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News for 9/5/18

Support Our American G.I. Joes

Join us for lunch at the St. John Lutheran Church (north) serving Sloppy Joes, salads, chips, beans, and desserts this Sunday, September 9, from 11-1:00. All proceeds will go towards The Veterans Community Project, which builds tiny homes and offers many services free of charge for our American veterans. Sponsored by St. John Sunday School.

Thunder Ridge School Events

During the second week of Thunder Ridge Pre-Kindergarten the class studied the letter S and all about Safety. The goal of the week was to master safety skills in the classroom, safety skills at home, safety skills in the car, and safety skills while out in public with parents. These skills ranged from walking in the classroom to not talking to strangers. One of the bigger skills that the class learned was when to call 9-1-1 and how to answer operator questions. Students learned what to do in case their homes caught fire and they learned how to Stop-Drop and Roll. Not only were the skills practiced throughout the week; Phillips County Sheriff's Department came and gave the students a talk about safety. Students were able to put actual people and faces to the men and women they had been learning about all week. Officer Powell and Officer Dougherty presented students with valuable information. Students learned what safety equipment the police use, got to sit inside of the different vehicles and most importantly students got to push the buttons that make the sirens go off. The goal of the week was to practice potentially lifesaving skills and to learn how and when to get help

Officer Dougherty (left) with Pre-K students and (right) Pre-K teacher Amy Abbott, Officer Powell, and teacher’s aide Roberta Quanz-McCormack.

Officer Powell showing the Pre-K students his patrol vehicle.

Sept. Activity/Game Dates

Thur. 6- MS VB/FB @ Pike Valley (Scandia) 4:00/6:00pm

Fri. 7- HS FB 7:00pm @ Washington

Sat. 8- HS VB Tourney 9:00am @ Miltonvale

Mon. 10- HS JV FB 6:00pm @ Osborne

Tue. 11- HS VB Tri 4:00pm @ Home (Kensington) vs St. John’s-Tipton and Pike Valley

Thur. 13- MS VB/FB @ Lincoln 4:00/6:00pm

Fri. 14- HS FB 7:00pm @ Home (Kensington) vs Hill City

Mon. 17- HS JV FB 6:00pm @ Hill City

Tue. 18- HS VB Quad 4:00pm @ Mankato vs Rock Hills, St. John’s-Tipton, and Lakeside

Wed. 19- WACKY Day for 6th grade @ Camp Hansen

Thur. 20- Picture Retakes; MS VB/FB @ Home (Agra) vs St. John’s-Tipton 4:00/6:00pm

Fri. 21- HS FB 7:00pm @ Home (Kensington) vs Northern Valley

Sat. 22- HS JV VB Tourney 9:00am @ Hill City

Mon. 24- Dismiss @ 2:30 for Teacher In-Service

American Legion

Friday Night Special, September 7, serving from 6:00-8:30pm.

This week at the American Legion we will be having 3 different kinds of quiche. Along with the quiche there will be a salad with your choice of dressing. Our dessert will be a homemade caramel cake. Please let us know if we can make your supper to-go, or to reserve a table for you, by calling 785.476.3204.

Kensington Library

Bringing stories and learning activities to the kids!- This Fall, we will be trying something new with our preschool storytime programs. We will close the library on certain Friday mornings to visit children at their childcare setting. We anticipate providing 12 Pre-K Storytime Programs in the Fall and 12 more in the Spring.

Closing temporarily to provide visits @ 10:00am these Fridays:

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Oct. 5, 12 (not on 19 or 26 due to No school)

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 (not on 23 due to No school/Thanksgiving)

Dec. 7, 14 (not on 21 due to early dismissal for Christmas Break)

We also plan to continue a program for parents and infants (ages birth to 3 years) which we started with the help of Nora Rhoades from Post Rock Extension. As of now, we have planned for 6 “Brainy Babies!” Programs. These will be held the Last Monday of the Month, starting September 24!

Brainy Babies @ 5:15pm, come-and-go until 6:30pm these Mondays:

Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 26, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, Apr. 29

Parents with multiples are welcome to bring grandparents along to help. We will also try to enlist volunteers to help as well.

Weekly Inspiration

Sometimes life's hardest struggles end up being blessings in disguise.

The greatest gifts you can give someone are your time, your love, and your attention.

People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep them.


Your news is important to us. Send your stories and information to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS. Or feel free to call 785-476-8185.

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