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1 eguidebook DIRECTOR S E P T E M B E R, y e a r 3 Discover the formation of this month s Mission Pack, the link into the home. Click here to see an overview of the age-level lessons for living this month s virtue in the classroom. This meeting borrows only 15 minutes of your faculty meeting and prepares the teachers for this month s K4J fun! A letter for educators and additional help for YOU! MISSION OF THE MONTH: K4j VIrtue: friendship All contents copyrighted Creative Catholics, Inc Unauthorized duplication is prohibited.

2 The K4J Mission Packs The Mission Pack helps kids practice the September Friendship Frenzy Mission of the Month at home. There are three different age-level Mission Packs. Each age group receives a different, age-level Mission card and Parents Perspective letter as well as other surprises that help kids live and track their mission all month long. Teachers receive a Send It Home lesson in their e-guidebook to teach the kids how to practice their Mission of the Month. (Takes approximately 15 minutes) As principal, the encouragement you give to the kids to bring back their Mission cards at the end of the month for extra credit in Religion or a special prize is very motivating. The group that has brought back the most cards can also be awarded at the next opening assembly! How about a dress down day or extra recess? September Focus on Formation Here s what kids are learning at home this month through K4J! September K4J Virtue: FRIENDSHIP: When we spend time with Jesus each day, we learn to be LOYAL, LAUGHING, LISTENING and LOVING friends! September Theme: Olympic style theme called the Friendship Games September Scripture: Jesus said, Love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12 K4J and Apostles Objectives 1) Teach kids that our best friend is Jesus. He teaches us how to be good friends to others. 2) Focus on ways we can be true friends to others through the 4 L s of friendship! September Mission of the Month: The Friendship Frenzy Mission. Kids make a folded paper toy (Friendship Flapper) that opens up to reveal practical ways they can put each of the 4 L s of friendship into action! Each flap also has a corresponding religious act so kids learn to connect the idea of human friendship with its source in Jesus. prek4j Objectives 1) Teach kids that our best friend is Jesus. He teaches us how to be good friends to others. 2) Focus on ways we can be true friends to others through the 4 L s of friendship! September prek4j Mission of the Month: The Friendship Frenzy Mission. Use your Friendship Frenzy Spinner to share your love for Jesus with everyone you meet! Kids turn their Friendship Spinner to discover how to practice both an act of human friendship and an act of friendship with Jesus each day. Being friends of Jesus helps us be true friends to each other!

3 Holy hero: Guardian Angels Guardian Angles: Our Guardian Angels are fantastic friends! God has made a Guardian Angel for every person in the world. These friends guide us and help us not to fall into sin and other harm. Our Guardian Angels are always with us. They love us so much that they never take a break from watching over us, listening to us, and helping us out when we need it. They are waiting to talk with us each day. We should thank God for giving us our Guardian Angels! Angel sent by God to guide me, Be my light and walk beside me. Be my guardian and protect me, On the path of life direct me. Amen K 4 J Virtue: Friendship When we spend time with Jesus each day, we learn to be LOYAL, LAUGH- ING, LISTENING and LOVING friends!

4 Each of the teacher s e-guidebooks has a Live it at School lesson. This lesson highlights a simple way to bring this month s virtue into the classroom. Additional links to bulletin boards and patterns, games and surprises are designed to help teachers and parent volunteers make K4J a dynamic part of the classroom environment. September Overview of K4J in the Classroom The kids learn to make new friends and be good friends by promoting a positive spirit within the classroom. Each of the classes learn to greet each other as friends and end the day with the Guardian Angel Prayer. Classroom Teaching objectives Learn to be friends with new people Greet each other as friends and inject a positive atmosphere into the classroom. Jesus is the perfect friend. Jesus gave us our guardian angel as a great friend to protect and guide us. Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer pre-k4j (preschool - 1st grade): The kids learn about the Friendship Games and see the torch as a symbol of their friendship with each other. After Morning Prayer and the prek4j Pledge, the kids raise their hand with their palm open to look like the torch and say, I am best friends with Jesus and YOU! Whenever the teacher wants to inject a positive spirit in the classroom, she has them raise their Friendship Torch hand again. K4J (grades 2-3): As the kids enter the room, the teacher and child greet each other by making eye contact and giving a smile and a kind word. After Morning Prayer and the K4J Pledge, the kids chant 1, 2 Friendship Frenzy 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Smile! and then give each other a high five. Whenever the teacher wants to inject a positive spirit in the classroom, she has them repeat the chant. At the end of the day, the kids say the Guardian Angel Prayer as part of their closing prayer K4J Apostles (grades 4-5): After Morning Prayer and the K4J Pledge, the kids say, Do the Friendship Frenzy! As the kids say this, have them turn to their neighbor and do a fun handshake by tapping fists in the front twice and on top and bottom once. Whenever the teacher wants to inject a positive spirit in the classroom, she says, What s our mission? The kids say, Friendship Frenzy! At the end of the day, the kids say the Guardian Angel Prayer as part of their closing prayer. Captains (grades 6-8): This month s Captain s e-guidebook helps the Captains focus on teaching younger children how to be a good friend. They help the kids celebrate the friendships they have and show them they have the ability to make new friends as well. Captains Commitment Card: Teachers can make a copy of the Captains Commitment Card for the 6th-8th graders. My Faith: Jesus is the one friend who never lets me down. My Life: Am I asking God for true friends? My Decision: I have to decide what kind of friend I will be to Jesus. The gospel tells us: This is my commandment. Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one s life for one s friends. John 15: 12-13

