Sinterklaas in Belgium
Sinterklaas in Belgium
Sinterklaas in Belgium
Flat Stanley meets Barry Bennett
Outstanding Canadian educator and lecturer, Barry Bennett, met Cajun Flat Stanley from Louisiana and an Australian Flat Stanley near St Thomas, Ontario in January, 2006
Flat Stanley went to the Museum of Musical Instruments. He saw the violin that was played by Mozart’s father and many strange guitars. The museum guards wouldn’t let Stanley touch anything, but they held him up for this picture.
No, this isn’t a giant Stanley on the roof, it’s a model of Saint Stephan’s Church in Vienna.
Flagstaff Dark Skies
Banana Skin Art
FLATSTANLEY Painting with Those=Recycle
written by nana, grade 9
Do you like painting? There are a lot of materials that you can use to paint something. You can use coloring pencil, crayon, water paint or oil paint. But have you painted with gedebog pisang before? Gedebog pisang (Pisang=banana) is the old skin of banana tree’s trunk that have become browned and dry. Gedebog pisang has a lot of brown color, from the lightest brown to the darkest brown. Maybe you think that it’s impossible to make picture with those trashes, right? But this thing really has been done in Indonesia, and the forerunner is Mr.Jawoto Prapto . This activity is always been doing at Ora et Labora BSD School in Indonesia, after the school time every Wednesday.
Painting with gedebog pisang is the new way to recycling. From this gedebog pisang which usually always has been thrown away, Mr.Jawoto Prapto or also always being call Pak Dee (Indonesia nick name to the oldest), can make so many wonderful picture, from the panorama picture, cat picture, dog picture, and even the Last Supper picture. The entire picture that has been made has sepia format, because the color of gedebog pisang is all brown.
How can we make a picture by gedebog pisang? Of course you not use it as a paint brush! First, we use scissors to cut the gedebog pisang, and then we combine and stick them on a triplex, so it’ll build a thing, like water, tree’s trunk, mountain, cloud, animals’ face and even humans’ face. Because gedebog pisang has a lot of brown gradation, we can make effect and highlight in our picture, too, unless we creative in combining the color. Not only Pak Dee that can make a wonderful picture from these gedebog pisang! Some of Ora et Labora BSD’s “Painting-with-Gedebog-Pisang club” members are have been succeed to finishing their pictures. And their pictures can be compared with Pak Dee’s pictures.
Can you in another country do it too? Yes, of course you can! If you have banana trees around your house, just pick the old banana trees’ trunk skins that have dry and have brown color. Choose some that have texture and motive like what you want to make. Example, if you want to make water, you must choose the one that have wavy texture or motive like water. Cut them like what you want to them be, then stick it on the triplex. Add some trunks, mountain, sky, and clouds. If the picture is done, frame it with a natural look wood frame. Put it on your bedroom’s wall. Voila! There is your first gedebog pisang picture and recycling activity!
On a recent trip to Arkansas Flat Stanlina visited the Ozark Mountains and Eureka Springs. Thanks to Kyra Hatley and her uncle for the pictures.
Stanley visits with Red, ASU’s spirit mascot
Stanley visits with ASU marching band member
Stanley visits Arkansas in the fall
Watching a metal worker at the Harvest Festival
Ranger Pam visits with Stanley
Stanley gets a first-hand look at rice harvesting!
WESTIN KIERLAND COLLECTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENTRIES
FOR FLOATABLE FLAT STANLEY RIVER RACE
PHOENIX- More than 50 elementary school classrooms from across the state have signed up to compete in an exciting, educational adventure featuring the Flat Stanley Project and The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The resort will host the first-of-its-kind “Floatable Flat Stanley River Race” at its new water park at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, establishing one of the largest gatherings of Flat Stanleys in the world.
The Flat Stanley Project, quickly becoming a favorite of elementary school teachers everywhere, was inspired by Flat Stanley, the 1965 children’s book by Jeff Brown. In the book, the fictional main character, Stanley, is accidentally flattened and discovers he is able to do many new things, including ride in an envelope. Students participate in the project by creating their own Flat Stanley and mailing him to friends and family throughout the world. When the Stanleys return to the students at the end of the year, they are accompanied by a diary of their travels, as well as souvenirs and other trip memorabilia. Project-related curricula can involve geography, math, social studies, reading and even technology.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has organized a fun event to celebrate the completion of its new water park and kick off statewide Flat Stanley projects for the 2002-2003 school year. Participating classrooms will work together to make their entries waterproof and floatable. More than 50 schools have registered a Flat Stanley and his floatable device in the race, with additional entries expected. Three third grade classrooms have been selected to act as spectators for the event.
