Lumen News – August 16, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • August 20th:  First Day of School (see schedule below)
  • August 22nd: Back to School Night (Parents Only) 7p
  • August 23rd:  2:30pm Dismissal (see below)
  • August 29th/30th: Senior Class Retreat (offsite)
  • September 3rd: School Pictures
  • September 9th-13th: Homecoming/Spirit Week

Principal’s Update:  

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the families who attended Registration on August 6 and those that came to Junior High Orientation night on August 15th.  Thanks again to Mr. Joe Law from Nenana Creative Arts who graciously made the awesome BBQ ribs, chicken, and hamburgers for Registration. We can’t wait for the school year to begin and we look forward to the safe return of all our students next week!

Archangel Sports Update:

Our High School Soccer season is underway with the first away game (in soggy Delta Junction) under our team’s belt. Despite a loss, the team is looking forward to their second game tonight, Friday, against Birchwood at 6p. Go Archangels – we’ll be cheering you from afar and hope the weather improves for you!

School Announcements:

First Day of School (Tuesday, August 20) Schedule:

7:44am:  Warning Bell

7:45-8:10 am:  Advisory

8:15 am:  All students in gym for orientation

8:15am-8:50am:  First Day Orientation All School in Gym

(staff intro, Student Leadership Board intro, Icebreaker)

9:00-9:55am:  Mass at St. Benedict Church

(followed by the Light of Christ procession into our school)

10:00-10:30am:  Period 1 (Blessing of classrooms during this time)

10:35-11:05am:   Period 2

11:10- 11:40am:  Period 3

11:45-12:10pm:  Lunch

12:15-12:45pm:  Period 4

12:50-1:20pm:    Period 5

1:25-1:55pm:      Period 6

2-2:30pm:           Advisory

2:30:                   Dismissal

****Parents are encouraged to meet with other parents for coffee and doughnuts in the gym after drop-off at 7:45 and attend 9am Mass as well.  Bishop Bellisario, the Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese, will be celebrating our opening Mass on August 20th and we would love to have families and friends of our Lumen students in attendance.

First WEEK of School Schedule: 

In order to allow students to attend all of their classes in the first week of school, Wednesday, August 21 through Friday, August 23 will be Monday bell schedules (refer to the Bell Schedule that was included in your Registration packet, or check in at the Front Office for clarification.)  The most important take-away for parents is that Friday will be a 2:30pm dismissal, instead of 12:20pm.

Safe Environment Training:

As a reminder, any parent or guardian who wishes to volunteer at the school must submit background check paperwork and complete an online “Safe Environment” training. Background check paperwork is available in the office and takes less than a minute to fill out. The link to complete the online training  can be found here:

Student safety is paramount at Lumen, thank you in advance for making sure your paperwork is completed and/or up to date! Note: if you wish to volunteer at the Archangel Attic as a means to completing Family Share Hours, you must submit background check paperwork only, no online training is required. Please let Ms. Gore at the Front Desk know if you have any questions.

School Picture Day: 

School Picture day is almost here! School photos will be taken on Tuesday September 3rd. Please send your child in their best uniform – clean, groomed, and polished! Photo request forms will be sent home at the beginning of Week #2. Any questions? E-mail:

Senior Portraits:

Senior Portraits are due on Thursday October 31st. Fall is a wonderful time to take photos if you have not gotten around to it yet. Please submit a digital file to when you have them completed.

Free Concert:

John Paul Von Arx – a Country & Christian Music siger will give a free neighborhood concert at 6p onFriday, August 23rd outside of the school. Free hotdogs and lemonade!


Within a few days you’ll be seeing an email from “Sign Up” and a text message from “Remind” – these are two on-line systems that we use to communicate with parents, besides this weekly newsletter. We hope you don’t feel inundated with information from us, but we’ve found that having multiple ways to communicate has the widest reach across our parent spectrum.

Enjoy these last few days of summer vacation, but don’t forget about coffee and doughnuts in the gym on the first day of school!