Lumen News – November 12, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov 9-Nov 20: Thanksgiving Basket Drive – see below
  • Nov 13: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Auction – see attached flyer
  • Nov 25:  NO SCHOOL/Start of Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Nov 25-29:  Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Dec 14: On-line school day/Finals Prep – see below
  • Dec 15-17: Finals Week – see below
  • Dec 18: No School/Teacher Inservice
  • Dec 18-Jan 3: Christmas Vacation
  • Jan 4: Semester Two Begins

Principal’s Update:

We know many if not most of you are wondering what our schedule will look like next week, given the ever rising rates and now Governor’s message that went out earlier today. A final decision has not yet been made but will be by tomorrow late afternoon. We appreciate your patience until then, and in the meantime, don’t forget that this is “Discover Catholic Schools Week!”

Designed to help Catholic schools connect with prospective families, donors, educators and other community members, “Discover Catholic Schools Week” is when here at Lumen, we would normally be hosting our first Open House of the year. While we certainly don’t want to be hosting large gatherings in the school, we did use this time to get some new informational and ‘recruitment’ video up on our webpage and out on our Facebook Page.  If you haven’t seen them yet, I encourage you to check them out.  Many thanks to the Kaplan, Vargas-Botello and Gross families who took part in our filmmaking!

Campus Ministry:

Virtue of the Week: Reliability

“As for me and my household we shall serve the Lord,” Joshua 24:15

Thank you to 7th graders Vincent and Nicholas, and 8th graders Lane, Jayden, Elias, Hayden, Divine, Maggie, Jayden, and Amara for taking part in our remote Mass this week.

Students who would like to read and/or serve for our 8a.m. Friday remote Masses, please contact Mrs. Loeffler. When possible, we will schedule siblings to read and serve together in order to keep our students safe in social “bubbles.”

Happy and blessed birthday to Mia and Sam!

  • St. Benedict Parish needs help putting together Thanksgiving baskets. We are looking for one to two families to volunteer each day. This is a great opportunity to earn two (or more) service hours.

    • Date: Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday November 19

    • Time: 1 p.m. finished (about 3 p.m.)

    • Where: St. Benedict Parish Hall

    • Please contact the office or Mrs. Loeffler if you would like to help

  • Please join us for Mass online via St. Benedict Facebook tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

  • Advent is around the corner! Look for Advent reflections starting in the  December 3rd CM News

  • I am available in the Campus Ministry office (located in the library) for student and parent support. Parents, email or call, and students, drop by any time. If I am in class, leave a note and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • For peace and unity in our country

  • For those experiencing homelessness and poverty as our winter approaches

  • For comfort to the Tiernan family who grief a loss

  • For healing of all infected with COVID – 19

  • All medical workers

If you would like special intentions listed in Lumen News and Prayer Book of Intentions send them directly to Mrs. Loeffler.

Student Spotlight:

Last weekend, Kateri Everard (9th grade) participated in a virtual chorus performance with Alaska Sound Celebration.  They performed the song “Never Gonna Let You Down,” and Kateri was the only high school aged participant with the adult chorus.  Kateri shone and hopes to do another similar performance again soon! Can we say…voice like an (Arch)Angel?

Archangel Sports:

High School Boys Basketball will be hosting some open gym nights to run plays and get in shape for the 2021 season. If you’ve got a high school boy interested in playing, contact Coach Warren @  athletics@lumenchristiak.com and he’ll get you connected up with Coaches Trombley & Gregory.

Junior High Volleyball/Basketball – We were hoping to start having volleyball and/or basketball skills clinics a few days a week after school, but those are still on hold and likely will be until after Christmas break.  Stupid Covid.

High School Girls Basketball will kick off sometime after volleyball ends, which because of Covid and numerous cancelled games, has essentially become a one week season.  Stupid Covid.

News from around Campus:

LUMEN-ary Drive

Wellllll now.  Who read Fr. Tom’s LUMEN-ary Driveletter mailed out in October and then compared it to what I had listed here here last week?  And who (besides Father Tom, who nearly had a heart attack) noticed that I was FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS off in my update?!  Sorry Fr. Tom!  So for the record → because it’s our 25th Anniversary, the LUMEN-ary goal is $100,000, not $50,000.

We are so thankful for the donations that have come in so far. To date, 28 Lumen families have contributed a total of $10,840. Add in family-of-Lumen families (aunts, uncles, grandparents) and that brings numbers up to 40 donations for a total of $14,280.  Add in the St. Benedict’s parishioners and school friends and we’re up to 104 donations for a grand total of $31,575.  Officially ⅓ of the way there.  Don’t forget you can easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy donate by clicking here:  https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/199/DirectDonate/2946  Select an amount that feels right for you, click “Continue” and you’re on your way. Thanks y’all!

Finals Week 

Monday, December 14th all students will be online. Students are encouraged to sign into their Google Classrooms and use the time to get last minute help before finals start the next day.    Teachers will have open office hours according to the following schedule:

  • Period 1: 8a-9a
  • Period 2: 9a-10a
  • Period 3: 10a-11a
  • Period 4: 11a-12p
  • Teacher Lunch Time: 12p-12:30
  • Period 5: 12:30p-1:30p
  • Period 6: 1:30-2:30p

The schedule for the rest of the week will be as follows:

  • Tuesday: Finals for Periods 1 & 2 with early dismissal at 11:15a
  • Wednesday: Finals for Periods 3 & 4 with early dismissal at 11:15a
  • Thursday: Finals for Periods 5 & 6 with early dismissal 11:15a
  • 26th Annual Mardi Gras Gala & Auction Fundraiser

Online Auction & “Live” Virtual Event – February 6th, 2021

Family Gala Survey-

We need your feedback for our upcoming gala/auction fundraiser.  Please complete the following brief (5 question) survey- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGWFPZY

We appreciate your feedback and support! Thank you!!

Lumen Christi Gala Team

907-273-1530

gala@lumenchristiak.com

Share Hour Opportunities: 

In addition to help needed at St. Benedict’s, St. Patricks could use some help too, with their “Thanksgiving Blessing” food distribution project on November 23rd. St. Pat’s is in need of volunteers from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to help with food baskets. Sign up here https://www.cssalaska.org/get-involved/upcoming-events/thanksgiving-blessing/ or contact David Trenor at dtrenor@cssalaska.org for more information.

Share Hour Opportunities:

In addition to help needed at St. Benedict’s, St. Patricks could use some help too, with their “Thanksgiving Blessing” food distribution project on November 23rd. St. Pat’s is in need of volunteers from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to help with food baskets. Sign up here https://www.cssalaska.org/get-involved/upcoming-events/thanksgiving-blessing/ or contact David Trenor at dtrenor@cssalaska.org for more information.

Thanksgiving Basket Drive: 

We know there are a lot of asks out in the community, and in this newsletter! Please be generous as your means allow.  We’re hoping that students can donate to the St. Benedict’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive, according to last name.  Thank you.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fundraiser: 

Help support our sister school, attend their virtual auction – Saturday night!  www.seas.schoolauction.net/2020