Lumen News – November 21, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 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
  • Dec 10:  Advent Reconciliation Service, 11:40pm
  • Dec 13:  Archdiocesan Dodgeball Tournament, 7-10pm
  • Dec 17-19:  Final Exams
  • Dec 20-January 5:  Christmas Break

Principal’s Update:

I hope you enjoyed my video Principal’s Update last week.  I intend to alternate my updates this way going forward. This week, you get to read!

By now, most of you have heard that the Mat-Su Veterans have decided to cancel their November Gun Show held over Thanksgiving.  This is due to delays in painting and coating the gym floor. With several unfortunate delays already, I did not want to risk the floor not being fully prepared to be covered and walked upon next weekend.  My biggest fear was pulling up the floor cover after the Gun Show to find damage, which could have been averted if we had just waited a few more days. We’ve not been able to support our junior high basketball program and girls volleyball team at home this fall, and I did not want to risk impacting the varsity basketball season, which starts Dec 4.  So we will let the gym floor get finished, dry and cure with enough time to be ready for our teams to practice on the brand new court.

Our November 20th Open House went awesome!  We had 10 families come through, which is more than we have ever had for a fall open house.  A special thanks to Ms. Gore, Mrs. Crosby, Mrs. Butcher, and our Ambassador students for supporting the event, as well as to our teachers, who give so much of their time to the school already.  Please pray for these families as they make their decision where to send their son or daughter. We were all there ourselves at some point.

Every year, we conduct several surveys of parents, students, and staff in an effort to know where we are doing well and where we need to improve.  Your thoughtful answers help us to provide the best environment for your child. This year’s survey is here: Thank you in advance for filling this out as soon as possible!

I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend!

Virtue of the Week: 

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is AUTHENTIC: The strength to always be true and real.  The opposite of AUTHENTIC is FAKE: The weakness of not being who we truly are; counterfeit.

Campus Ministry:

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

  • After school on every 3rd Friday Mrs. Craig takes students to CSS Food Pantry for Community Service. Students can sign up in her classroom.

  • All Lumen students have been invited by Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish to celebrate their Feast Day Mass at the  Dec. 8th 11:00a.m. Mass. Mrs. Alvarez is offering extra credit for Spanish, and Mr. Ross is offering service hours and a dress down day for students who attend in Lumen attire.

  • Mea Culpa – Joseph Moriarty was left out of last week’s congratulations to our students  attending their Confirmation retreat…but he was not left out of our prayers!

  • 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

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

Prayer Spot

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • Our Volleyball as they travel

  • All affected by recent school violence

  • Those without adequate food, shelter and clothing as winter approaches

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 Junior High Girls & Boys Basketball Teams continue to charge on through their season, both teams scored decisive wins over Anchor Lutheran on the 14th altho only the girls were successful against Birchwood on the 18th & 19th. The girls were unsuccessful in taking down the Holy Rosary Academy co-ed team on the 20th; the boys square off against the same team  tomorrow night, the 22nd. Stay tuned for details!

The High School Volleyball Team had some tough competition against Birchwood on the 15th and are currently en route to Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna for their final tournament of the season. Good luck to the team especially our four seniors who are playing their last volleyball games as Lumen Christi Archangels: Sophia Dupras, Mai Do, Kaiya Thorness and Neat Song. Tournament details will be here in Lumen News next week.

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

Junior High Basketball –

  • Tomorrow! Nov. 22 game vs Holy Rosary, 6:45pm (boys only) @ AT&T Center
  • Nov. 26 games vs Anchor Lutheran, 6:30pm (girls) and 7:30pm (boys) @ AT&T Center
  • Dec. 3 game vs Faith Lutheran, (boys only) @ 6:45 at AT&T Center
  • December 6-7 Tournament @ Lumen Christi – finally! The teams will get to end their season back on their own home turf.

 School Announcements:

LUMENary Drive 

Week 2 of the LUMENary Drive reporting: Donations continue to come in and with just over $20,000 having come in, we’re at exactly 40% of our $50k goal! To date we’ve had 71 individual families contribute, of those 21 are Lumen families (29% of total givers); 11 are Lumen faculty & staff (100% of the full time faculty & staff – whoo hoo! They represent 15% of total givers); and 39 (or 55 % of total givers) are St. Benedict’s parishioners and other friends of Lumen Christi.

Thanks to those of you who have given or pledged already, please consider making your donation today in support of Catholic education.

Tomorrow – FRIDAY!! Drama Meeting

All interested high school students (and their parents if at all possible) should plan on attending the first drama club meeting of the year immediately after school gets out at 12:30p. Play selection, roles, set & tech strategy and more will be discussed. Mrs. Robertson will be providing lunch!


We need your feedback for the upcoming anniversary gala. Please complete the following survey:  We appreciate your feedback and support! Thank you! Danielle & Julie, Gala Co-Chairs

Other ways to support:

o   December: Wednesday 12/4 & Monday 12/16

o   January: Monday 1/6 & Wednesday 1/22

Volleyball Headbands

The Lumen Christi headbands have arrived!! Please contact the Front Desk if you put in a pre-order. If you didn’t pre-order we still have a few left that can be purchased for $15 – send in cash, a check made out to Lumen or call the Front Desk and Mrs. Gore can take a credit card payment. Thank you for supporting the High School Volleyball team.

Parents with Pics on Your Phone….

We know you’ve been snapping pictures with your phones – if you’ve got any good ones of your student(s) please send them to Mrs. Spillers for inclusion in the yearbook. She’s looking in particular for pictures of them in any Lumen or non-Lumen sports and club activities. Please send them to Thank you.

Spring Intensives & Electives

Don’t forget to have your student sign up for Art or Drama (full semester electives) or First Aid & Safety or Hunter & Gun Safety (2-6 week Intensives) in the office. Art & Hunter Safety are available for all grades; First Aid/Safety & Drama are available for High School only.

St. Benedicts & Other Community Events:

Community Service Opportunity

The Girls Scouts of Alaska is looking for students to help babysit on Thanksgiving Day from 4p – 10p and on Black Friday from 6a – 2p. These are prime shopping opportunities for parents and the Girl Scouts are working towards merit badges for their service. There are organized activities in place, Lumen students who can help will be participating and helping overseeing those not truly ‘babysitting.’  The event will be held at Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club located at 2300 36th Avenue. Please contact Mary Henry at 223-2036 if your student is interested in helping.

St. Benedict’s Youth Group 

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

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

High School Youth Night: Wednesday, November 27th: Extended movie night, 7p – 11p in the Lumen Upper Room.