Lumen News – November 19, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov 25:  NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 25-29: Thanksgiving Vacation
  • 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
  • Jan 26th: PSAT testing for 9, 10, 11th grades

Principal’s Update:

As we complete a week of distance learning, we turn this Sunday towards the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King.  This solemnity helps us recognize that Christ, as the ruler of all peoples and nations, also reigns over our school community and guides our actions.  Our students, staff, parents, families, and parishioners are reminded of this fact each day and weekend by the quote over the entrance of our library:  “Let it be known to all who enter here that Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty and the inspiration for its students.”  Our mission statement, proudly displayed on our social media and in every classroom, echoes the centrality of Christ in our lives:  “As a ministry of St. Benedict Parish, Lumen Christi High School provides a rigorous Catholic education in a Christ-like environment.”  And finally, the importance of Jesus Christ is reinforced in all six of our Attributes of a Lumen Graduate, the very first one stating loudly:  “Our graduates have a worldview centered in the teachings of Jesus Christ.”

Despite the challenges this year, our staff and students continue to learn, grow and develop in our faith.  We work hard to foster an environment where all in our school can build upon their relationship with our Savior and King.  As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday next week, let us give thanks for all that we have, and all that we are able to do to serve the Lord in our lives.  And let us all give thanks especially for being united as one body in Christ.

On behalf of our entire school community, I wish you a happy Feast Day and a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Please stay healthy out there.

After I hear from the Archdiocese today and speak with our staff leadership team, I will send a separate email on Friday announcing our operating status for next week.  Thanks for your patience.

Campus Ministry:

Virtue of the Week: Loyalty

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

Thank you to Andrew and Jules Butcher, Maggie and Joseph Moriarty, and Jonah Doniere 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 Hayden Estabrook this week and Liam Thomson, Aiden Nordstrom and Peri Sanders next week!

  • 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 Marissa, aunt of 7th graders Alli and Addi, who is preparing for surgery

  • For those experiencing homelessness and poverty as our winter approaches

  • For Carly Helgesen, and all medical workers and first responders during this trying time

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

Archangel Sports:

High School Volleyball – Cheers to our Lady Archangels who finally got some actual game time this past weekend. Their games were split 1-1 with one defeat and one win against Cook Inlet Academy.

Our Regional “Tournament” (with one other team) originally scheduled for Friday has unfortunately been cancelled due to COVID exposure on the other team. We’re hoping to reschedule this match-up later. Stay tuned.

High School Boys Basketball don’t forget to let Coach Warren know if you’ve got a son who wants to come and shoot around with the team. Email him at and he’ll get you connected up with Coaches Trombley & Gregory.   

LUMENary Drive Update:

The number 7seven7 has always been considered “lucky” in many cultures and societies. This week, our LUMENary Drive is full of 7’s! Total giving to date is $31,857. Thirty-seven percent of families have given an average $387.  Extended family (of our 37% of our contributing families) have given an additional $287 each.

While our goal remains 100% family participation, we’ll gladly take 107%, counting in family and friends. We’ll also take any amount as long as it has a seven in it, preferably starting with a $7 followed by seven zeros : )  Kidding!

We recognize it’s a sacrifice to pay tuition and then to contribute extra on top of it but truly every little bit helps. You can pop a check in the mail or give easily on line:  Thank you for participating at a level that is right for your family.

Front Office News: 


Time, treasure, talent ~ thanks to a combination of these three gifts, one of our Lumen families, the Ortegas, will making homemade tamales and delivering them to the school next Tuesday, November 25th.  $20 will get you a dozen chicken with green salsa; pork with red salsa; cheese & jalapeno or a combination of all three! Place your order by emailing the Front Office by Sunday for delivery to the school on Tuesday, you can pick them up anytime in between 1p & 3p or we’ll send them home with your student if we’re in session. All proceeds to benefit the school.  ¡Muchas gracias Ortega family and friends!

Visa ~ Best Buy ~ Amazon ~ Walmart ~ Starbucks ~ American Eagle….. & MORE – It’s Lumen’s Scrip Program ~ New & Improved

One of Lumen’s fundraising opportunities is through the Scrip program, which allows you to purchase gift cards online at face value resulting in an instant rebate to the school.

Scrip recently made some major improvements to the program, including a handy app that lets you purchase and track gift cards from your phone. They are also sending the cards right to your door – no more order deadlines or school pick-ups!

This is a super easy way to support the school – just download the “RaiseRight Fundraising” App  ~ looks like this:

Then buy a gift card for $20 (or whatever amount you want) from literally hundreds of retailers and the school instantly gets a percentage of each purchase.

Please consider buying gift cards to use as gifts, or pay for your everyday purchases using gift cards instead of cash or credit cards. Thankscriping Day is November 19 and 20 (today and tomorrow!) – any purchases through the RaiseRight app will earn up to 20% bonuses for the school.

See the attached flyer for more information, and note that the ship to home option is only available through the app. If you’re setting up an account for the first time, Lumen’s enrollment code is 24BE76C444853. Questions on the Scrip program can be directed to Lumen parent Celine Kaplan at Thank you for supporting Lumen Christi’s fundraising efforts by purchasing gift cards through Scrip!

26th Annual Mardi Gras Gala & Auction Fundraiser:  

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

We’ve added more items for Share Hour opportunities!  To go along with our Mardi Gras theme, we’ve added a Bourbon Pull.  We also expanded the Share Hour limit for donating alcohol from 2 total hours to 4 total hours per family. Use the SignUp link below to donate wine, bourbon, or a gift certificate for a homemade dessert!  If you haven’t completed our brief survey the link is below and we would love your feedback. Thank you for your support!

Lands End Facemasks

In what can only be described as a sign of the COVID times, note that one of our uniform vendors,  Lands End now has facemasks with our Lumen logo on them.  $9.99 for a pack of 3, if you would like logo’ed, add $5.95.

Finals Week – Reminder: 

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

Survey Results:

Thank you to all who took the time to respond to our surveys following the last Parent/Principal Forum.  The results from the specific “COVID” survey were shared last week, attached below are the results from the general school satisfaction survey. We did not include response comments in order to maintain confidentiality.  If you have any questions about the survey or would like to discuss it further, please don’t hesitate to email Mr. Ross at or give him a shout at 273-1503.



There won’t be a Lumen News next week, watch for the next edition on Thursday, December 3rd. 
Have a very Happy (socially distanced, Zoom’ed/Facetimed with loved ones) Thanksgiving!