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November 2019

November in Review

As we move into this season of Thanksgiving, we look back on this month with grateful hearts for our school community. Student have taken field trips that connect to the valuable lessons they learn in the classroom related to community health and the environment. Read on to find those connections.

What's going on in classes?

In Chemistry class, students were asked to consider where their food comes from, who makes it, how it is made, and how much it costs to produce. The documentary Food, Inc. is a good overview of how the smaller farms raise livestock and grow food versus how big agriculture does it. Whether you eat meat or are vegetarian or somewhere in between, this film will likely surprise you with large farm food practices; it generated a lively discussion betwixt the students post screening, and they were grateful to have seen it.
In English 9, Reading & Analysis, students are reading the essay The Fracking of Rachel Carson, by biologist and educator Sandra Steingraber, which is an experimental composition of 50 numbered parts of varying length; the piece gives facts about the impact of fracking while concurrently referencing what was essentially the beginning of environmental literature– the publication and ensuing achievement of Rachel Carson's bestseller Silent Spring. Steingraber makes the case that the proponents of gas drilling are slowly undoing the population's rights to have clean air and water that found first government protections as the result of the influence of Carson's 1963 text. The class learns about many disciplines while seeing the connective thread that relates literary genres and environmental advocacy.
Rachel Carson watching migrating hawks at Hawk Mountain, PA, 1945. Photo: Shirley A. Briggs

Field Trip to

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

On a still cold day in late November, the staff and students traveled out west to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA for a day of hiking. Our learning and mindfulness objectives that day were to choose an appropriate trail related to the weather and be aware of our surroundings.
We decided to take the Lookout Trail to the Escarpment Trail to reach the North Lookout. The Escarpment Trail is a moderately technical, small rock and boulder climb that kept us on our toes. With some slow going moments and problem solving, students learned how to use their eyes and good judgement when using their body weight to make the ascent. Once at the top, we relaxed for awhile and had lunch while enjoying the view and each other's company.

Thanks for a successful Fundraiser!

Thanks to everyone who helped organize and attend our Greek Night fundraiser! We had a fun night of wonderful food, music, and dancing!! Thanks to Michael Venianakis for organizing the entertainment and food. The three musicians were wonderful, and the dancers provided instruction in different Greek dances that got the audience involved. Thanks to the Marblehead Chowder House in Easton, PA for donating two casseroles and Mrs. Venianakis for her fantastic home cooked Greek dishes. Many people came out to support to eat and dance and we are grateful. Thank you!

Lotus and Raritan sponsor Angst screening

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If you missed a chance to see Angst the last time around, you can check it out on December 5 in Flemington, New Jersey.

You can register for a free ticket here.

Co-sponsored by Hunterdon Central Education Association,
Hunterdon Healthcare,
Safe Harbor Child Access Centers,
Hunterdon Helpline

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Screening information: December 5, 2019, 7pm AT Hunterdon Central HS Little Theater; Building 11/12 (Junction Rd). Flemington, NJ.

Grounds For Sculpture Field Trip

Grounds For Sculpture
The Lotus School took a field trip to Grounds For Sculpture in October. Our essential question for the day: "How can we see all things as temporary." We began answering this question by viewing two special indoor gallery exhibits: Synthetic Cells by Michael Rees and Oof, Woof by James Carl. The group practiced identifying art-making materials, defining environmental art, and …
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Earth Art Workshop

Earth Art
How can we view everything as temporary? This question is essential to living a mindful life, and it guided the group conversation on our latest field trip to Grounds for Sculpture. While at the sculpture garden, the students and teachers discussed the temporal quality of the materials that composed two of the special exhibitions on view. As a follow-up activity …
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The Lotus Merit Scholarship Opportunity

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts Merit Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to students in grades 9-12 who will not only enhance the vibrant community at The Lotus School of Liberal Arts, but also add to the school's compassionate, mindful, and lifelong learning atmosphere. Eligible candidates should be able to show their ongoing commitment to the following:
  • Service to others Leadership Academic …
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EITC Program

Your business can help Lotus with tax credits
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) allows qualified businesses to fulfill their state tax burden while supporting the financial aid budget at The Lotus School.

More information about the process is found on our website here.

Our Mission

The mission of The Lotus School of Liberal Arts is to cultivate a community of compassionate, mindful, lifelong learners who are able to meet life's challenges with the confidence and knowledge of how their efforts can help create a better world for themselves and others.
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