Lumen News – April 18, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • April 19th:  Archdiocesan Faith Walk
  • April 19-22:  Easter Weekend (no school Monday, April 22)
  • April 23rd: Art Demonstration Day (details below)
  • April 27th: Parish Clean Up Day (last chance to earn service hours)
  • April 30th:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Science Day
  • April 30th: Lumen Christi “Dine Out” at Texas Roadhouse, 5pm – 8 pm (details below)
  • May 2:  Last School Mass w/Class of 2019, 9am
  • May 6:  Baccalaureate Mass, 7pm
  • May 9:  Class of 2019 Graduation, 7pm
  • May 20-22:  Final Exams
  • August 6th: Registration & Back to School Picnic, 2p-7p

Principal’s Update:   

During our Lenten almsgiving these past weeks, our students supported the Knights of Columbus’ “40 Cans for 40 days” drive by collecting over 1600 cans of food, over half of the total of over 3000 cans collected by St. Benedict’s Parish!  The cans went to fill the shelves at St. Benedict’s Outreach Pantry and Catholic Social Services St. Francis Food Bank. I was told that the workers at both locations were overwhelmed with gratitude when the cans were delivered, with one commenting that they now would have enough food to hand out for Easter meals for families in need.  Many thanks to the students who brought in cans and to the parents who made the stops at Costco, Carrs, Freddies, or Walmart!

Our 9th graders owe the 7th graders Moose’s Tooth pizza and root beer for losing the inter class competition, while the 7th graders also get a week of casual dress the week of April 29th for being the #1 class in the school for collecting over 650 cans towards our total.  Well done, Class of 2024!

In addition, during our Lenten lunches on Friday, we collected over $600 for the Children’s Lunch Box program at Bean’s Cafe.  This money came from our student and staff purchases of soup and bread donated by faculty members. A representative from the Children’s Lunch Box will be here in early May to receive the check from the school.

Finally, Archbishop Etienne will celebrate Baccalaureate Mass with our graduating seniors from Lumen as well as St. Benedict’s on Monday, May 6th, at 7pm.  We hope you will consider attending as we will be transferring the Light of Christ from the Class of 2019 to the Class of 2020 and praying over our graduates.

On behalf of the staff of our school, we wish you a blessed Easter weekend!

Virtue of the Week:

This week’s Sportsleader Virtue is RELENTLESS – The strength to continue striving for your goal when the going gets tough.

Campus Ministry:

  • Registration for ACYC (Alaska Catholic Youth Conference) 2019 is now open. ACYC is a gathering of Alaskan teens, young adults, parents, pastoral administrators, and parish staff members. It features both Alaskan and national Catholic musicians and speakers who will help teens live as missionary disciples in their communities, whether that be rural or urban. The week will include Eucharistic liturgies, reconciliation, workshops, a concert, and yes, fun! As Pope Francis tweets: “A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.” Teens who journey to ACYC will return radiating the joy of renewed faith and a strengthened desire to live as God’s disciples! For registration and more information, check out:

  • The Faith Walk is tomorrow, Good Friday, April 19th. Please plan to join us here at Lumen at 8:00a as we join with the St. Benedict’s parish members.  Or join your home parish, start times for all other parishes can be found here:

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week.

  • Our senior class as students prepare for finals and graduation

  • Teens who are struggling with faith

  • Return to a reverence for all life

  • Repose of the soul of All who have lost loved ones

  • All first responders

  • All families in crisis

Any prayer requests that families would like listed here in Lumen News and also in the Lumen Prayer Book of Intentions may be sent directly to Mrs. Loeffler.

LUMEN-ary Drive Final Update:

As we bring the 2018-19 LUMEN-ary Annual Fund Drive to a close I wanted to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to our School Board members (100 percent participation), Lumen faculty and staff (100 percent participation) and to the 32 school families who supported the LUMEN-ary Drive!  This critical annual appeal helps us to keep tuition affordable for our families. School families contributed a total of $23,890 toward a budgeted need of $40,000. With donations from Saint Benedict parishioners and other friends of Lumen Christi the grand total for this year’s drive is $48,592.  Thank you to families whose children have written to relatives and friends asking for their help in promoting and sustaining Catholic education. Best wishes for a moist blessed Easter Triduum. Thank you! — Fr. Tom

Student Spotlight:

Congrats to 7th grader Mackenna Bessler whose fast pitch softball team ‘AK Krush’ came in second at the Icebreaker Tournament in Richland, Washington last weekend. We love that our Archangels are so involved in on-campus activities, and off! Great job Mackenna, and cheers to AK Krush!

