Lumen News – November 18th, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates:

Nov 18-20: Regional Volleyball Tournament @ Lumen
Nov 22: Wednesday bell schedule (2, 4, and 6 plus 7th period elective) Nov 23: Tuesday bell schedule (1, 3, and 5 plus 7th period elective)
Nov 24: No School thanks to our awesome parents!
Nov 25-28: Thanksgiving Weekend (No School)
Nov 27-28: Mat-Su Veterans Gun Show @ Lumen
Dec 2-4: State VB Tournament
Dec 3-4: Middle School BB Tournament @ Lumen
Dec 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass @ 7:45am
Dec 10: 11th Grade Retreat (details to follow)
Dec 11: Winter Formal Dance (“Snow Dance”)(JH 5:30-7pm; HS 8-10pm) Dec 14-16: Final Exams (see schedule in Handbook)
Dec 16-18: High School BB Tournament @ Lumen
Dec 17-Jan 2: Christmas Break
Jan 3: Start of Second Semester

Principal’s Update:

A BIG, BIG shoutout to our parents and guardians who rose to the challenge and helped meet and exceed our 75% family participation goal for our annual LUMENary Drive! As you heard via Remind, I doubled down and extended another challenge to take us to 85%! Thanks to you, we made our 85% parent participation goal today, so not only do we get Wednesday, Nov 24th off, all students and staff have a “casual week” (no uniform) for Friday, December 10th AND Finals Week! A special thanks as well to one of our generous families who matched all these contributions with a $500 donation–AWESOME! A job well done across the board–thank you, thank you! I hope all families enjoy the extra holiday as we give thanks for our many, many blessings! WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!

We wish our varsity girls volleyball team the best of luck over the next couple of days at the Regional tournament held here at Lumen. If you want to catch some spirited volleyball action, come down to our gym and cheer on our Lady Archangels!

We also want to keep in our thoughts and prayers Frankie Locke, Joseph Moriarty, Brooke Ahrenholz, and Liv Crosby from our rifle team who will compete in the Jordyn Durr Memorial Rifle Match Friday evening at Service High School. Jordyn Durr was a Service High Navy JROTC cadet and air rifle shooter who was tragically killed by a drunk driver while walking home in August 2013. Our entire rifle team has been working hard over the past few months to hone marksmanship skills and ended our “virtual” season3-2! These four shooters qualified for Friday’s memorial match and will compete against teams and individuals from all the “Big 8” high schools in the Anchorage School District. Good luck Archangel Sharpshooters!

Finally, thank you to all who have provided feedback on our COVID survey. At this point, we have received 56 responses! For full transparency, I have asked our School Board to establish a subcommittee to review and analyze the data and determine the best way to go forward in presenting the results back to our community. I appreciate the School Board’s commitment to this important task and I look forward to the subcommittee’s analysis.

On behalf of our school staff, we hope everyone has a blessed and safe weekend!

Campus Ministry:

Here are some helpful resources for parents looking to discuss the strength of sacrifice at home:

This week we pray for parents who have lost children. Mother Mary, you know the pain and sorrow of losing the child you carried within you, held in your arms, and loved more than your own life. Today we ask your intercession for the healing of all parents who have lost a child to death. We ask your intercession also, for the repose of the souls of children who died before they were even born, those lost in infancy, childhood or as young adults as we pray, Hail Mary… Amen

●  Junior Class retreat will be Friday, December 10th. More information to follow.

●  Advent begins November 29th. We will hold schoolwide Jesse Tree prayer services each afternoon during Advisory throughout the season.

Happy Birthday this week to Hayden Estabrook and Ian Lindamood!

Covenant House provides food and shelter for homeless teens. Thursday night of this week the “Covenant House Sleep Out” was held. People in our community set up shelters and slept outside in subzero temperatures to raise money for Covenant House, and to raise awareness of those experiencing homelessness. Thank you to all those who participated. Most importantly, this week please lift up in prayer the youth of our state who are experiencing homelessness, and all those who aid them.

