Lumen News – December 12, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • TOMORROW! Dec 13:  Archdiocesan Dodgeball Tournament, 7-10pm
  • Dec 16: Gala Meeting, 7pm
  • Dec 16: Dine out to Donate – Texas Roadhouse Basketball Fundraiser (details below)
  • Dec 17-19:  Final Exams – Early Dismissal @ 11:15a (details below)
  • Dec 20-January 5:  Christmas Break
  • SAVE THE DATE:  January 28: 4th Annual State of the School, 6:30pm

Principal’s Update:

Sometimes you just have to wait for the really good stuff!

Look for Principal Ross’s update tomorrow.

LUMENary Drive Update:

Wow – we’re thrilled with our progress to date and are happy to report that we’re at just over 60% of our total goal! That’s the highest percentage at this point in any of the last 3 year’s Lumenary Campaigns. We can’t thank each and every family who has donated enough, and would encourage those of you haven’t to consider giving a gift before the end of the year (hey, it’s fully tax deductible!) Remember that while we challenge every Lumen family to give $500 (or raise it by reaching out to family and friends) any amount is welcome and we’d love to have 100% family participation. Thank you again.

Virtue of the Week: 

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is Zeal: The strength to pursue an objective with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. The opposite of Zeal is “Settling for OK”: The weakness of avoiding extra effort to pursue greatness.

Campus Ministry:

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

  • Please remember the Moses and Estabrook families in your prayers as they celebrate the lives of their loved ones who recently passed away.

  • Don’t forget to join our team for the Polar Plunge!  The proceeds go to support Special Olympics in Anchorage. The last 3 years we had great student participation. Parents welcome too! Register at

    • Click on “register or donate”

    • Click in “register”

    • Accept waiver

    • Click “Join a Team”

    • Input our team name “Families of the Knights”

    • Fill out information

  • Please send Mrs. Loeffler news and activities happening in your parishes!

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • All affected by recent school violence

  • Our students as they prepare for exam week

  • Those without adequate food, shelter and clothing as winter approaches

  • All those who are living with a mental health condition

If you would like special intentions listed in Lumen News and Prayer Book of Intentions send them 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 #Lumenproud:

The Junior High Basketball season ended with their conference tournament last weekend. Our Archangel Warrior Boys finished up 3rd, and our Warrior Girls – FIRST! Way to go to all of our players with special shout out to 7th grader Amara Warren who was named Most Valuable Player for the Tournament! Congratulations Amara – we’re ever so proud of you.

Did anybody notice that Coach Trombley’s quote was missing from last week’s Lumen News? Here’s what was printed: “The High School Basketball season kicked off with a Rosary Rally and Jersey Ceremony on Tuesday night, thanks to all who came out in support of our teams. As Coach Trombley said as he handed out the boy’s jerseys “  .”   SORRY COACH!

Here’s the missing quote – and thanks for the words of inspiration for the team: “If a man does his best, what else is there.  General George S. Patton” We know both teams, the boys and girls have already been working hard in practice and will always strive to give their best.

Speaking of HS Basketball, the season kicks off with a tournament here at Lumen on Dec. 19th, 20th and 21st.  We need help in the Concession Stand, this is a great way to earn share hours and support the school – you’d be surprised how much money we raise through hotdogs, popcorn and slushies!  Please sign up here:

School Announcements:

Finals Week

The schedule for next week is as follows:

  • Monday (Dec 16th) – Normal Monday;
  • Tuesday (Dec 17th) – Finals for Periods One & Two with early dismissal @ 11:15a;
  • Wednesday (Dec 18th) – Finals for Periods Three & Four with early dismissal @ 11:15a;
  • Thursday (Dec 19th) – Finals for Periods Five & Six with early dismissal @ 11:15a;
  • Friday (Dec 20th) – No School! Start of Christmas Vacation!

*SNACKS For Finals Week*

Speaking of finals….per tradition, we’d love some help in providing small snacks that kids can munch on inbetween exams. Go-gurts, cheese sticks, muffins…The kids look forward to this tradition and love the show of support! Sign up here:

Blood Drive – This Sunday

Give the gift of life to someone this weekend. The Blood Bank of Alaska will be conducting a blood drive at St. Benedict’s this weekend from 8:30a – 12:30p. With parental consent, students can be donors too!  Just show up on Sunday, or get a jump on things and complete paperwork, sign consents & sign up for a time now:


Are you a Christmas gift-card giver? If so, then don’t miss this opportunity to order gift cards which directly $benefit$ Lumen. Old Navy, Gap, Cabelas, Visa, Fred Meyer, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Buffalo Wild Wings, Target…the list is endless! Place an online order for cards by Sunday, Dec 15th at 5pm and the cards will be in the Front Office to bring home on Thursday, December 19th, the last day of school. For each card you order, a rebate comes back to the school. Place your order at If you’ve never ordered with Scrip before, enroll at and enter code:B968B67E44853.

