Standing Bear News

National Blue Ribbon School, 2020

August 11, 2021

Message from the Principal

Greetings Standing Bear Families,

We are so excited to have students back at school for the 2021-22 school year! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and that you are rested up and ready for the year.

Health and safety is our priority. To protect students, staff and families, our district updated face covering requirements for the start of the 2021-22 school year. Students, staff and visitors must wear a face covering while inside our school. We care about our students, and we can work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our school will have face coverings available for those who need them.

We will NOT allow parents to eat lunch in the building with your student this year due to spacing limitations and Health & Safety Protocols. We will be utilizing all available space in the cafeteria during lunch to ensure students have spacing between them during meal time.

Stay positive, patient and flexible!


Bridget O'Melia

Back to School Night: August 12, 2021 (6:00pm-7:00pm)

We are looking forward to meeting students and families at our 2021-22 Back to School Night!

  • You will enter through the front main doors (face coverings are mandatory inside the building)
  • Find your classroom and meet your teacher
  • Complete the PTO Scavenger Hunt and turn that paper for a chance to win a prize. You will find the PTO in the cafeteria
  • Various booths will be set up in the cafeteria and you will exit through the cafeteria doors when leaving Back to School Night
  • If you have any questions, the school office will be open

Thanks for coming up!

Interested in working for OPS or Standing Bear?

If you are interested or know anyone who is interested in working for OPS, we have openings for paraprofessional positions. We would love to have you on our Standing Bear Staff! See information below. If you have any questions, please call the main office.
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Standing Bear Arrive/Dismissal Procedures

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.

Kid's Club at Standing Bear

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation Kids Club is very excited to be back at Standing Bear on Monday, August 16th! Registration for the 2021-2022 school year was available to families for over 3 months and on August 1st, it was shut down for the preparation of this school year. The website will reopen on Tuesday, August 17th for parents to register. No child will be allowed to attend unless they are currently registered. Parents can register on our website at Registrations are not available at any schools. We are not allowed to accept unregistered children in the program until they are officially accepted.

Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars!

You can find that information on the Standing Bear website under School Calendar.


11th- Parent informational night for Kindergarten & Early Childhood Parents ONLY

12th- Back to School Night for all students and families

16th- First day of classes!

Notes from the School Nurse

2021-2022 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 and immunizations will need to be on file at Standing Bear. Please have the Dr’s office fax to 402-827-7101. 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 2021-22 school year. We can accept these dated after 3-1-2021. Please schedule an appointment or contact your health care provider to fax the Health Office at 402-827-7101.

Thank you, Mrs. Frazier & Mrs. Hine

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

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Parent Links & Attachments

Important Information from Standing Bear

Building Security

For the safety and security of our students and this building, we are asking that any parent visitor make an appointment prior to entering the building. We will continue to limit outside visitors due to Health & Safety Protocols.

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 due to traffic flow congestion issues we’re currently experiencing due to early arrivals.

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 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 only non-food items be brought for birthday celebrations.

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).