Lumen News – October 18, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • October 18th-20th:  Spiketacular High School Volleyball Tournament
  • October 19th: In-Service Day, NO SCHOOL!
  • October 23rd: National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 6 pm
  • October 25th: MatSu boys basketball vs Holy Rosary Academy at Lumen at 5 pm
  • October 25th & 26th: ½ Day for Parent Teacher Conferences (details below)
  • October 26th:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Halloween Carnival, 6-8pm
  • October 29th:  Student Government Halloween Carnival, 2 pm
  • October 31st:  Halloween Costume Dress Up Day
  • October 31st:  Chili for Charity Lunch (details below)
  • November 1st:  School Mass, 9am
  • November 2nd:  Saint’s Dress Up Day (dress up as your favorite saint)
  • Nov 5th:  All School Rosary, 2 pm
  • November 8th: Fall Open House, 6-8 pm
  • November 9th: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Gala
  • November 16th:  10th Grade Retreat (details below)

Principal’s Update:   

Did you know that our annual fund drive, the LUMENary Drive, has officially started?  This year, our goal is to raise $40,000 as a school community.  This drive, combined with other development and fundraising efforts like the Gala, the Archangel Attic, the Lighting the Path to the Future appeal, and the financial and material investment from St. Benedict’s parish, helps reduce our tuition by over $9,000 per student!   A successful LUMENary Drive is absolutely critical to the financial health and stability of our school.

Within the next day or so, you will receive a letter from me, Father Tom, and our School Board Chair, Mr. Greg Gallagher.  We are trying something a bit different this year for the 2018-2019 LUMENary Drive. We are asking each Lumen family to help us raise $500 towards our overall goal.  Your LUMENary Drive packet will come with a pledge envelope for your family, as well as additional fund drive brochures and pledge envelopes and Fall Open House invitations.  You will also receive an email with electronic attachments of the same. Please read the materials carefully this weekend as we are asking you to identify 4-5 close and extended family and friends who you think may want to give a tax-deductible donation to support the mission of Catholic education here at Lumen.   We hope our students will send a personal note or email appeal to those family members and friends, along with the informational materials, asking them to consider supporting our school. Together, as a Lumen community, we can meet, and exceed, our fund drive goal.  Thanks in advance for your assistance in this effort!

Finally, we pray for and wish our girls volleyball team success in the Spike-tacular Tournament which starts today.  I look forward to seeing you in the stands cheering on our Archangels. And we hope you have a wonderful and safe extended weekend!

Campus Ministry:

  • 10th Grade will be on retreat Friday, November 16. We will spend the morning in reflection and prayer here at Lumen and the afternoon will be in service to the community off campus. We will return to Lumen Christi at 2:30 p.m. Please note this is later than the regular Friday dismissal time.  Permission slips will be given to students next Thursday, October 25th.

  • 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:

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

  • Volunteers are needed for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Gala on Nov 9.   Let Mrs. Gore at the Front Desk if your student(s) can help.

  • 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 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!

  • Calling all students to join our 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 12:30-3 pm service at our sister school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. While parents are responsible for picking up students at Lumen at the normal Friday dismissal time (12:20p) and getting them over to SEAS, we are hoping to start a rotating carpool among parents so driving duty can be shared. This is a great way for students to earn Share Hours and support our sister school. Let Mrs. Loeffler know if you’re interested.

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.

      • 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 Lumen Christi Spiketacular Volleyball Tournament starts today!  We’re hosting 15 teams from around the state for 3 days of competition.  Please come out and support our Archangels and see some great volleyball!  We still need parent volunteers to be line judges and help run concessions, you can sign up here:

ArchCards! There’s been a slight delay in getting those out, but if you purchased one at Registration know that your name will be on a list at the door if you wish to attend any/all of the Spiketacular games this weekend.  If you missed the opportunity to purchase an ArchCard at Registration, know that it’s not too late to get one. Adult cards are $25 and students are $10, both allow you access to any home basketball or volleyball game held at Lumen. Normal admission fee is $3-$5 per game..

School Announcements:

Chili for Charity!

Please join us on Wednesday, October 31, from 11:00-11:30 in the Parish Hall for our Disaster Relief collection “Chili for Charity” sponsored by the Lumen Christi Staff.  Enjoy a bowl of chili with all the fixins’, cornbread, and bottled water – all for just for $5.00. All proceeds go to Catholic Charities USA to help the victims of Hurricane Michael.

Special Health Care Outreach

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Health Ministry Team and Youth Group have come together to offer a special presentation on opioid abuse and how it affects families. The Lumen community has been invited to join them on Thursday October 25th, 7 pm in the SEAS gym.  See the attached flyer for more information.

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:

National Honor Society

The Lumen Christi National Honor Society will have its induction ceremony on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6pm in the library.  All students and families are encouraged to join the new inductees and celebrate their accomplishments. A small reception will follow the ceremony.

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.  There is no school Mass on Thursday, October 25th.  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.

Senior Pictures

The clock is ticking!  Less than two weeks left to get your senior pictures to Mrs. Spillers….don’t let your yearbook page be blank! Submit your digital files to ASAP.

St. Benedict’s

As a ministry of St. Benedicts, we are forever grateful for their support of LCHS. Let’s show our support for them by attending their sponsored events!

*This coming Saturday, October 20th after the 5 pm mass the Knights of Columbus are hosting the First Annual “Knights Chili Cook Off” in the Parish Hall. Donations are welcome to help fund the many projects they work on.

*A World Youth Day “Italian Dinner” Fundraiser will be held in the Parish Hall at 6pm on Saturday, October 27th.  Join others for a 7 course feast and help get kids on their way to Panama in 2019!


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

Uniforms/Spirit Wear

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.

Ongoing School Needs & Share Hour Opportunities:

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 to volunteer here:

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 any of our sports events, here!