Lumen News – October 1, 2020
Important Upcoming Dates:
- Oct 13: College Pride Day (wear your favorite college spirit wear)
- Oct 14: High School PSAT (all 9th, 10th & 11th graders)
- Oct 14: Academic Day for Junior High (Wednesday Schedule)
- Oct 15-17: Girls Volleyball “Spiketacular” Tournament at Lumen (Tentative)
- Oct 16: Friday A Schedule/End of First Quarter
- Oct 21-22: Parent Teacher Conferences, 1-3pm and 4-7pm
- Oct 23: INSERVICE (No School)
Hello Lumen Families! A couple of updates for you this week. First, I want to congratulate those students who achieved a 3.0 or above and made the Academic Honor Roll last spring. The list of students is below and certificates will be sent home this week. I would love to do our traditional honors awards assembly and recognize each and every student in front of their peers, but we are simply unable to do so given the circumstances. Please join me in congratulating these students! Well done!
Second, if you have been paying attention to the COVID ACT NOW website, you will see that Anchorage’s Positive Test Rate has creeped up to 2.9%. We will still be in YELLOW status next week, but there may be a possibility that we have to transition to ORANGE if the Test Rate goes over 3%. As a reminder, in ORANGE, our students are in school in person Monday through Thursday, with Friday being an at home day. To facilitate more academic time and to accommodate our new 8am Friday Mass schedule, we made a change to our Friday routine in ORANGE from what was originally published in August. Our new ORANGE Friday A/B schedule will be as follows:
8:00a-8:55a Livestream St. Ben’s Mass via Facebook from home
9:00a-10:00a Period 1/2 (Students log into Google Meet from home)
10:05a-11:05a Period 3/4 (Students log into Google Meet from home)
11:10a-12:10p Period 5/6 (Students log into Google Meet from home)
Our teachers will discuss this with students tomorrow and next week so that if we do have to transition up to ORANGE, your son or daughter will know where to be and when.
Finally, as mentioned in last week’s Principal-Parent Forum, please mark your calendars for our upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences. We look forward to seeing you there! Have a wonderful weekend!
The Campus Ministry Office is located in the school library, students and parents are always welcomed to stop by!
Virtue of the Week: COMMUNICATION
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs. 16:24
We love to celebrate our kids’ victories! Please let us know when your son or daughter wins an award, performs well in competition or has other special achievements so we can recognize him or her.
Thank you parents for sending snacks for retreat and getting your students to and from the Holy Spirit Center last Friday.
Thank you to our amazing seniors; we had many retreat challenges with our COVID mitigation plan and our seniors did a great job planning.
Thank you to Mrs. Brewer, Mrs. Reed, Mr. Warren and Mrs. Anna for a wonderful Middle School retreat last Friday!
I am available in the Campus Ministry office (located in the library) for student and parent support. Email or drop by any time. If I am in class, leave a note and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
We are working to plan service opportunities here in our gym for students and families. If you know of a need we can meet, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthday blessings this week to Irene Benkovich, Natalie Grubba, Liam Thomson, Amara Warren and Mrs. Alvarez!
Please remember the following in your prayers this week:
The intentions of our Lumen families
That our country will unite in peace and justice
For healing of all infected with COVID – 19
An end to the pandemic
All first responders
If you would like special intentions listed in Lumen News and Prayer Book of Intentions send them directly to Mrs. Loeffler.
Jr. High Co-ed Volleyball Skill Building starts on Monday October 12th. Practices will be Monday & Wednesday from 1:15-2:30p. Students are welcome to stay after school and eat lunch, outside-weather permitting or inside in the gym, socially distanced! This is a great way for kids to learn the game, build some skills and get some exercise, all while having fun. Please encourage them (or force them, like I do to my kids) to play. Talk to Coach Warren if you’ve got questions. email@example.com
Our dual athletes (Archangels who also play for a home zoned public school) continue to impress!
Shout out to 10th grader Mia Sperbeck – Dimond High Swimming – who last weekend at a tournament came in second in her individual event (50 free) and was selected to be in two A-Relays where she helped her team finish first in both! Way to go Mia!!
Catch 11th Brenden Gregory (starting QB for Dimond Lynx football team) play tomorrow/Friday at 7p. No, you can’t watch in person but you can watch him & his team take on the Service High Cougars here: www.nfhsnetwork.com. Way to represent on the field, Brendan.
Last but not least, good luck to 10th grader Leyla Tiernan, defenseman for the North Stars U16 Tier 2 Team – she and her teammates are helping kick off this years Termination Dust Tournament. Go Leyla!
Fine print: Parents = please keep me posted on anything your kid(s) are doing, in or on a field/rink/pool or off! We love to give shout outs to our kids for being amazing.
Front Office News: Parents
Mardi Gras Gala & Auction
Thanks to everyone who called into the Gala Meeting last night – lots of great ideas were generated as we think about how to host a successful fundraising event for the school. If you attended the meeting, please email me (Anne) at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can record a Share Hour for you. Yes, you get credit for attending meetings!
If you attended any Principal/Parent Forum meetings, send me those hours too. You get one hour for every meeting attended.
Spring 2020 Honor Roll
Each semester invite parents to come to an all school assembly when we recognize academic achievement and distribute Honor Roll certificates. Yep – you guessed it, cancelled this semester as we limit gathering sizes. A full listing of students who made Honor Roll last spring is shown below – student certificates were distributed this afternoon in Advisory and should be coming home in a manila envelope!
VIRTUAL College & Career Fair
Parents of Juniors & Seniors – yet another Covid casualty – the traditional in person college & career fairs. Have no fear, another Zoom meeting is here! Check your email later today for information on how to register & attend as many sessions as you want on October 13th & 14th.
It’s a Crazy New Yearbook World Out There
In the last two Lumen News editions (because I know you read it from beginning to end), you’ll remember that there were requests for parents to send picts to the Yearbook Team. Josten’s, our yearbook vendor is allowing us to take it one step further and to submit them directly to them. See the flyer below or use this link: https://images.jostens.com/415464091
St. Theresa’s Raisin’ o’ the Green
There’s still time to register to participate in St. Theresa’s fundraiser which is on Saturday night. Go to www.stak2020.ggo.bid to get started, email Yvette Tousignant at email@example.com with last minute questions!
Front Office News: Students
Hey – see the notice above in the ‘rents section about being able to upload photos directly to Jostens, for inclusion in the Yearbook! Send any pics from last spring/summer/this fall to:
Faith in Action Opportunities
Still looking for a few High School helpers this Saturday, here at the school from 2p-4p;
Next Saturday, October 10th from 11a-2p we need help again. Let Mrs. Gore know if you can help!
Mrs. Brewer needs help sorting a HUGE number of coins. Earn some hours while you sort & chat with your buddies after school.
Interested in being in the school play this year? Mrs. Robertson the Drama Coach is looking for cast and crew, please let Ms. Gore know if you’re interested. This is open to High School students only (sorry 7e’s, sorry 8th graders).
16 and looking for work?
Tastee Freeze, up on the corner of Jewel Lake & International has a few openings for high school students that they’re looking to fill. Take your mask and head on up there after school for more info.