Lumen News – March 5, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Mar 6th:  Inservice Day (No School)
  • Mar 7th-15th:  Spring Break
  • Mar 16th: Cinco De Mayo Planning Meeting, 6:30p (details below)
  • Mar 18th-21st:  State Basketball Tournament @ Alaska Airlines Center
  • Mar 19th:  All School Mass, 9am
  • Mar 20th:  Stations of the Cross, 9am (school)
  • Apr 16th – “Screenagers” Movie, 7:00p (details below)

Principal’s Update:

We wish our boys and girls basketball teams good luck at the regional tournament in Soldotna these next few days.  Our girls pulled off a great victory over Ninilchik on Wednesday, with the boys playing this afternoon in their first game.

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, we wish you a safe and blessed Spring Break!

LUMENary Drive Update:

As we head into Spring Break, know that our combined family+staff+School Board+St. Benedict’s Parish+Lumen Friends+community-at-large efforts to meet our goal of raising $50,000 is a near success! We’re currently sitting at $49,659 and we’d love to see one last push to not just meet that goal, but exceed it!  Currently, 36 of our 56 enrolled families (or 64%) have contributed to the Drive – this is the highest percentage of family support in several years.  THANK YOU.  These families represent 23% of total donors, and 18% of the total amount raised. This is fantastic! But also means that St. Benedict’s parishioners, friends of Lumen and the community at large make up the other 77% of donors and 82% of donations.

Remember that if you haven’t contributed yet, it’s not too late. Any amount, large or small is welcome and we always strive for 100% family participation.  This 100% benchmark shows the community that our Lumen families recognize and support the sacrifice to make Catholic education available to all. Please help if you can.

Virtue of the Week:

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is ASSIDUOUS: The strength to unceasingly seek the desired goal. The opposite of assiduous is NEGLIGENCE: The weakness of not paying attention to important details.

Catholic Schools Campaign Update:

Small but mighty! We know for certain that 8 families have sent “I love my Catholic School” cards out because we’ve had 11 responses from friends and family come back with donations totaling $1,745. Once again, thanks to those of you who helped your student get those cards out. If you haven’t sent yours out (or if you have and are inspired to send more!) Ms. Gore will be in the Office tomorrow and even next week. Send her an email and she can get supplies out to you.

Campus Ministry:

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

“Be who you are, and be that well!” St. Francis DeSales

  • Many blessings for a safe and restful Spring Break!

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

Prayer Spot

Please pray for:

  • The repose of the soul of Herbert (Jake) Craw, uncle of Mrs. Brewer, and comfort for the family

  • Parents and families who have suffered the loss of a child born or unborn

  • The repose of the soul of Ginger Ingram and comfort for her family and friends

  • Peace among all nations and peoples.

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

  • 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:

Both of the basketball teams are on the road playing at the Regional Conference down in Soldotna.  Good luck to our Archangels and watch here for news next week.

Did you know that Lumen Christi has a rifle program?  Six of our students practice Monday and Tuesday after school with a “virtual match” on Wednesdays.  We are competing in a spring league of nearly 600 shooters, from 30 different states, as well as Guam.  So far our record is 1-3, with matches against teams in Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, and Wyoming!   Follow us at

Junior High, Co-Ed Indoor Soccer (“Futsol”) starts on Monday, March 16th – the first day back to school after Spring Break. This is a relatively short season lasting only 3 weeks.   The first week practices will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16th, 17th & 18th from 5:30-6:45p in the Lumen Gym. The first Indoor Jamboree against other schools will be Friday, March 20th from 4p – 8p also in the Lumen Gym.  Contact Coach Warren if you have questions –

School Announcements:

SAVE THE DATE – Screenagers Movie

Just because our students aren’t on their phones during the school day doesn’t mean they’re immune to the stress, anxiety and depression that can come with growing up in the digital age.

To learn more about these issues and also how you can help your student learn to navigate their ‘electronic adolescence,’ please join us for an important showing of “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering skills for Stress Resilience” on Thursday, April 16th from 7-8:30p in the Lumen Gym.  This movie will be free and open to the general public. Bring your students then stay to enjoy an ice cream social afterwards, generously hosted by Lumen parents Dr. Rich & Ms. Shareen Crosby. For more information on the movie click here:  or to watch a trailer of the film, click here:

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

On Monday of this week, Mr. Ross emailed an important update outlining the steps the school had taken in the event that we had a serious coronavirus outbreak in Anchorage. Today the Archdiocese of Anchorage released an similar update.

St. Benedicts & Other Community Events:

St. Theresa’s “Raising o’ the Green Fundraiser

Last reminder to buy your tickets for St. Theresa’s Camp annual fundraiser. This event sells out every year and is always a load of fun (and supports a GREAT cause.) See the flyer below for more information.

St. Benedict’s Youth Group 

All Lumen students are welcome, regardless of parish affiliation or faith background.

High School Youth Night: Wednesday, March 11th, Lent: Learn How to Do It Right! AND Kickball! 7p-9p, Upper Room.

Junior High Youth Night:  Thursday, March 19th, 6-8p in the Upper Room.