Lumen News – December 10, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec 14: On-line school day/Finals Prep – see below
  • Dec 15-17: Finals Week – see below
  • Dec 18: No School/Teacher Inservice
  • Dec 18-Jan 3: Christmas Vacation
  • Jan 4: Semester Two Begins
  • Jan 18: MLK Day, No School
  • Jan 26th: PSAT testing for 9, 10, 11th grades
  • Jan 31-Feb 6:  Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
  • Feb 2:  5th Annual State of the School, 7pm
  • Feb 6:  Mardi Gras Gala
  • Feb 10-11:  Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Feb 17:  Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
  • Mar 5-14:  Spring Break

Principal’s Update:

A copy of the Google Slide Deck from last night’s Parent/Principal Forum has been posted to Lumen Website and serves as this week’s Principal’s Update.

Campus Ministry:

Virtue of the Week: Selflessness

“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor,” 1 COR 10:24

Thank you to everyone who took part in Tuesday’s Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate conception! Carson, Gustavo, Jaydin D., and Sabrina proclaimed God’s word with grace. Hayden and Maggie sounded beautiful singing, Jonah’s violin brought a special beauty, and our servers, Tommy and Liam D., were wonderful examples of reverence and faith!

Students who would like to read and/or serve for our 8a.m. Masses, please contact Mrs. Loeffler. For weeks that we are remote learning on Friday due to COVID statu, we strive to schedule siblings to read and serve together in order to keep our students safe in social “bubbles.”

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • Thanksgiving for Nicholas whose surgery went wonderfully!

  • For Marissa, aunt of 7th graders Alli and Addi, who is preparing for surgery

  • For those experiencing homelessness and poverty as our winter approaches

  • For all medical workers and first responders

If you would like special intentions listed in Lumen News and Prayer Book of Intentions you can send them directly to Mrs. Loeffler or to the front office.

Archangel Sports:

!! Just in from Coach Warren:

High School Basketball is scheduled to start with practice on January 11, 2021 and conclude with the 1A State Championships set for March 31 – April 3, 2021.

We will be able to play our first contest on January 22, 2021 and will play as many games as we are able to schedule during the season.  The Region Tournament will take place the third or fourth week of March.  We will most likely be limited in our travel options this year but there will be more to follow as the schedule is created.  Thank you all for your continued support of our Lumen Christi student-athletes.

LUMENary Drive Update:

OK folks…we’re gettin’ there…

Our latest count shows that an amazing 45% of families have contributed to the Lumenary Drive to date.  This is awesome!  (Altho *cough cough* last year over 64% of families had dug just a little bit deeper and donated by this time.) We totally get that this is an extraordinary time however and want to remind you that participation is what’s most important, and not necessarily amount. I mean hey, we’re not going to turn down a million bucks, but truly whatever you can do is most humbly appreciated.

So what are our current numbers?  Well to start with, 32 school families have contributed $14,090. Twelve more ‘friends & family’ of families have contributed an additional $3,565, for a total of $17,655. That’s 47% of the total amount -> $37,070 <- donated to date!   Our. Families. Are. Awesome.

Remember it’s never too late to contribute, and there’s never an amount too small. You can pop a check in the mail or give easily on line:  Thank you for participating at a level that is right for your family.

Student/Family Spotlight:

In previous Lumen News editions, you’ll remember seeing shout outs to students who have done amazing things, both on campus and off.  We’re going to start extending that to families! Not just to highlight special events or feats, but also so that families can get to know families.  This crazy, isolated COVID world we find ourselves living in has meant fewer opportunities for families to mingle and get to know one another.

To that end….meet our first Spotlight Family, The Ortegas!

Justin started here as a 7th grader last fall, coming to Lumen from Government Hill Elementary.  This year he’s in the 8th Grade A Cohort and says that his favorite things about Lumen are the small classes because you get lots of help from teachers and that everyone is super nice. Josefina works at Providence; Adan is in construction and is currently working (sometimes at -40!) on the new F-35 fighter jet installation at Eielson Airforce Base up by Fairbanks.

Some of you know the Ortega family not because you’ve actually met, but because you enjoyed their homemade tamales 2 weeks ago. Adan was home from Fairbanks and Josefina had a few days off from work, together with their extended family they took a very long weekend to make 1200+ tamales which they sold at $20 a dozen and then donated all of the proceeds to the school.   We were amazed, awed and humbled by their superhuman efforts in support of the school. Adan reported that even though it was a LOT of work, the whole family came together to make this happen, and that shared family time was truly special.

Thank you Adan, Josefina, Justin and all of your family members! We’re so happy to have you as part of our Lumen community.

