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News for 11/29/17

Thanksgiving Meal at the American Legion in Kensington

Many joined together in Kensington for the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23. The meal served approximately 188, nearly filling the Legion Hall; there were seats for a few more. Plates were filled and hearts were full with much to be thankful for. Even Karen Pollock, who normally organizes the meal each year, was able to escape from swing-bed in Smith Center to attend. Karen had previously experienced a fall, which led to a partial hip replacement. Thankfully Karen is on the mend and was able to join in the fellowship. The efforts of all who helped in preparing and serving the Thanksgiving feast were truly appreciated.

Also, please remember the American Legion in Kensington serves awesome meals every Friday night from 6-8pm. Be on the lookout for tasty new items recently added to the menu!

Thunder Ridge School News

Left-right: Cassidy Gillespie, Iva Rust, Jaden Boden, Joseph Ferguson, Maggie Nech, Brennan Kirchhoff.


On Tuesday, November 14, the Thunder Ridge Chapter of National Honor Society inducted six new members. Students identified as academically eligible for membership are asked to submit a resume and reference letters for further evaluation from the staff on the standards of leadership, service and character. The following students excelled in all four standards of membership: Cassidy Gillespie, Iva Rust, Jaden Boden, Joseph Ferguson, Maggie Nech, and Brennan Kirchhoff.

President Morgan Westbrook conducted the candle lighting ceremony as Kennedy Rietzke, Destiny Shook, Brice Hendryx, Landon Gering, and Leah Bienhoff. Advisor, Denise Miller, recognized these members, along with Elizabeth Hardacre and Mariah Stauffer for their work during the past year on community service projects, Red Ribbon Week, and the Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) Program. Superintendent Jeff Yoxall also extended congratulatory remarks to both current and new members.

A reception followed the induction ceremony for members, families, and faculty.

Back, left-right: Destiny Shook, Mariah Stauffer, Elizabeth Hardacre, Landon Gering, Leah Bienhoff, Brice Hendryx, Kennedy Rietzke, Morgan Westbrook.

Front, left-right: Cassidy Gillespie, Iva Rust, Jaden Boden, Joseph Ferguson, Maggie Nech, Brennan Kirchhoff.

Upcoming Games:

  • TRMS Basketball: Thurs. Nov. 30th vs St. John’s-Beloit @ 4pm

Thurs. Dec. 7th vs. Northern Valley @ 4pm

Mon. Dec. 11th @ Stockton starting 4:30pm

  • TRHS Basketball: Friday, Dec. 1st @ Chase 4pm

Tues, Dec. 5th, Fri. 8th & Sat. 9th Preseason Tournament @ Downs

Important Info to Know:

Saturday, Dec. 2: HS Honor Choir & Band @ Hays

Monday, Dec. 4: 2:30pm Early Dismissal

Tuesday, Dec. 5: Preseason BB Tournament @ Downs

Tuesday, Dec. 12: 7:00pm K-3 and 9-12 Christmas Music Program

Monday, Dec. 18: 7:00pm 4-8 Christmas Music Program

*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, fruits & veggie bar, served daily. *Note: Menus are subject to change.

Wed. 29

Breakfast: Breakfast Sliders

Lunch: Chili, Crackers, Cinnamon Rolls, Orange Smiles

Thur. 30

Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Fillet, Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans, Biscuit, Grapes

Fri. Dec, 1

Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes w/Syrup

Lunch: Meatball, Macaroni & Cheese, Peas, Dinner Roll, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Mon. 2

Breakfast: Frosted Long John

Lunch: Ham & Cheese on Bun, Potato Triangle, Grapes

Tues. 3

Breakfast: Biscuit & Gravy

Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Orange Smiles, Cheese Stick (9-12)

Kensington Library News

November was Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Month, promoted by the State Library of Kansas and recognized by libraries all over the state. This year, the State Library donated copies of the popular Audrey Woods title “The Napping House” to Kansas libraries and encouraged them to provide a special program for preschoolers focused around this book. And so, Mrs. Barnes went to visit the children and Ms. Stacy at the First St. John’s Preschool in Kensington to read them this cute story. The preschoolers also learned a neat little song called “The Granny in the Bed” sang to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell.” Many different “Napping House” storytime activities were provided by Anne Harris of the State Library.

Coming up on Monday, December 4th, from 5:00 to 8:30pm we will offer a fun event to ‘Paint “JOY” Into Your Holiday!’ Stop by the library or call 785-476-2219 for more details or to sign up for this painting event. This DIY project has a $25 fee to join, please RSVP ASAP!

Weekly Inspiration

The best conversations are the ones where you don't have to worry about what you say, you can be just you.

I knew I had matured when I realized every situation doesn't need a reaction. Sometimes you just gotta let people do the dumb things they want to do.

If God shuts a door, quit banging on it. Whatever was behind it, wasn't meant for you. Consider the fact that maybe he closed that door because He knew you were worth so much more.

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