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News for 4/10/2019

Alumni Banquet Coming Soon!

Alumni of Kensington and Thunder Ridge- The Annual Alumni Banquet is scheduled for May 25 at the American Legion Hall in Kensington honoring all years ending in 4 and 9. If you are a graduate of West Smith County or Thunder Ridge High School and you have had a change of address, please contact Staci Foreman at the District Office to update your info. We will soon be mailing out invites for the annual alumni banquet and we want to ensure you receive it! Call 785-476-2218 or email

North Church News

Fifty-five people were in attendance March 24, 2019 at the St. John Lutheran Church parish hall in Kensington for the Parent Appreciation potluck; formerly called Spring Tea or Mother-Daughter Tea. After the doxology was sung, people filed by three tables filled with cooks delight. Once everyone was seated, all were welcomed by Mary Struckhoff, WELCA Justice officer.

The WELCA Anniversary dinner on February 24, was cancelled due to inclement weather so time was given to acknowledge 11 couples celebrating special anniversaries. A reading paying homage to each of the couples respective years married was read.

A poem by Ron Tranmer, “The Greatest Parents On Earth,” was shared. A brief history explaining that the U.S. Congress recognizes the 4th Sunday in July as Parents Appreciation Day was presented.

It was a beautiful, sunny day outside. Inside, the tables were adorned with handmade fabric runners colored in gray, teal, and pink with small silver buckets holding tiny tulips helped set the spring-time theme. It was a short but nice time, so everyone could go on to their next activity. Thank you to all the kids and everyone who helped that day. Those couples recognized with special wedding anniversaries are as follows:

60 years Gib and Sharon Meyer, August 30, 1959; 45 years Garen and Cathy Diercks, June 9, 1974; 45 years Ron and Cindy Rahjes, November 2, 1974; 40 years Joel and Connie Bienhoff, June 16, 1979; 40 years Doug and Wanda Rahjes, September 29, 1979; 25 years Bruce and Amber Hardacre, July 22, 1994; 25 years Greg and Robin Billings, November 16, 1994; 20 years Leland and Linda Rahjes, October 16, 1999; Newlyweds Justin and Amy Abbott, June 2, 2019; Newlyweds Kenny and Doris Molzahn, July 21, 2019; Newlyweds Cory and Audrey Rahjes, September 22, 2019.

Submitted by Mary Struckhoff, WELCA Justice Officer

New York/D.C. Trip

Four Juniors from Thunder Ridge High were able to visit the eastern states on the annual New York and Washington D.C. trip early this spring. Brittany Atchison, Joseph Ferguson, Iva Rust and Reece Struckhoff enjoyed new and different sights and scenery from March 17 through March 24. There were approximately 26 students from Phillipsburg, Smith Center, Northern Valley, Logan and Thunder Ridge.

Monday the 18th, they visited the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum and Mt. Vernon as well as spending the evening touring Union Station and the monuments. The morning of March 19 was spent on Capital Hill with the Botanical Gardens, Smithsonian Air and Space and Art Museums after. They also toured the WWII Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial this day. On the third day, they viewed Arlington Cemetery and Gettysburg on the fourth day. March 22 landed them at the Big Apple! Time Square, 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Broadway were all big sights to take in in New York City. The Broadway show they went to see was “Beautiful” the Carole King Musical. March 23 they toured Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the 9-11 Tribute Center, Freedom Tower, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, and Times Square. They stayed in the hotel Sheraton and for their last day in New York City, they saw Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s, Hard Rock Cafe. They boarded the bus to head back west late Sunday, March 24, after all these amazing sights and experiences.

Some adults on the trip: Annalee Ratliff, Michelle Rust, Kristi Jones, and Jana Horsefall.

Joseph, Brittany, Iva and Reece all dressed up for the Broadway show “Beautiful”.

Reece, Joseph, Iva and Brittany posing with the Toy Soldiers in front of FAO Schwarz toy store in Rockefeller Center, New York.

Michelle And Iva Rust seeing the sights!

Joseph Ferguson, Reece Struckhoff, Brittany Atchison, and Iva Rust at Washington Monument.

Brittany Atchison and Iva Rust doing a little shopping.

All-State Team Selection

Senior Layne Pettijohn and Junior Brennan Kirchhoff were chosen for the 2018-2019 Kansas Basketball Association All-State Teams. Jaden Boden (Junior) was also selected to be on the state basketball all tournament team.

