Flat Stanley Project

Dear Parents,

     For the "Living in America” unit, we embarked on an activity that involved the entire classroom. We talked, acted out and drew pictures about what life was like in Brooklyn and New York City.  Now is the time we learn about the other parts of the US.  We hope to get some information about places that are quite different from our urban environment.  We are taking on a project that has been quite successful in the past at CHP. We made little paper images of ourselves, Flat Stanley* style – to travel around the country, and the world!

• Talk to your child about who to send your little paper “flattie” to visit. Feel free to color copy the flattie just in case you want to send it off to more than one friend.

• Please send your child’s “flattie” along with the enclosed letter, to “meet” grandparents, friends and relatives who live outside New York City.  Do not forget to address the letter and sign their name (you can help the little ones) at the bottom of the letter.

• Send it by “snail mail” or scan the flattie and send it by email.  If sending by email, ask the recipient to print the flattie’s photograph (as large as possible) so they can cut it out and take it along to an interesting locale.  Photograph the “flattie” and send the photo(s) and any mementos associated with the location back to us, along with some written information about the visitation site.

• If you travel for work, you can also bring your child's flattie along, photograph it near an interesting place or landmark and tell us a little something about the place

    Thank you for participating in this project. We look forward to learning about your child’s travels.  This is really going to be fun!

*About Flat Stanley:

FLAT STANLEY by Jeff Brown:  Is a book about a boy named Stanley Lambchop. He was an ordinary boy until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. Stanley was just fine except he was now only half an inch thick! Stanley found that he could slide under doors and even mail himself across the country in an envelope.  And from this book, the Flat Stanley legacy was born. http://www.flatstanley.com/about

Food for Thought…

This article explores why play, exploration, and inquiry based preschool experiences help foster curiosity and creativity.


In the Aftermath of the Tragic Shooting in Connecticut

When the school year began in September, I never imagined devoting two Carol's Walls to tragedies that occurred in two very short months.  What happened in the Sandy Hook Elementary School was devastating for our entire nation.

We are a preschool and our students are very young.  Because some families have been able to shield their children from the news, I will ask all parents not to talk about the sad event in the waiting area or in the classroom.  Young children do not always appear to be listening, but often, they are.  I am aware that there will be some children who heard about the terrible event, and for those children, we will listen.  I can assure you that the entire staff will offer reassurance and we will all do what we can to make your children feel safe. 

From a security standpoint, I will be reviewing our current security policy to see if we can make our children and staff even safer. Please know that in the interim, we will stay vigilant, making sure only authorized people enter our school. 

At this time, I also want to share some sage advice from Mr. Rogers:

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."  Fred Rogers

Please visit this site for more advice:


Today and tomorrow (Winter Sing days) we will be in the classroom, busy preparing for the show.  Please know that if a student mentions anything at all about the horrible event in Connecticut, we will be there to talk and comfort.  When the teachers return to school in January, we will be listening to the children, making sure they feel secure. We will follow their lead.

I am devastated by this even, as a mother, a teacher and a human being...but on Monday, I will smile and proudly listen to the children sing the songs they have been practicing for the last few weeks.  We are all part of a school family, and we will stand together and listen to our children sing and we will get through this together.

For more support in dealing with your children’s questions, you might want to look at the following articles:

• An Exchange article by Diane Levin:  "When the World is a Dangerous Place — Helping Children Deal with Violence in the News."
• A New York Times article, "Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting."
• Advice from National Child Traumatic Stress Network, "Talking to Children about the Shooting."
• Advice from the National Association of School Psychologists, "A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope."
• A resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events."
• Fred Rogers' advice from Family Communications, "Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News."
• Advice from the American Psychological Association, "Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting."

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