Lumen News – December 13, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec 14th:  9th Grade Retreat
  • Dec 15th:  Special Olympics Polar Plunge
  • Dec 15th:  Archdiocese Junior High Fun Day (details below)
  • Dec 18-20th:  Final Exams (see schedule below)
  • Dec 20-22 HS Lumen Basketball Tournament
  • Dec 21:  Christmas Break Begins
  • Dec 22:  “A Christmas Carol” at SEAS (details below)

Principal’s Update:

Each year we solicit student artwork for our annual Christmas card. Congratulations to Isabella Farro (class of 2019) and Mikayla Terry (class of 2020) for submitting the winning designs! These cards will be sent to our Lumen families and friends in thanksgiving for the past year and the next year to come.

It’s been a great (and exciting – think earthquake) year so far.

Good luck to all students as we head into finals week!

LUMEN-ary Drive:

LUMEN-ary Drive Update:  Good news!  We continue to slowly move towards our goal of $40,000. As of Wednesday, December 12th, we have cash-in-the-door of $26,209. Thank you to all who have supported this important campaign to date.  Please remember that a successful LUMEN-ary Drive is critical to our school’s financial stability. One of the ways to encourage greater participation in the LUMEN-ary Drive is to have your son/daughter send out a personal note to extended family and friends along with LUMEN-ary Drive information.  National ‘best practices” show that extended family members and friends are excited to help support the mission of Catholic education. To date, 31 families have sent a total of 55 personal notecards through the school, and recipients of these personal notecards have responded with a total of $4,000 It’s working!  Let’s work together to achieve our goal of raising the $40,000 by Christmas!   Thank you!

Campus Ministry:

  • Our Advent Penance Service was wonderful yesterday. Thank you to students, teachers and especially Fr. Tom Lily, Fr. Robert Whitney, Fr. Hank Grodecki, and Fr. Armand Dice, who heard confessions.

  • Our 9th grade Service Retreat is planned for this Friday, December 14 from  8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will meet in the Library after morning prayer. Morning sessions conclude at 11:30 for lunch and we leave for Brother Francis Shelter at noon.  Students will be back on campus at 2:30. Thank you parents for preparing lunch for our 9th graders!

  • It’s not too late – please join our team and take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics! Our jump time is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15. To register go to:

  • Take the Polar Plunge! Special Olympic Alaska

  • Click on Register or Donate

  • Click on “search”

  • Click on “team search”

  • click “Families of the Knights”

  • Click on “join the team”

  • Our boys’ basketball team will be starting their season this coming Monday with prayer and jersey ceremony. Please keep them in your prayers.

  • December 18th we will be having an evening of prayer and fellowship, and food for teens and parents!  Please mark your calendars. Further information to come.

  • We have Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15am in our Archangel Chapel, and each Thursday at 9am at St. Benedict Church. Please join us!

Youth Night is held at St. Benedict Church each Wednesday – all high school Lumen students are welcome! Several Theology teachers offer extra credit for Faith events attended outside school hours. Students can check with teachers.

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • The repose of the soul Blanca Partidas, aunt of Juan Ramirez

  • For the Ramirez Family

  • All first responders

  • All those recovering from the earthquake and its aftershocks.

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.

Archangel Sports Update:

Today! The Middle School Basketball Tournament which was interrupted by the earthquake resumes at 3pm today (girls) and 4pm (boys.) Come cheer the Archangels on over at the Arctic Rec Center (4855 Arctic Blvd, in between Tudor and International.)  This is a single elimination tournament – if our teams lose against Birchwood today they’ll be out of the tournament. If they prevail they’ll play for the Championship tomorrow at the Arctic Rec Center. Go Archangels!

Our High School team is still a go for hosting the Lumen Invitational Tournament on December 18 – 20.  The tournament will kick off at the Arctic Rec Center, with times to be announced.

School Announcements:

Missing Coats

When the earthquake hit two weeks ago, coats and sweatshirts that were easy to grab from the student room were distributed primarily to kids coming from gym class who were evacuating out into the cold, dressed only in shorts and a t-shirt.  Some students and one teacher are still missing coats and sweatshirts. If your student came home from school the day of the earthquake wearing something that didn’t look familiar, please return it to Mrs. Gore at the Front Desk so it can be returned to its owner.

Lost & Found

Speaking of lost items…there is a large collection of coats, hats, sweatshirts, lunch boxes etc hanging up in the student room for easy viewing, and hopefully reunification with their rightful owner! All items not claimed by Friday, December 21st will be given to the Archangel Attic.

Schedule Changes for Next Semester

Students who need any schedule changes for next semester need to see Mrs. Brewer ASAP. Please don’t wait until the last minute to let her know.

Online Course Work

Students taking online courses who need proctoring must schedule testing before the end of the semester. No one will be available during the holidays to do this. See Mrs. Brewer if you have questions.

Reminder: Finals Week!

Finals week (December 17-20) is right around the corner. The schedule for that week will be:

Monday – Normal Schedule, 7:45-2:30p.

Tuesday – Finals in Periods 1 & 2 with early dismissal at 11:15a.

Wednesday – Finals in Periods 3 & 4 with early dismissal at 11:15a.

Thursday – Finals in Periods 5 & 6 with early dismissal at 11:15a. (Note for interested Jr. High students: Mr. B. and the Big A/little a’s will be showing a moving in the gym for interested 7th & 8th grade students. If you student wishes to stay for this, they can be picked up at 2p instead of 11:15a.)

Friday – No school!

Thanks to those of you who signed up to bring in snacks for finals! Please drop all items off with Mrs. Gore at the front desk.

Does your Student Participate in sports outside of Lumen?

If your student does any type of sport – swimming, dance, martial arts, football, etc…outside of Lumen, please send a photo of them participating in their activity so that we can include it in this year’s yearbook. Please send the digital file to by Monday, December 17th.


LAST ONE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and the deadline is Friday, December 14 at 6pm. Gift cards make great Christmas presents so place your order online at If you’re setting up an account on for the first time, Lumen’s enrollment code is: B968B67E44853. Questions on the Scrip program can be directed to Celine at Thank you for supporting Lumen Christi’s fundraising efforts by purchasing gift cards through Scrip!

Class of 2019 Senior Memory Pages

SENIORS!! 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 22nd. 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 Monday December 17th. 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.

Calling All Photographers!

If you have pictures of your student participating in any sports, clubs, or Lumen-affiliated activities, please send them to Mrs. Spillers ( so that we can include them in our 2018-2019 Yearbook. Thank you!

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story will be presented over at our sister school St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 2p on Saturday, December 22nd. Recommended for ages 13 and older, tickets for the show are $15 and are available for purchase in both the St. Elizabeth and Lumen front offices.