Lumen News – 09/07/2017

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

Our Mission:  As a ministry of St. Benedict Parish,
Lumen Christi High School provides a rigorous Catholic education
in a Christ-like environment!

Our Core Values:  Living Faith, Celebrating Family, and Achieving Excellence


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 11th (2pm):  Rosary for 9/11
  • September 21st-22nd:  HS Retreat
  • October 11th:  PSAT Testing (9th-11th)
  • October 20th:  No School, Teacher In-service
  • October 23rd:  Academic Awards (2nd Sem. 2016-17 SY), 2pm
  • October 26th & 27th:  ½ Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 10th:  No School, Teacher In-service
  • November 23rd & 24th:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 19th, 20th, 21st:  Finals
  • December 22nd-January 5th:  No School, Christmas Break
  • January 8th:  Classes Resume

Principal’s Update:  Greetings from Healy, AK!  Our varsity soccer team is up here competing in the Tri-Valley Tournament through Saturday.  Spirits are high despite a tough loss against Su-Valley on Wednesday.  Please pray for our Archangels as they compete up north.  Congrats to our junior high soccer team in their 2-1 win over Su-Valley.  They remain undefeated for the season!  The team is small (11 athletes) but their will is strong!

We finished a deeply moving and meaningful retreat with our Class of 2018 Seniors last week.  We spent Thursday at Camp Gorsuch in team building activities and talking about being servant leaders.  The students made their own dinner over the campfire and put together a plan to grow closer as a class, improve our school, and dedicate time to the greater community.  On Friday, we attended Mass with the elementary and middle school students of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Wasilla.  Our Seniors received a tour of the school grounds and spent a couple of hours talking to the 7th and 8th graders about life in high school and how to be leaders within their school.  We finished with a meal together and ended the day with few hours at the Alaska State Fair.  Thanks to Father Whitney, Liz Loeffler, Debbie Brewer, Bob McMorrow, and Elise Zajicek for putting together a wonderful class level retreat.  Our Seniors are an impressive group and we are all very proud of them!  Take a look at the retreat on our Facebook page!

In closing, a couple more reasons why a Catholic school education is important:

6.  Spiritual retreats (next one is the Sept 21-22)

7.  Reading Scripture regularly

8.  Praying with the entire school when disasters or tragedies occur (a special prayer for those affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida and the Caribbean)

9.  No school on Easter Monday!

10.  Learning responsibility for their own education through fundraising (sell those Gold Cards!)

Gold Cards:  Money from Gold Card sales are due back into the front office by September 8th.  If you need additional time to finish selling your Gold Cards, please let the office know.

PVO News:  We had a great start to Attic Fridays!!  Last Friday the Attic made an additional $400 in our extended hours! Thank you to everyone that volunteered last Friday. Please consider volunteering on one of our upcoming Attic Fridays-


Our first PVO Meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 12th at 7pm in the School Library. We will be looking at ways our Parent Volunteer Organization supports our school.  Your input is valuable.  You will receive a share hour for attending the meeting.  Please mark your calendar now and we will see you next Tuesday!


Next Saturday, September 16 & Sunday, September 17, 2017 we have a chance to promote our school and share about our school.  We need one/two adults per shift to stand by the Lumen Christi display after each weekend Mass. You will answer questions about Lumen and hand out information. Students can come in uniform and earn community service hours while helping to promote our school. Sign up available online


  • Attic Friday Coordinator

  • Concession Stand Food Coordinator (Purchase food for the Concession Stand)

  • Gun Show Coordinator for Next Year- (shadow this year’s coordinator this fall to learn the ropes)

  • Catholic Schools Week Coordinator

If you are interested in helping with any of these positions or have any questions about them, please contact Danielle(  Thank you!

Campus Ministry:

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

  • We are creating a Lumen Families bulletin board in the main hallway of the school.  Please send family pictures in to Mrs. Loeffler for posting.

  • September 21 and 22nd are retreat days for high school students and special activity days for middle school.

    • Middle School students (grades 7 and 8) will remain primarily on campus and High School students (grades 9-12) will be at St. Theresa Camp in Wasilla.

    • For the high school retreat we are in need of parent volunteers to help prepare meals, set up for sessions and clean up during the retreat. Please contact Liz Loeffler, if you can help.

    • The week before the retreat (September 12-15) we can use help in organizing materials for the high school sessions. Please contact Liz Loeffler, if you can help.

    • More information regarding Middle School activities will follow; I am sure Mrs. Brewer and Mr. Bauzon will need help with the Middle Schoolers also!

  • Service Project Opportunity: “Trick or Treat in the Heat” is a neighborhood-wide fundraiser that allows kids to trick-or-treat early, without cold weather to encumber their costume-wearing. Proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House, Make A Wish Foundation, and Hospice of Anchorage. The event takes place Sunday, September 10 at the end of Yukon Charlie Loop,  from 5 to 7 PM.

    • The following student volunteers are needed:

    • Saturday, September 9: 4 students to help prep (contact Erica Dufrane for time)

    • Sunday, September 10:  5-10 students to help (4:30 – 7:00 p.m.) with making cotton candy, set up, tear down, marking wristbands, patrolling areas and helping with young children.

    • Please contact Erica Dufrane, (907) 602-1795,  if your son or daughter would like to volunteer.