This is who Covenant House Helps in Alaska:

●  46% of youth helped by CH have been sexually abused

●  28% have been victims of human trafficking

●  66% have not finished High School

●  26% have infants or are pregnant

●  40% suffer from mental illness

●  50% have been in failed foster care

●  51 youth are cared for everyday

●  About 1,000 youth are served every year

●  Since 1988, Alaska Covenant House has served 30,000 youth

Archangel Sports:


Region II Volleyball Tournament Begins
Thursday Nov. 18th- Saturday Nov 20th

MS Basketball

Tuesday, November 24th at Birchwood
5 pm (Girls)
6:15 pm (Boys)

Front Office News:

Alaska Veterans Gun Show

The Alaska Veteran Gun Show hosted by MAT-SU Veterans Foundation of Alaska will be held at Lumen Christi High School on Saturday, Nov. 27th & Sunday, Nov. 28th. (Here is another great opportunity to earn some Parent Share Hours!) Although it is a non-school event, we are still looking for parent volunteers to help run the Front Gate and collect the $5 entrance fee. The Vets donate half of all gate proceeds back to the school, so please help if you can!

Masks are optional for this event.
Here is the link to sign-up:


SHAZAAAAM! Lumen parents for the cool cat WIN! As today’s morning text said, we didn’t just meet our goal of 75% family participation, but we blew through it and went to a solid 85%!! As promised, following is a break down of numbers so you can see just how impressive this truly is!

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As of November 18th:



Total Amount Raised:



Percentage of Total Goal ($75,000) Raised:



Total Number of Donors:



Number of Lumen Families Donating:



% of Lumen Families Donating:



% of All Donors (143 or 106) that are Lumen Families:



% of Donors that are Lumen Families + Other Family Relatives (aunts/uncle, grandparents, etc.):



% of Donors that are Lumen Families + Other Family Relatives + Teachers & Staff:



% of Donors that are Lumen Families + Other Family Relatives + Teachers & Staff + Board Members:



Other fun facts:
*It took us until March 14th last year, to get to where we are today on November 18th.
*It took until May 10th to reach our final goal of $75,000; we have every intention of reaching our goal by December 31st….or sooner!

While the numbers above illustrate the significant difference between this year and last, more importantly they show that we are a community who pays our own way. We are families, extended families, teachers, staff and members of a Board of Directors who find common ground in, and dig deep to support our shared goals of Living Faith, Celebrating Family and Achieving Excellence. Thank you Lumen community for an extraordinary 60 days of giving! We are truly better together!

And please, if you haven’t donated yet, it’s never too late! (C’mon, you know I couldn’t go without asking again!)

Annual February Fundraising Gala! Saturday, Feuary 12, 2022

The Procurement Team is busy at work and the items they’ve been securing are MIGHTY FINE! The ever popular (and highly sought after) week in Mexico was just confirmed today for the live auction (Gads, wouldn’t a little warmth feel good right about now?) Fishing and rafting trips, ATV tours, flightseeing trips, kitchen, car and household goodies – it’s kind of hard to keep up on it all – and it’s only November! Rest assured there’s something for everyone and you won’t want to miss out.

We’re still looking for a crafty 7th grade parent to help lead a project for that class (we’ve got loads of ideas to help you with); and an easy way to get some Share Hours in is to sign up to donate a bottle of wine. Sign ups to help are below.

Questions? Ideas? Do you own or know of a business that might consider donating an item, gift certificate or becoming an event Archangel Sponsor? Email email or call Anne at 273-1530 for more information!

FREE After School Tutoring

Parents – don’t forget that students from the National Honor Society provide free tutoring afterschool on Tuesdays, from 2-3p in Mrs. Craig’s room, #107. Help is available in any subject, for all grades! Encourage your student to stay if they need a little extra help.

Volunteer/Parent Share Hours Opportunities

Regions II Volleyball Tournament (11/18-11/20)

Alaska Veterans Gun Show (11/27-11/28)

2022 Gala Wine Donation

No Place like Home- Gala

Archangel Attic