Lumen News – October 11, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • October 11: TODAY! First day of practice for Middle School Basketball
  • October 11: TODAY! High School Volleyball vs. Su-Valley at 6 pm
  • October 12th:  College Pride Casual Day (wear your favorite college gear)
  • October 16th:  School Board Meeting, 6pm
  • October 17th:  University of Portland visit, 1:15pm
  • October 18-20:  Spiketacular High School Volleyball Tournament
  • October 19th: In-Service Day, No School
  • October 25th & 26th: ½ Day for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 29th:  Student Government Halloween Carnival, 2pm
  • October 31st:  Halloween Costume Dress Up Day
  • November 2nd:  Saint’s Dress Up Day (dress up as your favorite saint)
  • Nov 5th:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • November 8th: Fall Open House, 6-8pm
  • November 9th: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Gala

Principal’s Update: 

Did you know that Lumen Christi was moved from its original Fireweed Ln location to St. Benedict’s in 2000?  The invite came from Father Giebel who welcomed the school as a ministry of the parish. You can learn more about Father Giebel, the honorary “First Pastor” of Lumen Christi, on the information board on the right when you first walk into our school.

Our school was a beehive of activity this week, especially on Wednesday.  Our 9th-11th graders all took the PSAT test, while our seniors took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).  These tests measure developed abilities, skills, and knowledge and will help our high schoolers better plan their college, occupational, or vocational careers.  At the same time, our junior high students split into several groups and spent the morning putting their faith into action. Some of our 7th and 8th students started the day celebrating Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Monastery and meeting the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration!   Other students attended weekly school Mass with the elementary school students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. Following Mass, one group of students helped set up fall decorations at Prestige Care home off Muldoon Road. Another group assisted grounds and beautification volunteers in setting up garden lights at St. Patrick’s Parish.  A third group headed downtown to spend time at the Chancery, working in various odd jobs for the Archdiocese of Anchorage. The fourth group stayed at St. Elizabeth’s and assisted teachers in classroom tasks. A special thanks to our parent chaperones who volunteered to drive and an extra thank you to Mrs. Robertson who organized the day!

We hope you have a blessed and safe weekend!

Campus Ministry:

  • We are currently forming our Lumen Christi team for the Jingle Bell Run. 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:

  • Pope Francis has issued a special invitation for the faithful to pray the Rosary and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel each day during October for the protection of the Church from evil. This is a great family activity for this month. Our Campus Ministry Bulletin Board is devoted to reflecting the Rosaries said by our families. Each time a rosary is said students are encouraged to record their family names on a bead and add it to the board.

  • We will soon be forming our Lumen Christi team for the 2018 Polar Plunge. It takes place at Goose lake on Saturday, December 15 and benefits the Special Olympics. Last year Lumen Christi raised over $3,000 and had a ball doing it!  Please consider this challenge. Details for joining the team 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!

  • Lumen Christi is forming a dodgeball team for the November 30th Dodgeball tournament.  It will be held at Lumen Christi and teams from parishes all over the Archdiocese will be competing. See Mrs. Loeffler for more info.

  • There are still spots for Friday service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. This is another great way for students to earn Share Hours.

  • Volunteers are needed for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Carnival Oct. 26. Let Mrs. Gore at the Front Desk know if your student can help.

  • Volunteers are needed for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Gala on Nov 9.

Upcoming Events:

Youth Night is held at St. Benedict Church each Wednesday – all high school Lumen students are welcome! Students earn extra credit for Theology class when they attend after hours Faith events!!

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

      • All first responders

      • Those affected by Hurricane Michael and other natural disasters in the world.

  • 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 girl’s high school volleyball team has their first match tonight, October 11 at 6p here in the Lumen Gym. Come out and support our team as they take on Su-Valley!

Boys and girls middle school basketball also begins today, October 11, with the girls practicing from 3:15 to 4:30 and the boys practicing from 4:15 to 5:30 this afternoon.  It is not too late to join!

Big Reminder that next week is the Lumen Christi Spiketacular Volleyball Tournament!  We’ll be hosting 15 teams from around the state for 3 days of competition.  Please come out and support our Archangels and see some great volleyball! Games will start on Thursday and run through Saturday evening’s championship match.