  • Keep an eye on Campus Ministry News for upcoming Service opportunities and if you know of a worthy cause in need of volunteers let us know so we can get the word out!

  • We are looking forward to a year filled with many blessings!

Student Government Announcements:

  • Homecoming Bonfire (This is a HS event):  Student Government has planned a bonfire for high school students on September 15th from 8-10pm.

  • Homecoming Dance (This is a HS event):  Student Government is hosting a Homecoming dance for high school students on September 16th from 8-11pm

  • Spirit Week (All School Event):  Spirit Week is a fun time and all grades and teachers are invited to participate.  If your student chooses to not participate, they should wear their school uniform to school.

    • Monday:  Class Color Day.  7th grade:  Yellow, 8th Grade:  Orange, 9th Grade:  Purple, 10th Grade:  Red, 11th Grade:  Green, 12th Grade:  Blue

    • Tuesday:  Dream Job Day.  Students may dress in clothes that pertain to or represent their dream job.

    • Wednesday:  Trashy vs. Flashy.  Students may dress in either clashing (mis matching) or fancy clothes

    • Thursday:  Will not be a spirit day as we have Mass and students should wear their school uniforms.  Homecoming court will be announced this day.

    • Friday:  Crazy Hair & Lumen Spirit.  Students may wear a crazy hairstyle this day as well as Lumen wear

Remind:  We will be using Remind this year for communicating announcements in the event of school closures, emergency notifications, and general school reminders.  Mrs. Estes will be adding each parent to Remind so look for a notification from Remind to arrive early sometime next week.  At that time you may customize your settings to receive:  emails, text messages, or app notifications or all of the above.

Senior Portraits: Seniors, please don’t forget your senior portraits are due on Tuesday October 31st. Fall is a great time for photos! Please digitally submit your final portrait to Mrs. Spillers.

School Pictures: If you missed out on ordering pictures, please contact Mrs. Spillers ( and she will put you in communication with Fitzgerald Photography. You can still pay over the phone and commemorate your student’s 2017-2018 school year.

Gently Used Uniforms & Lumen Spirit Wear:  If you are looking for gently used uniform items, please visit the Archangel Attic.  For gently used uniforms with our “Lumen Christi” logo or for Lumen Spirit Wear, please see Mrs. Estes at the office.

Substitutes:   We are currently looking to add onto our substitute list.  If you are interested or know someone who would be, please contact the front office for more details.

School Tie Update:  The ties have been ordered but since they make them as they are ordered, it will take about 6 weeks for the order to arrive.  I want to thank everyone for being so patient.

HS Girls Volleyball:  High school girls volleyball started on Wednesday, September 6th.  Please visit our sports website to see the schedule:  All players will need to have a current physical and sports packets filled out (girls who are currently playing soccer do not have any additional paperwork or physical).  You can access the sports paperwork here:

Spring Academic Awards Assembly:  Students who earned academic awards for 2nd semester of the 2016-17 school year will be honored during assembly on October 23rd at 2pm in the gym.  All are welcome to join us.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Auction:  Our 34th Annual Auction “Oui, Oui, Paris” is Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown starting at 5:00

Tickets to attend the event are available at the auction office inside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton school.  We are looking for donations of new items, basket items, and artwork.  Donations can be dropped off at the school or picked up at your convenience.  We also have advertising space available for our purchase in our auction booklet.  Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education.  If you have any questions, contact the auction office at 345-2327 or

Scrip:  Have you heard of Scrip fundraising yet?  This is a great way to help Lumen raise funds while you do your everyday shopping and gift giving.  Please see Mrs. Estes with any questions you may have.  In the meantime, visit to learn more.  After visiting and you’d like to set up your account, please call Mrs. Estes for Lumen Christi’s enrollment code.  Our first order deadline of the year will be on Friday, September 15th at 1pm.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards:  Please take a moment to register your Fred Meyer card so that Lumen Christi can receive rewards from your shopping, a super easy way to help Lumen raise funds.  If you have already registered your card, you may want to check to see if it needs to be renewed.  Please click on this link and follow the steps:

Box Tops:  Lumen collects box tops so be sure to bring them into the school.  There is a little collection box just outside the front office.

Shop A Roo:  Shoparoo is an app in which you simply take photos of receipts on your smartphone and submit.  Lumen then earns “Roo Points” which are converted at the end of the year into a donation to the school.  Follow these simple steps after you download the app from either the App Store or on Google Play:

  1. SHOP:  Shop for any product, at any store.

  2. SNAP:  Take a picture of your receipt.

  3. EARN:  Earn cash donations & sweepstakes entries

Amazon Smile:  Do you regularly shop on Amazon?  Consider logging into your Amazon account through and choose Lumen Christi as the organization that you’d wish to receive benefits from your orders.

Link to  By now you have received emails from highlighting volunteer opportunities.  Below is a link where you will find all of Lumen’s current signups in one spot.

Winter Weather Reminder:   Just a reminder that as winter approaches, so does the possibility for school closures.  If the Anchorage School District (ASD) cancels school, so does Lumen Christi.  Sometimes ASD will close some schools for weather conditions but not all schools, please listen to the radio or check ASD’s website. If Sand Lake and/or Dimond cancels school, then so will Lumen Christi.