Photo by: Kelsey Garnett
Grit- Team- Passion
Valor - Respect
Once a Greenback ~ Always a Greenback
This is a well known Christmas dessert in countries like France. It is a chocolate sponge cake log.
"Mashed Potatoes, Kansas City, Gifts"
Have you ever heard of Top Frog? Top Frog was invented a few years ago, and is continued to this day. Top Frog is a monthly reward for 5th graders. Only 5th graders with no discipline points throughout the month are allowed to participate in this thrilling event. Recently, the fifth grade teachers and paras all got matching Top Frog t-shirts. Not only does Top Frog encourage kids to get good grades, but it also is a great way for the teachers and students to make memories with one another. The best part of Top Frog is seeing kids and teachers bond with each other outside of the classroom.
In November, the fifth grade Top Frog activity included Killer, Lilly pads, and spaghetti hair. In Killer, the teachers chose a few people to be the “Killers”. None of the other kids knew who the killer was, and if one of the killers winked at you, you would have to wait five seconds and then drop to the ground. It was important that none of the kids knew who the killer was. All of the kids thought that this month’s Top Frog was the most fun, and it was definitely a memory the kids will remember.
December's Top Frog Activity was a success. The kids got to go outside and compete in many activities with their teachers. The activities included Freezer un-freezer and reverse charades. In reverse charades, you play it just like you would play normal charades, except it is a group of people acting it out for one person. So you have to work as a team.
Both teachers and students have a lot of fun at Top Frog. Mr. Ricke says his favorite part of Top Frog is seeing students in an atmosphere outside of the classroom. Top Frog is a great way to encourage kids to get good grades and behave in the classroom. Fifth graders, next time you see one of your classmates messing around in the classroom, remind them of Top Frog and encourage them to be allowed to go.
Do you like Christmas movies? If you do you should watch Elf. In this review you will see why I love it. This movie is for everyone and you could even watch it with your family.
Elf is a movie where an elf named Buddy (Will Ferrell) was transported to the North Pole when he climbed into Santa’s bag. He lived with them until he was an adult, then he went to New York City to go see his father. But when he got there his father didn’t believe him. And now he has to convince him that he is his son. But when Buddy tells his dad about Santa he doesn't believe him again.
Elf was made in 2003. The director was Jon Faveau. Reviews on the movie are good and I personally think the movie is awesome. I love the comedy in it too. I like how they didn’t let the movie get boring. But I don’t like how Buddy ate the gum of the train station.
So if you really like Christmas movies then you should watch Elf. It’s a great family movie and isn’t that long. I have watched this movie a lot this holiday season and it never gets old.
"Mashed Potatoes, Kansas City, Gifts"
By: Jenna Haas
My Thoughts about Christmas....
This is a nativity crib. They are used a lot during Christmas time by Italy and many other countries.
by: Dyllan Lunsford
Did you know that in Australia, instead of reindeer, kangaroos pull Santa's sleigh. This is just one of the many weird different Christmas traditions that other countries have for Christmas. Even though Christmas isn’t a religious holiday to a lot of people, lots of countries celebrate it. To Christians, the holiday is the birth of Jesus. To everyone else, it is when you gather with your family and exchange gifts.
Christmas in China
There are not a lot of Christians in China, so it is not practiced very much. It is manly only celebrated in big cities. They have large trees and Christmas lights along the buildings.They call Santa Claus ‘Shen Dan Lao Ren’ which means Old Christmas Man.
Christmas in Australia
In Australia, the kids have Christmas during their summer break. There summer break is from mid-December to early February. The people there decorate with trees, wreaths, and lights just like we do. They also do Christmas caroling. They normally try to get all of their family together to have a main Christmas meal. Their main meal is normally at lunch time.
Christmas in France
In France, they say Happy/Merry Christmas like Joyeux Noël. They normally decorate their homes with nativity cribs. They call their Christmas meal "Réveillon", and normally eat it on Christmas Eve. For their meal they have roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, foie gras, oysters, lobster, venison and cheeses. For dessert they have chocolate sponge cake log called a bûche de Noël.
Christmas in Egypt
Only 15% of Egyptians are Christians. Those are the only people who celebrate it as a religious holiday. Their Christmas is on the 7th of January though, instead of the 25th of December. The forty-three days before Christmas (advent) they fast. Mainly what their Christmas meal is is the stuff they could not eat while they were fasting.
Christmas in Italy
One of the main ways to celebrate Christmas in Italy is a Nativity crib scene. The city of Naples in Italy is world famous for its cribs and crib making. Having cribs in your house was popular in the 16th century, and is still well known today. They get the crib out a while before Christmas, but don’t put the baby Jesus in until Christmas morning. It is common for them to not eat meat (or sometimes dairy) on Christmas Eve. Instead, they mainly eat fish. The most common types of fish they eat are Baccala (salted Cod), Clams, Calamari, Sardines, and Eel.