Hats off to senior Julianne Estes who represented Lumen at the All-Star Senior Basketball Tournament over the weekend as well.  Julianne’s team was ultimately overtaken by another, but we couldn’t be more proud to have had Julianne selected to play and represent our school. Way to close out your senior year Julianne!

Archangel Sports Update:⚽

Our High School Track & Field Athletes head to Seward on Tuesday, April 23rd for their first meet. We’re confident their early season training will pay off in spades as they take on other Southcentral teams. Results will be listed here next week!

We’re celebrating our High School soccer & volleyball athletes with a year end sports banquet on Wednesday April 24th, 6:30p here at the school. We’re so fortunate to have so many talented and committed athletes at Lumen.

School Announcements:

Senior Parents

Parents of upcoming graduates – your SmartTuition account must be paid in full prior to graduation. Please check with our Business Manager Danna Hoellering at 273-1553 if you have any questions.

Prom Help Needed

Mr. Palumbo could still use a few more volunteers to help set up and take down prom decorations, next Saturday night, April 27th. Let Ms. Gore in the Front Office know if you can help. Work off those last Share Hours that you just got charged for!

Speaking of prom…..Tickets are still on sale but the early bird price special is over. Tix are now $40/single and $70/couple, available for purchase in the Front Office.

2019-20 Art Classes

Ms. Rachael Androski who teaches an after-school Art Program at our sister school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will be teaching art as an elective for us next year. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 1:15-2:20p only, leaving the elective time slot from 1:15-2:20p on Wednesdays open for study hall. We’d heard from many who were interested in art were also reluctant to give up their study hall which they use to get a jump on homework, so this is the best of both worlds. Ms. Androski will conduct a hands on demonstration of work on Tuesday, April 23rd during 7th period for any students (or parents) who want to see what this class will look like next year! Please let Ms. Gore know ( if you think your student might attend so enough art materials will be on hand  (Reminder and fine print: you register for electives at Registration scheduled for August 6th; this will be a non-graded elective with an activity fee charged.)

2019-20 Uniforms

Our vendors school uniforms will remain the same for next year – Lands End and Tommy Hilfiger. We know there were issues with Tommy this year but have been reassured that they are ordering 175% overfill for most requested items so there should be no back orders or delivery delays like there were this year. They also indicated that they’re doing a major overhaul of their website for an improved online shopping experience. If you have any concerns or feedback (general or specific), please send them to and I’ll make sure those are shared with them.  They’ll get a second shot at our business for 2019-20 but if difficulties persist, we’ll look for a second vendor for 2020-21.

Got Dirt Yet?

Mrs. Brewer and Mrs. Craig are still looking for dirt for the Lumen vegetable gardens. If you have soil to share, contact either of them at  or  Thank you.

Rabbit Rabbit

Mrs. Craig is also still looking for a rabbit sitter for Jidor over the summer.  Bedding & food provided – contact her at if you can help.

“Dine to Donate” at Texas Roadhouse

Please consider eating out on Tuesday, April 30th at the Texas Roadhouse, 9100 Old Seward Highway. 10% of all proceeds will be donated back to Lumen! Vouchers are available in the Front Office to present to your server, or simply mention that you’re there in support of the school. Any meals purchased between 4p and 8p will be included. Please share this invitation with friends and family!


Still have share hours to complete? Two good opportunities remain:

  1. Prom Set up & Clean up: Set up is 10a – 1p and clean up is from 11p – 1a at Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood Street. Let Ms. Gore know if you can help:

  2. St. Benedict’s Parish Clean Up: St. Ben’s supports our school in so many ways, help support their grounds clean up on Saturday April 27th at 9a.  In the event the work is rained out, a back up day is scheduled for May 18th, also at 9a. No need to sign up, just show up ready to work.

National Honor Society Tutoring

Don’t forget – the National Honor Society has free after school tutoring every Wednesday from 2:30-3:30p. NHS members encourage any students with homework questions or who need help with math or writing assignments to stop in for additional help. This tutoring is offered in addition to what is available on Mondays in the Library.