Lumen News – 02/15/2018

Posted on Feb 15, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Feb 15-16th:  Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Feb 19th:  Presidents Day Holiday  (No School)
  • Feb 20th:  School Board Meeting
  • Feb 24th:  Fur Rendezvous Parade, 10:30am
  • February 27th:  Gala Follow-up Meeting, 7pm
  • Feb 28th-Mar 3rd:  Regions Basketball @ Lumen
  • Mar 5th:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • Mar 7th:  Open House and Family Pizza Night, 6-8pm
  • Mar 9th:  In-Service Day (No School)
  • Mar 9-18:  Spring Break
  • Apr 5th:  Open House and Family Pizza Night, 6-8pm

From the Principal:

What a special Mardi Gras gala on Saturday!  It was great seeing everyone “dressed to the nines” and watching our students do a wonderful and professional job serving at the event!  Thank you to all who made it a festive family event, from set up to take down.

Our next big event is the Fur Rondy Parade on Saturday, Feb 24th.  We are seeking students and parent volunteers to either ride on our trailer or walk alongside handing out candy and Open House invitations to the parade goers.  This is a great and fun opportunity to showcase our school to the thousands of people who line the parade route.  We hope you can join us on the 24th and turn our school from being the “Best Kept Secret” to the “Most Well Known”!

As you know, we have made some changes to our Theology curriculum this year.  I wanted to inform you we will undergo a review process for the 12th grade Human Dignity and Bioethics course as well as the 9-11th grade Principles and Choices supplemental curriculum.  If your son or daughter has been a part of these courses this year, he or she will be asked to fill out a survey relating to course content, objectives, scope, and sequencing.   This input, as well as all curriculum materials, will be reviewed to provide recommendations towards improving or modifying the courses, if necessary, for the next school year.  The Curriculum Review Board will consist of at least one School Board member, the Theology Department Chair, the Dean of Academics, and others as requested.  Yesterday, the Catholic bishops of Alaska published a pastoral letter reaffirming the Church’s moral teachings on human life, as well as sexuality, marriage, and religious freedom (more here:, so I feel we are on the right track incorporating these courses/curriculums into our spiritual program here at Lumen. This review is coming at a perfect time to ensure we are staying true to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) framework for high school curriculum, the Alaskan bishops letter, and Lumen’s mission and Core Values and Philosophy. Our intent is to take the lessons learned from this first year and continually improve the new courses we offer here at Lumen, so I look forward to the recommendations and suggestions of the review board.

Have a great and blessed weekend!  Stay true to your Lenten resolutions!


Parent-Teacher Conferences:

  • On Thursday, February 15th, we will follow a Friday A schedule with school dismissal at 12:20pm.  Parent teacher conferences will be from 3-7pm

  • On Friday, February 16th, we will follow a Friday B schedule with school dismissal at 12:20pm.  Parent teacher conferences will be from 1-4pm

  • Please Note:

    • Mrs. Alvarez will be available Friday only

    • Fr. Tom will be available Thursday from 3-6pm and 1-4pm

    • Miss Zajicek will be available on Thursday from 5-6pm

    • Bob McMorrow will be available on Thursday from 4-5pm

Re-Enrollment:  Re-enrollment will open on Monday, February 26th and packets will be sent home with each student at that time.

Fur Rondy Parade:  Lumen is going to be in the Fur Rondy Parade this year!!  We would love to have all of our students join us for the parade on February 24th.  Come show your Lumen Spirit.  Details on where and when to meet up for the parade will be provided next week.

Gala Follow-up Meeting:  Join us on February 27th at 7pm to discuss details of the Gala to wrap up this year’s event.  Whether you attended the night of, volunteered, or chaired a committee for the Gala, your input is valuable to us.  Please come share your thoughts and ideas on how the event went.

Parent Share Hours:  Families were recently emailed a summary of the hours that they have recorded so far in the parent share hour book (unless you are almost done with your hours).  A lot of families helped at the Gala, please be sure to come in and record your hours or email Mrs. Estes details and she will record them for you.  Please Note:  The PVO section of this newsletter has listed opportunities for you to complete your share hours.  We still need help for the remainder of the year at the Archangel Attic and Concessions/Gate.  Also we are looking to fill important positions for next year, please prayerfully consider volunteering for one of them.