Front Office News: 


26th Annual Mardi Gras Gala & Auction Fundraiser

               Online Auction & “Live” Virtual Event – February 6th, 2021


After we get back from Christmas Break we start a 5 WEEK countdown!  Hopefully you got a chance to tune into our update during the Principal Parent Meeting last night.  If you missed it, here are some highlights, and attached you will find a timeline for our upcoming event. Thank you for your support!

·       LIKE, LOVE, INVITE, SHARE our event on our Lumen Christi Facebook Page-

·       Donate: Items, Gift Cards, Certificates for Dessert, Wine Share hours for all donations!!  SignUp Link:

·       Class Projects- be creative with the times, reach out with questions, the sooner they are done the sooner we can post them on Facebook!  Share hours for all the time you help coordinate!!

·       Questions or Ideas?  Contact the Gala Team –

Call for Pics

The Yearbook Team is still accepting photos to include in this year’s Yearbook. Stupid COVID cancellations means no spring and fall sports photos, Prom, Homecoming, Junior High Retreat and Community Service Project photos. If you’ve got pictures from the spring, summer and fall that highlight your student and/or your family that you’d like to share, please email them to Thanks!

Faith In Action (student) & Share Hours (parents) Opportunity

One of our Lumen families will be preparing cookie boxes for one of the local homeless shelters next weekend.  If anyone would like to contribute to their efforts by baking cookies to include in the boxes, the family – and the shelter recipients of course – would love it!

They’re looking for a wide variety of cookies, not just chocolate chip (altho for sure those are a favorite.) All cookies should be dropped here at the school next Thursday, December 18th – the last day of school.  Keep track of your hours….students will fill out their own Faith in Action form in their Advisory class, parents can simply email me with the time you’ve put in and I’ll record them for you.

Talented Student = Great Gift!

One of our talented 11th graders, Francesca Locke has designed St. Michael the Archangel stickers which are now available for purchase in the Office. The cost is $4.00 and Frankie is donating a percentage of all sales back to the school!  In addition to the stickers, she’s also got an assortment of Saint prints (Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Michael, the Holy Family & St. Patrick) which range in price from $20-$35 depending on type of paper and if you wish to have them in a mat/frame.  If you’re looking for great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, consider supporting Frankie’s endeavors!


Christmas Cards

Speaking of talented students….Congratulations to 11th grader Jamie Estes for submitting the winning entrant in our Christmas Card competition.  Jamie’s design will be featured on the school’s Christmas card that will be sent out to over 800 friends, families, supporters and Lumen Alumni. If you’re a family who sends out Christmas cards and are looking for inspiration, Jamie, as well as our two runner ups – Jonah Doniere (12th grade) and Lane Crosby (8th grade) are making their artwork available to any family who would like to use these designs.  (Costco is a great place to get cards done up quickly!)  If you use any of these designs (email me for high res copy), please credit the artist.  Thank you!

Jamie Estes, LCHS Class of 2022

Jonah Doniere, LCHS Class of 2021

Lane Crosby, LCHS Class of 2025

Many thanks to our other artists who participated – Shannon Howe, Alli & Addi Nelson & Bella Surles. We’re thankful that you were all willing to share your talents with us!

Shopping with Scrip = More Great Stocking Stuffers

One of Lumen’s fundraising opportunities is through the Scrip program, which allows you to purchase gift cards online at face value resulting in an instant rebate to the school.

Scrip recently made some major improvements to the program, including a handy app that lets you purchase and track gift cards from your phone. They are also sending the cards right to your door – no more order deadlines or school pick-ups!

This is a super easy way to support the school – just download the “RaiseRight Fundraising” App  ~ looks like this:

Then buy a gift card for $20 (or whatever amount you want) from literally hundreds of retailers and the school instantly gets a percentage of each purchase.

If you’re setting up an account for the first time, Lumen’s enrollment code is 24BE76C444853. Questions on the Scrip program can be directed to Lumen parent Celine Kaplan at Thank you for supporting Lumen Christi’s fundraising efforts by purchasing gift cards through Scrip!

Finals Week – Reminder: 

Monday, December 14th all students will be online. Students are encouraged to sign into their Google Classrooms and use the time to get last minute help before finals start the next day.    Teachers will have open office hours that day according to the following schedule:

  • Period 1: 8a-9a
  • Period 2: 9a-10a
  • Period 3: 10a-11a
  • Period 4: 11a-12p
  • Teacher Lunch Time: 12p-12:30
  • Period 5: 12:30p-1:30p
  • Period 6: 1:30-2:30p

The schedule for the rest of the week will be as follows:

  • Tuesday: Finals for Periods 1 & 2 with early dismissal at 11:15a
  • Wednesday: Finals for Periods 3 & 4 with early dismissal at 11:15a
  • Thursday: Finals for Periods 5 & 6 with early dismissal 11:15a


Thanks everyone! Have a great rest of week and weekend.