Lumen News – September 10, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Tomorrow! Friday – Mass Day….wear Mass uniforms please.
  • Wednesday, Sept 23: Principal/Parent Virtual Meeting, 7-8p
  • Friday, Sept 25:  High School Retreat

Principal’s Update:

One of the biggest highlights of my day is greeting each student every morning at the door (while taking their temperature, of course)!  While I get the typical teenage response of “I’m tired, Mr. Ross” from a few of them after being asked “How are you doing today?,” I’m proud that our students are in good spirits and seem excited to be in school in person with their friends and our teachers.  After finishing up nearly a month of school, we are all blessed to have this opportunity to learn and educate inside our school building.

Last week was a whirlwind of activities in our first full week of school, but stands as a testament of the goodness happening each and every day here at Lumen.  On Thursday, the seven members of our Senior class went on retreat at the Holy Spirit Center on the Hillside and spent the day reflecting on Spiritual Warfare, what it means to be a Servant Leader, and how personalities and temperaments can affect group dynamics.  We ended the day walking the Stations of the Cross and reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice for all of us.

Friday started with Mr. Scott Gross from Alaska’s News Source coming in to do a news story about our back to school successes.  You can see his story here: (   Later, we celebrated our Back to School “Mass of the Holy Spirit” at 9am.  We had representatives from each high school class physically attend Mass, while our Class of 2021 Seniors led the school with readings and liturgical support.  Due to capacity limitations in the church, the remainder of our school watched the live streamed Mass from their Advisory classrooms.  Following the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, our student body processed behind the Paschal Candle to our school entryway, where we transferred the Light of Christ into our hallway.   Students were given an opportunity to receive Communion, and Father Tom went around the school and blessed each classroom.  This is a unique, annual tradition that I am so grateful we were able to do despite the challenges of COVID.

I hope you have a great and safe weekend!

Campus Ministry:

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

Virtue of the Week: Leadership

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. Matthew 20:26

  • Despite COVID – 19 restrictions our Senior class had a safe, prayerful and productive  retreat last Friday, great job seniors!

  • Our High School retreat is Friday, September 25th. Most parents signed the permission slip at registration, however if your child’s is not on file we will send one home on Monday, September 14.  Our retreat is designed to meet all COVID health and safety protocols.

  • Thanks to Karin Helgesen who joined us for last Friday’s Mass to play guitar and transfer the Light of Christ to our class of 2021. It was great to have you back, Karin.

  • We will be holding an altar server training/refresher session soon. Those interested in serving this year please email or see Mrs. Loeffler.

  • We are working to plan service opportunities here in our gym for students and families. If you know a need we can meet here

Prayer Spot

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • The intentions of our Lumen families

  • That our country will unite in peace and justice

  • For healing of all infected with COVID – 19

  • An end to the pandemic

  • All first responders

  • Those who lost their lives on 9-11-1991

If you would like special intentions listed in Lumen News and Prayer Book of Intentions send them directly to Mrs. Loeffler.

Front Office News:

Next week we’ll continue operating in  YELLOW (7:45a-12:30p, all days on campus).

Google Classrooms

If your student ever forgets how to get into their virtual/Google classroom – or you want to take a stroll and look at upcoming assignments and homework – I’ve attached a cheat sheet to help you both out. This has also been posted onto the school’s website at

Dimond High School/Lumen Opportunity

As many of you know, we have an agreement with the Alaska Schools Activity Association which allows Lumen students to participate in sports that we don’t offer e.g., football, swimming, hockey, at their home-zoned public school.

We currently have a Lumen student playing football for Dimond, and the Dimond team is recruiting for a team manager. Their primary duty at this point will be to film all the practices and games. If you think your student might be interested, email me at for Dimond contact information.

Picture Day Wrap Up

If your kiddo forgot to turn in their picture day order form, know that you can now order on-line, simply click here:   Search for your student by first and last name.

Fun factoids – you can request a cropped head shot if you want one of those.  Just order the size you want as is, but write in the notes section: “Head Shot” and you’ll get a close up pic.

Class pictures are also available – pull up the grade you’re interested in by entering the grade number as both the first and last name.

Wacky Stuff Needed

Mrs. Brewer’s wild animal fur samples for her Forensic Science Class are nearly depleted.  If you have any mounts that you could comb a few hairs from to share, that would be fabulous. Send anything you’ve got in a ziploc bag labeled by type of animal. Approximate location and date of kill would be a huge bonus. Send them to school with your student or drop them at the Front Desk.

Debate Team

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” -Bishop Desmond Tutu

Debate starts next week and will be meeting every Tuesday & Thursday from 1p-2p. Last year we had a team who made it to the State Tournament in Juneau – have your student join in this year and learn to critically think on their feet and argue with logic! Email the Debate Coach Mrs. Kelli Reed at for more information.

Extra Masks 

Make sure your student has an extra mask or two to throw into their Advisory Tote – I do have extras at the Front Desk but my supply is diminishing rapidly!

Enjoy the sun – have a good Friday and great weekend!