Mark Your Calendars! Spring Open Houses:  Please spread the word and invite families you know entering grades 7-12 to come to one of Lumen Christi’s Spring Open Houses.

  • March 7th from 6-8pm

  • April 5th form 6-8pm

Bell Schedule Adjustment:

  • On Thursday the 22nd, there will be No Mass so we will follow a “Monday” schedule.

Mardi Gras Gala Photographs: If you have any photos you would like to share from our Mardi Gras Gala, please send them to Mrs. Spillers at so that we can post them within our Yearbook and Lumen Facebook page. Thank you!

Calling All Photographers!: Do you have any great pictures of your students playing sports or participating in extra-curricular activities? Although our Yearbook team tries to be at as many events as possible, we can’t be everywhere. Please send any pictures you have to Mrs. Spillers, so that we can try to include them in the yearbook. E-mail:

Knights of Columbus-Bison Hunt:  The 2018 Kodiak Bison Hunt Raffle is underway. Purchase a raffle ticket from Knights of Columbus at your Parish for your chance to win a guided hunt on “Kodiak Game Ranch” OR $3500 CASH.

  • Tickets are $20 each-Tickets are transferable-Need not be present to win

  • One drawing for each 1300 tickets sold!

  • Proceeds benefit Knight of Columbus charitable works in Alaska

  • Drawing to be held at Alaska State Convention in Juneau, Alaska on April 28, 2018

Pick. Click. Give:  When you choose Pick.Click.Give to benefit Lumen Christi High School, your money supports the education programs that have prepared our students for college and life. Your generous donation ensures that our students continue to be equipped with academic excellence and faith.  Thank you for prayerfully considering Lumen Christi on the list of your Pick.Click.Give. donations.  Your link to Pick.Click.Give.

PVO News:

A BIG thank to everyone that helped out with the Gala. It is a lot of work and your help was really appreciated- THANK YOU!!!


  • We have some linens that need washed.  Please stop by or call the Gala Office if you are interested in helping out- 273-1530.



  • The concession stand will be open through Saturday, March 3rd.  There are a few High School Basketball Games, a Junior High Volleyball Final Rally (2/23-2/24), and Regional High School Basketball Tournament (3/1-3/3).

Please consider taking a leadership role in 2018-19.

  • PVO President (Danielle will be serving as one of the Gala Co-Chairs next year)

  • PVO Secretary/Sign Up

  • Gala Co-Chair

If you have any questions or can help with any of these roles please contact Danielle- or 227-7080.

Campus Ministry:

All are invited to join us for Mass at 7:15 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in our  School Chapel!

  • Please remember the victims, families and community of yesterday’s tragic shooting in Florida. We pray for peace, repose of souls, and comfort.

  • Lent is upon us.  What will your family do together to make your Lent more prayerful? Consider a daily prayer for peace.

  • We will be praying the Stations of the Cross on Fridays, February 23rd, March 2nd and March 9th. We begin in the gym at 2:00.

  • Our senior class has put together almost 200 Blessing Bags for homeless. These bags consist of hand warmers, trail mix, water, and various other items that can bring nutrition and comfort to those in our community who do not have a warm place to lay their heads at night.  If your family would like to take some of these bags to carry with you for when you meet someone in need please come to room 120.  We ask that an adult come to get bags, so we can ensure that students are not putting themselves at risk by distributing these alone.

  • Please sign up for service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.  Each Friday 4 students are needed to help in classrooms from 12:30-2:30.  Students please sign up in the main hallway.

  • Calling all musicians!!!  We are looking for a piano player to play for our school Masses!  You may choose the hymns with which you are most comfortable. Please see Mrs. Loeffler.

  • Sign up sheets for Friday service hours at The Archangel Attic can be found on the bulletin board across from the school office. Students please sign up!!

  • All eligible students are invited to be trained as altar servers for our school Masses. Interested students please see Mrs. Loeffler.

  • If you know of a worthy cause in need of volunteers let us know so we can get the word out!

Prayer Corner:

(prayer requests can be sent to Liz Loeffler –

Pray for

  • Our local, state, national, world, and Church leaders

  • Women who are facing unplanned or difficulty pregnancies that they will be given support and choose life for their children

  • Repose of the souls of Fr. Steven Moore and M.J. Marteeny, and comfort to their family and friends

  • Those who are lacking adequate food and shelter, especially during this winter season

  • Respect for all life