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News for 12/6/17

Christmas Cheer this Saturday, Dec. 9th

Come visit Kensington for the annual Christmas Craft Show taking place at the American Legion on Main Street from 9am to 3pm this Saturday. Lunch will be served and many great gifts for Christmas offered.

Bring the kids or grandkids for an Old Fashioned Christmas with Santa from 10:30am to 12:00pm at the Kensington Community Store, just a short walk down from the legion. They will be offering horse drawn wagon rides as well as cookies and hot chocolate or cider. Come see Santa and the horses too!

Monthly Legion Meeting

Reminder of the regular monthly meeting for Legion members this Thursday, Dec. 7th at 7pm in the Legion Hall. This is also the day of remembrance for Pearl Harbor. Please join us; anyone who is eligible is welcome and encouraged to join the Legion family.

Thrivent for a Cause

Back, left-right: Morgan Westbrook, Jack Molzahn holding little Jenna Molzahn, Maycee Westbrook, Casandra Gibson, Abigail Hardacre, Kaleb Wagenblast, Kyler Seemann, Seth Brown and Elizabeth Hardacre.

Front, left-right: Addison Molzahn, Connor Molzahn, Madison Brown, Kassie Wagenblast, Alanna Schroeter, Jakeb Brown, Konner Wagenblast, Isaac Wagenblast, and Cameron Hardacre.

St. John Lutheran Sunday school kids used Thrivent Action Money to help their church pack school boxes for Samaritan's Purse. Operation Christmas Child is a project that St. John's Sunday school kids have participated in for many years. This year, Robin Billings applied to Thrivent and received $250 to purchase items for shoe boxes. With that money the kids packed 23 shoe boxes and, together with the church, sent off 42 shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child.

Every Thrivent member can apply for $250 twice a year to fund any project of their choice. The money is to be seed money, which means it is to be used to start a project. Then others get involved and help the project grow by donating time or other things to complete the project. The money cannot be directly donated to someone or something; it is intended to spark a bigger project and turn someone's idea into "action". The application process is simple and can be done online at Just click on “MY THRIVENT” and then “Apply for a Thrivent Action Team”.

Thunder Ridge School News

This is the final week to donate to the “Soup & Socks Drive” hosted by the KAYS and Tammy Pettijohn of Angels Care Home Health. They are accepting donations of canned soups and cozy socks to help the elderly stay warm this winter. Drop off locations include the Thunder Ridge High School, Middle School or Grade School; Kensington Public Library; Smith County Health Department.

Upcoming Games:

  • TRMS Basketball:Thurs. Dec. 7th vs. Northern Valley @ 4pm; Mon. Dec. 11th @ Stockton starting 4:30pm; Thurs. Dec. 14th vs Lakeside @ 4pm

  • TRHS Basketball: Friday, Dec. 1st @ Chase 4pm; Tues, Dec. 5th, Fri. 8th & Sat. 9th Preseason Tournament @ Downs; Friday, Dec. 15th vs Natoma @4pm; Tues. Dec. 19th @ Osborne 4pm

Important Info to Know:

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 21: 12:15pm Dismissal for Christmas Vacation

*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. 6

Breakfast: French Toast Sticks w/Syrup

Lunch: Taco Burger. Refried Beans, Chips w/Salsa (9-12), Bananas

Thur. 7

Breakfast: Cheese Quesadilla w/Salsa

Lunch: Lasagna, Bread Sticks, Cookie, Apple Wedges

Fri. 8

Breakfast: Breakfast Bar (Egg/Ham/Cheese)

Lunch: Chicken Patty on Bun, Whipped Potatoes, Green Beans, Pears

Mon. 11

Breakfast: Mini Cinnamon Roll

Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Savory Rice, Stir Fry Vegetables, Tropical Fruit

Tues. 12

Breakfast: Pancake/Sausage Stick w/Syrup

Lunch: Super Nachos, Refried Beans, Fresh Mixed Fruit Cup

Wed. 13

Breakfast: Breakfast Sliders

Lunch: Cheese Breadsticks w/Marinara Sauce, Seasoned Peas, Mandarin Oranges

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.

Weekly Inspiration

Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don't help you. Think positive.

One lie is all it takes for someone to lose their faith in you. The best you can do is always be upfront, always be real and always tell the truth.

You can't change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to positive change is found in your daily routine.

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