School Announcements:

Archangel Attic

As you know, 100{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe} of Archangel Attic sales go directly towards reducing tuition for Lumen students. You can support the Attic’s efforts by volunteering your time and treasure! Sign up here:

College Fair/College Visits

Juniors and Seniors who have turned in their permission slips will be headed to the UAA college fair on Monday, October 15th. Students without permission forms will have to remain at school. The University of Portland will be here on Wednesday, October 17th at 1:15 in Mrs. Brewer’s room to meet with any interested students and parents.

Concession Stand

Volleyball and Junior High basketball seasons are kicking off which means we’ll need plenty of support at the concession stand. This is a fun way to earn share hours and is always a win-win because concession sales financially support the school. Sign up to support our first volleyball tournament, here!

Italian Dinner

St. Benedict’s Parish is hosting an Italian Dinner fundraiser for kids going to Panama’s World Youth Day in January 2019. Join others for a 7 course feast in the Parish Hall starting at 6pm on Saturday, October 27th and help get kids on their way to Panama!

Lands’ End $10,000 Scholarship

One of our uniform vendors, Lands’ End is soliciting applications for $10,000 scholarships. Scholarships can be used by graduating seniors for college, for 7-11 graders for tuition and uniforms here at Lumen, or placed in a 529 Educational Account. Only 3,000 applications will be accepted from across the US – let’s make sure Alaska is represented! Click here for more information on how to apply:

Online Courses

If your child is taking an online course that they hope to get credit for, you must complete and submit an “Online Request Form” to the Front Office.  Not all courses or vendors are accepted for credit at Lumen. If you have any questions feel free to contact Mrs. Brewer (

Parent Teacher Conferences

As a reminder, Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on October 25th & 26th. On Thursday the 25th students will follow a “Friday A” schedule with early dismissal at 12:20p. Conferences will then begin at 3p and run until 7p.  On Friday, students will follow a “Friday B” schedule again with early dismissal at 12:20p, with conferences beginning at 1p and ending at 4p.

New Lumen parents: note that you don’t need to sign up for a conference time, rather they occur on a walk-in/first come first served basis.

PVO (Parent Volunteer Organization)

Thanks to all who attended our first PVO meeting on Tuesday night. Topics discussed included the new Spirit Wear website, upcoming volunteer opportunities, fundraisers and our February Gala. We are still looking for administrative support with PVO, don’t be afraid to step in & help out!

Senior Pictures

You only have 2.5 weeks left to get your senior pictures to Mrs. Spillers! Do this ASAP if not already done! Submit your digital files to as soon as you have them.


Our next order deadline is Saturday, October 12.  This week only Scrip is offering special rebates on gift cards for the following merchants: Bath & Body Works (17{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe}), Domino’s Pizza (12{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe}), LL Bean (17{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe}) and TGI Friday’s (10{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe}). Forms are available in the office or you can order online at If you’re setting up an account on for the first time, Lumen’s enrollment code is: B968B67E44853. Questions on the Scrip program can be directed to Thank you for supporting Lumen Christi’s fundraising efforts by purchasing gift cards through Scrip!


Don’t forget on-going tutoring (in any subject) is available Mondays after school from 2:30-4:00, in the library. There is no charge for this service.


Spirit Wear is now available in town! You can order directly online through Alaska Serigraphics at    Please note that all orders placed before October 31 will have free shipping and will be delivered to the school by November 15th. For all future orders, you will have the option of paying an additional shipping charge for delivery to your home, or free shipping for delivery and pick up at the school. If you have any questions, please call the office or Gerianne Thorsness at 907.229.0597.

And finally…..

2018-19 LUMEN-ary Drive starts next week!  As a Lumen family, we know you already appreciate our school.  This year we want you to be able to reach out to other family members and friends and ask their support for our great school!  The LUMEN-ary Drive directly offsets operational costs of the school, so that we may continue to offer a solid Catholic education at an affordable price to as many families as possible.  Tuition this year averages $7,250 per student, while the actual cost to educate one student is $16,500. The LUMEN-ary Drive seeks to fill that “gap” of over $9,000 per student. A successful drive is critical to our financial stability.  This year we will send additional brochures and letters of explanation to you so you can distribute them further and invite others to be a Lumen supporter!  Please look for the mailing next week, both to your home and email addresses. It’s easy to fulfill your pledge online. Thank you for generously supporting this year’s LUMEN-ary Drive!