Lumen News – 11/22/2017

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • November 23rd & 24th:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Nov 28th:  Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J. (Vatican Astronomer) Presentation, 1-2pm
  • Dec 3rd:  Advent Season Begins
  • Dec 8th:  Holy Day of Obligation (Feast of the Immaculate Conception)(Fri B w/Lent schedule)
  • Dec 9th:  Jingle Bell Run
  • Dec 12th:  Advent Reconciliation Service
  • Dec 15th:  High School Fall Sports Banquet, 6:30-8pm
  • Dec 16th:  Polar Bear Plunge
  • Dec 19th, 20th, 21st:  Finals
  • Dec 22nd-Jan 5th:  No School, Christmas Break
  • Jan 8th:  Classes Resume
  • Jan 15th:  No School, MLK Holiday
  • Jan 29th-Feb 3rd:  Catholic Schools Week
  • Jan 29th:  All Catholic School Mass at OLG, 10:30am
  • Jan 29th:  2nd Annual State of the School Address, 7pm
  • Feb 4th:  Lumen Christi/St. Benedict’s Community Mass, 10:30am
  • Feb 10th:  Lumen Christi’s Mardi Gras Gala, 5:30pm

Principal’s Update:

Wow what busy week last week!  Our students collected over 1100 boxes of stuffing for Catholic Social Services!  This far exceeded our goal of 800 boxes.  Between staff, students, and parents, we also donated 22 turkeys to the Outreach Program at St. Patrick’s Parish.  And on Friday, our junior high students helped pack over 20 boxes of food in support of St. Benedict’s Parish Outreach Program.  Awesome job to everyone for putting our faith into action!

This Monday, our Student Government held a pep rally to build spirit between classes.  Erin Freel also came in to talk about supporting the Jingle Bell Run on Dec 9th.  Erin is the Mom of Connor Freel, age 12, who is the Youth Honoree for this year’s Run.  Connor was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at age 9 and has benefitted greatly from the generosity of the Arthritis Foundation.  We are working to have over 30 team members and raise over $2500 for the Arthritis Foundation for the run.   We have 7 members and have raised $225 at this point, so please sign up!   Our Jingle Bell Run team page can be found at:  On Black Friday, November 24 register online and use discount code BLACKFRIDAY to save $5 on all registration types!

Advent starts on Dec 3rd.  Starting on Dec 4th, we will have a communal prayer service as a school in the front hallway to start the day each morning.  Perhaps you’ll also consider committing to attending daily Mass at 7:15am a couple of times a week with your son or daughter as we all prepare spiritually for the birth of Christ?  Celebrating the Eucharist is a great way to start the day.

And from the entire staff of our school, we hope you have a wonderful, restful, and thankful Thanksgiving weekend.  God Bless You and God Bless Our School!


Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J. Presentation:  We are pleased to host a distinguished member of the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno from the Society of Jesuits, here at school next Tuesday from 1-2pm.  He will be giving a presentation titled, “Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer,” in the Upper Room to our juniors and seniors.  Parents are invited to attend.  More information about Brother Guy can be found at:–consolmagno–s-j—1-.html.

High School Basketball:  Our high school basketball season begins next week on November 29th.  If your child plans to play, please turn in your sports paperwork (if your son/daughter has already played a Lumen sport this year, they do not need to turn in the paperwork again), and a sports physical.  The sports paperwork and calendar showing the practice times and games can be found at  FYI the basketball calendar will be updated soon.

Scrip: We would like to get as many Lumen families to sign up for Scrip as possible and consider starting to use Scrip for their everyday shopping and gift giving.  With the Holiday season upon us, it is the perfect time to start. What is Scrip Fundraising? Scrip is fundraising while you shop®! You can buy gift cards from over 780 retailer brands you already shop at and earn a rebate on every gift card you purchase at face value. That rebate goes right to Lumen Christi.

  • How it Works:  We run our scrip program through, who has worked with over 30,000 nonprofit organizations over the course of 23 years. You’ll need to sign up and create an account to order online.

  • How to Create Your Account Online:  You register online by:

    • go to and clicking Get Started.

    • Click Join Your Program, and enter Lumen’s enrollment code (Please contact Mrs. Estes for our school code) which will link your account to Lumen’s.

    • Fill out the required information and click Register.

    • You’ll answer two challenge questions and provide answers.

    • Then you’ll be ready to order online and earn!

    • See the attached Family User Guide for more in-depth directions.

  • NEXT WEEK:  We will start selling various gift cards straight from our office.  Stay tuned for more details early next week!

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.  Our next order deadline will be on Friday, December 1st at 3pm

Schedule Change-Holy Day on December 8th:  The school will attend Mass on Friday, December 8th as it is a Holy Day of obligation.  We will adjust our school schedule as listed below:

  • Thursday, December 7th:  We will follow a Monday bell schedule

  • Friday, December 8th:  We will follow a Fri B Lent bell schedule so that we can attend Mass.  Dismissal is at 12:35pm.

Fall Sports Banquet:  On Friday, December 15th, we will hold a High School Fall Sports Banquet for cross country running, soccer, and volleyball from 6:30-8pm.  More details to follow soon.

Senior Memory Pages:  Senior Memory pages are due during the month of December.

  • If you or your parents/you are making your own memory page, it will be due December 21st, 2017.

  • If you plan on the Yearbook staff making your memory page, the photos for it are due December 1st, 2017.

If you do not have your memory pages submitted on time, they will not be featured in the yearbook. All submissions can be given digitally or hard-copy 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:

PVO News:

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Lumen Christi PVO would like to thank all of our parent volunteers for donating your time, talent, and treasure in order to benefit every student in our school.  A special thank you to those who have stepped up to take a lead role in one of our many PVO activities. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Mat-Su DAV Gun Show- This weekend! We still have a few spots to fill:  set-up on Friday, parking help on Saturday and Sunday, a few gate spots on Sunday, and clean up on Sunday.  We are also still in need of a future Lumen Representative/Point of Contact for the Mat-Su DAV Gun Shows.

  • Attic Fridays- Shifts we must fill to stay open:

    • December 8th 5-7pm Helper Shift

    • December 15th 4:45- 7pm Lead Shift

  • Sign up for your favorite Gala job-

    • Procurement callers are needed!  Earn double share hours from home!!  Letters will be going out to businesses the week after Thanksgiving.  Calls will start soon after but most of the calling with be in January.  Sign up today!!

  • Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 12th at 7 pm.  It’s Gala Meeting time!

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle (

Campus Ministry:

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

  • Great job everyone for collecting turkeys and stuffing for the needy. Turkeys were a last minute call and we collected enough for several baskets.

  • Please pray for all the families who will receive the blessing baskets.

  • Special thanks to Nathan Marshall for sharing his gift of music at school Masses!

  • We are so proud of the following students who have formed a choir for our Thursday Masses!   Garrett Renfroe,  Jeannie McConnell, Anika Beighle, Jaydin Dufrane, Jamie Estes, Halle faro, Nate Goodwin,  Wolfgang Goorchenko,  Karin Helgesen, Parker Klem, Kirstin Marshall, Luc Merrell.

  • Please sign up to participate in The Jingle Bell Run and The Polar Plunge. Students can find information on the bulletin board across from the main office. All family members and friends please come out and join our teams to raise money for The Special Olympics and the Arthritis Foundation.

  • If you cannot run or jump you can sponsor someone who is!!!

  • 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!

  • Advent is around the corner! Interested in forming an Advent Prayer Study group?  Contact Mrs. Loeffler: