits to keep our hearts healthy

2. How we can help others…Meet Finn

3. Encourage everyone to take the challenge to adopt one of three healthy habits

This year we are excited to welcome the Heart Heroes to our school. Over the next few weeks, the characters will share important messages about keeping their heart healthy, building self-confidence and helping others.

The first step is getting your student registered and taking a challenge. When they register, they will receive their free wristband and join the Heart Heroes!!!

1. Click Here register your student for our Kids Heart Challenge

2. Choose your challenge

  • a. MOVE MORE
  • b. BE KIND
  • c. BE READY

3. Earn your free glow-in-the-dark Heart Hero wristband

4. Download the Kids Heart Challenge app to bring the wristband and any Heart Heroes to life.

Your student can earn the Heart Hero characters and additional gifts by asking friends and family to make donations in the support of the American Heart Association.

Thank you so much for supporting our school and the American Heart Association.

Cool cubs spotlight..

Way To Go CUBS!!

Standing Bear students are ROCKING the MAP tests! Keep it up!
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Standing Bear Student Council: Valentine Sale

Standing Bear's Student Council will be selling Smalentine Smencils with heart Shaped Toppers for Valentine's Day. Smalentine Smencils are gourmet scented pencils. The cost of a Smalentine Smencils is $1.50 per pencil. We will be taking orders for the pencils which will be delivered to your child's classroom on Valentines Day. We are limiting the order to three pencils per student. The student council is requesting exact change be sent with the order. Orders are due by Thursday, January 30 2020. An order form will be coming home with your student today.

PTO information

PTO Upcoming events

* 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 continuing to show good attendance each month. 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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Advise for Staying Healthy....

Help Your Family Stay Healthy

Wash your hands: Children and adults with the flu can infect others before their symptoms even show up. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water helps prevent the spread of germs.

Cover your cough and sneeze: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, this helps stop the spread of germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Doing so can spread germs from your hands.

Practice healthy habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. Having a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to fight illness.


Parent Portal: Below are instructions to access the parent portal and create an account. If you are interested in signing up, please contact the main office for your personal code.

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).