I’m sure we all know what Christmas in America is like. Lots of shopping, kids getting out of school, Christmas dinners with our families, and so much more. Lots of other countries have taken our way of doing Christmas too. Christmas is celebrated by lots of different people, and in many different ways.
What is your favorite thing to have for Christmas dinner?
Are you going somewhere this holiday?
What is your favorite part of Christmas?
"Ham, Staying Home, Spending time with my family"
"Ham, My Grandparents, Sledding"
"Woody's Burger, Gbodderd Larnerd, eing with Family & Sleeping In"
Photos by: Jenna Haas
by: Jake Nelson
Christmas Around the World
Dear RJ -
If you could have anything for Christmas what would it be?
All the boys were playing very well. After the first four games, the 8th grade was 4-0, the 7th grade was 3-1, the Green Team was 2-0, and the Gold team was 0-2. Now these records can’t say enough about each team’s hustle and dedication to the game of basketball. Every team puts out their full effort for their teammates. So without further ado, let’s get into week 5.
Their week five opponent would be the Larned Indians. The boys competed well, as the Greenbacks roll over Larned and complete yet another clean sweep.
The JV teams would play their first Tuesday game versus Skyline. The game would be a makeup game from a few weeks back and it would be played at Skyline. The boys would tip-off at about 6 pm in the Thunderdome. Both of the boys teams had great effort through the whole competition. All of them represented our school very well.
The next game would be against Halstead at Halstead. In football, the 7th grade greenbacks were responsible for Halstead’s first loss. The same thing happened in basketball. LMS 7A comes out on top.
The eighth grade got hot and stayed hot, beating Halstead by twelve.
As for the gold team, none of their shots were falling, and they fell to Halstead.
The Greenback’s following game would be in the swamp vs Reno Valley. Long story short, both the 7A and 8A stomped over Reno Valley’s squads. However, the Gold Team fell just short of Reno Valley’s decent JV team in overtime.
The next game would be a long travel for LMS as they would take on two winless A teams at Smoky Valley. The 7a team, for the most part, led Smoky Valley, until the end, when Smoky Valley barely pulled away with the win.
It was a completely different story for the 8th grade varsity, as they, led by sharpshooter Dru Lunsford, come out on top.
The green team would play this week, and they came out ready. LMS green team manhandles Smoky Valley.
The following week would be a rematch for the A teams as they would face off against the Haven Wildcats. The 7th grade, after winning their first game against Haven, came in with a high head. Our 7th grade held the lead for most of the game, but Haven managed to fight back and take the game into overtime. After the two minute overtime period, the 7a Greenbacks came out on top.
The 8th grade was on fire that night, as it seemed like most shots were falling. Regardless, the 8a Greenbacks win.
As for the Gold Team, they had trouble. None of their shots were falling--which happens sometimes--and they come out on bottom.
Another JV game versus Skyline would take place. These games would be played at LMS though. In the Green Team game, LMS clearly outmatched Skyline’s team throughout the game.
Vice Versa in the gold team game. The Gold Team hustled their tails off but came up short.
The next game would be a big game for all of the teams. They would play at Hesston. Hesston’s 7a was very good, and Hesston’s 8a hadn’t lost a game.
The 7a Greenbacks just could not get anything going on the offensive in. Long story short, Hesston’s 7th grade team is phenomenal.
The 8th grade went on a 5-0 run to start the game, but the Swathers were fighters, as they fought back to a 6-point lead at halftime. The Greenbacks showed hustle in the second half. At one point they were only down four. However, Hesston took control of the game, giving 8a their first loss.
Our Green Team had their toughest opponents ahead of them. Showing Grit and Determination, the Green team is going into break undefeated.
A Christmas Story
Photo by: Mr. Helfriich
Traditional Christmas dinner features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables such as carrots. Other types of poultry or ham is also used. For dessert, pumpkin or apple pie.
Turkey tastes 9/10 times pretty juicy, depending on how long the person cooks it for. How do you know if it tastes to dry? If it tastes pretty dry it’s ok but if you can’t even bite through it… It might just be a little bit overdone. Ham is best when it is juicy but not squishy. Ham has a unique taste, it tastes rich and moist.