“We are excited to announce the completion of our water park with this fun and interactive event for Arizona students. This event is an example of how we intend to establish ourselves as a part of Arizona through events and activities created to enhance our community,” said Bruce Lange, general manager of The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.
The new elaborate resort water park offers resort guests nearly 575,000 gallons of water fun, including two large pools, two whirlpools, a 900-foot-long flowing river and various water activities for children.
The winning Flat Stanley will be awarded a trip around the world compliments of Westin. He will be awarded first-class accommodations at several Westin hotels throughout the world and will return to his Arizona classroom at the end of the year with a journal describing his adventures. All students and teachers will be entered in a drawing for gift certificates redeemable at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Other prizes will include T-shirts, books and more.
For more information about the Flat Stanley Project, visit www.flatstanley.com.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa features 735 rooms with 63 suites and 32 casita units; 160,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space; eight food and beverage venues; a full-service spa and fitness studio; an elaborate water park; Westin Kids Club®; and the 27-hole Kierland Golf Club, which opened in 1996. As an added benefit, The Westin Kierland is adjacent to and a short walk from Kierland Commons, one of the hottest new shopping and dining districts in the Valley.
The Westin Kierland is a joint venture among entities affiliated with Woodbine Development Corporation of Dallas, Texas; the Herberger Interests of Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz.; Cook Inlet Region, Inc., of Anchorage, Alaska; and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., of White Plains, N.Y.
Flagstaff Dark Skies
I was at a Chicago cubs spring training game on march 4, 2007, which happened to be my 23rd birthday. I was approached by a teacher who told me the story behind Flat Stanley and asked if I would pose for a picture. I agreed and Flat Stanley has documentation of his first Cubs spring training game. Here is the photo, I hope you enjoy it. Regards, Tony Laughlin
Sally Plourde’s 2nd Grade Class
Prides Corner Elementary School
Westbrook, ME USA 04092
Breaking The Ice
HMS Endurance is a one-of-a-kind vessel – a Royal Navy ice-patrol ship deployed to the Antarctic for unique surveying and scientific work.
On board HMS Endurance we worry that the term `unique’ is used too often, but it is a fact that our ship and role are unique within the Royal Navy. She is a national asset. Funded originally by the Treasury, HMS Endurance is tasked by four main stakeholders: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and, of course, the Ministry of Defence. As such, she is an excellent example of cross-government co-operation, supporting the UK’s role as a key member of the Antarctic Treaty and a leading player in the science of the polar regions.
The UK has been involved in Antarctic exploration and science for more than 200 years; the Royal Navy played a formative role during the `Heroic Age’ of exploration in the early 20th century. From James Cook to James Clark Ross, to Captain Scott and Shackleton (whose family motto `by endurance we conquer’ determined the name of our ship), the Royal Navy has been intimately involved in Antarctic matters. Appearances from RN ships pepper the history of the continent – among many others HMS Resolution, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus in the earliest days to HMS Protector and HMS Endurance in the latter half of the last century – emphasising the exploits of our illustrious predecessors and inspiring the names of geographical features such as Erebus and Terror Gulf in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Approximately 2.5 times the size of continental USA, Antarctica is the world’s highest, coldest and windiest continent. Although its ice cap contains 75 per cent of the globe’s fresh water (and 90 per cent of its ice), very low precipitation means much of this remote, inhospitable continent is classed as desert. Massive icebergs are spawned every year from Antarctica’s floating ice shelves and each winter the surrounding oceans freeze, doubling the size of the continent.
Antarctica is an engine of our environment; the processes there are inextricably linked to the oceans and the world’s climate, and affect living conditions thousands of miles away in the northern hemisphere. Its ice cap (in some places up to 4km deep) contains a 500,000-year-old climate record with an archive of ice-trapped air bubbles indicating global pollution levels and ozone depletion through time. Studies of the ice sheet’s behaviour are vital to our understanding of climate change and sea-level rise, while the rich fauna of the Southern Ocean provides vital evidence of the impact of global warming.
HMS Endurance’s mission is `to patrol and survey the Antarctic and South Atlantic, maintaining Sovereign Presence with Defence Diplomacy and supporting the global community of Antarctica’. This encapsulates the requirements of her major stakeholders and the planning that underpins her annual deployments to Antarctica. Traditionally, the ship leaves the UK in early autumn, arriving in the southern hemisphere at the onset of the Austral summer when the sea ice retreats enough to allow operations in the Antarctic Peninsula. As the summer closes, HMS Endurance makes the return passage northwards, supporting the FCO with visits to the Falklands and South Georgia, outposts such as Tristan da Cunha and St Helena and southern nations including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and South Africa. Deployments are normally for six months but for the 2006-7 season we will be trialling a nine-month deployment to maximise the ship’s time on the ice.
