Lumen News – August 29, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 3rd – School Picture Day
  • September 9th – 13th Spirit Week
  • September 13th – Homecoming Bonfire – if conditions allow (High School Only)
  • September 13th – Junior High Movie Night –  details to follow (Jr. High Only)
  • September 14th – Homecoming Dance (High School Only)

Principal’s Update:

It’s been busy at the school as we kicked off our electives (Debate, Art, Yearbook) and our inaugural intensive (Basic Automotive Skill Building) this week. For Debate, we’re excited to welcome back Mrs. Kelli Reed, long term LCHS substitute who will be coaching the debate team as they learn to think on their feet, develop sound and logical arguments, hone research skills as well as increasing their understanding that there are often multiple valid sides of an argument on most important issues.

For Art, we’re thrilled to welcome Mrs. Rachael Androski who studied Fine Arts at both the University of Iowa and the New York Fashion Institute of Technology. Mrs. Androski also teaches art at our sister school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and we can’t wait to start displaying artwork in the hallway from our her students!

Mrs. Spillers is once again heading up our yearbook team, and student photographers have already been spotted all over campus snapping pics of students for yearbook pages.  And finally, many thanks to Kurt Adler, owner of A+A The Shop, Alaska’s Independent Subaru Service for volunteering his time to teach automotive basics to 10 high school students. Staff are already hoping that when it comes to the oil change and tire rotation class, that they’ll be able to offer up their vehicle for demonstration purposes!

Campus Ministry:

The Campus Ministry Office is located in the school library, students and parents are always welcome to stop by!

  • Please pray for our seniors who are on retreat next today and tomorrow.

  • There will be a Sports Rosary next Tuesday, September 4th during lunch.

  • Our High School retreat is Thursday and Friday, September 19th and 20th.

  • Calling all musicians and students who love to sing!!!  Come join our School choir! Please see Mrs. Loeffler in her Library office.

  • Sign up sheets for Friday service hours at The Archangel Attic can be found on the bulletin board across from the Front Office. Students please sign up – this is a great way to get a jump on Share Hours!!

  • All eligible students are invited to be trained as altar servers for our school Masses. Interested students please see Mrs. Loeffler.

  • We invite all confirmed Catholic students to serve as Extraordinary Ministers. See Mrs. Loeffler for more information.

  • If you know of a worthy cause in need of volunteers let us know so we can get the word out!

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  •  Victims of wildfire

  • First responders to the fires

  • Victims of violent crimes

  • Our national and world leaders

  • For the sick and infirmed

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.

All are invited to join us for Mass at 7:15 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays Fridays in our School Chapel.

Pray for Peace. Act in Peace.

Archangel Sports Update:


While both the Junior High and High School teams were bested by Wasilla Lake on Tuesday, both teams played well and continue to ‘gel’ as a team as the season goes on! Our next games are Tuesday, September 3rd against Holy Rosary Academy. Games will be at Kincaid on the turf field, Jr. High faces off at 4p and High School at 6p. Students who come to cheer on their classmates get a dress down day on Wednesday the 4th!

Junior High will have a second game next week, taking on Anchor Lutheran at Kincaid but on the grass field.  Time is still TBD, watch for an update.

School Announcements:

Archangel Attic

Want to get a jump on your required Share Hours? Take a look at your calendar and then commit to helping at the Archangel Attic! 100% of proceeds go towards reducing Lumen tuition so your volunteer hours help not only the school but your wallet as well. Sign up to help here:


Save the Date-Our 25th Anniversary Gala will be on February 8th, 2020!  New to Lumen? The Gala is our premier fundraising event for the year and simply can’t come together without the support of all Lumen families! Helping out is easy to do:

  • Sign up to volunteer –

  • Anyone that signs up to volunteer by TOMORROW August 30th will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon ($25) or Kaladi ($10) gift card!!

  • Think about items or experiences you can offer to auction off. There will be more information coming about that, but it’s a good time to start thinking about it.

  • If you have questions contact us in the Gala Office- 273-1530 or

Future Auction Chair – Both Auction Chairs (Danielle Rybicki and Julie Irving) have students in High School this year. We’re looking for someone interested in shadowing them this year and eventually taking over a chair position. If you’re interested, please talk with either of them or with Mr. Ross.

Photos * Pictures * Photos * Pictures 

School Picture Day:

Picture Day is next Tuesday September 3rd. Please come “dressed to impress!” If you filled out a picture form, please have your student hand them into his/her advisor or Mrs. Spillers (Room #111).

Calling Proud Parent Photographers!

Does your student participate in any outside sports or physical activities? Please send a photo of them participating in that sport to Mrs. Spillers (

Senior Portraits:

Please submit your senior portraits to Mrs. Spillers ( by October 31st.

Upcoming Junior High Retreat

Junior High will have an in-school retreat on September 19th & 20th. Lumen will charge your SmartTuition account $25 to cover costs associated with the two day retreat including lunch & snacks, bowling, Anchorage Museum entrance fee and rental vehicles.  We also ask that students bring in 2-3 no longer used t-shirts for a service art project.

Thursday, September 19th:

Students will attend mass and participate in service and art projects.  Students should arrive at school in their uniforms, or Friday polos to attend mass; they can change into Lumen wear (sweatshirts or t-shirts) after mass if they want. Students will participate in a variety of service and art projects for the remainder of the morning.  Lunch and snacks will be provided. After lunch, we will walk to Jewel Lake Bowl and go bowling as a group. Pick up is 2:30 pm.

Friday September 20th:

Students will be off campus for Friday, but we will meet at school at 7:45.  They are able to wear Lumen wear and layers are encouraged. Friday morning the students will work at the Anchorage cemetery doing routine lawn maintenance/clean up.  After a hot chocolate and snack break, the students will walk to the museum for the afternoon. Please provide a packed lunch (no microwaveables please) for your child.  Pick up is 2pm.

Chaperones are needed for our Friday activities. We are also looking for extra rakes and carpet cutters for our time at the cemetery.  If any parents are interested in volunteering or have questions, please email Mrs. Craig:

National Honor Society 

The National Honor Society is now accepting applications to those eligible students for the 2019-2020 school year. If your student has been at Lumen for more than 3 semesters and has a cumulative GPA greater than a 3.5 they may be eligible to join the NHS.  The National Honor Society supports multiple ongoing community service opportunities and would enjoy new, interested members. Please see Mrs. Craig for any questions or for an application. Application deadline is Monday, September 16th. The induction ceremony will be held on Tuesday Oct 1st at 6pm in the library.

Community Service Opportunity

Lumen students have a reputation as hard working, conscientious and polite volunteers so it’s no wonder requests for help come in from all over the community! Our first request one of the year arrived this morning from the Salvation Army who is in need of volunteers for their 20th Anniversary “Teddy Bear Tea” fundraiser on Saturday, October 6th.  There are two shifts that need volunteers: morning (7a – 11a) and afternoon (11a-3p.) Please call Anna Woods at 223-5359 (cell) or 345-7010 (office) if you can help. Community Service Opportunities are a great way for families and students alike to start fulfilling annual Share Hour obligations!

Thanks – have a great rest of week and weekend.