Lumen News – November 14, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • November 15th:  9th Grade Retreat
  • November 19th:  School Board Meeting, 6pm
  • November 20th:  Fall Open House and Information Night, 6-8pm
  • November 27th:  Friday A Schedule (HALF DAY)
  • Nov 28-Dec 1:  Thanksgiving Holiday (NO SCHOOL)
  • December 1:  Start of Advent
  • Dec 3:  Principal-Parent Forum, 6:30pm
  • December 4:  First day of High School Basketball practice
  • December 4:  Gala Meeting, 7pm

Principal’s Update:

Uh oh, Mr. Ross discovered iMovie…see YouTube link for this week’s update:

Virtue of the Week: 

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is ENCOURAGEMENT: The strength to give others confidence, support and hope.  The opposite is DISCOURAGEMENT: The weakness of letting difficulties and obstacles take away your enthusiasm, excitement and energy to fight the good fight.

Campus Ministry:

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

  • 9th Grader students meet at 7:15 for Mass tomorrow in the Chapel of the Archangels, and then head to the Holy Spirit Center for retreat!

  • Congratulations to Toby, Helene,Brenden, Frankie, Vaeda, Evan, Anthony, Tommy, Liam and Sabrina for a wonderful Confirmation retreat! Our prayers are always with you.

  • It’s time to sign up for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day! Proceeds go to the Anchorage food Bank. Register yourself, or your entire family at We hope for a great Lumen Christi turnout!

  • We are now forming our Team for the Polar Plunge!  The proceeds go to support Special Olympics in Anchorage. The last 3 years we had great student participation. Parents welcome too! Register at

    • Click on “register or donate”

    • Click in “register”

    • Accept waiver

    • Click “Join a Team”

    • Input our team name “Families of the Knights”

    • Fill out information

Prayer Spot

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • 9th Graders as we retreat in prayer and service Friday

  • Our veterans

  • First responders

  • Our national and world leaders

  • For the sick and infirmed

  • Our students and families

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 Peace. Act in Peace.

Archangel Sports Update #Lumenproud:

The High School basketball season gets underway with the first practices for both teams on December 4.  Please contact Coach Warren at or 273-1513 if you’re planning on playing this upcoming season.

Following is a list of all remaining volleyball and junior high basketball games:

High School Girls Volleyball –

  • November 15 game vs Birchwood Christian, 6pm @ Birchwood
  • November 21-23 Tournament at Cook Inlet Academy (Soldotna)

Junior High Basketball – 

  • November 18 games vs Birchwood, 4pm (girls) and 5pm (boys) @ Birchwood
  • November 19 games vs Birchwood, 6:30pm (boys) and 7:30pm (girls)  @ AT&T Center
  • November 20 game vs Holy Rosary, 3 pm girls only
  • November 22 game vs Holy Rosary, 6:45pm (boys only) @ TBD
  • November 26 games vs Anchor Lutheran, 6:30pm (girls) and 7:30pm (boys) @ O’Malley
  • December 3 game vs Faith Lutheran, (boys only) @ 6:45 at O’Malley
  • December 6-7 Tournament @ Lumen Christi

Student Spotlight:

Our Archangels do amazing things, on-campus and off! If your son or daughter has accomplished something that deserves spotlight attention, please send it to the Front Office at

8th Grader Kateri Everard was recognized with the Gerard McDonnell Memorial Award at the last Ger McDonnell Ceili last weekend.  She was nominated by her Irish dance teachers for her dedication to Irish dance and her community in general. She received $750 – mostly to be used to further her Irish dance aspirations – and a beautiful bodhran (an Irish drum).  Congratulations on this honor, Kateri, we’re ever so proud of you!

School Announcements:

LUMENary Drive

The annual LUMENary Drive has kicked off…and wow! We’re off to a great start!  Thanks to early donors (some parents chose to contribute during back to school registration in August, thereby exempting themselves from any other solicitations!); 100% staff & faculty giving; and generous St. Benedict’s Parishioners, we’ve already raised $14,427 of our $50,000 goal.  Nearly 30%! Please consider making your donation today in support of Catholic education.

Italian Exchange Student

Interested in housing a foreign exchange student? The Honorary Consul General for Italy contacted us and is trying to help secure housing for a 16 year old Italian girl named Georgia. Georgia will be in Anchorage from January-May, 2020 and wishes to be placed in a Catholic home. Her hosting program is, please contact Nicoletta Mitaritonna Meissen at 217-415-5787 or for more information.


25thAnniversary Gala February 8th, 2020

Thank you to all that attended the first gala meeting- we value your input!

Mark your Calendars!  Upcoming Procurement/Gala Meetings

*Meetings are always 7pm in the Lumen Library*

December: Wednesday 12/4 & Monday 12/16

January: Monday 1/6 & Wednesday 1/22

Gala posters and save the date postcards need delivered to each parish.

If you can help with this, please stop by the Front Office to pick up a poster and some postcards to display at your parish. Make sure to fill in the list to let us know which parish you are helping with.  Thank you! Other ways to help:

Spring Intensives & Electives

Planning is underway for Spring Semester Intensives and Electives.  Students with an interest in any of the following have been asked to sign up in the Front Office. Contact Mrs. Gore for more detailed information on

ELECTIVES (Full Semester)

  1. ART

  2. DRAMA

INTENSIVES (2 – 6 weeks)

  1. FIRST AID & SAFETY (early winter offering)

  2. HUNTER & GUN SAFETY (late winter/early spring offering)

Calling All Photographers! 

If you have pictures of your student participating in any sports, clubs, or Lumen-affiliated activities, please send them to Mrs. Spillers ( so that we can include them in our 2019-2020 Yearbook. Thank you!

Northern Lights Coupon Books

The High School Boys Basketball Team are selling Northern Lights Coupon Books and you can pre-order your copy by calling the Front Office.  Books will be $55 but provide over $21,000 in savings in fine & casual dining; hotels & lodging; recreation, auto, health & other amazing services.  To see the full list of participating vendors, go to:

The Basketball Team is hoping to travel to several different tournaments this season but needs successful fundraisers to help make that happen! Every book purchased results in a portion coming back to the team. Thanks in advance for your support of their efforts.

Free Afterschool Tutoring

The National Honor Society is now offering free after school tutoring on Thursday afternoons from 2:30-3:30 pm in the Library. Any student, any subject, stop by for help!

Volleyball Fundraiser- Lumen Christi Headbands $15 each

Taking pre-orders at the Front Desk. Just call or stop in to reserve yours today…The first batch of headbands will be here soon!  See the flyer below (sorry it didn’t come through on last week’s Lumen News.)

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, November 20th: St. Cecilia & Jam Session! Bring an instrument! 7-9p in the Lumen Upper Room.

Junior High Youth Night:  Thursday, November 21st: Presentation of Mary. 6-8p, Lumen Upper Room.