November 2020

November is the month for remembering. On November 11, we pay tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who fought to defend our values and freedoms, and to those who continue to serve our country today. Lest we forget.

ArtsAround would also like to honour those who are on the frontline NOW, who are serving the needs of our children. We choose to honour our teachers because they also show courage and bring service to our children every day of every month!

Dates to Remember!

Monday November 2nd is Check your Clocks Day!
Clocks went back one hour on November 1st for Daylight Savings!

Wednesday November 11th is Remembrance Day

Friday November 13th is World Kindness Day

Friday November 20th is National Child Day

November 20th to 26th is Canada History Week

Tuesday November 24th is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

Sunday November 29th is the First Sunday of Advent

November is Banana Pudding Lovers Month!

You Are Not Alone

An Open Letter to Music Teachers from Meg Tietz @ Teaching With Orff

Dear music teacher friends, these words are on my heart today.

You. Are NOT. Alone.

If you have questioned your worth during this pandemic and wondered whether your job really matters to people, you are not alone.

If you have cried more tears since March than you have in the past many years combined, you are not alone.

If you are having to reevaluate, reframe, redesign, reimagine, and recreate your entire way of doing your job, you are not alone.

If you feel incredibly grateful to still have your job and still incredibly sad, frustrated, and hurt at all you have lost, you are not alone.

If you are afraid that you will get sick, you are not alone.

If you worry about how your students will feel and struggle if you do get sick, you are not alone.

If the loss of singing in your daily life makes your soul ache, you are not alone.

If thinking about taking hands in a circle with your students creates a lump in your throat, you are not alone.

If you wish you were considered a “real” teacher, you are not alone.

If you realized that you cannot recognize your students with their masks on, and that your heart hurts to miss their smiles, you are not alone.

If the inability to wrap your kiddos in a hug as they returned to school broke you, you are not alone.

If you are worried that you will fail before you begin, you are not alone.

If you lie awake at night worrying, and dream, all, of your worries to life when you do sleep, you are not alone.

If you never realized how much your music room felt like home until you lost it, you are not alone.

If you are struggling to learn how to make music in a minimalist way, both in terms of materials and media, you are not alone.

If you worry about creating connections when children must stay continually separated, you are not alone.

If you are planning movement lessons that involve desks, you are not alone.

But.

You. Matter. You do. I know you don’t feel like you do. But that doesn’t make it real.

To those little loves that are ours during the tiny bit of time we have them, you matter. You are the joy in some child’s day. You are the escape from failure that some child feels. You are the breath of fresh air, the change, the renewal, that some child needs. And THAT knowledge, however faded and tattered and broken it feels, no matter how many tears we cry, no matter how devalued we feel, that knowledge is what will help us make it through the hardest first year all of us have ever endured. We might emerge scarred and jaded and a bit worse for wear.

But imagine the weeping of joy that will happen someday, when, we join hands with our kiddos in a circle again. I am holding on for that.

You. Are NOT. Alone.

Just for Laughs

Q: What does a clock do when it’s hungry?
A: It goes back for seconds!

Q: Why are trees very forgiving?
A: Because in the Fall they “Let It Go” and in the Spring they “turn over a new leaf”.

Q: What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?
A: A Squash

Eye on the Skies

November’s full Moon is traditionally called the Beaver Moon. Why this name? In the Colonial Era, this was the month to set one’s beaver traps before the swamps froze and beavers retired to their lodges, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. November’s full Moon occurs on Monday, November 30th

In the morning of November 30, a penumbral eclipse will be visible. Appropriately filtered telescopes or binoculars are necessary for eye-safe viewing. The Moon will enter the penumbra at 2:30 A.M. and leave the penumbra at 6:56 A.M.

November comes and November goes,
With the last red berries and the first white snows.

With night coming early and dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.

The fires burn and the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest until next spring.

Elizabeth Coatsworth