Lumen News – December 19, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • December 19th – 21st: High School Basketball Tournament (details below)
  • December 28th: Lumen Alumni Basketball Game (2pm women, 4pm men)
  • January 6th: Classes Resume
  • January 6th:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • January 6th:  Start of Rifle Team Practice, 2:45-4:30pm
  • January 6th: Gala Meeting, 7-8pm
  • SAVE THE DATE:  January 28: 4th Annual State of the School, 6:30pm

Principal’s Update:   

Principal Ross’ attempt at a major motion picture on par with the new Star Wars movie–ENJOY:

Merry Christmas everyone!  See you in 2020!

LUMENary Drive:

Last week we were at 60% of overall financial goal reached, this week we’re at 60% of total Lumen Family participation! That’s. Amazing. Way to go, dedicated Lumen families. Remember that while we challenge every family to give or raise $500, any amount is welcome and we’d love to have 100% family participation. You can give easily on line through our website at  Select “click here” in the LUMENary Drive information; enter an amount, then click on “Continue” under “New Giver” (or sign in if you have an established on-line giving account.) It’s that easy!  There are so many reasons our school is amazing and the collective generosity of all who attend here is but one more. Heartfelt thanks.

Virtue of the Week: 

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is SELF-CONTROL: The strength to direct your emotions and desires for a greater good. The opposite of self-control is: UNRESTRAINT: The weakness of not being able to control one’s emotions, impulses, words and actions.

Campus Ministry:

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

  • Many blessings and prayers for you all this Christmas!!

  • Thank you Josh Van Tuyl, Anthony Rybicki, Karin Helgesen and Mrs. Gore for your beautiful instrumentation at our school Masses! All students who play an instrument, please come play!

  • In January we will begin planning for our Passion Play, all students welcome to be a part.

  • There’s still time 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:

  • Thanksgiving for the many blessings of this year!

  • Safety for all those travelling during the holidays

  • For those separated from loved ones during the holidays

  • 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 #Lumenproud:

The 2019 Lumen Christi Invitational High School Basketball Tournament started TODAY! This pre-season tournament features both girls and boys teams from Wasilla, Birchwood, Grace Christian and Nanwalek. Our girls played a tough first against Wasilla at 1p today and our boys take on Grace Christian at 7p tonight. The Friday line up = girls vs. Grace Christian at 3p and boys vs. Nanwalek at 7p. The tournament will wind up Saturday with both teams going up against Birchwood, 2p for our girls and 4p for our boys. There’s nothing better than holiday basketball so come out and cheer on our athletes!

Speaking of the tournament, we still need a bit of help taking tickets and selling concessions throughout the weekend. Please sign up and support the team here:

Finally, if you purchased an ARCH card during Back-to-School Registration in August (Arch cards get you into all home basketball games for free), those were distributed and your student should have brought it home…check their backpack if you haven’t seen it!

If you’re looking for more basketball fun after Christmas, the Annual Lumen Alumni Basketball games are on Saturday, December 28th. Anyone who ever attended Lumen is encouraged to come and join in, regardless if they played on the teams or not! Women play at 2p and men at 4p. This event is free to the public. Bring your parents (they would love seeing you play again) and your kids (do they know you ever played?).There will be door prizes and great T shirts for the alumni players. Come enjoy!

School Announcements:

Rifle Team

Mr. Ross is organizing a rifle team starting Monday, January 6th through early April.  Practices will be after school 2:45-4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. After learning proper safety and the three shooting positions, we will be practicing with air rifles in our gym (don’t worry, we have safe target backstops!) and competing against teams from across the nation–all through “virtual match” scoring.  Mr. Ross will hold a parent meeting at 4:30pm after practice on January 6th and provide more details.

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.

25thAnniversary Gala, February 8th, 2020

Merry Christmas from the Gala Team ~ Thanks for your ongoing support and volunteerism, we couldn’t do this without each and every one of you!

Phone Pics 

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. TOMORROW! 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, January 1st – Open Gym & Game Night! 7-9p in the Upper Room.

Junior High Youth Night:  Thursday, January 2nd, 6-8p in the Upper Room.