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October 2019

October in Review

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What a wonderful month it has been! We have enjoyed seeing the fall colors brighten our trees and have opened doors and windows to allow the cool air into the building. We have had a robust month of workshops, field trips, service trips and classwork. Some of the highlights you can find when scrolling through. We also have some events coming up, so check those out too!

What's going on in classes?

In Physics class, each student made a self-propelled vehicle using rubber band winding propulsion and basic materials like wooden sticks, cardboard, and paper. It showed the students rotational motion and torsion, and foundational engineering skills.
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The Art class with John Muraco has incorporated a building project into the class schedule, where students are learning how to outfit a tiny house structure with some new framing. Skilled woodworker Todd is showing Adam saw safety and measuring below, in preparation for cutting the pieces for the frame.
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Won Institute Workshop

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Education researchers from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, located in Glenside, PA, are conducting semester long workshops here at The Lotus School. During one workshop exercise, students built a paper boat from a template and decorated it to represent their personality. The activity is meant to be about keeping perspective about emotions.
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According to educator Grace Song,

"We may not be able to control everything outside of the boat. BUT! if you realize that you can navigate your own boat by grabbing on to the steering wheel then you become the navigator or your life boat. It is in your hands. However, as we navigate our ‘life boat’, there may be times when we encounter difficult emotions. Up until now, you may have believed that difficult emotions were beyond your control, but we’re going to learn that ACTUALLY, it’s in our hands. We will gain the ability to manage our emotions."
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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

IndieFlix Shines the Light on Anxiety with Must-See Documentary,
“ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY”

NEW FILM CREATED TO START COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ANXIETY & PROVIDE TOOLS, RESOURCES & HOPE.

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

Climate Awareness March

Climate Awareness March
Sometimes service to the community takes the form of activism. On the 20th of September, we traveled to the river town of Lambertville NJ, where a climate strike was taking place. We marched through town and heard several very motivational speeches from local young people concerned with climate change and hoping to work together toward sustainability and political action. We …
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Service Learning

Service Learning
Students and staff returned to volunteer at the non profit Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue in Quakertown, PA in September. We helped the organization set up for their upcoming 20th annual Open House event, where the community can come to the ranch and learn about how they can help support the mission or consider more about adoption. We essentially assisted …
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The Lotus Merit Scholarship Opportunity

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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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Greek Culture Night at Lotus

Purchase tickets at www.lotusla.org/greekculturenight
Greek Culture Night at Lotus
Mark your calendar for our first Fall fundraiser on Friday, November 22nd, 7:00 - 9:00. This will be a night of music, dancing, food and fun! Our longtime friend of the school Michael Venianakis is bringing us an evening of entertainment to celebrate Greek cultural heritage in the expression of cuisine, music, and dancing. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, …
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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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