Lumen News – April 9, 2020
Upcoming Important Dates:
- Friday, April 10th – Good Friday – no classes (“Attend” your choice of Good Friday Service)
- Monday, April 13th – Easter Monday – no classes
- Wednesday, April 15th – Parent/Principal Forum, 7pm. See below for details.
I hope you are having a blessed Holy Week and looking forward to the Triduum and the Resurrection. This is a very special week, to be sure. As Mrs. Loeffler mentions below, we might not be able to attend liturgies together, we can stay connected through the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Our third week of online distance learning has wrapped up, and overall, I think our students, teachers, and parents are doing very, very well. A couple of observations to consider for next week:
Teachers work hard to try and post a weekly schedule on Google Classroom by Sunday or Monday for each class. Students should make it a part of their DAILY (Monday-Friday) routine to check into their Google Classroom to see course requirements, updates, and teacher notifications.
If students are getting overwhelmed with the large number of email notifications, they can turn them off. Directions to do so are here: https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6141557?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
If students are getting overwhelmed with tracking assignments, we encourage them to use the Lumen planner issued at the beginning of the year. Most of our students use it as an organizational tool very effectively when in school–it is just as effective at home.
Next week, our teachers are committed to online learning right along with our students. The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) had to cancel their in person annual conference in Baltimore, but have established a virtual conference. This means all of us are able to “attend”! From April 14-16, each of our teachers will develop professionally alongside fellow Catholic school educators from around the country. Some sessions teachers have already signed up for include:
Integration of Effective Assessment into eLearning
Raising Digital Kids
The Space Between Us: Closing the Gap on Digital Learning
Meeting the Needs of All Learners
Preparing Resources for Remote Learning
Following the conference, we will share the best practices and lessons together as a faculty and staff in order to continue to provide a solid “Faith, Family, and Virtual Excellence” for our students!
Finally, I want to renew my commitment to hosting quarterly Principal-Parent Forums so that I can share directly what’s happening with the school, listen to your thoughts and feedback, and answer your questions. I will host a virtual Forum next Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm. We will send out Google Meet login directions next week, but plan to settle in with your favorite beverage and connect with other parents from our Lumen community. I hope to “see” you there!
On behalf of our school staff, we hope you have a blessed rest of your week.
During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, stay connected to each other through Christ.
Today we begin the Holy Triduum, in the most unique circumstances most of us have ever experienced. One of our students likened this Lenten season as being truly like Jesus’ time in the desert because we are physically separated from our communities, alone, and lacking the spiritual nourishment that comes with being together. As we move through these next few days towards Easter Sunday, let us be one with Christ in His suffering, isolation, and mission. On Easter Sunday let us be joyous that He came to redeem us and remember that through Him we will arise from out of all darkness. The link below has some great resources and information to enrich Holy Week for you and your family. Peace to you all during this Holy Week!
For Archdiocesan Holy Week Mass “Live Stream” links, click here: https://www.archdioceseofanchorage.org/easter/
Please pray for
Students, teachers and families who are working from home
Medical professionals and first responders
Those most vulnerable to illness
If you would like special intentions listed in Lumen News and Prayer Book of Intentions send them directly to Mrs. Loeffler. email@example.com
Yes – the Lumenary Drive is still a thing! As the long winter comes to an end, know that we want to finish strong and charge across the finish line that’s in sight….not limp across it with a whimper! We can do that with your help because we’re less than $900 from our goal. No amount is too small and every amount helps. If $25 is what you can do, wonderful. If $250 is what you can do, that’s wonderful too. If $2.5 million is in your budget – please drop that in a bag at the school and Ms. Gore will come and pick it up herself and get it straight to the bank. She promises. Seriously tho, we’re nearly there and while nearly 65% of Lumen families have participated in the drive, we still would love to have 100% participation and giving on line is as easy as pie – just click here: https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/199/DirectDonate/2946 Thank you for giving and helping – before you know it we’ll be across that finish line.
Culinary Arts Lessons
As mentioned last week, the lessons and menus from our Culinary Arts Intensive are now available to all students and their families. See below for the installments 3 & 4 and get those kids cooking.