Stuffing is bread with thyme, salt, pepper, sage, chicken broth, and water. Stuffing is usually served as a side or put inside the turkey. Mashed potatoes are potatoes, milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Gravy is a thin substance usually served on top of potatoes or turkey. Christmas gravy is brown. Cranberry sauce is cranberries, sugar, water, and orange zest. Cranberry sauce is sometimes homemade,(but mainly bought in stores) most stores sell cranberry sauce mainly around Christmas. Carrots are typically steamed or roasted, with other vegetables.
Dessert includes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, fruitcake, and figgy pudding. Pumpkin pie is… you guessed it made of pumpkins. Pumpkin pie consists of; pumpkin, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin spice seasoning, graham crackers (crunched), and butter. The graham crackers and butter is for the crust of the pie. Apple pie is a pie which its main flavors are; cinnamon and apple. Some people put paires in it to make more tart. Tartness is a sort of sour flavor. Apple pie has the ingredients of; apples, sugar, butter, cinnamon, a little bit of nutmeg, and eggs. Fruitcake is a cake mainly made of fruit. Fruitcake consists of; cherries, mango, cranberries, currants, rum butter and brown sugar. Figgy pudding is a pudding mainly tasting of fig. Figgy pudding is made up of; dates, figs, water,baking soda, butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.
These dishes might sound a little odd, but they are quit the feast at Christmas or Hanukkah, depending on your religious beliefs.
by: Dyllan Lunsford & Karter Hoeme
"Sleeping on the bus gives me energy for games." - Jasiel Alvarado
Ke'Rel Allen dribbles the ball up the court against Reno Valley.
Photo by: Alexa Roberts
Dear Christmas Elf,
I would like a laptop and an iPhone SE. Those two items are quite expensive but those are the only two things I want.
by: Emaline Cline
A Christmas story was released to the general population on November 18, 1983. The movie was directed by Bob Clark and narrated by Jean Shepherd. The movie has an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 8/10 on IMDB. These are both exceptional scores and it shows how truly iconic this film is. If you don’t already know, the movie was based off the book, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” written by the previously mentioned Jean Shepherd. Also, there is an annual 24-hour marathon of a Christmas Story on Christmas Day, that you can tune in at any point. This attracts more than 40 million people to watch! I’m sure I don’t have to tell most about the plot and story of the movie but, for those who need a refresher I will tell you a short synopsis of the film.
The film follows Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley). He spends most of the film wishing for his dream Christmas gift, a “Red Rider air rifle” He can sometimes be put down by his grumpy father (Darren McGavin), and comforted by his loving mother (Melinda Dillon). His dream of the Red Rider air rifle has its bumps as he might just shoot his eye out! The movie, only lasting 1hr and 34 minutes, a common run time for many Christmas themed movies, is a perfect time to sit and cuddle up with your family on a loving holiday.
If you haven’t been aware, recently, on December 17th, on Fox, they recreated this iconic movie LIVE! Yes, I mean the entire time it was uncut live and the actors and actresses had to stay in character and remember their lines without interruption or mistakes. For most it wasn’t what it could’ve been. Google users only rating in a 58%! That is incredibly low compared to the original film. A CNN article says that the movie didn’t bring very much holiday cheer, and EW .com says the movie was a failure to most viewers.
Despite the unfortunate result of the Live version, the film is still iconic and stays in the minds of many who have watched it. Whether it was with their family cozied up with hot chocolate and popcorn, or that it was with friends quite casually, the movie is still legendary. From the comedy to the real emotional events, the movie will remain in the hearts of thousands all over the world.
vs Reno Valley
@ Smoky Valley
by Caycee Bass
Winner's Train, Losers Complain
A Traditional Christmas Dinner
"We played as a family and never gave up." - Jakeb Nelson
Lemon Park Lights
by Autumn Kuemin and Karter Hoeme
"We have learned that we work together better when we play as a family, not as a team" Daisy Herman
Every year, Sierra Dunlap holds an annual sock drive. Donated socks go to those in need. The sock drive has been done for the last three years. Posters are put up around the school and Mr. Hill announces it over the intercom to tell everyone when it is time to donate. Sierra’s mother also put up advertisements on Facebook. The goal for this year 1,000 pairs of socks. The items being donated have a certain number of points, and the AB or homeroom with the most points receives a prize.
Sierra Dunlap has a sock drive every year because she wants to help those in need by donating socks and other items as well. Last year, our school reached the goal of 1,000 socks. If you are wondering where these socks and other items go, they go to the Saint Anthony homeless shelter and the Hope center. The last few year sierra has held this event they have only took socks. This year they are taking blankets, socks, scarves, coats, gloves, and other clothing items. They are adding these because they thought that the shelters need more than just socks so if we add more items and are worth more points than we will donate more of them.
