Lumen News – 09/14/2017

Posted on Sep 14, 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 21st-22nd:  HS Retreat
  • Sept 25th-29th:  Food Drive sponsored by Big A/Little A
  • October 2nd:  Rosary at 2pm
  • October 11th:  PSAT Testing (9th-11th)
  • October 13th:  College Pride Day (Dress Up Day to wear your favorite college spiritwear)
  • 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:  What a busy school year it has been already!  Our varsity coed soccer team earned a 3-2 record in the Tri-Valley Tournament in Healy last week.  We had two students, Garrett Renfro and Sophia Dupras, run for and represent Lumen at the New Balance XC Classic meet at Russian Jack Springs park last Saturday.  And this past Monday, our student body prayed the Rosary in honor and remembrance of 9/11.

Today, thanks to the hard work and commitment of our teachers and PVO, we had an awesome taco lunch!  Together, we raised over $900!  The contributions will go directly to relief efforts in support of the National Catholic Education Association’s “Student to Student” Campaign for Catholic communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  More information on this national campaign can be found at  Way to go, Archangels!

Our Spirit Week continues and we and look forward to the Homecoming Bonfire on Friday night and the Dance on Saturday.

This weekend is also the annual St. Benedict Ministry Fair.  Please see the PVO note below requesting parent and student volunteers to sing praises about our school and thank the generous parishioners of St. Benedict Parish.  We could use your help!

In closing, a continuation of reasons why a Catholic school education is important:

11.  Learning the connection between faith and reason

12.  Sharing faith journeys with each other

13.  Seeing Father Tom and Father Whitney around the school every day

14.  Helping on service projects

           15.  Hearing Jesus’ name on a daily basis and not as a swear word

Gold Cards:  PAST DUE:  If you haven’t turned in your Gold Card money, please get it into the office as soon as possible.  Any unsold cards also need to be turned in.

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.

Junior High Activity Days:  While the HS is on retreat, the JH students will be participating in several activities.  To prepare for this, we will be sending a permission form home with them on Friday.  Included in the activities will be several service projects along with some fun events.  Tentatively students will be doing the following:


Students and teachers will be helping to clean the grounds at the cemetery.  They should wear layers and dress for the weather.  We will be working even if it rains!  Anyone who has sod cutters, rakes, clippers, etc should bring them. We could also use any extras you want to loan. Gloves are also recommended.  Students will be transported in vans.

We will also be walking to the bowling alley in the afternoon.

Lunch and snacks will be provided for the day.


We will be doing several service projects at the school as well as attending Mass and enjoying some fun activities. Snacks are provided for the day.  Dismissal is at 12:20 PM as usual.

A $20 fee for the service, food, bowling, and other activities will be added to your November Smart Tuition Invoice. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Craig or Mrs. Brewer.

Last Year’s Community Service Forms:  If students would like to keep their community service forms from last school year for their reference, they may pick them up from Mrs. Estes.  The summary sheets will be added to their student file and the individual forms will be available in the office until October 2nd at which point they will be recycled.

PVO News:  Wow!  We have had a great start to this school year and we are blessed to have so many wonderful parent volunteers that have stepped up to help. Our first PVO meeting of the year was on Tuesday evening and we had great conversation and guidance on how we should work together this year. A heartfelt thank you to all that have volunteered so far.


Help is needed this Sunday!  We need one/two adults after all three Sunday Masses at St. Benedict’s for the Lumen Christi table to represent our school. You will answer questions about Lumen and hand out information. Students can join you in uniform and earn community service hours while helping to promote our school. Please considering sign up-


Our Attic Fridays continue to be successful and this will be our first week with students helping after school on Fridays.  If students are interested in helping at the Attic on Fridays from 12:30- 2:30, they should see Mrs. Loeffler to sign up.

  • Parent volunteers are needed every month to help with the extended hours.  Our goal this month is to fill the volunteers for the month of October so that we can start advertising the dates the Attic will have extended hours.  Please visit the online sign-up and see if you can help us reach our goal-

  • We are still looking for an Attic Coordinator to help us keep on track and this is something that can be done from home!


The concession stand will be opening soon.  There are a few ways you can help:

  • We are looking for a Concession Sign- Up Coordinator to help our concession stand work more smoothly this year.  This is something that can be done from home!

  • Look for online concession help sign-ups to be coming out soon.

  • Earn 2 share hours!  We are looking for some concession stand helpers to get Food Handler’s Cards.  If you plan on helping with concessions this year, please consider going online and completing this training.  It should not take more than 2 hours to complete and has a minimal fee ($10).  If you complete this training or have completed this training in the past (it is good for 3 years), please leave a copy at the front desk or email it to PVO.


Mark your calendar – the next PVO meeting will be Tuesday, October 10th in the library.

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

Campus Ministry:

  • We are still in need of male chaperones for our High School Retreat on September 21-22.  Please contact Liz Loeffler !

  • Congratulations seniors on a wonderful retreat and your mentoring of Our Lady of the Valley students!

  • 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.

  • 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!

Internet Safety Presentation:  There will be an internet safety presentation given by Officer Fifer from the Anchorage Police Department on Thursday, October 5th at 7pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in the gym.  This presentation is for parents or grandparents only and will inform you on ways to protect your child and their identity.

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.

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

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:  Photographs were sent home on Tuesday September 12th with students.  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.

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 pm.

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

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.