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News for 12/4/19 SANTA Was HERE!

Old Fashioned Christmas

The Kensington Commercial/Community Club hosted a soup supper with Santa as the main guest for an Old Fashioned Christmas on Sunday evening, December 1st. Over 140 people were in attendance for various soups provided by the Kensington American Legion, entertainment provided by the St. John Lutheran Church Bell Choir, and lighting ceremony in the mini park on main street. Many cheerful children greeted Santa with their Christmas wishlists. It was a fun evening full of holiday cheer that will hopefully be the first of many. Don’t forget about the Christmas Lighting Contest and scavenger hunt to participate in this month.

Lexi and Kenzi Grauerholz read their letters to Santa

Tweedy children, Peyton, Harbor and Fynley visit Santa along with little cousin, Bladen Beinhoff.

Cute little boys chatting with Santa.

Santa sneaks up to surprise Hadley Shaffer and Hunter Vales.

Mat Makers Will Meet

Mat makers will meet this Saturday, December 7, from 9 to noon, at St. John Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to see how it works. We make sleeping mats from grocery bags. It’s a very worthy and fun project!

Christmas Programs for Thunder Ridge Schools

Monday, December 9th at 7:00pm will be the Christmas Program featuring the K-3rd grades as well and high school choir and band. Located in the high school gym in Kensington. Also mark your calendars for the Middle School Christmas Program to be held on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00pm in the middle school auditorium at Agra. Come enjoy lots of great music and holiday cheer, everyone welcome to attend.

Thunder Ridge Calendar Events

Thu. 5- MS BB in Agra vs. St. John’s/Tipton

Fri. 6- HS BB @ Chase 4:00pm

Sat. 7- HS Honor Choir/Band Program @ FHSU

Mon. 9- 7:00pm K-3 and 9-12 Christmas Program at Kensington Gymnasium; No TR Academy or MS BB Practice

Tue. 10- HS BB vs. Lakeside in Kensington 4:00pm

Thur.12- MS BB in Agra vs. Northern Valley 4:00pm

Fri. 13- HS BB @ Osborne 4:00pm 

Mon. 16- MS BB @ Stockton 4:30pm; No TR Academy

Tue. 17- PreK/4-8 Music Program 7:00; No MS BB practice or TR Academy

Thur. 19- MS BB in Agra vs. Lakeside 4:00pm

Fri. 20- End of 2nd Quarter; Dismiss @ 12:15 for Winter Break

Dec. 23-31 No School – Winter Break

Kensington Library Holiday Hours

We are looking for part-time help to fill-in at the library on occasion. This would not be very many hours, mostly Monday evenings from 4-7pm or some Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. Please contact Erica Barnes if you are interested in helping at the library.

Regular library hours for the winter months when school is in session include: Mondays from 8:00am to 7:00pm, Tuesday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Saturdays 9:00am to 2:00pm. With Christmas and New Years falling in the middle of the week, we will be closed: Tuesday, December 24 through Thursday the 26th, also January 1st and 2nd. Special hours during the USD 110 holiday break include 2-7pm Monday evenings and 9:00am to 2:00pm weekdays. If you have any questions of concerns please contact Library Director, Erica Barnes, at 476-8185. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Weekly Inspiration 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. - Proverbs 3:5

All great achievements require time. - Maya Angelou

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. - Friedrich Koenig


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