Lumen News – February 14, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Feb 14/15:  Parent-Teacher Conferences (schedule below)
  • Feb 15-17:  St. Benedict’s High School Retreat (open to all high school students)
  • Feb 18th:  President’s Day-No School
  • Feb 21st:  Monday Schedule (No School Mass due to Priest Convocation)
  • Feb 23rd:  Fur Rondy Parade (details below)
  • Feb 25-Mar 1:  Spirit Week (Basketball Teams head to Regions)
  • Mar 5th:  Spring Open House and Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner, 6-8pm
  • Mar 6th:  Ash Wednesday (start of Lent)
  • April 4th:  Spring Open House and Pizza Dinner, 6-8pm
  • April 9th:  Principal-Parent Forum, 6:30pm (library)

Principal’s Update:

We had a successful Winter Wonderland Gala last Saturday and a good time was had by all.  We raised money for our Fund a Project, for our Tuition Scholarship Fund, and for general operating purposes.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who help set up, take down, procure, disburse, serve, decorate, and organize the event, especially Danielle Rybicki, Julie Irving, and Michell Goodwin.  We are so very blessed to have great parents here at Lumen. And our students shined through their selfless service to the community as well. Great job everyone!

Last week, I issued a “30-day Challenge.”  I’ve taken Gala off but added the Fur Rondy Parade:

  1. Invite a prospective family to our Open Houses on March 5 and April 4.  NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM:  For each new family that you bring to our Open Houses, a $25 credit will be rewarded to your tuition account (maximum credit of $100).

  2. Support the LUMENARY Drive

  3. Sign up to work a Friday shift at the Archangel Attic

  4. Submit a positive review of the school online on Great Schools, K12 Niche, Private School Review, and Google.  Those families that provide reviews will be entered to receive $50 off your tuition!

  5. Come on out and walk or ride our school Fur Rondy parade float on Saturday, Feb 23rd.

  6. Make a commitment as a family to attend morning Mass at 7:15am as available.

Finally, our re-enrollment campaign is underway and overwhelmingly positive.  At this point, we have over 80{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe} of our families committed to returning next year.  Thank you for your quick response! Next week, we will extend a similar offer to prospective families.  The great news is that our incoming 7th grade class is already filling up, even before our two Open Houses in March and April.

We wish you a restful weekend!  God bless!

Virtue of the Week:

The Sports Leader Virtue of the Week is ENDURANCE:  The strength to suffer through adversity with courage.  A quote about ENDURANCE:

“In order for there to be ups, there must be downs. Remember all your failures so when you succeed you can look back and have pride that you had strength enough to overcome.”

– Anonymous

Campus Ministry:

  • St. Benedict winter retreat is this weekend Feb. 15 – 17. There is still room, so please join us! Registration forms are in the school office..

  • We are begin planning for our March 5th Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner.  Volunteers will be appreciated! Donations of pancake mix, syrup, juice, bacon/sausage, and pancake topping will be appreciated!!  Proceeds go to fund Campus Ministry activities and to help a local charity.

  • Ash Wednesday is just around the corner. Please join us for Mass Wednesday, March 6, at 9am

  • Each Friday, Beginning Friday, March 22, please join us for Stations of the Cross at 9 a.m. Students will transform each classroom into an interactive prayer station as they lead us through the last steps of Christ.

  • 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.

  • All affected by the tragic New York legislation

  • The lives of all children, parents and families hurt by abortion and infanticide

  • All mothers struggling with crisis pregnancies

  • For those who have lost loved ones

  • All first responders

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:

The Junior High Volleyball Team continues their season with a Conference Tournament here at Lumen on Saturday from 8a-1p.  Grab your coffee and start your morning off with some volleyball action and cheer the Archangels on!

The Anaktuvuk Pass and Fort Wainwright basketball teams proved to be formidable challengers for both the Boys’ and Girls’ teams last weekend. While neither of the Lumen teams were ultimately successful, team play was AMAZING.  The Girls took on Akiachak last night and while the victory went to Akiachak, the Lady Archangels play so well together as a team it’s just a joy to watch. Come check them out tomorrow as they take on Ninilchik at 3:30p and on Saturday at 2p. The Boys’ games will follow both Girls’ games at 5p on Friday & 3:30p on Saturday.  Go Archangels!

Student Spotlight:

No doubt – Archangels do amazing things both on campus and off.  Congrats to the following student for off-campus excellence last week:

Tommy Simono placed 28th overall in the Region IV Nordic Ski Championships last Friday and Saturday; one of four freshmen to place in the top thirty for both races.  With this performance he was named to the Service High School state team for the Alaska High School Nordic Championships occurring next week in Fairbanks. Go Tommy, we’ll be cheering you on from afar!

  *Parents/Guardians – if your student has done something that deserves “Spotlight” recognition, please let Mrs. Gore at the Front Desk know!

School Announcements:

Spirit Wear

Ready for some new Spirit Wear? Check out and order what’s available at Alaska Serigraphics:  https://lumenchristi.akcustom.ink/. Reasonably priced and made in Anchorage!

Fur Rondy Grand Parade Float

For the second year in a row, Lumen Christi High School will participate in the 2019 Fur Rondezvous Grand Parade on Saturday, Feb 23rd.  We are asking ALL AVAILABLE FAMILIES to come out and either walk alongside our “float” or even ride on it! This is an historical, memorable, and fun way to highlight and showcase our school to the Anchorage community.  Thousands of people line the parade route along 5th and 6th Avenues downtown!!! We will show our school spirit and hand out candy and invitations to our March and April Open Houses at the same time! Show time is 9:45am at the staging area at the corner of 8th and C Streets downtown, near the Federal Bldgs and the Quality Suites Historic Downtown hotel.  As an added challenge, the class/grade with the highest percentage of students participating will get a pizza party!

National Honor Society Pizza Lunches

Speaking of pizza, the National Honor Society will be selling pizza tomorrow/Friday, after school. Send your students with $2-$3 for an afterschool snack and support NHS.

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS!

Mrs. Brewer has applications for the Pioneers of Alaska annual scholarship.  If any senior’s parent is a member or they are related to a member, please pick up an application and consider applying. Every little bit helps with college tuition.

National Honor Society Tutoring

The National Honor Society will be offering free after school tutoring every Wednesday from 2:30-3:30p. NHS members encourage any students with homework questions or who need help with math or writing assignments to stop in for additional help. This tutoring is offered in addition to what is available on Mondays in the Library.

SAVE THE DATE! “The Count of Monte Cristo”

Drama students are hard at work memorizing lines, blocking scenes and preparing for opening night! Mark your calendars for April 12th or 13th to catch their spring production of The Count of Monte Cristo featuring 2 of our graduating seniors, Trey Bernert and Shon Nagel.

The BIO Lab needs help!

The LCHS biology department is looking for a donation of a small mini freezer that can be set to -20 degrees F.  Students will be using this to conduct upcoming DNA and genetics activities. Please contact Mrs. Brewer at dbrewer@lumenchristiak.com if you can help.

Colonial Fife Lessons

Learn to play Colonial Fife with 8th grader Daniel McConnell. Cost is $18 for the fife. See Daniel for more information, and sign up with Mrs. Gore in the Office. Fife demonstration TBA.

Parent-Teacher Conferences TODAY & TOMORROW

Parent Teacher Conferences are here! Stop by in between 3p-7p today, or 1p-4p tomorrow to check in with teachers on your student(s) progress to date.