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News for 10/4/17

October Is…

To many, October means the official start of fall. Pumpkin flavored everything, warm sweaters, farmers in harvest or planting, football season in full swing, leaves are turning and beginning to drop, the kids look forward to wearing costumes and celebrating Halloween. Yet October is much, much more. This month we recognize many important people and organizations. October is: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, 4-H Month, and Pastor Appreciation Month just to name a few. Keep these in mind as we proceed through the month; show due respect and appreciation when possible.

Thunder Ridge School News

Left to Right: Cassidy Gillespie, Seth Loyd, Javier "Kiko" Moreno Ortega standing behind Kennedy Rietzke, Brock Wallgren, and Morgan Westbrook are the 2017 Football Homecoming Candidates.

Left to Right: Cassidy Gillespie, Seth Loyd, Javier "Kiko" Moreno Ortega standing behind Kennedy Rietzke, Brock Wallgren, and Morgan Westbrook are the 2017 Football Homecoming Candidates.

Homecoming Week- Homecoming Festivities have been taking place this week of October 2-6. At 2:30pm on Friday October 6, the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally will take place on Main Street. School will dismiss for all grades to attend. A Powder Puff football game will follow at the football field. Buses to run accordingly.

The Crowning Ceremony will be held at 6:30pm before the football game vs Stockton. Following the game is a StuCo sponsored Glo-Coming Dance. Dress is casual and the dance will be held outside south of the gym, weather permitting. Music, snacks, and glowsticks provided by StuCo.

Upcoming Games

  • MS: Thurs. October 5, TRMS travels to play Lakeside at Downs. Next Thurs. 12th, they travel to Osborne. Middle School game times: Volleyball at 4:00pm, football 6:00pm.

  • HS Volleyball: Saturday October 7 the C team goes to Beloit for a quad. Tuesday Oct. 10 the Ladies host a Tri in Kensington vs St. John’s and Tescott. Saturday 14th is the NPL Tournament at Beloit.

  • HS Football: The Longhorns will host Stockton for Homecoming this Friday, October 6 at 7pm. Homecoming Festivities and crowning ceremony at 6:30pm. Wear your Blue and Silver for Spirit Day on Friday! Next week, Oct. 13 they travel to face Lakeside at Downs. Games at 7:00pm.

Back row, l-r: Raegan Boden, Ivy Corbett, Casandra Gibson, Destiny Shook, Madelyn Davis, Iva Rust, Matilyn Riley, Kenda Reimer, Maggie Nech, Coach Bruce Hardacre standing behind, Cassidy Gillespie, Raini Hrabe, Maycee Westbrook, and Mary Jo Shook. Front row l-r: Coach John Boden, Brennan Kirchhoff, Layne Pettijohn, Kennedy Rietzke and Morgan Westbrook holding the Championship plaque, Mariah Stauffer, Elizabeth Hardacre, and Jaden Boden.

The scores of their games:

Osborne: 25-16; 25-14

Clifton-Clyde: 25-16; 26-28; 25-7

Lincoln: 25-9; 25-10

Logan: 25-22; 25-18

St. John’s Beloit: 25-7; 25-20

Their overall record as of October 1st was 21 wins and only 3 loses.

Important Info to Know

Saturday October 7 is the Old Settler’s Parade in Kirwin at10:00am. Thunder Ridge Band marches in this parade. Band students need to report to the east side of the courthouse square at 9:30 a.m. with their instruments, music, lyres. Wear JEANS and TENNIS SHOES.

Friday the 13th marks to end of the 1st Quarter. No school on Friday 20th; Teacher Inservice.

Stay updated on special events, school closings, sports and news with the school textcaster alerts. Sign up for Longhorn Alerts on the school website at

TR HS/GS Menus

Daily choice with meal: breakfast- milk or juice, fresh/canned fruit, cereal; lunch- Salad bar, along with fruits & veggies, served daily. *Note: Menus are subject to change.

Wed. October 4

Breakfast: Breakfast Sliders

Lunch: Chili Soup, Cinnamon Roll

Thur. 5

Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Fillet, sweet potato, biscuit

Fri. 6

Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes w/syrup

Lunch: Meatball, mac-N-cheese, steamed peas

Mon. 9

Breakfast: Long John

Lunch: Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Triangle Tator

Tues. 10

Breakfast: Biscuit & Gravy

Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Orange Smiles

Wed. 11

Breakfast: French Toast Sticks w/Syrup

Lunch: Taco Burger, Refried Beans

Thur. 12

Breakfast: Cheese Quesadillas w/Salsa

Lunch: Lasagna, Breadsticks

Fri. 13

Breakfast: Breakfast Bar (Egg,Ham,Cheese)

Lunch: Chicken Patty on Bun, Potatoes & Gravy

Parishes Working Together

Each fall the kids of St. John Lutheran Church of Kensington collect school items and pack them in school bags that are sewn by members of the congregation during the year. Each bag contains 4 notebooks, a ruler, crayons, 5 pens, 5 pencils, an eraser, pencil sharpener, and a pair of scissors. They work in conjunction with Lutheran World Relief by helping supply school supplies to children all over the world. In many parts of the world, children cannot attend school without these supplies so we teach our children to share their blessings by sharing school supplies. Each fall our children eagerly help their parents go school shopping, and it's easy to take for granted that many children can't do this. While the need for help is everywhere, LWR has an outreach program of gathering filled school kit bags and shipping them worldwide.

We pack our kits in boxes with tracking labels so we can later find out where they were shipped and distributed. In the past years our congregation has teamed up with American Lutheran Church in Smith Center to share the hauling expense of trailering them to Hays. We use Janet and Burdett Herman's trailer and Carolyn Mott then pulls the filled trailer to Hays to deliver the items.

In addition to school kits, quilts are assembled by both churches throughout the year. The quilts are actually 60x80" tied blankets. The ladies are creative and make them from donated and purchased fabric, old blankets, sheets, table cloths, flannel sheets, and even double knit squares cut from old clothing. They use anything they can get their hands on to make a blanket. They will take any donations of these items and put them to good use!

This year, St. John was able to make 157 quilts and 134 school kits. American Lutheran contributed 170 blankets and 56 school kits. American also assembled 44 layettes, which contain baby items, and 25 health kits, which contain basic health items like washcloths, soap, and nail files. Together, these churches are impacting lives around the world and teaching our youth to put other people's needs first and to share God's love by serving others!! -provided by Robin Billings

Annual Claudell Church Gathering

Save the date for the Annual Gathering of the St. Francis Church in Claudell. It will be Saturday October 21, 2017 with a 4:00pmMass at the church followed by a potluck meal at the Gaylord Community Center. Plan to attend and tell your friends and families.

Kensington Library News

Collective Goods (formerly known as Books are Fun) is here! We will be accepting orders through Tuesday, October 10th. Items can be viewed and ordered online as well. For credit/debit card orders and web exclusive offers go to The items will deliver on Wednesday, Oct. 11th for pickup at the library that same afternoon.

Weekly Inspiration

Don't feel bad if people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.

Sometimes you need to distance yourself and create alone time, so you can connect with who you really are, and discover for yourself what you want out of life.

No matter what happens in life, keep a good heart. A heart of patience & trust. Don't let the darkness of this world harden your heart.

ISO: News Needed

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