Lumen News – February 27, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Fridays, Feb 28th – April 3rd: Late dismissal at 12:35p, see below for more information.
  • Feb 29th:  Fur Rendezvous Parade, 10:30am
  • Mar 2nd:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • Mar 3rd: Post Gala/Wrap Up Meeting, 7pm
  • Mar 5th: No All School 9a Mass
  • Mar 6th:  Inservice Day (No School)
  • Mar 7th-15th:  Spring Break
  • Apr 3-4:  Spring Drama Production at APU

Principal’s Update:

GOOD NEWS!   Our cooperative sports agreement with the Anchorage School District was approved by the ASAA Board of Directors this week!  This agreement allows our students to participate in ASD high school sports which we do not offer, including football, baseball, hockey, softball, tennis, wrestling, swim/dive, gymnastics, and Nordic skiing, without having to be enrolled in an alternative education/home school program.  Students can attend Lumen during the day, and head to their public school sports team after school, without having to do twice the academic work of other students. We hope the local press will pick up this good news story! PRAISE BE TO GOD!

We have entered the season of Lent.  Starting this Friday, Feb 28th, our bell schedule will adjust to allow for Stations of the Cross (9-9:45am) as well as lunch (11-11:25am).  For Friday Lenten lunches, the school staff will provide hot soup & rolls for lunch for all students. The cost is $2 with 100% of proceeds being donated to Refugee Relief Services.  Please note the later dismissal at 12:35pm (instead of 12:20pm). There are 4 Fridays which will have this lunch/late dismissal schedule in place: Tomorrow/Friday February 28th, (nothing on March 6th or 13th due to Spring Break), then resuming for Friday March 20th and 27th and April 3rd.

The 2020-21 School Calendar has been posted to our website and can be located at under the “Calendar” tab. You’ll notice that there are different start dates for Junior High (Monday, August 17th) and High School (Tuesday, August 18th.)  Our sister/elementary school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, will start classes on Monday, but all ASD public students will not start until Tuesday. We chose to split the difference, allowing our youngest and newest students (7th and 8th graders) a full day to get oriented to school without the distraction of the older students present.  All our students will be in school on Tuesday, August 18th, and we plan to have a first day of school Mass that day as well. Hard copies of the calendar are available in the Front Office.

We hope to see your family out at the Fur Rondy Parade this Saturday.  Please refer to my email earlier this week on details. Be at the corner of 8th and D Streets in spirit wear by 10am.  We should be finished by noon. Any student that attends and walks/rides in the parade will earn a spirit day on Wednesday, March 4th.

Virtue of the Week: 

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is ACCURACY: The strength to achieve an objective with precision and exactness. The opposite of accuracy is CARELESSNESS: The weakness of not striving for precision or excellence in our work or habits.

Catholic Schools Campaign Update:

Hand written letters may seem a thing of the past, but amidst the amount of junk mail that clogs our mailboxes, personal notes can be powerful.  Thanks to all who worked with their student(s) to get cards and letters out – we continue to receive notes from supportive friends and family!

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

  • Lane Crosby played her violin beautifully for our school Mass on Thursday!! Thank you, Lane, we make our worship even more beautiful!

  • Mollie McCamy is our Senior Spotlight in this week’s St. benedict Bulletin.

  • Thank you everyone for your kind donations to and attendance at our Fat Tuesday Pancake dinner. It was a great success!

  • Please join us tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the school  Stations of the Cross. This is a beautiful prayer as scripted and led by our Lumen students.

  • We  still need a few volunteers for our Passion Encounter.  Students can sign up on the bulletin board outside room 120.

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

Prayer Spot

  • 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 health in our community

Pray for Peace. Act with Peace.

Archangel Sports Update:

Our last home basketball game is TONIGHT against Birchwood, the Girls will start at 5:30p and the Boys at 7p.  It will also be “Senior Night” so please come out to cheer on our teams as well as recognize the graduating seniors who have contributed to team successes over the years. Once tonight’s games are over, the next stop for both teams will be the Regional Conference in Soldotna March 47th – 7th and then the State Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center from March 18th – 21st.

Archangel Shout Out

Our students do amazing things both on campus and off. Shout out to these two, today!

8th graders Kateri Everard and Ryan Solberg competed in the State Battle of the Books competition this week. They battled hard through the first round, advanced into the second round, and competed well overall. We are so proud of their determination, constant reading and re-reading, and their strong teamwork. Good Battling, Kateri and Ryan!

School Announcements:

Student Helpers Needed

Once a year, all priests in Alaska come together for a week of meetings – this year the meetings kick off this coming Monday, March 2nd. We are looking for a group of 8 – 10 students who would like to help serve dinner to the priests that Monday (March 2nd) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral from 6:15p – 8p. This is a wonderful way to represent our school and to say thank you to those who have answered the vocation call. Please call/text or email Ms. Gore (who will be supervising) if you’d like your student to help!

25th Anniversary Gala – WRAP UP MEETING

Tuesday March 3rd @ 7pm in the Library

Whether you volunteered in the weeks and months leading up to the event, volunteered the day or night of, 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 OUR LAST MEETING – ALL INPUT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!  Please contact us if you have questions- 273-1530/

Danielle & Julie

Lumen Christi Gala Co-Chairs


DEADLINE – TODAY! Senior Slide Show

Senior parents & guardians… if you haven’t by now, please send a collection of 10-20 pictures of your student by the end of today to Mrs. Spillers.  These are for the graduation slide show and typically range from when they are little to their current age.

On-going Share Hour Opportunity

The Clothesline, a high end women’s clothing consignment store located on Northern Lights near Minnesota makes clothing available for our Archangel Attic to sell. These items represent pieces that have cycled through their store without being purchased and bring in top dollar when sold at the Attic. For the past 3 years, two Lumen moms have taken responsibility to pick up these donations and deliver them to the Attic but are now ready to hand the job off. This is a year round, once a week (Monday before 4:30p) obligation and would fulfill your family’s 40 hr/year Share Hour obligation, and then some! Please let Ms. Gore at the Front Desk know if you are interested in this job. It’s easy, routinely scheduled, and most of all, supports the Archangel Attic’s inventory, 100% of the proceeds which come to support the school.

Bunny Rabbit Sitter Needed!

Mrs. Craig is in need of a bunny sitter for Spring Break (March 6-15) and the Easter holiday (April 10-13.)  Jidor the rabbit is very friendly and would love to have a home over the extended break. Mrs. Craig will supply bedding and food for the vacation.  Please contact her directly if you are available to bunny sit!

Birthday Bag Drive

National Honor Society is having a drive for birthday bags from February 26-March 5th.  Items collected will go towards monthly birthday bags that are delivered to kids at the Clare and Covenant house.  We are asking that students bring in the following items based on grades:

7th:  Cake Mix

8th:  Frosting

9th: Gift bags (large present sized bags) and tissue paper

10th: Small kid games and decks of cards

11th:  Socks

12th: Coloring Books

Thanks in advance for anything you can provide. Please contact Mrs. Craig at with questions.

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, March 4th, Testimony & Pizza Night: 7p-9p, Upper Room.

Junior High Youth Night:  Thursday, March 5th, 6-8p in the Upper Room.


Have a great rest of your week and weekend!