We have two ice-modified Lynx Mk 3 helicopters: very flexible utility aircraft that enable the ship to support BAS fieldcamps in remote areas of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the South Shetlands whose scientists are working on four of BAS’s eight core scientific programmes. Under the auspices of the FCO and the Antarctic Treaty HMS Endurance hosts international teams inspecting scientific bases in the area. During the 2005-6 season, she supported experts tasked with drafting guidelines to protect popular and environmentally sensitive tourist sites. Working with the International Hydrographic Organisation, the UKHO uses the ship’s surveying capability to produce accurate metric charts of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Two nine-tonne Survey Motor Boats are key to HMS Endurance’s surveying role. Equipped with single beam echo sounders and deployable plotting outfits, the boats survey shallow waters. They are a great test of the surveyors’ skills and very popular, complementing the ship’s multi-beam echo sounder (MBES), a remarkable technology that produces a three dimensional, colour-coded image of the seabed. First deployed during the last Antarctic season, we estimate that it gives a 10-fold increase in HMS Endurance’s surveying output.
Life on board HMS Endurance is invariably busy as we maintain and prepare for the deployed season, train for seagoing eventualities and conduct operations in the ice. While we live in considerable comfort by traditional naval standards (two or three berth cabins and en suite bathrooms are the norm) our processes and routines are the same as those of `grey warships’: ensuring that our people are well-trained and able to serve anywhere in the Royal Navy. Everyone is enthusiastic about the ship and her role, while the privilege of working in the Antarctic environment ensures that people wait patiently for a chance to join us.
Thanks! My first grade is doing a Flat Stanley project and we use your web site! It is incredible. Thanks for setting it up- I believe my class has learned a great deal this year! Our goal was to send Stanley to all seven continents. He has made it to two, we made a twin Stanley when the opportunity arose for him to visit Antarctica. A student’s parents in my class are scientists and had a friend, Dan, going there to do research. So I jumped at the chance to send Stanley along. Stanley was in Australia though, so we did plan B and made a twin. The twin should be coming back this month.
The original Stanley has been to Europe and Australia. We are awaiting his return so we can send him to South America and then to Asia. There are no participating classes in Africa, so I thought we would do your BWB idea.
It began with a note from Danya, a Grade 3 student in my class:
Here is the Flat Stanley Journal they created for her:
They even made Flat Stanley a set of surgical scrubs, a mask and a hat!
A New Record for a Flat Stanley- the Greatest Altitude Differential
from 362102.4 metres (225 miles) above the earth to 4500 metres (2.79 miles) below the ocean surface
Here is Flat Stanley with Commander John Phillips (he is holding a print out of Stan). This was taken in April 2005 as I was working with the International Space Station’s EarthKam. We regularly use a camera aboard the ISS to take images of the earth and this was an opportunity for Stanley to assist with it. Commander Phillips and the EarthKam staff were very interested in helping get him on the station. This even earned us a call from NASA during class time asking about Stanley. The International Space Station orbits at 225 miles above the earth, or 362 102.4 meters.
This is a picture of a shrunken Flat Stanley on a Styrofoam after going to the depth of -4500 meters as attached to a CTD device as part of a NOAA study on the California Current that I just returned from. As a NOAA Teacher at Sea, I brought Stanley along and attached him to the Styrofoam cup to explore the bottom of the ocean. Due to the pressure at 4500 meters below the surface of the ocean, the 8 oz cup is reduced to the size in the photo.
This is the device that took the cups to such a great depth.
In July, 2006, Flat Stanley visited Bathurst Inlet, the smallest community in the newest Canadian Territory, Nunavut.
There are only 16 people living in Bathurst Inlet.
This is the community. It’s on the Arctic Ocean at Bathurst Inlet.
This is Stanley’s certificate from Bathurst Inlet Lodge
Flat Stanley found an artifact- an Inuit soapstone container.
Flat Stanley checked out a ground squirrel burrow, but no one was home.
Sam was an expert on Inuit tools.
Glenn was an RCMP officer. This is what he wore in the winter.
People still need furs in the far north.
Flat Stanley enjoyed watching the Inuit games of skill.
This was a traditional Inuit candle and stove. It got very hot!
What a lucky man Gary is! He found an Inuit arrowhead among the rocks on this beach.
Pudjuk took Flat Stanley rock sliding.
The northern lights have seen strange sights…
This is Martin.
Flat Stanley is in a kayak.
Flat Stanley found some amethysts! There were diamonds nearby, but he didn’t find any of those.
This dog’s fur coat was very thick, even in the summer. This is Esker.
Brrr! Even in July the Arctic waters are cold!
The Nunavut flag: Yellow for the midnight sun, white for snow, and an inukshuk.
