Lumen News – February 25, 2021
Important Upcoming Dates:
- Mar 5-14: Spring Break
- Mar 23: Principal-Parent Forum, 7pm
- April 1: Holy Thursday
- April 2: Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
- April 4: Easter Sunday
- April 5: Easter Monday – NO SCHOOL
Where has this semester gone? We are already one week away from the start of Spring Break! Our boys and girls basketball team schedules are finally starting to be put into place with recent competitions against Su-Valley and Birchwood. The scheduling is fluid, and spectators aren’t allowed here in Anchorage, but we hope you will watch our teams compete via Facebook Live. We wish both our teams good luck against Grace this Saturday!
We have entered the season of Lent and we encourage you to speak to your son or daughter about prayer, almsgiving and penance. Our school Masses remain on Fridays (except next Friday Mar 5 which is no school), and we plan to incorporate Stations of the Cross next Thursday, Mar 4 here in our school building starting at 8am.
Until then, we hope you have a wonderful and blessed weekend!
Our virtue this week is TRUST –
The strength to confidently believe in someone regardless of the situation.
“For we live by faith, not by sight,” 2 COR 5:7
Some of our classes are listening to “The Bible in a Year” with Fr. Mike Schmitz. We have had some great conversations each day. Each podcast is 15-20 minutes long. I encourage you to listen with your family or friends. When you go to the website click “listen now” and go back to day one. https://ascensionpress.com/pages/biy-registration
St. Elizabeth Anne Seton has Parish Mission next Monday – Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.
Following is a fun article I came across this week…a realistic look at Lent: https://moderncatholicmom.com/lent-begins-and-other-thoughts/
You are all in our prayers this Lent, every day!
Fr. Tom offers Mass every Monday and Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. in the Archangel Chapel for students.
Confessions are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15 a.m. in the Archangel Chapel for students.
Best Lent Ever Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w67FFFsqguo
Choir members needed from all grade levels. See Mrs. Loeffler!
Happy Birthday this week to Toby Agosti and Gustavo Azpilcueto!
Please remember the following in your prayers this week:
Those still facing winter storm damages from Texas to New England
Those who are struggling with mental and emotional stresses
If you would like special intentions listed in Lumen News and Prayer Book of Intentions you can send them directly to Mrs. Loeffler or to the front office.
It’s been awhile since you’ve seen a LUMENary Drive update, but yes, it’s still a thing! It’s fun to report on the stories surrounding donations that come in….like the elderly woman who came to the Front Office last week. “I never had the chance to go to Catholic School and want to make sure that if another student wants to, they can.” She then slowly counted out the proceeds from her Stimulus Fund check which she had just cashed (and yes, I got a little teary.) Or the check that came in an “I support Catholic education!” envelope with a student’s name written in the memo line (proof that handwritten notes from students work!).
To date, a grand total of $63,895 has come in – the collective giving in support of Catholic education ensures ongoing Lumen awesomeness! Remember that while we challenge each family to give or raise $500, we remain thankful for every donation, no matter the size.
Both teams were off to Talkeetna last weekend for games against Su-Valley, with the girls being bested by the Rams, but the boys emerging victorious. Tuesday night they took on our archrivals from Birchwood and again while the girls came up short it was so close – a nailbiter at the end for sure. We’re so proud of our Lady Archangels.
Our boys for certain took the wind out of Birchwood sails with a very decisive (40+ point spread) win. The High School season continues with a game this Saturday against Grace Christian; unfortunately no spectators in the gym (stupid COVID), but you can watch the games as they’re live streamed on our Facebook page (5:30p Girls/7:00p Boys.)
As always, the Junior High team continues to practice and hone their skills. It’s such a bummer that it’s been a struggle to find other schools for them to play against this year (stupid COVID.) If anything, they’re going to be more than ready to go next season, powered and prepped under awesome Coaches Craig Wade and Michelle Hajdukovich.
Our Archangel Rifle Team won its first match ever in the history of Lumen Christi with a big win (833-732)(out of 1200 points) over Loveland Army JROTC out of Loveland, Colorado! Topping the four person team was 8th grader Sofia Pineda with a personal record (PR) of 221 out of 300! 9th graders Mia Sperbeck, Gustavo Azpilcueta, and Sophia Turner rounded out the other top three spots. The team went to Mass yesterday (Wednesday) morning before school to pray for their opponents in Round Rock, Texas. They’ll be shooting against them on tomorrow/Friday afternoon. Can we just say…how awesome is it that they compete against teams across the nation? Thanks to Mr. Ross for making this opportunity available to our kids!
Front Office News:
Spring Break Travel/COVID Protocols
We know many families will be traveling over Spring Break. Although there have been changes in the State enforcement of travel protocols, Lumen is still following them and we ask that families do too. We want to keep our staff and students healthy and safe after spring break so that we can all finish the year strong. Therefore, if you travel out of state or the country:
You and your student(s) should be tested at your vacation destination within 3 days of returning to Anchorage (and getting a negative test result); OR
You should be tested at the airport when you arrive in Anchorage (free for Alaska residents, this test result must be negative); AND
You should quarantine at home for 5 days (the day you return is Day 0), watching for any signs/symptoms of illness. If you and your student(s) have a negative test, have self quarantined for five days, then your students are free to return to school.
There is one exception to this rule:
Anyone who has had a confirmed case of COVID within the last 90 days does not have to test, nor quarantine after travel.
There is no travel guidance out yet for people who have completed their vaccine series. Given the number of new variants out there now and out of an abundance of caution, if as an adult you have had both vaccines, it’s recommended you test and quarantine until specific guidance is released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
GALA – Part ONE
Please help us wrap up this year’s event by taking this 20 Question (5 minutes or less, I promise) survey. If you complete it by Friday, March 5th, you’ll be entered to win a $100 Gift Card to Kincaid Grill! Click here to get started: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LumenGala2021
Your feedback is valuable and will let us know what went right this year, and what we can do to improve next year. Speaking of next year…..
GALA – Part TWO
I LOVE MY SCHOOL
27th Annual Gala Fundraiser -Saturday, February 12th, 2022
It’s never too early to get these important dates on your calendar. So pen it in now – Saturday, February 12th, 2022. So close to Valentine’s Day, it’ll be a night showcasing all of the things we all LOVE about Lumen!
Don’t forget, we’re currently looking for a Gala Team Lead. We have a team of 6-8 members each responsible for specific areas of the gala: marketing & sponsorship, procurement, tickets & reservations, silent auction, the live event and disbursement; we just need someone to provide overall guidance and management.
Responsibilities for the Team Lead include:
· Planning and scheduling team meetings;
· Overseeing team member responsibilities;
· Communication with school administration and school board;
· Track expenses and reconcile with finance administration;
Note that the Team Lead is EXEMPT FROM SHARE HOUR REQUIREMENTS & receives PARTIAL TUITION CREDIT
If you are interested, please contact the Gala Team or Mr. Ross to learn more.
Lumen Christi Gala Team
Thanks everybody – it’s been another great week with your kids! Can you believe next week starts Spring Break?