Lumen News – February 7, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Feb 9th:  24th Annual Winter Wonderland GALA!, 5:30pm
  • Feb 14/15:  Parent-Teacher Conferences (schedule below)
  • Feb 14:  Friday A (Lent Schedule)(School Mass at 9am in Gym)
  • Feb 15-17:  St. Benedict’s High School Retreat (open to all high school students)
  • Feb 18th:  President’s Day-No School
  • Feb 23rd:  Fur Rondy Parade (show time 9:45 am)
  • 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:

What an awesome and busy Catholic Schools Week last week!  Thanks to all the staff, students, and parents who made the week a successful and exciting one!

We turn our attention this week on the 24th Annual Gala on Saturday.  The gym is being decorated, chairs and tables are being set up, and the school is transforming into a Winter Wonderland!  We thank all of those working hard to bring it all together and we look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday night!

At last week’s State of the School, I issued a “30-day Challenge.”  We could use your assistance in the below areas over the next 30 days:

  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. Attend and support the Gala on Feb 9

  3. Support the LUMENARY Drive

  4. Sign up to work a Friday shift at the Attic

  5. 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!

I’ll add one additional challenge.  As we approach Lent (Ash Wednesday is March 6th), perhaps you will consider attending our morning daily Mass at 7:15am as a family.  Mass is about 20 minutes long and a great way to start your day! We hope to see you!

Virtue of the Week:

The Sports Leader Virtue of the Week is LEGACY:  The strength to hand down a virtuous tradition and memory of your actions.  Here is an excellent example of LEGACY:

Campus Ministry:

  • Thank you to everyone who made catholic Schools Week so meaningful!

  • Special thanks to our artists, Taryn Mattingly, Sophia Dupras, Toby Agosti, Savannah Hogue, Isabella Faro, Sophia Turner, Mikayla Terry, and Amber Salvador, who sketched beautiful pictures of our teachers!

  • Thursday Mass next week will be in the Gym.

  • As soon as we reschedule our 11th grade retreat we will send information and permission slips.

  • 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!

  • St. Benedict winter retreat will be held Feb. 15 – 17. Please join us. Registration forms are in the school office or see Mrs. Loeffler.

  • We are begin our 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.

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.

  • For all our gala volunteers who are working tirelessly around the clock. A real labor of love!

  • 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 our athletes who are travelling this week

  • 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:

Our Junior High Volleyball Team is amazing with their enthusiasm and ‘can-do’ spirit. Their season continues with another “round robin’ tournament at Anchor Lutheran this Friday and a Conference Tournament here at Lumen next Saturday.

Basketball season is in full swing! The Girls travelled to Nenana to play in a tournament last Friday and Saturday and the Boys hosted Point Lay on Saturday here at the school. We had a great turnout from the community with lots of extra Catholic Schools Week attendees to cheer the Boys on to victory that night. Tuesday and Wednesday both teams fought hard against Sand Point and King Cove with ultimate victories being handed to the challengers.

Tonight both teams play against Anaktuvuk Pass at the Wells Fargo Sports Center on the UAA Campus. Girls tip off at 5:30p, Boys at 7p.  Friday both teams will take on Fort Wainwright with games at 1:00p and 2:30p, again the Wells Fargo Center.

Next weekend the season returns to the Lumen Gym with games against Ninilchik on Friday at 3:30p (Girls) and 5p (Boys) and Saturday at 2p (Girls) and 3:30(Boys).

Student Spotlight:

Our students do amazing things both on campus and off.  Congrats to the following for off-campus excellence:

Kateri Everard (7th grade) who will be traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico over President’s Day weekend to compete in the New Mexico State Championship Feis and the Feis on the Rio Grande (Irish Dance Competitions.) Good Luck Kateri!

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

School Announcements:

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 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  NEXT WEEK

Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. As a reminder (and heads up for new Lumen families), both Thursday 2/14 and Friday, 2/15 will be half days with early dismissal at 12:20p.

Thursday will be a Friday “A” schedule (students attend periods 1-3-5) and Friday will be a Friday “B” schedule (periods 2-4-6.)

Conferences will run from 3p-7p on Thursday and 1p-4p on Friday. They occur on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis in the Student Room located next to the Office. Parents, if you’re unable to make either date, please email Ms. Gore at the Front Desk ( who will forward the message on to your student’s teachers so alternate arrangements can be made.


IT’S ON!! We can’t wait to see you here for what promises to be an amazing night. There are a few last items to remember:

*If you have WINE that you promised to bring in, or IRONING that you took home to do, please return those to the Gala office by tomorrow/Friday at noon.

*Students who are working the event on Saturday need to be here no later than 5p, in their uniforms.