Flat Stanley saw a caribou.
“I thought bears only did that in the forest!”
And here’s the grizzly bear who did it.
These stromatolite fossils are 2.7 billion years old!
Page Burt was an expert on everything. She made the whole trip worthwhile.
It really is the land of the midnight sun. I took this picture exactly at midnight.
In some places the only life seemed to be lichen.
This is a special update for Miss Tooley’s grade 4 class at Wilshire Elementary School. As part of a class project, Miss Tooley’s students made their own Flat Stanleys and sent them to various places across Canada. One of her students, Darren, sent his Flat Stanley up to me in Alert.
Now, Flat Stanley is visiting the world’s northernmost permanently-inhabited community! For the past week, I have been taking Stanley around and showing him all the sights of Alert, and teaching him a little bit about Canada’s arctic. I have also been filling out Stanley’s journal so that the rest of Miss Tooley’s class can learn a little bit about life in the north when Stanley returns. Here are some of the places that Stanley and I have visited together during his trip.
The week of February 8th, Stanley paid a visit to Alcatraz Island and he very much enjoyed the tour!
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Ice Climbing in Alaska
Flat Stanley woke up the hibernating bear and “bear”ly escaped with his life!
Flat Stanley’s Trip to Alaska
Yesterday, Flat Stanley came to Alaska to visit us.
He came inside of an envelope as flat as he could be.
He wanted to see a caribou, wolf, black bear, a moose,
So we took our dogsled team and headed off to town
Then we went to see the animals and where they roam
Thanks for coming to Alaska Flat Stanley,
We hope you enjoyed your visit, Bill & Shirley Lowe
Hello, my name is Allan, a student of SMAN 5 (five senior high school) Bandung, West java, Indonesia.
The photo is taken in front of my class with my class teacher, Mrs. Ida. I come from West Sumatera. My home town is Payakumbuh.
It is three hours from Minangkabau International Airport
The people and the regional language from West Sumatera is called “Minangkabau” I live in Bandung with my sister.
On Lebaran holiday, I visited my hometown with our flat “Kuda Lumping”.The pictures below show
how flat “Kuda Lumping” enjoyed his travel in my hometown.
Flat “Kuda Lumping” is on the bridge between fort de cock castle, and the zoo in Bukittinggi,
is one of the beautiful city in west Sumatera. We call the bridge “Limpapeh” which means butterfly.
Under the bridge we can see a beautiful scenery of Bukittinggi.
The waterfall is one of tourist spot near my hometown. It is called “Lembah Harau” or Harau valley.
The air is fresh and we can swim below the waterfall. Minangkabau people always go for taking a bath / a swim
to this place a day before fasting month. It is one of specific custom from Minangkabau People. We called it “Balimau”.
Flat “Kuda Lumping” look around to see how beautiful the place is. There are also some home stay to live in.
Would you like to visit my hometown? Just take a plane to Padang, the capital of West Sumatera.
Our local goverment has just opened the new international airport which is called “Minangkabau International Airport” (MIA).
“Kuda Lumping” is an action in front of the steep side of a valley. Look!!
He is climbing the pole in order to see around.
Our flat “Kuda Lumping” look tired after walking around the valley.
Behind the flat, there is a small bridge to the forest.
These women are wearing traditional clothe from Minangkabau.
The clothes are worn in the specific events for Minangkabau culture like wedding ceremony, and other ceremonies.
In this occasion, the women are distributing invitation in traditional way, “Mamanggia”.
They do not use invitation card but they use a quid consists of betel leaf, areca nut, gambier and lime. It is unique, isn’t it ?
My father, Mr. Abdul Khair, a member of local parliament, shows our flat a path to reach home stay.
In this picture, “Kuda Lumping” watched rice field like the yellow carpet
This is a traditional vehicles from Minangkabau, we call it “Bendi”. Bendi is carried by a horse and full of colorful ornaments.
It carries people to near places in the city.
The step of the horse sounds “tuk tik tak tik tak tik tuk” because of the shoes are made of iron.
Would you try it? Please come to my hometown.
Composed by : Allan Nafari
We love the concept of Flat Stanley! It is a great way for children to learn about other countries and their societies, and it looks like a lot of fun, too!
We hope that the air show forum will spark interest, excitement, and especially dreams, into the minds of your participating students.
Jon Melby, one of the aerobatic pilots from the
2005 MCAS Yuma Airshow, Arizona
Flat Stanley and I are from Darwin, Australia and are currently travelling Canada. Year 4/5 at Moulden Park School thought it would be a great idea if Stanley came travelling with me and we posted our journey back to them. So far we have been to San Fansisco and Fort Bragg in Califorina,USA, Vacouver across to the Rocky Mountains and have now arrived in Terrace!