Mrs. Craig is sad to ask, but she needs to find a permanent home for our beloved science rabbit, Jidor. She will no longer be able to keep him as she begins maternity leave and is looking for a loving family for him to join. Mr. Bauzon offered to let Jidore come and live in his stew pot but we know there’s a better place for Jidore for sure. Please contact Ms. Gore or Mrs. Craig directly: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in adopting this wonderful pet.
Next Week’s Schedule
There is no Advisory Check in on Monday, April 13th (no school as we celebrate Easter Monday).
Next Friday, April 17th will be a Friday “A” schedule.
As a reminder, the on-line class schedule has been posted to our website and is available here: https://www.lumenchristiak.com/
St. Benedict’s & Other Community Events:
St. Benedict’s Youth Group
All Lumen students regardless of Parish affiliation are welcome to join the St. B’s Youth Group.
The St. Ben’s vibrant youth group is still full steam ahead – join them on line and via Skype for 7pm Wednesday night get togethers! For Skype links, email Elise Martinez at email@example.com.
Additional Youth Group gatherings include the ProjectYM Live Youth Nights (every Sunday 4-5pm) and Divine Mercy Chaplet (Mondays at 3pm). Reach out to Elise for more information, or connect up through Facebook and Instagram.
Click here for FB:
https://www.facebook.com/stbensakyouth/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARA3QWDXHTFM5fU33H9_18QnaFKOylvZPhDw-JEoocACLgae5AB2fhBifRX5Z5HRLDp66Ly5mQDHktTt or search up “St Bens Youth AK” on IG.
The Lumen community has always been generous – parents, teachers, staff and students all rising to the occasion to help when asked and give when they can. During this extraordinary time there are many in our community with extraordinary needs. Let’s keep our tradition of student “Faith in Action” and parent “Share Hours” strong by helping out however we all can:
Clare House Shelter for Homeless Women & Children
Clare House is in need of:
Shampoo and conditioner
To keep clients, staff and donors safe, here’s how to drop off donations to Clare House:
Donations must be new and unused
Donations are being accepted from 10:00a – 5:00p, 7 days a week
Donors are asked to call ahead to Clare House at 907-563-4545 ext. 100
Staff will leave a receipt outside door before you arrive if requested
Please ring the buzzer and communicate through intercom when you arrive at Clare House (4110 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK 99517)
Staff will instruct you to leave the donation outside the door of Clare House
Once you have walked away and are at a safe distance, staff will collect donation
Saint Francis House Food Pantry
SFH is in particular need of:
Breakfast items (oatmeal packets are preferred)
To keep clients, staff, and donors safe, here’s how to drop off donations to SFH:
Donations must be new and unused.
Donations are being accepted from 9:00a – 4:00p on Fridays
Donors can leave donations in the shopping carts at the 20th Ave. side of the Catholic Social Services building (3710 E. 20th Avenue). If you would like a receipt, you can email Molly Cornish at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can scan and/or mail one to you
Bean’s has an emergency need for BLANKETS and is holding a blanket drive tomorrow, Friday, April 10th.
Twin sized or smaller blankets only (those are the only ones which can be accommodated through laundry services.
Only new or those laundered in high heat and bagged can be accepted.
Please drop off any donations tomorrow, April 10th at the Sullivan Arena parking lot (1600 Gambell / 16th Avenue side) from 10 am- 12 pm and again 2 – 4 pm. This will be a drive-thru style drop off, and you will receive a tax-deductible donation slip.
Thank you – and Happy Easter!
2 cups coarsely chopped cooked meat, such as kielbasa sausage, pork or chicken sausage, or 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon
Joy of Cooking
½ tsp. salt
1 cup milk
½ tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
8 slices thickly sliced bread
In a pie pan or flat-bottomed bowl, beat the eggs just until mixed together. Add salt, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
Working one slice at a time, dip the bread into the egg mix. Let it sit for a minute to soak up egg, turn it over, and let sit another minute.
Heat ½ Tbsp. butter in a frying pan (preferable non-stick). When the butter is melted and sizzles, lift the bread out of the egg mix using a slotted pancake turner. Let extra egg drip off, and then slide the bread into the hot butter. When the bottom is golden, flip it and brown the other side. Repeat with remaining slices of bread.
Serve with syrup, jam, applesauce, cinnamon sugar, fruit, peanut butter, etc. etc. Serves 4.