Lumen News – November 29, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov 29th-30th, Dec 1st: Middle School Basketball Tournament at Lumen Christi
  • Nov 30th:  Archdiocese of Anchorage Youth Dodgeball Tournament
  • Dec 2nd:  Start of Advent
  • Dec 3rd:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • Dec 4th:  Gala Meeting, 7pm
  • Dec 6th:  Feast of St. Nicholas/All School Mass, 9am
  • Dec 8th:  Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run, 11:15am
  • Dec 11th:  All-School Advent Reconciliation Service, 9:30am
  • Dec 11th:  Gala Meeting, 7pm
  • Dec 13th:  All School Mass, 9am
  • Dec 13-15th:  High School Basketball Tournament @ CIA
  • Dec 14th:  9th Grade Retreat
  • Dec 15th:  Special Olympics Polar Plunge
  • Dec 18-20th:  Final Exams
  • Dec 21:  Christmas Break Begins

Principal’s Update:

WHAT.A.GREAT.WEEK!  Our junior high basketball teams continued their season with victories against Anchor Lutheran earlier in the week and will compete in the Alaska Christian Schools Activity Association (ACSAA) tournament starting today through Saturday in our gym.  Please come out to support our middle school Archangels and their teammates from 5th and 6th grade from St. Elizabeth’s!

On Wednesday, we held a luncheon and tour for parish priests from Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Andrew’s (Eagle River), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS), St. Patrick’s, Holy Cross, and Holy Family Cathedral.  The priests started their day with a tour at SEAS and then came over to Lumen to see the K-12 continuum of Catholic education we are blessed to have here in Anchorage. We hope these priests will go back to their parishes and spread the good news about our school.

Today, we are hosting two prospective new students (a 7th grader from Mears and a 10th grader from Service) on a “shadow day.”  By shadowing a Lumen student, these days are a great way for potential students to get to know our school, our schedule, and our students and to learn about life as a Lumen Archangel.  We pray that these students, as well as another prospective 7th grader who will visit next week, decide to come to Lumen starting in January.

Finally, at least ten 6-person high school age teams from parishes all over Anchorage and Wasilla (including three from Lumen) will converge on the Lumen gym from 6:30-9pm Friday night to participate in the Archdiocese of Anchorage Youth Dodgeball Tournament.  Our students are always mentioning they want to have more youth involved in our school community.  This event is a means to do that, under the spirit of our faith (and a little healthy competition, of course)!  Therefore, I have challenged our students to fill our bleachers Friday night with their spirit and pride. Any Lumen student that shows up to support and cheer on our teams IN LUMEN SPIRIT WEAR will get a free candy or bag of popcorn from the concession stand.  Rumor has it the Archdiocese will be bringing pizza as well, so make it a fun, family night and come watch some dodgeball!  We hope to see you there!


LUMEN-ary Drive:

LUMEN-ary Drive Update:  Good news!  We are more than half-way to our goal of $40,000!  As of Wednesday, Nov. 29th, we have cash-in-the-door of $20,695. Thank you to all who have supported this important campaign to date.  Please remember that a successful LUMEN-ary Drive is critical to our school’s financial stability. Since we did not sell “Gold Cards” this year we’re asking each school family to voluntarily cooperate in raising at least $500 to help balance the school’s budget.  While you are not obligated to pay this additional amount, our hope is that you will ask extended family and friends to support Lumen Christi’s mission of offering a “rigorous Catholic education in a Christlike environment.”  One of the ways to encourage greater participation in the LUMEN-ary Drive is to have your son/daughter send out a personal note to extended family and friends along with LUMEN-ary Drive information. National ‘best practices” show that extended family members and friends are excited to help support the mission of Catholic education.  To date, 29 families have sent a total of 53 personal notecards through the school, and recipients of these personal notecards have responded with a total of $2,600. It’s working!  Let’s work together to achieve our goal of raising the $40,000 by Christmas!   Thank you!

Campus Ministry:

  • We have three full teams for tomorrow night’s dodgeball tournament! Teams meet in the gym tomorrow night at 6:30 pm

  • Please join our Lumen Christi Jingle Bell Run team. The run takes place on Dec. 8, 2018 and benefits The Arthritis Foundation. Students, teachers and families had a great time last year. You can sign up through this link:

  • Our 9th grade Service Retreat is planned for Friday, December 14 from  8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will meet in the Library after morning prayer. Morning sessions conclude at 11:30 for lunch and we leave for Brother Francis Shelter at noon.  Students will be back on campus at 2:30. We are looking for drivers to transport students to and from Brother Francis Shelter. Please contact Mrs. Loeffler is you are able to help out! Permission slips were sent home today.

  • Please join our team and take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics! Our jump time is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15. To register go to:…and sign up under the team “Families of the Knights”

  • Our first parent discussion group brought us into some very deep and relevant conversation.  Please join on December 9th for our next meeting at 4 p.m. in the school library.

  • January 18th we will be having an evening of prayer and fellowship, and food for teens and parents!  Please mark your calendars. Further information to come.

  • We have Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15am in our Archangel Chapel, and each Thursday at 9am at St. Benedict Church. Please join us!

Upcoming Events

Youth Night is held at St. Benedict Church each Wednesday – all high school Lumen students are welcome! Several Theology teachers offer extra credit for Faith events attended outside of school hours. Students can check with teachers.

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

    • All first responders

    • The families and communities affected by violence

  • Any prayer requests that families would like listed here in Lumen News and also in the Lumen Prayer Book of Intentions may be sent directly to Mrs. Loeffler.

Archangel Sports Update:

The Middle School Basketball Tournament starts at 3p today!  Come and cheer on our teams, the first Lumen games are at 4p (girls) and 5p (boys.) GO ARCHANGELS!!

Student Spotlight:

Our students do amazing things, both on campus and off. We’ll be using this new section of Lumen News to highlight those who have accomplished or contributed something extra over the past week.

*Parents/Guardians – if your student has done something that deserves “Spotlight” recognition, please let Mrs. Gore at the Front Desk know!

School Announcements:

Class of 2019 Senior Memory Pages

Now that your Senior Portraits have been submitted, it’s time to get working on your Senior Memory Page. Please adhere to the following due dates:

  • If you and your family opted to create your own Senior Memory Page, it is due Tuesday January 22nd. This must be a digital file that is submitted to Mrs. Spillers. Price is $100.00. If you have yet to pay, please do so at the front office.

  • If you have chosen to have the Yearbook Staff create your Senior Memory Page, photos for your page are due Monday December 17th. These photos must be in digital format and submitted to Mrs. Spillers. Price is $150.00. If you have yet to pay, please do so at the front office.

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 2018-2019 Yearbook. Thank you!

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story will be presented over at our sister school St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 2p on Saturday, December 22nd. Recommended for ages 13 and older, tickets for the show are $15 and are available for purchase in both the St. Elizabeth and Lumen front offices.

Be a Santa to a Senior

No, not the senior class, but the seniors in our community! Each year there are many elderly residents in our community for whom the holidays pass without a visit from anyone, let alone a gift. The “Be a Santa to a Senior” organization seeks to change that and would like our help. Simply stop by either of the locations below and pull an “ornament of need” off of the tree. Purchase the gift and return it (unwrapped) by December 10th to the tree where you pulled the ornament from.  For more information, visit or call 907-277-4663. Thank you for going the extra mile for someone in need, in our community.

Tree locations:

• Home Instead Senior Care 440 W. Benson Blvd.

• Dr. John D. Frost, Lake Otis Medical Plaza 4100 Suite #302