Principal’s Weekly Message

Weekly message from Principal Stephanie KristovicKristovic

CORE VALUES

Living Faith| Achieve Excellence| Develop Character| Be Warm and Welcoming| Promote Teamwork

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Families,

In this season of giving, we recognize the incredible gift you give to your students of a Catholic education.  No matter what, you are choosing the value of a faith-based education for your child instead of other needs or luxuries.  Thank you for the gift of sharing your student with us!

During this season of giving, we are hoping to ask for your time in supporting our Catholic schools.  This month begins our sales for the Great 50/50 raffle.  This annual fundraiser is regularly one of the largest contributors to Jackson Catholic Schools, and allows us to continue to provide exceptional education at a much lower cost than the actual cost to educate your students.  We hope to sell 1800 tickets between now and January 31; 2 winners are drawn each month in February through November for a 50/50 prize from the total proceeds!

This season, we hope you will consider selling some of our $100 raffle tickets to friends, family, and the public in an effort to spread the good news about Catholic schools and support our work.  If you need help, there are details below on how and where to sign up to sell — it can be as easy as 15 minutes after your normal Mass time on a Sunday, and continues to make an amazing difference in our schools!

In the Light of Christ,

Mrs. Kristovic

ANNOUNCEMENTS

From Jackson Catholic Schools and Elaine Crosby: We need volunteers to sell Great 50/50 raffle tickets after Masses during the weekends of December and January. This is an easy job that takes approximately 15 minutes after Mass. The Great 50/50 helps all of the Jackson Catholic Schools. I hope that you will take the time to support this by either selling tickets, buying tickets, or both!

Here are the links to sign up, you will receive an email from the principal letting you know what you are to do.

St. Johns:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4eafa92ea13-50501

Queens:    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4cabac2da5fc1-selling

To buy tickets online:  Go to Quick links out the Lumen Christi website

We hope that you can help us out. We have a goal of selling 1800 tickets this year!

From Advancement:  Please join us for our annual Fan Shop Christmas Sale next Friday, December 14th! Our sale will run from noon-6pm. Gift wrapping and lots of new underarmour and gift items! See you at the sale!

From Advancement:  This Thursday, December 13, is our monthly Tour and Shadow Day.  Monthly tours are open to anyone (parents, grandparents, business people, relatives, prospective parents) who would like to learn more about Lumen Christi.  We hope you will consider attending or pass the word on!  The tour is from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in the library.  Please RSVP to Kit Spoelstra at kspoelstra@myjacs.org or at 517-787-0630.

From the Instructional Leaders: MS Quarterly Assessments and HS Semester exams are coming soon!  Please find the schedule below for daily tests.  This year, the MS will be following the HS exam schedule and taking their QAs by period rather than by subject.  This will help ease our 8th grade advancement program as 80% of 8th graders are taking at least one HS class.

9th – 12th graders will be dismissed at 10:15 a.m. on December 19, 20, and 21 for independent study.  Because 7th and 8th graders are not fully ready for independent study, they will have full days of school on the 19th and 20th so that structured review and study can happen during the school day.  The 21st will continue as a scheduled half day for MS with a Christmas program following the final exam)

Dec. 18: P 1 (Full day of School)

Dec. 19: P 2, 3 (10:15 release for HS; full day for MS)

Dec. 20: P 4, 7 (10:15 release; full day for MS)

Dec. 21: P 8, 9 (10:15 release; 11:30 release for MS)

From Mrs. Lienhart: The Lost and Found bin in the library is overflowing with lots of LCCS Uniforms!  All items will be donated at during Christmas break to St. Vincent.  Be sure to check if your student is missing something.

From the Theology Department: As a reminder, tomorrow, Saturday December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Church’s calendar. That means that the Church asks all Catholics to go to Mass tomorrow to celebrate the amazing work that God has done in creating Mary from her first moment conceived without original sin. Then, get extra time with God at Mass a second time this weekend on Sunday for the Second Sunday of Advent!

From the Main Office:   The week of December 10 thru December 14 we will be updating student records in grades 10, 11, 12.  This is an annual process that is very important to assist us with accurate records.  More importantly, a transcript tells others about Lumen Christi and our mission and values to engage our students to be their very best through living His Light in all that we do.  Students will receive the update in Religion class today December 7 and next week Monday, December 10 to accommodate those students attending Kairos. We ask students to review all information carefully.

Each student should update information as appropriate using the extracurricular worksheet as a guide.  Students should obtain the initials of a coach, club moderator, or faculty member to confirm each addition OR change they would like to make.  Additions or changes will not be made without a signature authorization.

Regardless of whether or not additions or changes have been made, we ask students to return all paperwork to the Main Office, no later than Monday, December 17, 2018.

From Mrs. Fleming: Semester 2 course change requests

Our time period for students to request possible Semester 2 schedule changes is Dec 10th to January 18th.

Forms for submitting change requests are located in the Main Office and the Registrar’s office door. Student’s second semester schedules can be viewed from the PowersSchool portal, My Schedule icon, click on the Matrix View tab.

A $20 processing fee is charged for course changes after the Packet Pick Up day. Attach a check made to Lumen Christi on the course change request form. The fee covers the purchase of additional text or app licensing that may result from the course changes. In cases where course changes cannot be made, your check will be returned to you.

Return the completed form, with attached check, to the Main Office. Changes in elective courses may be requested but not changes to different periods or teachers.

2018 PSAT results

Juniors and other students who took the Pre-SAT/NMSQT in October should check the email address they provided on testing day for a link to their results.  Students create an online account with College Board and will be able to log in to test results on December 12th.  Here is a video link for “How to Access Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores”  .

