Lumen News – November 7, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov 8th: Veterans Dress Up Day (wear red, white & blue or show your pride in a military branch)
  • Nov 11th:  Veterans Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • Nov 12th:  Girls VB vs Su Valley @ O’Malley Sports Center, 6pm (SENIOR NIGHT)
  • November 15th:  9th Grade Retreat
  • November 20th:  Fall Open House and Information Night, 6-8pm
  • December 4:  First day of High School Basketball practice

Principal’s Update:

Our first ever Dia de los Muertos celebration last week was a great success!  Thank you to all who stopped by to enjoy the food, listen to music, tour the altars dedicated to loved ones, and share in the rich tradition of this cultural event.  There has been discussion about putting together a Cinco de Mayo festival, so keep an eye out for an announcement next spring!

By now you have received your letter from the School Board highlighting the priorities for this year, as well as laying out a strategic direction for the school for the next 3-4 years.  Recruitment of new families and students is a top priority  As we look towards our Fall Open House and Information Night on Wed, Nov 20th from 6-8pm, we need your help.  Word of mouth marketing is the most powerful method of encouraging new families to check out our school. YOU TRULY ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE AMBASSADORS OF OUR SCHOOL!

My challenge to you:  Over the next two weeks, go up to a family you know, or don’t know, at church, in the grocery line, in your neighborhood, at an event, where ever, and ask them if they have ever heard of Lumen Christi.  Invite them to our Open House on the 20th. Talk to them about our small class sizes, student centered instruction, caring and compassionate teachers, solid academics, wonderful student body, cell phone policy, and bus transportation to and from South Anchorage.  Be sure to mention that we have generous financial assistance available to all families in need.

I just did this last weekend at St. Elizabeth’s.  I saw a family I did not recognize and struck up a conversation at the end of Mass.  As it turns out, the family is brand new to the area and is very interested in Catholic education.  No, they had not heard of Lumen Christi, but yes, would very much love to attend our upcoming house.  After giving them my business card, I followed up with a text message and a link to our website. Thanks to a bit of courage (I know I’m the Principal, but I still get nervous), we may have a new 9th grader in our school with a rising 7th grader on the way next year.

Would you be willing to do the same?  If all of our families reached out to one other family and invited them to our Open House, we’d have waiting lists for all of our classes.  I hope you will be willing to take up this challenge.

Virtue of the Week: 

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is FLEXIBILITY: The strength to respond to change with ease.  The opposite of flexibility is: RIGIDITY: The weakness of being unable to change or adapt to new or different circumstances.

Campus Ministry

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

  • Thank you Mrs. Ross for volunteering to provide lunch for the 9th grade class retreat!  We would love another volunteer to help.

  • Anthony Ribicki did a fantastic job leading our congregation on piano today!

  • Looking for a fun way to support Alaskans in need?  Lumen Christi will be participating in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Proceeds go to the Anchorage food Bank. Register yourself, or your entire family at https://skinnyraven.com/event/turkey-trot/ 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 https://specialolympicsalaska.org/events/polar-plunge

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • 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.

School Announcements:

ARCH Card Holders

If you purchased an ARCH Card during Fall Registration for High School basketball games, they’ll be distributed within the next few weeks, well ahead of the start of the season. If you didn’t purchase one and would like to, please let Ms. Gore in the Front Office know. The cost for a card is $25 for adults and $10 for students and covers the entrance fee for all home basketball games.

Gala

 25thAnniversary Gala February 8th, 2020

Our first Gala Meeting will be NEXT WEDNESDAY 11/13 @ 7pm in the Library.

Please join us to discuss our upcoming school gala and auction.  This is the first meeting of the season and is a great time to share your ideas and suggestions. We appreciate everyone’s input!! You will earn a fundraising Share Hour for attending!

The gala is a large fundraiser and we need every family to lend a hand to be successful.

If you have questions, contact us in the Gala Office- 273-1530/gala@lumenchristiak.com

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. (Note that signing up especially for Intensives doesn’t guarantee a spot but allows instructors to begin planning!)

ELECTIVES

  1. ART:

Mrs. Androski will be back for another semester, students will continue to learn different ways of creative expression using charcoal, pastels, watercolor, ink, oil, acrylic, clay and metal. This class will meet during 7th hour on Tuesdays only, Wednesdays will remain a study hall period. Seventh graders are now eligible to register for this class as well as 8-12th graders. There is a $320 fee associated with this Elective which covers private instructor time and all materials.

  1. DRAMA:

Mrs. Robertson is extending an invitation to all High School students to participate in Drama. Even if you signed up for Drama during Registration in the fall, please come and re-register in the Office.  There will be a mandatory meeting for all students who wish to participate with Mrs. Robertson on Friday, November 22nd, right after school ends at 12:20. Mrs. Robertson will be providing lunch.  There is a $100 fee associated with this Elective which covers the purchase of scripts and APU Grant Hall Rental, where final performances are held.

INTENSIVES

  1. FIRST AID & SAFETY: (early winter offering)

This will be a short, 2 week/4 session class for High School Students only covering Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED plus First Aid training. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a American Safety Health Institute Certificate for CPR/AED & First Aid valid for 2 years. There is a fee associated with this Intensive which covers private instructor time. The fee is estimated to be in-between $75-$110 and is dependent upon the number of students enrolled.

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

This 5 week intensive is for grades 7-12 and provides training in firearms safety, wildlife conservation, and respect for our natural resources, landowners, and other hunters. This is the same class offered by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Upon successful completion, students will receive a lifetime hunter safety certification recognized by all 50 states. There may be a small fee (less than $20) associated with this Intensive.

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 (mspillers@lumenchristiak.com) 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: https://northernlightscoupons.com/.

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!

Class of 2020 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 21st. 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 Friday December 20th. 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.

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.)

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 athletics@lumenchristiak.com or 273-1513 if you’re planning on playing this upcoming season.  Please be sure all your eligibility paperwork and physical forms are turned in before December 4.

Following is a list of all remaining games:

High School Girls Volleyball –

  • Tomorrow! November 8 game vs Cook Inlet Academy, 4pm @ O’Malley Sports Center
  • November 12 game vs Su-Valley, 6pm @ O’Malley Sports Center (SENIOR NIGHT)
  • November 15 game vs Birchwood Christian, 6pm @ Birchwood
  • November 21-23 Tournament at Cook Inlet Academy (Soldotna)

Junior High Basketball –

  • November 13 games vs Anchor Lutheran, 6pm (girls) and 7pm (boys) @ Anchor
  • November 18 games vs Birchwood, 4pm (girls) and 5pm (boys) @ Birchwood
  • November 19 games vs Birchwood, 6:30pm (girls) and 7:30pm (boys)  @ O’Malley
  • 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, 5pm (boys only) @ 6:45 at O’Malley
  • December 6-7 Tournament @ Lumen Christi

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 13th: St. Margaret of Scotland & the Scottish Games. 7-9p, Lumen Upper Room.

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