Lumen News – October 4, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • October 4-6: MS Soccer Conference Tournament
  • October 8th:  Breast Cancer Awareness Casual Day (wear pink)
  • October 9th: PVO Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm
  • October 10th: PSAT testing (9th, 10th, 11th Grades Only)
  • October 10th: Monastery Mass & Community Service Day (7th & 8th Grade)
  • October 10 Middle School Basketball parents meeting 5:30pm in gym
  • October 11: First day of practice for Middle School Basketball
  • 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

Principal’s Update:  

Do you know that the Sports Leader Virtue of the Week is UNITY?  Unity is defined as the strength to be one in mind, heart, and soul.  You can see one of the videos our students watched this week highlighting this virtue here:

It is obvious that ALL of us can learn a lesson from this inspiring and unified middle school team!

I have been remiss in getting you information on our air rifle club/program and I know there have been a lot of questions.  We have the equipment we need and I plan to hold practice in our gym. Middle school boys and girls basketball and girls volleyball have priority for practice time, but we have been able to carve out some time Monday nights from 5:30-7pm.  The first practice will be Monday, Oct 22nd. We will start slowly, one night a week at first, until we can eventually try to have practice at least twice a week. I will have a signup sheet outside my office for students starting next week.  It is first come, first served. We will limit practice to only EIGHT students at a time, mainly due to space limitations, equipment availability, and safety concerns.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at

I encourage you to ask your son or daughter what they think of the new furniture in the library.  Thank you to Father Tom and others who planned and organized the transformation of this space. No longer do our students have to use tired, old chairs and desks.  Instead, we have access to stylish, clean, and functional desks and chairs and modern computer technology. And it is becoming clear that the “buoy” chairs are student favorites!  Thanks again Father Tom!!!!

We hope you can come out to support our junior high Archangel soccer team as we compete in the Alaska Christian Schools Activity Association (ACSAA) tournament starting this afternoon with a game against Holy Rosary Academy at 5:30pm on the Kinkaid grass fields.

Finally, a hearty congratulations to Anthony Rybicki, Class of 2022, for being named the Fall 2018 “And Then Some” Award recipient!  Anthony goes above and beyond to help out his classmates and others within the school. He is always polite and quick to lend a hand when needed.  He exemplifies our Core Values of Faith, Family, and Excellence daily…and then some!

Have a blessed and safe weekend!

Campus Ministry:

  • Thank you to all parents, teachers, and youth group leaders who helped make our school retreat spiritual, community building and a whole lot of fun! Students were wonderful and Kudoz to our senior group leaders.

  • 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.

  • St. Michael’s Parish in Palmer is hosting a dinner gathering with Archbishop Etienne and Tom East of the Center for Ministry Development on Oct. 9 from 5:30-6:45. This gathering wtill highly the research about Gen Z Youth and their families along with effective ways for parishes to engage youth and their families. Please RSVP by calling or texting 907-355-3223.

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

      • Peace 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:

Lumen Christi is hosting and playing in the ACSAA Middle School Soccer Tournament October 4-6 at Kincaid and Javier de la Vega parks. Our first game is tonight at 5:30p on Kincaid Field #6. Depending on the outcome of that game, we’ll either be challenging Su Valley Friday at 4p at Kincaid or a yet to be determined team Saturday at 10a at de la Vega (1950 W 56th Ave). Come out and cheer our Archangels on!

Congratulations to Sophia Dupras, Class of 2020, for finishing in 9th place at the 1A State Cross-Country Championships at Bartlett High School last weekend.

Congratulations to Jaime Martin, Class of 2019, and Sabrina Warren, Class of 2022, for being named to the Region 2 All-Tournament Team and Outstanding Goalkeeper of the Tournament, respectively.

Middle School Basketball kicks off next week with a parents meeting at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 10th at Lumen Christi.  Practices begin on October 11th after school.

School Announcements:

Halloween Carnival:

Our sister school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is having their annual Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. and would love to have Lumen help in running the games. Please let Mrs. Gore at our Front Desk know ASAP if your student(s) can help. This is a great way to earn share hours and support our sister school.

Girls Afternoon Out:

Parents of Lumen girls – consider taking your daughter to the Bear Tooth Theater after the early dismissal bell on Friday, October 19th for a special “Empowerment Project” movie. See the flyer below for more information. Parent of Lumen boys – there will be a similar event for boys, in March.

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 (

PVO (Parent Volunteer Organization):

Please join Lumen parent Gerianne Thorsness as she kicks off PVO’s first meeting of the year from 6:30-7:30p on Tuesday, Oct 9th. Come learn how to get your Parent Share Hours completed easily, painlessly, and nearly in one fell swoop!  Snacks and entertainment will be provided. See the attached invitation for more details.

Senior Pictures AND Memory Pages:

Mrs. Spillers is still waiting for senior pictures. Submit your digital files to as soon as you have them. October 31st – the deadline – will be here before you know it!

Memory pages for the yearbook are also due. Parents of seniors, please submit your hi-res JPEG or PDF file to Dr. Carlson at as soon as your page is complete.


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.


It’s time for another Scrip order – the deadline is Tuesday, October 9.  The Scrip program allows you to purchase gift cards at face value, which then results in an instant rebate that comes back to Lumen. Consider buying gift cards from hundreds of popular retailers to use as gifts, or pay for your everyday purchases using gift cards instead of cash or credit cards. Place your order online at or fill out the order form and return it to the office. Rebates vary and are listed next to the name of each retailer. If you’re setting up an account on for the first time, Lumen’s enrollment code is: B968B67E44853


Tommy Hilfiger Ties have finally arrived! New ties are available through Mrs. Gore at the Front Desk for $20 each. They can be purchased with cash, credit card or check, or can be billed to your SmartTuition account as well.

Spirit Wear will soon be available locally! Final touches are being put on a “Lumen” link at Alaska Serigraphics allowing sweatshirts & pants, fleece jackets, letter jackets, letter sweaters and more to be ordered online. Show your school pride with new spirit wear!