Lumen News – 09/28/2017

Posted on Sep 28, 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:

  • Sept 25th-29th:  Food Drive sponsored by Big A/Little A
  • October 2nd:  Rosary at 2pm
  • October 6th:  Dress Down Day for participation in Big A/Little A Food Drive
  • October 6th:  Junior High Movie Night, 6-8:30pm
  • October 10th:  PVO Meeting, 7pm
  • 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:  Last week, the high school students spent two days up at St. Therese’s Camp on retreat.  They spent time in reflection, group activities, Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation, and team building.  Our theme was “Having an Attitude for Christ” and our students focused on ways that we can show Justice, Kindness, and Humility here at school, in the community, and in our lives.  It was a great couple of days, and we hope your son or daughter shared his or her experiences upon return home.

Our junior high students stayed busy while the high schoolers were gone by cleaning up headstones at the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery, making wrist rosaries, going bowling, eating pizza, and writing Christmas letters to service men and women deployed overseas.

Congratulations to Class of 2020 student Sophia Dupras, who will be representing Lumen Christi in the 2017 ASAA/First National Bank Cross Country Running State Championships this Saturday at Bartlett High School.  Sophia qualified for State with a 5K (that is 3.1 miles!) time of 23 minutes, 56 seconds!  She is set to run at 1:30pm on Saturday, so hopefully we can have a large Lumen crowd cheering her on.  Way to go, Sophia!!!!

Our junior high soccer team remains undefeated and finishes up their season on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week at the 2017 ACSAA Co-Ed Outdoor Soccer Tournament at the Center soccer fields (4855 Arctic Blvd).  Good luck Archangels!

Need more reasons why a Catholic school education is important?  Here you go:

16.  Talking with friends about what to give up for Lent

17.  Helping Catholic charities with disaster relief efforts

18.  Getting pets blessed on the feast of St. Francis (Sunday, Oct 1st at 3pm at St. Benedict’s)

19.  Getting throats blessed on the feast of St. Blase (February 3, 2018)

20.  Connecting community service and stewardship with Catholic social teaching

Big A, Little A Food Drive:  Big A, Little A is coordinating a food drive for St. Benedict’s Outreach committee which helps families in need.  They will be collecting food items from Monday, September 25th-September 29th.  Students who bring in a minimum of 5 cans will earn a dress down day which will be on Friday, October 6th.  Donated items should be turned into your student’s Advisory class.  Below are some items of need:

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Canned Fruit

  • Canned Soup

  • Dry Milk

  • Cereal

  • Oatmeal

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

  • Pasta

  • Rice

  • Beans

  • Pancake Mix

  • Bread

  • Canned Meat

  • Canned Fish

Student Government Announcements:

  • JH Movie Night:  SGA is hosting a movie night for all JH students on October 6th from 6-8:30pm.  The movie playing will be Pirates of the Caribbean here at Lumen Christi.  We are looking for one parent chaperone (remember you must have your Safe & Sacred background check and online training complete).  Snacks will be provided and students are welcome to bring pillows and blankets.

  • AASG (Alaska Association of Student Government) Conference:  Some students from Lumen’s SGA will attend this annual conference held this year in Wasilla from October 26th-28th.

PVO News:  Happy Fall!  October is just around the corner and our concession stand will be opening soon.


  • Attic Friday volunteers are needed on October 13th and 20th.  Please visit the sign-up to see if you can help-

  • We are compiling a list of regular Attic Friday helpers that might be able to help out if we have an unexpected cancellation.  If we can add you to the list, please email PVO.


  • Concession volunteer sign-ups will be coming soon!

  • Mark your calendars: We will need several volunteers during our upcoming Volleyball Tournament on October 19-21, 2017.

  • Concession Sign- Up Coordinator needed to help our coordinate our concession stand volunteers.  This is something that can be done from home!

  • 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.


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

  • Catholic Schools Week Coordinator

NEXT MEETING:  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:

  • Our high school retreat was a great success and a big thank you goes out to all who helped make this event possible.  A very special thanks to Ray Hickel for providing meals for retreat, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall and Mr. Lych for chaperoning, Matt Beck and Anna Schulten for presenting to the group.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities

  • Tudor Elementary School is hosting their Fall Carnival on Friday October 20th and they are looking for High School Students to volunteer to run some of the games and booths from 5:30-8:30pm. The school is located at 1666 Cache Dr and the Fall Carnival runs from 6-8pm.  The PTA will feed the volunteers that show up at 5:30pm. The volunteers can come for the whole time or cover shifts, whatever works best. The PTA has the games all established and organized in boxes and have used high school students in previous years.  If you and/or your student are interested in helping, please contact Erin Ruebelmann to let her know or to get additional information.

Erin Ruebelmann


  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is looking for student volunteers to help with their up-coming Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 27 from 6-8 p.m. If your student is interested, please see Mrs. Estes to sign up.

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Auction:  Mrs. Estes is helping St. Elizabeth’s find high school students (students need to be 15 years or older) to volunteer at their Auction on November 11th from 4:30pm until 11pm.  They will help with selling “blinky rings” for the heads & tails game, sell Live Opportunity tickets, help data entry during the live auction to run bid sheets from the bidder to data entry, and help distribute items to guests at the end of the night as well as help carry the items they purchased at the end of the evening.  This is always a fun event to volunteer for.  Please have your student see Mrs. Estes if they’d like to sign up to help.

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.

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 next order deadline will be on Monday, October 2nd at 3pm.

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 containing the total amount of service hours 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.

School Pictures: School pictures 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.

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.

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:

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.