From Students for Life: From December 3-14, the Students for Life will be sponsoring our annual Advent Diaper Drive in support of the Center for Women here in Jackson. Students are encouraged to bring in a packages of diapers (any size) and place them in the designated bins in their theology classes. The class who brings the most diapers in by Friday, Dec. 14 will win a dress down day during finals week. These diapers will go to help families in need from the Jackson area take care of their little ones during this time of year when Christ himself became small and needed taking care of, so please be generous!

From Deans and Football Captains: On Friday, December 14, we will be celebrating our latest state championship as a school!  That day will be a free spirit day for all students in grades 7-12. Students may wear sweats, jeans, track pants, or khakis.  No leggings or ripped jeans are allowed.  Please no sleeveless tops, cleavage, bare midriffs, or sandals. Students MUST wear something Lumen Christi, since this is a day celebrating our victory.  We will celebrate with a pep assembly planned by our captains that afternoon!

From Mr. Marcero: Our HS Band and 7-12 Choral Concert is coming up soon! December 12th, at 7 pm. Selections from the LC Symphonic Band, Men’s and Women’s Choirs, A Cappella Group, Chorale, and 7th and 8th Grade Choirs will fill your soul with the good music of the holiday season. Admission is free!

From Sarah Wilhelm: As the winter season kicks off, just a friendly reminder that if your student athlete does visit the doctor, please bring a note from the doctor on diagnosis and playing status.

From Mrs. Fleming: Spring Arbor University is accepting applications for dual enrollment courses for the Spring semester (Jan. 30 – May 17).  Juniors and Seniors considering dual enrollment should apply for courses for next semester now.  The application deadline is Jan. 15th, but courses do fill up.  A suggested list of courses for dual enrolling students is available from Mr. Havlicek or Ms. Fleming.

Parents of Juniors:  Juniors will be taking the ACT test on February 20th, 2019.  Please reserve this date on your calendars. Plan ahead and avoid making appointments for your student on this important date.

From Students for Life: From December 3-14, the Students for Life will be sponsoring our annual Advent Diaper Drive in support of the Center for Women here in Jackson. Students are encouraged to bring in a packages of diapers (any size) and place them in the designated bins in their theology classes. The class who brings the most diapers in by Friday, Dec. 14 will win a dress down day during finals week. These diapers will go to help families in need from the Jackson area take care of their little ones during this time of year when Christ himself became small and needed taking care of, so please be generous!

From MS Yearbook:

Parents of 7th& 8thgrade boys basketball players –  The 7th& 8thgrade yearbook staff is always looking for action photos of Titan 7th& 8thgrade sports.  If you take photos at any of these events and are willing to share them, we’d love to see them.  You can submit your photos online to our Jostens site.

LOG ON TO: images.jostens.com

Enter the following Login ID:   410533809

  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload, click on “Select My Images.”
  • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information incase the staff needs additional information.
  • Click “Upload Chosen Images.”

The yearbook staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content.  We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be used.

Boys basketball photos can be submitted until December 17th

From Mr. Havlicek: All: Once again, Lumen Christi will be partnering with Sylvan Learning to provide all students with the opportunity to get a practice test in for the ACT standardized test coming up this spring. The workshop will be held January 12th and is open to all students grades 7-11. Students in grade 12 that are in need of a repeat test can certainly join if necessary. Pre-registration is certainly encouraged. The workshop is a great way to receive additional practice for each of the students, and even create a level of comfort with the timing and material that will be on an actual test. Please consider attending and helping your student to get some beneficial guidance to help with future college planning.  Lumen Christi ACT Flyer.pdf

Seniors: Please begin sending the details of Scholarships earned for college to Mr. H as soon as possible. Those will be recorded and put in the graduation booklet. A couple ways this can be done: forward the email of the offer, or scan the paper document and email it to dhavlicek@myjacs.org. Thanks for your help displaying all the accolades achieved by our great students!

Next Weeks in Sports:

Friday 12/7

  • Varsity Gymnastics – Fowlerville Away 5 pm
  • Varsity Girls Basketball – Pennfield Away 6 pm
  • Varsity Hockey – Mt. Pleasant Away 7 pm

Saturday 12/8

  • Varsity Competitive Cheer – CCCAM Invitational Away 9am/12pm
  • Varsity Wrestling – Don Johnson Invite (Lansing Eastern) 8 am
  • Varsity Hockey – Mt. Pleasant Away 11 am

Monday 12/10

  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball – Coldwater at Home 4:30 pm
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball – Coldwater Away 4:30 pm

Tuesday 12/11

  • JV Girls Basketball – Columbia Central Away 5:30 pm
  • Varsity Girls Basketball – Columbia Central Away 7 pm

Wednesday 12/12

  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball – Hastings Away 4:30 pm
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball – Hastings at home 4:30 pm

Thursday 12/13

  • Varsity Gymnastics – Western Away 6 pm
  • JV Boys Basketball – Hastings Away 7 pm

Friday 12/14

  • JV Girls Basketball – Hastings at home 4:30
  • Varsity Girls Basketball – Hastings at home 6 pm
  • Varsity Hockey – Tri Valley at home 6 pm

Terrific Titans:

  • From Mrs. Manchester:  Shout out to the 21 students who stepped up to be shadow student ambassadors. We will begin our shadow days next week and they are ready to welcome prospective new students! Thank you!
  • From Herr Cole: Shout out to Caitee Webster who played St. Niklaus for all of my German classes yesterday, and helped provide cheer and goodies to the German students.
  • From Mrs. Leathead: Shout out to Jackson White who took Part II of the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition on Wednesday.
  • From Mrs. Kuhl:  A special shout out to Mrs. Amanda Stechshulte who has helped the LC Interfaith Shelter Project while Greg Stechshulte (president of the LCIFSP) was busy with football! Above and beyond the call of duty!