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Eye of the Optimist-September feelings

Certainly considering the school/ academic cycle  added to the coming of Autumn in many countires, September ushers a lot of change for many people in the world. This moment thus is a period of transition and therefore stirs up many feelings. Some may feel brighter and uplifted while others may feel fearful or down. Below I paste in some kinds of feelings about September from various sources on the web.

September Horoscope for Virgos
    This will be a vital month where you can count on sweeping changes. Fortunately, the shifts that take place appear to help move you onward and upward. A Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1 will help you get organized wherever you need it most. A dose of enhanced productivity will also be available for you to use.
    Then on September 9, Jupiter -- giver of blessings and abundance -- will move into relationship-oriented Libra. He remains in this sign until October 2017, helping you maximize the potential behind all business and personal alliances.
    A Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16 encourages you to take time to fulfill your fantasies. Then, Mercury turns direct in Virgo on September 22, after having turned retrograde on August 30, to pull your mind back into reality. (www.tarot.com) 

Do you remember the 21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away2
Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing.
As we danced in the night,
Remember how the stars stole the night away
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day1
Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya
My thoughts are with you
Holding hands with your heart to see you
Only blue talk and love,
Remember how we knew love was here to stay
Now December found the love that we shared in September.
Only blue talk and love,
Remember the true love we share todayBa de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy dayBa de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, golden dreams were shiny days
Love bells was ringing
Our souls were singing
Do you remember, never a cloudy dayBa de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy dayBa de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, golden dreams were shinny daysBa de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya de yaBa de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya
Songwriters
AL MCKAY, ALLEE WILLIS, MAURICE WHITE

from kidshealth.org: Remembering September (lesson for school children in the USA)
September 11, 2001
   The United States marks a sad anniversary every September 11. That's the day in 2001 that terrorist attacks occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
   If you're a kid, then you probably don't remember anything — or very little — from that day. Maybe you weren't even born yet. But you might have seen video clips or have talked about what happened at school or with your family.
Terrorism is a violent act committed by people who want to get attention for their cause. Lots of people suffer because of terrorism, in addition to those who are injured or killed. That was true for September 11, 2001.
Healing and Moving Forward
   For a while, it seemed like the entire world was upside down and confusing. In the years that followed, attacks also happened in Spain, London, Bali, and Mumbai. For those who lost loved ones, life will never be exactly the same. Yet they have found ways to heal and move forward.
   In the weeks after September 11, 2001, lots of people had questions and feelings they needed to express. On the anniversary of that day, some people will want to pause and reflect. You might feel that way and choose to participate in an event commemorating the anniversary.
   Or you might want to talk to a parent or a friend. It can help to draw a picture or write thoughts down in a journal. Others will just want to have a normal day.
   One idea is to turn September 11 into a day of service that honors the victims, police, firefighters, and paramedics who responded to the crisis. Have you ever considered volunteering? It's a great way to show you care and that your community stands together, even in the toughest times.

Going Back to School (lesson for kids on kidshealth.org)
   It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find out more about going back to school.
The First Day
   Most  kick off the school year by introducing themselves and talking about all the stuff you'll be doing that year. Some teachers give students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the class.
   What do you look forward to the most about going back to school?Seeing friendsJoining sports teams and clubsDoing school work and being busyLearning new things
   When teachers do the talking on the first day, they often go over classroom rules so you'll know what's allowed and what's not. Pay close attention so you'll know if you need to raise your hand to ask a question and what the rules are about visiting the restroom.
   You might already know a lot of kids in your classes on the first day. But it's a great day to make a new friend, so try to say hello to kids you know and new ones that you don't. Make the first move and you'll be glad you did and so will your new friend!

