Standing Bear News

September 10, 2020

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear,

Good Job Cubs, as we are coming to the end of another busy week of online instruction. A few reminders, please let your child complete all assessments without any assistance at home. This allows the teacher to determine if a concept needs to be retaught, if a student needs additional practice or if the class has mastered the concept and is ready to move on. Daily work and assessments provide us with valuable information about each and every child. Because the content is new, you should expect to see your child have some productive struggle.

What is productive struggle? By definition, productive struggle is the process of effortful learning that develops grit and creative problem solving. Productive struggle is a state of engagement that enables students to work through increasingly challenging problems and new problems they have never seen before.

Productive struggle is how our students develop strategies, higher level thinking and problem solving skills. If you see your child struggling with a new concept, that is okay. The classroom teacher is here to assist them in working through that challenge as they develop strategies to solve and understand the material.

We absolutely want Standing Bear students to show perseverance and understanding instead of simply looking for the correct answer or waiting for someone to tell them. Not immediately knowing the correct answer when a new concept is taught should be expected. The effort students put out and their persistence are so important because our students will encounter new information on a regular basis. The more more time students are actively learning and problem solving the new material/concepts the better understanding they will develop.

We are developing a "Growth Mindset" in all students. That is the understanding that success is a result of effort more than of raw ability. A growth mindset encourages students to be enthusiastic about new challenges and about learning from their mistakes. We encourage students to develop the mindset that we don't say, "I can't do that", rather we say, " I can't do that YET."

Students should be completing assigned work and turning that into the classroom teacher. We want to ensure that all our Cubs are getting what they need. Teachers look over independent work on a daily basis. Please check with your student to make sure work is submitted in a timely manner. Again, thank you parents for all you do at home to make this remote learning a successful experience.

Below is an article on the benefits of productive struggle that I thought was a good read!

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

College Colors Day!!

Remote Learning at School and at Home

Show us your remote learning space! Please send photos of you learning at home and/or your cool school space. Send pics to

I will be creating a fun video that highlights Standing Bear's remote learning experience to be shared with families for #OPSProud week!

Calendar of Events

OPS Proud Week 2020 (September 14th-20th)

OPSProud Week 2020 will be a virtual celebration of the many incredible opportunities that students enjoy in our district community.

These virtual celebrations will be in place of traditional open houses. Look for some fun OPS Proud announcements next week! And send in those remote photos to be used in our video!

Mark Your Calendars!


18th: No School (Curriculum Day)

21st: No School (Teacher Workday)

22nd: National Ice Cream Cone and White Chocolate Day!


9th: National Dessert Day! Enjoy something sweet!

19th: Second Quarter Begins

OPS Family Support Center

Will take place one day per week in the months of August/September. Thank you to Dr. Kimberly Jackson for allowing us to host at Morton Middle! Please refer to the dates below.

Morton Middle School


8:00 - 6:00 p.m.

August 31st (Monday)

September 8th (Tuesday)

September 14th (Monday)

September 21st (Monday)

September 28th (Monday)

Notes from the nurse

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PTO information

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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

Message from Mrs. Woodsen (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

Links for Parents


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.

Tips for Parents

iPad Usage: Students are doing a great job with the iPads for instructional use during the day. It is recommended that students have access only during school hours or if they have homework. Make sure they get plenty of time away from the screen!

Technical Issues We are happy to assist you with any issues you are experiencing. We will do our best to assist you over the phone, but may need you to bring the device here to school. Some of the issues have been due to students changing settings, setting passwords, etc. Please advise your student to only use the apps needed for instruction. They do not need to go into the settings to make adjustments. However, if you have questions please let us know.

iPad Storage: It is recommended that the student iPad be stored in a central location, not in your child's room in the evening.

Help your child establish and stick to a routine

Treat these 'at home' school days the same as if your child was attending Standing Bear as usual. This includes having them get up at the same time everyday, get dressed, eat a healthy breakfast and log into their TEAMS meeting by 8:50am.

Encourage physical activity and movement

Your child will be sitting in front of their iPad for long stretches of time. Encourage them to use the breaks in the day to do some physical activity — any movement helps!

Resist the urge to sit in on classes with your child unless they need assistance

While it may certainly be tempting to “drop in” on your child’s classes, please respect their privacy and that of other students. Connect with your child's teacher through email or TEAMS office hours.

Take care of you!!

Take time each day for yourself whenever possible. We have appreciated all your support at home as we navigate down this remote learning path. We value your partnership and working together we can support Standing Bear students to reach their best!

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!

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