Lumen News – October 29, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

See extensive list below..print it off and tape it to your refrigerator! 

If you attended Parent/Teacher Conferences last week, this is the same list distributed then.

Principal’s Update:

Please attend tonight’s Parent/Principal Forum at 7p if you can. To join with Google Meet, simply click here: Or dial in: 1- 267-483-9168, PIN: 681376238

The Slide Deck for the presentation is included below.  I welcome all input and feedback as we navigate the weeks ahead.

At the conclusion of tonight’s meeting, I’ll be pushing out two surveys and would also welcome your feedback on those.  One will be addressing general satisfaction with the school year to date; the second will be focused on COVID activity and school mitigation protocols.  Both will have only 10 questions each, thank you for taking the time to complete them.

Campus Ministry:

The Campus Ministry Office is located in the school library and I am available for parent & student 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.

Virtue of the Week: Bravery

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:17

 Thank you to Liam D., Maggie M., XinMei and Liam T., Jonah D., and Mr. B for taking part in our remote Mass last week.  

 Students who would like to read and/or serve for our 8a.m. Friday remote Masses, please contact me, Mrs. Loeffler. When possible, we will schedule siblings to read and serve together in order to keep our students safe in social “bubbles.”

  • Thank you to Cali and Anthony R. for reading at Mass this Friday.

  • St. Benedict Youth group invites all HS students to attend Wednesdays at 7 the Upper Room

  • 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.

  • 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

Prayer Spot

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:  

  • The intentions of our Lumen families

  • Healing for all Lumen families suffering illness

  • 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.

Archangel Sports:

Hearty congrats to 9th grader Mia Sperbeck who continues to impress while swimming for Dimond High. In last week’s meet against Service she placed first in the 100 freestyle event (also making a State qualifying time) and also helped her Relay Team cruise to first place in both of their relay events.  Way to go Mia!

The Girls High School Volleyball team continues to practice (fully masked) in the evenings with the hopes that someday soon they can play a real game against real opponents.

Co-ed Jr. High Volleyball practice continues to be on hold. Stupid Covid.

Campus News:

LUMEN-ary Drive

By now you’ve received Fr. Tom’s letter requesting your participation in our annual LUMEN-ary Drive. Donations are starting to come in and we couldn’t be more thankful. To date, 22 Lumen families (almost 30% of families) have contributed a total of $8,770.  WOOT!  Add in St. Benedict’s parishioners and friends of Lumen Christi and we’re up to 68 donations totalling $21,130!  Awesome! Remember our goal is 100% family participation so check that box off of your “to-do” list and send in your donation today!

Elections – 2020

Mr. Ross’s Government Class will be conducting a voter registration drive Monday during Advisory, and students who are registered will be able to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd. Have a civics lesson with your kids over the weekend, talk with them about candidates (Presidential and Statewide only, no local candidates) and Ballot Measures 1 & 2. Results from our election will be announced Wednesday morning, we’ll see how closely our student vote resembles that national and state ones!

Note that students will need either their Lumen ID or another valid form of identification to be able to register!  If your student had their picture taken in August on picture day, they were issued a Lumen I.D.  If they’ve already lost that (like my kids have) and they wish to register and vote, please send them with some other form of I.D. Of course we know who they are and could verify identity without it, but the Government Class would like to make this as official as possible.

26th Annual Mardi Gras Gala & Auction Fundraiser 

Online Auction and “Live” Virtual Event, Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Our gala team has been hard at work planning an event appropriate for the times we are in. They recently sent out solicitation letters to over 200 of our past community donors. We know that times may be tough for many of them and the team did their best to send out a compassionate letter.  Because there may be fewer community donations however, we need our families more than ever this year!  Please consider the following ways you may be able to help:

  • Can you offer a cabin, fishing trip, vacation rental or any type of adventure or experience?

  • Can you donate wine or a dessert? Donating these items can earn you Share Hours! Details here:

  • Do you own or know of a business that is doing well that might be interested in donating an item, gift certificate, or becoming an Archangel Community Sponsor?

