Lumen News – October 2, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Oct 7th:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • Oct 14th:  Thursday Schedule
  • Oct 16th:  PSAT 9-11th grades
  • Oct 17th:  Wednesday Schedule
  • Oct 18th:  Inservice Day (NO SCHOOL)

Principal’s Update:

What a great week!  On Tuesday, we inducted Class of 2020 Seniors Karin Helgeson and Mikayla Terry into our National Honor Society chapter.  Both of these ladies have excelled here at Lumen and well-exemplify the NHS traits of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

A thank you to all who purchased pizza for lunch last week to support the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.  Thanks to the efforts of Class of 2020 Senior Nathan Goodwin, our Student Leadership Board Service Committee Chair, we raised over $120 to send to the National Catholic Educational Association’s Student to Student campaign.  It was fun watching Class of 2025 7th grader Nery Vargas-Botello and other students walk away with 5-6 slices of pizza, only to give the slices away to students that did not have any or to their “Big A” mentor.

Many thanks to Laura and Clay Butcher, who put out a press release on our cell phone policy and garnered news coverage from Channels 2, 11, 13 and ADN!  Please look for these news spots on TV and in print and share them on your social media!

Finally, prayers for our high school soccer team as they head out to compete in the regional championships in Palmer from Thursday to Saturday.  It has been a long season, so we wish them good luck!

Virtue of the Week: 

This week’s Sportsleader Virtue is TRADITION: The strength to value and transmit the customs and beliefs of those you love.

Campus Ministry:

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

  • 9th grade retreat will be Nov 22. Details will be sent home October 14th.

  •  Local youth activities are posted on the Campus Ministry Bulletin Board outside room 121. Send in information from your parish.

  • The Salvation Army still needs volunteers for this Saturday! See information under Community Service Opportunities, below.

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • First responders to the fires

  • Victims of violent crimes

  • Our national and world leaders

  • For the sick and infirmed

  • Peace

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.

Archangel Sports Update #Lumenproud:

Our Junior High Soccer Team finished out their tournament last weekend with a decisive win against Anchor Lutheran and an overall rank of 5th in the Conference. Shout out to all of our 7th & 8th grade players (and 6th grade teammates from SEAS who played up) who made this a great season.  You braved moose on the fields, rain, wind, freezing tournament mornings and what probably seemed like endless practices (especially for the parents who had to drive and pick up!) Congrats to all of our JH Archangels…we’re so proud of you!

Our High School team had their last regular game of the season on Saturday against Cook Inlet Academy.  While they lost in the end, they’re fired up to hit the fields at the Region II State Tournament which starts tomorrow in Palmer.  Cheer them on in person (or in spirit from afar) as they go head to head with their competitors from other Region II schools. The Tournament and their season end on Saturday – watch here for updates next week.

Next up on the Sports Calendar?  High School Volleyball (girls) and Junior High Basketball (boys and girls.) Stay tuned for details!

School Announcements:


New ties have finally arrived from Tommy Hilfiger and are on sale in the office for $20. Tie charges can be added to your SmartTuition account, or paid by cash, check or credit card.


Our 25th Anniversary Gala will be on February 8th, 2020 and planning is underway!

Many of you heard last week during the Principal-Parent Forum that we are looking for someone interested in taking on a Gala/Auction Co-Chair role for future years. The best way to learn this role is to shadow our co-chairs this year.  This is an important fundraiser for our school and coordinating this event is a large, but rewarding task.

What is a Gala/Auction Co-Chair? The co-chairs plan and lead the gala and auction. They are goal oriented, result driven and provide motivation for committee chairs and volunteers. They delegate tasks and are flexible to allow for adjustments along the way.

Some Gala/Auction Co-Chair responsibilities include:

  • Recruitment, support and oversight of all committee chairs and/or volunteers

  •  Motivating and inspiring committee chairs and volunteer

  • Set up auction timetable with deadlines

  • Determine logistics of the event and carry out with help of committee chairs and volunteers

  • Maintaining procurement list and procurement plan for auction items

  • Corresponding with past and present donors and supporters

  • Troubleshooting anything that comes up

  • Maintaining and updating all event-related documents and records

Does this sound like something you would be interested in?!  If so, please contact Mr. Ross or one of the co-chairs in the Gala office- or 273-1530.

Junior High Service Day

On Wednesday October 16th, our High School students will be taking the PSAT. In order to keep noise down and provide the best distraction-free-test zone possible for our HS testers, we’ll have Junior High students out of the school and participating in community service projects.  Permission slips will be coming home and parent drivers will be needed – contact if you can help! *Note we’ll need all JH students here at 7:30a for a 7:45a sharp departure off campus.

Spirit Wear

Need new hoodies, tees or jackets for Spirit Wear days? Don’t forget these can all be ordered on line through our local vendor, AK Serigraphics. Lots of fun choices:

BIG $ALE – Archangel Attic Thrift $tore

Don’t forget – the entire-$tore-half-off $ale $tarts tomorrow and run$ through October 9th.

Fun fact for new familie$ at Lumen: The Attic has contributed over $1,00,000 to the school since opening back in the 90’s. Please consider shopping, donating or volunteering your time to support their work on our behalf!

Photos * Pictures * Photos * Pictures 

Senior Portraits:  Whoo hooo! We have another senior portrait in – that makes emmm….TWO!   Please get pic’s turned in to Mrs. Spillers ASAP.  Send them to

St. Benedicts & Other Community Events:

Community Service Opportunities

The Salvation Army is still in need of  volunteers to help set up for their 20th annual Teddy Bear Tea. Two shifts of volunteers are needed this Saturday, October 6th to help set up at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. Morning Shift is 7 a.m. – 11 a.m and afternoon shift 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contact Anna Woods at 907-345-7010 for more information or to sign up. This is a great way to get a jump on Family Share Hours!

St. Benedict’s Youth Nights

All Lumen HS students are welcome, regardless of parish affiliation or faith background.

Junior High Youth Night:  Tomorrow night – 10/3 from 6-8p in the Upper Room: St. Therese of Lisieux. High School Youth Night: Tonight- 10/2  from 7-9p in the Upper Room: Testimony & Pizza night with Fr. Arthur Roraff. The next High School night will be next Wednesday, 10/9 in the Upper Room: St. Denis & Companions and Martyrdom.