Questions on the Scrip program can be directed to Thank you for supporting the school by purchasing gift cards through Scrip!

National Honor Society /Food Pantry Drop 

There’s still time for students to join in on the NHS Hot Chocolate Drop & work party at the Food Pantry tomorrow. Mrs. Craig and NHS students will be leaving the school at 12:30 and returning to the school at 3:00p. Contact Mrs. Craig by email to give your consent for your student to participate:

Finally, NHS continues to offer free after school tutoring in any subject on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 in Mrs. Craig’s classroom with members of the NHS.  This is a great opportunity for quiet, one on one school work time for your student. All are welcome.

Spring Intensives/Electives

There’s still time to sign up for Spring Intensives & Electives.

*Art Elective with Mrs. Rachel Androski. Classes are held during 7th period on Tuesdays only, students attend Study Hall on Wednesday. Classes are open to all grades and begin on Tuesday, January 7th, run for all 18 weeks of the semester and end on Tuesday, May 18th. There is a $360 fee associated with this class which pays for Mrs. Androski’s time and all professional grade materials & supplies.

*First Aid/Safety/CPR Intensive with a certified trainer from Frontier Safety & Supply. Upon completion of this 2 week/4 class intensive, students will hold an American Safety Health Institute Certificate for CPR/AED & First Aid valid for 2 years. Classes are held on January 21/22 and January 28/29. Classes are for high school students only. There is a fee associated with this class but is dependent upon how many students enroll in it. Details to follow.

*Culinary Arts Intensive – back by popular demand! Lumen alumni mom Carol Sturgulewski will once again offer her kitchen skills for another 7 week/14 class program. Classes are open to grades 8-12 and run Feb 4 – March 25th. There is a $45 fee associated with this class which covers the cost of all fresh groceries used during class.

*Hunter/Gun Safety with Lumen parent/NRA member Clint Renfro. This is the same class taught by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and upon completion, students will hold a Lifetime Basic Hunter Certification. Dates are still to be determined but will likely start after Spring Break. This class is open to all grades and *may* have a small fee (less than $20) associated with it.

Fees for any/all classes can be added to your Smart Tuition Account. Please let Mrs. Gore know by the end of the semester if your student wishes to enroll in any of the above.

Dine To Donate – Boys Basketball Fundraiser 

Things are getting busy with the holidays so take a break from cooking on Wednesday, December 18th and head to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. Mention to your server that you’re there to support Lumen Christi’s Basketball Teams and 10% of your food bill will come back to support their tournament travel to Bethel in January!  See the attached flyer, below for more info.

Additionally, the Boys Team will be selling Texas Roadhouse Bread Coupons for $8/dozen. If you’ve never had the Tx RH rolls, they are NOT to be missed! Stop by the Office to purchase a coupon – once paid for you take the coupon to the Old Seward TX Rh inbetween December 20th – 24th and pick them up in person.

25thAnniversary Gala, February 8th, 2020

We have had a great response for attendance at the gala this year and are down to a few tables left!! We will be sending out our invitations to the community the first week of the New Year.  If you have indicated you would like a table or individual tickets, please contact the front desk to pay for your table/tickets by December 19th (before Christmas break). This will help us know exactly how many seats we have left to sell once invitations are mailed out.  Thank you!!

Contact us if you have questions- 273-1530/

Phone Pics 

Hey parents – we know you’ve been snapping pictures with your phones – if you’ve got any good ones of your student(s) please send them to Mrs. Spillers for inclusion in the yearbook. She’s looking in particular for pictures of them in any Lumen or non-Lumen sports and club activities. Please send them to Thank you.

Class of 2020 Senior Memory Pages

Now that your Senior Portraits have been submitted, it’s time to get working on your Senior Memory Page. Please adhere to the following due dates:

·  If you and your family opted to create your own Senior Memory Page, it is due Tuesday January 21st. This must be a digital file that is submitted to Mrs. Spillers. Price is $100.00. If you have yet to pay, please do so at the Front Office.

·  If you have chosen to have the Yearbook Staff create your Senior Memory Page, photos for your page are due Friday December 20th. These photos must be in digital format and submitted to Mrs. Spillers. Price is $150.00. If you have yet to pay, please do so at the Front Office.

St. Benedicts & Other Community Events:

St. Benedict’s Youth Group

All Lumen students are welcome, regardless of parish affiliation or faith background.

High School Youth Night: Wednesday, December 18th: Decorating the Rectory! 7-9p. Meet in the Rectory.

Junior High Youth Night:  Thursday, December 19th, 6-8p, Lumen Upper Room. Also – Jr. HIgh Fund Day at the Dimond Mall, Saturday, December 21st, 9a.