Lumen News – 03/23/2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • March 29th:  ½ day for Holy Thursday (Friday A schedule)
  • March 30th:  No School, Good Friday
  • April 2nd:  No School, Easter Monday
  • Apr 5th:  Open House and Family Pizza Night, 6-8pm
  • April 11th:  PSAT-JH Testing
  • April 17th:  Archbishop Etienne Listening Session about Catholic Schools, 7pm
  • April 24th:  PVO Meeting, 7pm
  • April 28th:  Junior/Senior Prom
  • May 9th:  Baccalaureate Mass, 7pm
  • May 10th:  Graduation, 7pm
  • May 21st, 22nd, 23rd:  Finals
  • May 24th & 25th:  Teacher Inservice

From the Principal:

Welcome back from Spring Break!  Can you believe we are a little over 9 weeks away from end of the school year?

Even though we have been on break, Lumen has been in the news a lot lately and our students are being recognized for some awesome accomplishments!  The Catholic Anchor recently published an article highlighting some of our enhancements to our Catholic identity:

The Alaska Dispatch News had a great article showcasing our high school girls’ basketball team’s historical advance to the 1A State Basketball Championships during Spring Break:

Two of our student athletes, Nyadeng Puoy and Andrew Bennett, were named to the Knight’s Taxidermy/Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches All-State Teams.  The Channel 11 KTVA story is here:

Today, Class of 2018 Senior Maeve Bakic was honored with two awards.  First, she received the Wendy’s High School Heisman Female State Finalist Award for “giving back to her community, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.”  Additionally, Maeve was awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her excellence in volunteer service to the local community. Congratulations Maeve!

Our Lumen Pride is shown each and every day, and I hope you share the above news stories with friends, family, and prospective students.

This week, our students were privileged to hear from Mr. Thomas Awiapo, from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), who spoke about the life-changing benefits he received from the CRS Rice Bowl program.  Although we are already sacrificing our sugary drinks to raise money for the H20 Project during Lent, I further challenged our students to each raise $20 in loose change for their Rice Bowls. I hope you will help your son or daughter in this almsgiving, prayer, and sacrifice effort.

Finally, our students attended the Lenten Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, where we heard sacred scripture and had the opportunity to go to penance/confession.  In a deeply spiritual ceremony, our students sat quietly as they awaited the chance to speak with a priest. Once finished, our students placed a lit candle on the altar at the base of the Blessed Sacrament.  The silence in the church was clearly deafening; most of us are not used to sitting silently for over an hour. As the quote to the right suggests, in our hectic lives, we should take these moments of silence to ask the big questions or ponder the meaning of our existence.  I hope Tuesday gave your son or daughter that essential time during this Lenten season of spiritual preparation for Easter.


NEW!  2018-19 School Calendar:  Attached to Lumen News is the 2018-19 school calendar.

Order Deadline Monday!  Scrip:  Our next order deadline is Monday March 26th.  Place your order online at or fill out the attached order form and return it to the office.  If you decide to set up an account on, please contact the office for Lumen’s enrollment code.

Reminder 2018-19 SY Registration Packets:  Registration packets were sent home before Spring Break.  Please let Mrs. Estes know asap if your student has not given you the packet.  Be sure to turn in your packets and the $100.00 commitment fee before 3/28/18.  Commitment fees paid after 3/28/18 will increase from $100.00 to $250.00. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Up-Coming Spring Open House:  Please spread the word about our upcoming Open House and invite families you know with children entering grades 7-12.

  • April 5th from 6-8pm

  • Pizza dinner will be served.

  • Don’t forget that there is an Incentive Discount available:  A family or household who has referred a student to Lumen Christi will receive a $500 incentive discount per student referred who has successfully enrolled at Lumen Christi, up to $2500 per school year.  Referred families must specify the referral at the time of registration for the current family to receive this discount.

Deadline Approaching-Parent Share Hours:  Please update your parent share hours by recording them in the book or by emailing details to Mrs. Estes no later than April 11th.  Mrs. Estes will give our Business Manager, Danna Hoellering a list of incomplete hours. Incomplete parent share hours will be billed to your Smart Tuition account in May.  If you complete volunteer hours after April 11th, please let Mrs. Estes know and Danna will make adjustments to your Smart Tuition account. Please Note:  The PVO section of this newsletter has a list of 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.

Junior-Senior Prom:  Lumen’s Junior-Senior Prom will be on April 28th.  Michell Goodwin is organizing details for decorations and is in need of 8 empty pickle jars approximately the 32oz size.  We will also need volunteers to help decorate, set-up and clean-up. Please let us (or Michell Goodwin) know if you are able to help.

JH Testing-PSAT:  Please note the date has changed from what our calendar says for JH testing.  Our new testing date will be on April 11th. 7th & 8th grade classes will have testing first thing in the morning.  It is really important for your student to eat a good breakfast and arrive to school on time. Students will not be allowed into the testing area once it has begun.

Listening Sessions with Archbishop Etienne:  Archbishop Etienne is interested in hearing from as many people as possible about our mission as a Church here in the Archdiocese of Anchorage.  Please see the attached flyer for schedule and locations. The Archbishop will have a special listening session to hear about our Archdiocesan Catholic schools here at St. Benedict’s on Tuesday, April 17th at 7pm.  More information will be sent out later.

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:

Good Friday Faith Walk:  The Good Friday Faith Walk is on March 30th, 2018.  Please click on the following link for more information on start times and locations:

ACYC 2018:  ACYC will take place from June 3-6th.  Registration opens on April 1, 2018. Click the following link for more information:

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:

Get your final share hours!!  There are very few share hour opportunities left this school year!


  • Help needed for 5-7 pm shift THIS FRIDAY MARCH 23rd, APRIL 13, APRIL 20 and all shifts APRIL 27th. Please sign up!


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

  • Special Events Concession Stand Helper

Our next and Final PVO Meeting of the year will be Tuesday, April 24th at 7pm. (Please note the date change.)  Please join us to look back over this school year and start planning for the 2018-19 school year.

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!

  • Next Thursday, March 28th is Holy Thursday.  All high school students are invited to attend the overnight retreat here in the Lumen Christi gym. Youth group will meet at the 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper, and conclude with the Faith Walk, leaving from the school parking lot at 8 a.m. the next morning (Good Friday).. More information is on the Campus Ministry bulletin board in the main hall.

  • We invite you to Holy Week Services at St. Benedict Church next Thursday – Saturday. The Holy Week Schedule can be found below.

  • Holy Week schedules for all Catholic Parishes in Anchorage can be found on the Campus Ministry bulletin board.

  • The blessing bags put together by seniors will be available through Holy Thursday.  Please come take what you can use, or send a not with your teen.

  • Our last student led and planned Stations of the Cross of the year is this Friday.  We begin in the gym at 9 a.m. Please join us!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Peace

  • Safety for all students

  • Victims and their families  of the Florida shooting

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

  • Comfort to the families of those who have passed away, especially the sister of Marcy Adkins

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

  • Respect for all life