The sock drive ends Dec. 20, despite being said it ends the 18th. If we continue to has a success in this charity, hopefully we will be able to keep it going for years to come. So if you donated you have made huge impact on someone else's life. Which should mean a lot. So as you can see this was a very successful event that will help a lot of people.
The Greenbacks defend at Blythe, as we keep up with Smoky Valley. We see we need to improve, but we still lost 14-29.
Gift Bringers Around the World
You get "Tinsel"-itis!
by: Zach Vandervoot and Jenna Haas
"We always contribute as a team and never leave any one out." Olivia Gallaugher-Fink
by: 7th Grade Keyboarding Classes
by: Zack Patterson
How do sheep say Merry Christmas in Mexico?
What do you call an elf who steals gift wrap from the rich and gives it to the poor?
What happens if you eat too many Christmas decorations?
The B team played against Skyline for an extra game to play. We defended well, but could not keep up with their offense losing by a small margin.
Photo Credit by: Alexa Roberts
Pratt Kansas has had a tradition to set up lights at our beloved park (Lemon Park). These lights are set up to be viewed by the whole town in celebration of Christmas. To set up the lights people volunteer around pratt to put up the lights. This is a tradition around Pratt the we all adore and love.
This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of of our little winter wonderland right here in Lemon Park. This display is lit form Nov.19 until New years day. The Pratt parks department play a huge role in the setup of the display. This year there is a new addition of a wild turkey sculptor that D&R Trucks brought in all the way form utah. All these lights are not for nothing as a total of 16,000 vehicles go through Lemon park in this holiday season. Many towns around us have tried to have holiday light displays in their parks, but they cannot seem to keep the tradition going like we can.
Pratt is a special town that does special things. It is amazing that we can all come together and keep a tradition going like we have. With 170 acres of land in our park it is truly magnificent of what we have done with it. Make sure to take the time to visit the sites to see in Lemon Park of Pratt Kansas. They turn on the lights at dusk until 8 A.M.
LMS girls basketball is in their second part of the season coming up on their Christmas break. Practice has been tough for the girls this season as they are striving to get better every day. They have been working on teamwork, communication, and production. Hopefully this will make a better season for our Greenbacks.
To start off they face Reno Valley in a hard contested game. We put all of our effort into this one showing up like we are going to win this one. The game started off slow, but Reno Valley eventually came away with it. Reno Valley would go on to win 12-33. We could not keep up with their fast paced game, as they used their speed to defeat us. We know what we did wrong, and we will improve like we know we can.
Smokey Valley was our next opponent as we were home at LMS. The home crowd gave us energy to get through this game. Smoky Valley came out strong in the first half leaving us a huge deficit. We started to come back, but their lead was to big. We ended the game on a good note, but lost 14-29.
Next, we will be facing Haven for the second time this season at our home court. We won the first encounter between the two teams, but Haven wanted revenge. The first half was very close with the Lady Greenbacks only losing by a small margin. Haven came out hot in the second half going on a huge run leading them to a 15-26 loss for the Greenbacks.
The match-up we have all been waiting for has finally happened. It is Heston against Pratt at Heston Pratt has been getting ready for this match-up for a long time and hopefully it will be a good one. Heston went all out in the game beating us in every category. We could not keep up with their play style. We had lost 15-27.
The B team started the season great and wanted to keep it going. In the second part of the season sadly we fell of of the pedestal. We played in all these games including an extra Skyline game. We would end up going 0-5 in these match-ups. Some were closer than others, but we could not find the offense to defeat these teams.
The seventh grade a team girls have been working very hard over this season and right now they are 4-6. The next team they played was against the Hesston Swathers. We lost that game 12-33. Then we played against Haven here in the swamp. We won that game 19-14. Next we traveled to Smokey Valley. We lost against the vikings 18-22.
We played here at the Bythe next. We lost to Reno Valley there 12-29. Then we went to Halstead, we lost 21-30. Finally we played Larnerd in the Swamp and won 46-6. Which cept our winning streak in the swap going. We have not lost a single game in the swamp.
Our Lady Greenbacks have a good year so far and will keep improving for the highly anticipated tournament. We know there is room to improve for the Greenbacks, but they have confidence that they can do it. Go Lady Green.
Brazil: Papai Noel (Father Christmas) & Bom Velhinho (Good Old Man)
Greece: Aghios Vassilis / Άγιος Βασίλης (Saint Basil)
Island: Jólasveinn (Yule Man) & Jólasveinarnir (The Yule Lads)
Hungary: Mikulás (Nicholas) & Télapó (Old Man Winter)
Poland: Swiety Mikolaj (St. Nicholas)
South Africa: Sinterklaas / Kersvader
The Froggy Funnies
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