Brennan Kirchhoff (left) and Layne Pettijohn (right) after earning 3rd place at State Basketball.

Junior Jaden Boden pictured with Coaches Darren Grauerholz and Chris Kirchhoff.

BOGO Books Coming Soon!

The Kensington Community/School Library will be hosting the BOGO Scholastic Book Fair during the week of April 22 through 26 to promote summer reading. Providing books at buy one, get one FREE prices we hope that parents can stock up on great reading materials to keep their children practicing those important reading skills through the summer months. We hate to see our students suffer from that Summer Slide. Keep reading kids, and plan to attend our fun, summer library programs this summer! More info to come, so stay tuned!

TR Activities/Dates


Wed. 10- FFA to Colby for District Horse, Agronomy, & Horticulture; Gym closed for Juniors prom decorating 4:00pm

Thur. 11- MS Track @ Logan 10:00am (lv @ 8:30); 4th Grade to Agra Library @ 2:00pm

Fri. 12- All day Juniors prom decorating; HS Track @ Hill City 3:00pm

Sat. 13- PROM NIGHT: 5:30pm Pictures @ city park(weather permitting), 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 Promenade, then students enter Dance

Sun. 14- Ties & Tiaras Family Formal @ HS gym 3:00-4:00pm

Mon. 15- Mother/KAY Banquet @ HS gym 7:00pm

Tue. 16- Tdap/MCV4 Clinic for 6th grade and Sophomores

Wed. 17- PTL Music Contest @ Pike Valley (Courtland) 8:30am; FFA District Livestock Contest @ Hays 9:00am

Thur. 18- MS Track @ Osborne 9:00am (lv K-Town 6:50; Agra 7:00; Kirwin 7:15); Spring Music Program for K-3 & 9-12 @ HS gym 7:00pm

Fri. 19- No School – Good Friday

Mon. 22- Fri. 26- BOGO Book Fair @ Kensington Community/School Library

Mon. 22- No School – Easter Break; HS JV Track @ Hill City 3:30pm

Tue. 23- MS Track @ Beloit 9:00am (lv K-Town 6:40; Agra 6:50; Kirwin 7:00); HS Track @ Osborne 3:00pm

Wed. 24- 5th/6th grade to Water Jamboree @ Harlan Lake – Republican City, NE 9:15am (lv @ 8:30); Pre-K to visit Kindergarten 8:45-10:45am; 4th grade bused to the GS for Band Presentation 9:30am

Thur. 25- Safe Driving Program @ HS for 7th/8th grades 1:00pm

Fri. 26- 8th Grade to NCK Tech in Hays 9:00am (lv Ktown 7:30 & Agra 7:45)

Mon. 29- 3rd Grade bused over to visit 4th Grade @ MS 1:00pm (lv @ 12:50); Instrument Display for 4th grade 7:00pm @ MS

Tue. 30- MS Track @ Beloit St John’s 9:00am (lv K-town 6:40; Agra 6:50; Kirwin 7:00)


Wed. 1- MS Achievement Assembly and Art Open House/5th grade Wax Museum 8:30am; 5th-8th Physicals @ Phillips County Medical Clinic 1:00pm

Your Helping Hands Make a Difference!

Mat makers will meet again on April 13, from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at St. John Lutheran Church parish hall. EVERYONE is welcome to come help! We need people to cut bags, tie strips, crochet, and to visit with!

Busy Bees to Meet Sunday

The Busy Bees 4-H Club will hold their bi monthly meeting at 5:00pm in the St. John Lutheran Church parish hall on Sunday April 14. Please remember to bring supplies for our service project, Birthday in a Bag: cake mix, candles, frosting, plastic tablecloths, gift bag, tissue paper.

American Legion Menu

This week at the American Legion we will be having Italian stuffed shells, 7 layer salad, green beans and garlic bread. Our extra salad will be potato salad and our dessert will be pecan cream pie, we've added some new menu items for the spring and summer so you need to come and check them out. Please let us know if you'd like for us to make your supper to go by calling 785-476-3204. Thank you for your support!

Weekly Inspiration

Your life isn't yours if you constantly care what others think. - Unknown

It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple. - Rabindranath Tagore

Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.


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