Moving to Middle School?
   Sixth grade often signals a move to middle school or junior high, where you'll find lockers and maybe a homeroom. This is just what it sounds like — a classroom you'll go to each morning, kind of like your home in the school. In middle school, you might move from classroom to classroom for each subject. Your teachers know that this is a big change from elementary school and will help you adjust.
   Most teachers let you pick your own seat on the first day, but by the second or third morning, they'll have mapped out a seating plan. At first, it's a good idea to write down where your seat is in your notebook so you don't forget.

Advice for teachers at the start of the new school year (from operationrespect.org)

   As the new school year begins, we hope you find a routine or “container” for checking the feelings temperature of your students. In many elementary schools, teachers use a morning meeting structure or integrate a morning check in into their warm-up activity. In middle and high schools, cross grade-level advisories are a terrific way of getting closer to our students and of building trust in the classroom.Whatever your container might be, it’s hard to imagine a time when it’s inappropriate to introduce and check in about feelings. For both adults and children, they are a window into whether we are ready for what we are about to do. Feelings can stand in our way (think fear, hunger, shame, anger), or they can drive engagement (think excitement, eagerness, confidence, joy), but as the saying goes, “if we can name them, we can tame them.

   ”Feelings TemperatureThe early weeks of school are really the perfect time to introduce our Feelings Temperature lesson (Theme I, Lesson 2). The lesson includes a simple scale from 1-10 to measure feelings with 1 being “feeling really bad” to 10 being “feeling very good.” (We get into naming those feelings more descriptively later in the curriculum.)One of our favorite teachers uses these questions to get his students used to using the scale.
  • How did you feel the night before our first day of school?
  • How did you feel on the morning of the first day of school?
  • How did you feel when you saw a friend you haven’t seen over the summer?
  • How did you feel when you sat down in your classroom on the first day of school?
  • How did you feel just before lunch? during lunch?  after lunch?
  • How did you feel when you were leaving school on the first day of school?
  • Can you name the feelings you had at these different times?
   If the conversation really gets moving, you can follow up the scale exercise by asking, “When you have a feeling that is uncomfortable, what strategies do you use to try to get to a more comfortable feeling?”As a teacher, it’s a good idea to share some of your feelings with the class to encourage students to be willing to be vulnerable, but not so much that you draw too much attention to myself. 

     Talk about a time when you felt anxious? Angry? Happy? Sad? Calm?Our friends at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence use a similar concept called a Mood Meter that helps kids identify feelings across four quadrants and begins to track when and why they feel a certain way. And, yes, there’s an app for that!We encourage you to share your successes and challenges with us. We may post them with your permission and with photos if you have parent releases for your students. You may comment on this post, email us atinfo@operationrespect.org, or message us on Facebook or Twitter.


September Song -poem by Geoffrey Hill

born 19.6.32 - deported 24.9.42

Undesirable you may have been, untouchable
you were not. Not forgotten
or passed over at the proper time.

As estimated, you died. Things marched,
sufficient, to that end.
Just so much Zyklon and leather, patented
terror, so many routine cries.

(I have made
an eulegy for myself it
is true)

September fattens on vines. Roses
flake from the wall. The smoke
of harmless fires drifts to my eyes.

This is plenty. This is more than enough. 

Quotations

"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
"
-   John Updike, September 

"'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.
- Thomas Moore, in The Last Rose of Summer1830 

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
-  William Wordsworth, September 

September

I bear the Scales, where hang in equipoise
The night and day; and when unto my lips
I put my trumpet, with its stress and noise
Fly the white clouds like tattered sails of ships;
The tree-tops lash the air with sounding whips;
Southward the clamorous sea-fowl wing their flight;
The hedges are all red with haws and hips,
The Hunter's Moon reigns empress of the night.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from The Poet's Calendar 

September Song, by Kurt Weill and Max Anderson

Oh, it's a long long while
From May to December
But the days grow short
When you reach September
When the autumn weather
Turns leaves to flame
One hasn't got time
For the waiting game
Oh, the days dwindle down
To a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you
Oh, the days dwindle down
To a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you
(Made popular by the recordings of Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, etc.)


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