  • Sponsors contributing $250 or more will receive recognition on our school website, in bidding software during our event, and during our “live” virtual event.

  • Sponsors contributing $500 or more will also receive community recognition on the school’s Facebook page to include your ad and a link to your page or website.

Once we see what comes in from the community, the team will put out a more specific ask for items to fill in any gaps we might have this year.

When it comes time – we will need everyone to join us virtually and encourage all your family and friends to attend too!  In the meantime, please share any ideas or suggestions you might have with the gala team and let them know if you can help in any way: or 273-1530. Prayers and well wishes for a successful event!

Share Hour Opportunities: 

For the past several years, Lumen students have participated in several different “Mail for the Military” programs which send holiday cards out to our service members around the globe.  Because of COVID (stupid COVID), many groups who normally participate are NOT able to this year. This means that for groups who CAN, there is a greater need than ever.  Please help us fill this need and ensure that the brave men and women who are serving our country are remembered and honored over the holidays!

For every 10 cards that your family completes, you’ll earn one Share Hour.  We have standard Christmas cards in the Office that you can take home, fill in and bring back OR there is a simple template below that you can print off, decorate & return to the Office.  For more information see the guidelines below. Deadline for completing cards is Friday, November 13, 2020.

Saint Francis House Food Pantry needs 1-2  volunteers to pack food boxes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This is a great volunteer opportunity to do with family or someone in your social ‘bubble.’ SFH follows CDC safety guidelines including wearing masks, social distancing and limiting the amount of people in the warehouse. Contact Katie Gordon at 222-7340 or if you can help.

Yearbook Pics:

There’s still time to submit pictures for yearbook and on’t miss this chance to highlight (or embarrass) your kids by sending those in. Use this link: or email them to


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Nov 2:  All Saints Day Dress Up

       Dress up as your favorite saint! (not New Orleans)


Nov 6: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Annual Fundraiser & Auction.

Support our sister school!

Nov 8 – 14: Discover Catholic Schools Week

Nov 11: Veterans Day Dress Up

Dress as your favorite branch of the military, or simply in red, white & blue to show your appreciation for our men & women in uniform.

Nov 9-Nov 20: Thanksgiving Stuffing Drive

Stuffing is donated to St. Patrick’s Parish who makes meal baskets for families in need.  This is a competition between grades! The class with greatest participation wins a dress down day.


Nov 25:  NO SCHOOL/Start of Thanksgiving Weekend

Nov 25-29:  Thanksgiving Weekend

Dec 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)

Students will attend Mass this day; no Mass on Friday, Dec 11th.


Dec 14:   Final exam prep day.

All students at home, teachers will have on-line office hours for every class, according to the following schedule:

Pd. 1: 8-9am

Pd. 2: 9-10am

Pd. 3: 10-11am

Pd. 4:11am-12pm

Pd. 5: 12-1pm

Pd. 6: 1-2pm

Dec 15-17:  Final Exams

Tuesday, Dec. 15: Periods 1 & 2 with early dismissal at 11:15a

Wednesday, Dec. 16: Periods 3 & 4 with early dismissal at 11:15a

Thursday, Dec. 17: Periods 5 & 6 with early dismissal at 11:15a. Last day of the semester. 

Dec 18:  Teacher Inservice/NO SCHOOL

Dec 18-Jan 3: Christmas Holiday


Jan 4: Classes Resume




Jan 31-Feb 6: Celebrate Catholic Schools Week


Feb 2:  5th Annual State of the School Address

🌟  Feb 6:  Annual Gala & Fundraiser 🌟

Virtual Mardi Gras this year….beads, bourbon and online bidding, all from the comfort of your own home!


Don’t forget to open the attached PDF’s for guidance on writing cards for our military men & women; and to view Mr. Ross’s slide deck for tonight. 
Have a Safe & Happy Halloween this weekend. Stay warm!