5 K4J Teacher MeetIng This meeting is designed to take place during an existing teacher meeting and lasts approximately 15 minutes. It is a great way to motivate the teachers to reflect on how their classroom may best work on practicing the virtue of FRIENDSHIP as a simple part of their busy, everyday schedules.. To prepare: Make copies of the K4J Unity Prayer. You will use this at the beginning of each K4J meeting. Take a look at the September Classroom materials and at the kids Send-It-Home packs for each age level. Read the K4J Educator card and be prepared to give a personal comment regarding the September personal mission for the teacher. K4J Teacher Meeting Agenda Pray the K4J Unity Prayer together. Remind them of this month s definition of the virtue of FRIENDSHIP: When we spend time with Jesus each day, we learn to be LOYAL, LAUGHING, LISTENING and LOVING friends! Remind the teachers of the objectives found in September Focus on Formation section of this e-guidebook. Offer a simple and brief explanation of the Classroom Mission as described in Live it at School section, and motivate educators to live this mission within the classroom. Teachers will find a more detailed Classroom Mission description in their e-guidebooks. Pass out a K4J Educator card to each of the teachers. This is your moment to offer a personal reflection about the virtue and the personal mission they can fulfill as noted on the card. Play this month s K4J Mission song: Friendship Frenzy Lyrics & motions (see next page).

6 Chorus: Do the FRIENDSHIP FRENZY frienship frenzy September K4J MIssIon Song Lift both fists in the air. Shake them to the right on Friendship and the left on Frenzy... Whooa... Open hands high & shake fingers as hands are lowered FRIENDSHIP FRENZY Be a LOVING, LAUGHING, LOYAL, LISTENER, Do the FRIENDSHIP FRENZY When we spend time with Jesus every day We become... LOVING, LAUGHING, LOYAL, LISTENER, Lift both fists in the air. Shake them to the right on Friendship and the left on Frenzy Form an L shape by holding one arm up and one to the side and alternate the arm that is up on each L word Lift both fists in the air. Shake them to the right on Friendship and the left on Frenzy (Hold hands together in prayer) Form an L shape by holding one arm up and one to the side and alternate the arm that is up on each L word Some Additional Help for YOU! The K4J Graphics CD offers many images to use for decorations, ads, awards etc. Use K4J Bucks as a reward to help kids reflect on how their actions serve Christ and affect the group. K4J Bucks help motivate the children as they develop the habits that lead to virtue. The K4J Mission Songs CD is available for bulk purchase. Visit the K4J web site. Among the many great features, the site includes ways for you to visit and share ideas with K4J and other K4J Schools. Letter for educators from Kathleen Conklin, the National Director of K4J.

7 September, Year 3 Dear K4J Educator, When I was young and had endless energy, my goal was nothing less than to change the world. This is great if it is channeled properly, so thank goodness for Sister Judith Ann. She helped me realize that only Jesus could teach me how to use my talents in a way that would make a difference. She started me on the road to learning how to be an apostle. She is one I think of when I reflect on what the model Catholic Educator is like. Being a Catholic educator is so much more than teaching a curriculum. You are responding to a call from God to help build his Kingdom. K4J can help you accomplish those goals. We all have a part to play in the lives of those we are called to serve. The monthly K4J e-guidebooks offer all the assistance you need to teach virtue in a dynamic way. We want you to have the tools you need to focus on the formation of the individual kids. You are the one who will pray for them, teach them, motivate them and model for them all the objectives of each month s Mission Pack. Congratulations on making instruction in the Faith much more than a book. K4J gives you a means to help them practice and live their Faith on a daily basis. Each month s K4J e-guidebook offers a lot of assistance, but nothing will produce results like your relationship with Jesus. He is the one who will help you know each child and the best way to engage each one. Each child needs to know that God has created him out of love, in order to love. Jesus wants to be best friends with each one, and he has a particular mission for each one that only they can accomplish. As a Catholic Educator, you will help kids understand their individual missions by realizing the gifts God has given them, and helping them put them to use for the Church and for others. You will also encourage them to develop the habits of a prayer and sacramental life that will guide them throughout life. This is no easy task but by God s grace, it will be accomplished. I thank God that he has called us to join his team of apostles to help bring his friendship and love to children and through them, to the world. In Christ, Kathleen Conklin Director of K4J

8 K4J Unity Prayer SEPTEMBER FRIENDSHIP FRENZY MISSION Jesus, thank you for calling me to your work in Catholic education. Thank you for calling others to work with me. Unite us in your will, Lord. Let our prayers storm heaven with one voice. Let our efforts be filled with your grace. Let our school work as one. Unite us in charity, Lord. Help me look beyond my feelings and love those who criticize. Help me forgive the moment I am hurt. Help my words reflect your thoughts. Unite us in our mission to serve these children, Lord. Give us a love for souls. Give us a zeal for souls. Give us the gifts that attract souls to you. Unite us in helping children hear your call, Lord. Call the children of our school to a greater love for you. I want to help them hear that call. Call more young people to the priesthood and religious life. I want to help them hear that call. Call our kids to live the mission you ve planned for each one. I want to help them hear that call. And when things get tough and I want to pretend you didn t call me, call me again. You are the reason my life is worth living. Mary, Mother of the Church, Pray for us! Amen.

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10 K4J Guardian Angel Prayer Angel sent by God to guide me, Be my light and walk beside me, Be guardian and protect me, On the paths of life direct me. Amen.

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