Lumen News – February 13, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Feb 13-14th: Early Dismissal at 12:20p (Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • Feb 13th-14th:  Parent Teacher Conferences (see schedule below)
  • Feb 13th:  Principal-Parent Forum, 7pm (see details below)
  • Feb 14th-16th:  St. Benedict High School Winter Retreat
  • Feb 18th: 5:30 Girls/7:00 Boys Basketball Games vs. South High JV
  • Feb 19th:  25th Anniversary Planning Meeting, 7pm
  • Feb 22nd:  Junior High Fun Night, 4-6pm (after last volleyball games)
  • Feb 22nd:  Valentine’s Dance (High School), 8-11pm
  • Feb 25th:  Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner and Open House, 5:30-8pm
  • Feb 26th:  Ash Wednesday (All School Mass at 9am)
  • Feb 27th:  Basketball Senior Night vs Birchwood, 5:30pm (girls), 7pm (boys)
  • Feb 29th:  Fur Rendezvous Parade, 10:30am
  • Mar 2nd:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • Mar 3rd: Post Gala/Wrap Up Meeting, 7pm
  • Mar 6th:  Inservice Day (No School)
  • Mar 7th-15th:  Spring Break
  • Apr 3-4:  Spring Drama Production at APU

Principal’s Update:

This week we wish Class of 2022 sophomores Vaeda Michaelson and Jack Murkowski GOOD LUCK as they compete in the Alaska State Debate Championships in Juneau.  After a 2nd place finish at a recent debate at Service, Jack and Vaeda are posed to put Lumen back on the DDF (Drama, Debate, Forensics) map.  Good luck Archangels!

For the past several weeks and as part of our spring enrollment marketing campaign, we have been paying to boost ads and other materials about the school on Facebook.  One of these launches is our new marketing video which was shown for the first time at the Gala. This video is a great tool to share with potential families and emphasizes that an education at Lumen Christi goes far beyond the required public school curriculum. If each family could SHARE the below link on their own Facebook page, we can likely make a big impact in attracting new students and families.  The more internal/organic SHARES we have, the farther our paid boost will go. So please SHARE!

And finally, Gala – what a wonderful night it was! I would like to thank everyone who supported the event in so many ways, from procurement, to basket making, to set up, tear down, and everything in between.  I would be remiss in not specifically mentioning Danielle Rybicki, Julie Irving, and Michell Goodwin for their above and beyond, extraordinary work as well – without them there wouldn’t be a Gala.  While the final numbers are not yet in, the preliminary figures show we did very well towards our goal, especially in tuition scholarship monies. Well done Lumen community!

LUMENary Drive Update:

Speaking of well done Lumen community, we jumped from 93% to 94% this week, slowly and surely we’ll make it to our 100% goal!  In addition to our 100% of goal mark, we also hope for 100% family participation but we seem to be holding right at 61%. If you haven’t contributed yet, now’s the time, and remember no gift is too big or too small $20 million or just $20 – it’s all good!

Virtue of the Week: 

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is DIGNITY:  The strength to be worthy of respect and honor. The opposite of dignity is DEGRADATION: The weakness to disrespect, bully or dishonor others.

Catholic Schools Campaign Update:

The “I Love My Catholic School” student letter writing campaign is working! Here are a few testimonials we received this week:

“In response to the letter from (student) that we received last week, a donation has been made to Lumen Christi. Study hard!”

“I was so touched by the letter I received from (student). The transformation in (student) over the past three years has been amazing. Thank you for all you do.”

So Thank You parents, for helping your students get those cards out the door. Spreading the news about our amazing school is a top priority and there’s no better way to do that than through 1:1 conversations be they face to face, electronically or hand-written.  Keep up the good work.

Campus Ministry:

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

“Laugh and grow strong!” St. Ignatius

  • St. Benedict Youth Retreat starts tomorrow, Fri. Feb 14th and ends on the 16th. There is still room! Contact Elise Martinez at 273-1541 for more information.

  • Our tenth grade retreat has been rescheduled to Friday, April 24th, at The Holy Spirit Center.  We are looking for a parent to organize lunch for the class.

  • Mikayla Terry is our featured senior this week in the St. Benedict Parish bulletin’s “Senior Spotlight.”

  • We are now signing up volunteers for our Passion Encounter, Mardi Gras Dinner and Stations of the Cross. Have your student contact Mrs. Loeffler if interested.

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

Prayer Spot

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • For the Helgesen and Goerisch families as they mourn the loss of grandparents.

  • For health and healing of the sick in our school and greater community.

  • For peace among all nations and peoples.

  • For those without adequate food, shelter and clothing throughout the winter.

  • For 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 with Peace.

Archangel Sports Update:

We’re hosting a Junior High Volleyball Rally TODAY in the gym! Watch here next week for an update on play. We continue to be proud of our 7th & 8th grade Archangel athletes.

It’s been a busy basketball week with games Monday (v. Anaktuvuk Pass) Tuesday v. Birchwood) & Wednesday (v. Noatak). The Girls were so close to a victory Monday and lost by a mere 4 points! It was neck & neck for the Boys in the first half of the game but they pulled out a victory in the end. Tuesday against Birchwood saw similar results with the Girls taking a loss and the Boys, a win. On Wednesday as the teams battled Noatak, the tables were turned and the Girls came out on top but the Boys took a hit and went down against the Lynx.

There are only 2 home games left before the season ends in tournament play: Tuesday the 18th (vs. South High School JV) and Thursday the 27th (vs. Birchwood.)

**Of special note regarding last Monday’s game: Anaktuvuk Pass shares a school district with the village of Kaktovik, who lost their school and community hub in a devastating fire this past weekend. A Go-Fund-Me Page has been set up to aid in it’s reconstruction – please give generously if you can:

School Announcements:

Parent Teacher Conferences – TODAY!

As a reminder, Parent Teacher Conferences are today, February 13th from 3p – 7p and tomorrow, February 14th from 1p – 4p. This is a great time to talk to your student’s teachers one on one. See you in the Student Room.

Principal/Parent Forum – TONIGHT!

Thoughts? Questions? Concerns? Ideas? Come and share them all with Principal Ross on Thursday, February 13th at 7p. Yes, this is directly after the first day of Parent/Teacher Conferences.  You might as well stay and make an evening of it. Wine served starting at 6:30p.

25th Anniversary Gala

THANK YOU to everyone that helped to make this event a great success!!  The evening was a celebration of our community coming together to support Catholic Education.  We couldn’t be more blessed with a sold out event and great bidding!!! THANK YOU!

WRAP UP MEETING – Tuesday March 3rd @ 7pm in the Library.   Whether you volunteered in the weeks and months leading up to the event, volunteered during the event, or attended the event, now is the time to share our successes and what we can improve upon for next year. Earn a fundraising Share Hour for attending!  PLEASE MAKE TIME TO ATTEND THIS LAST MEETING – ALL INPUT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

PSAT Testing

9th, 10th & 11th Grade Parents – On Monday, Mrs. Brewer handed out results from their October PSAT tests to bring home. If your student did not share those with you, please ask them to retrieve it out of their locker or bottom of backpack!

Senior Slide Show

Attention senior parents: In preparation for graduation (ahhhh! it’s coming!), please send Mrs. Spillers a photo collection of 10-20 pictures of your graduating senior. These typically range from when they are little to their current age. Please send by February 28th to Thank you!

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, February 19, Ice Skating & Hot Chocolate; 7-9p, meet in the Upper Room.

Junior High Youth Night:  Thursday, February 20th, 6-8p in the Upper Room.