Dear Families,

THIS MONTH /// Our unit teaches students that “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work.” We will discuss and dive into God’s Word to discover what an incredible gift it is when we learn to work as a team and serve one another with our gifts. Teamwork requires an atmosphere of cooperation, helpfulness, and respect. Each individual commits to the group’s effort. Together they develop a team identity, positive relationships, and spirit. Social awareness is developed, grown, and strengthened while working with others.

Catchphrase  “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work”

Key Verses

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.'” Mark 12:30-31

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10

Goal: To love God and to love others. To use my gifts to serve those around me.

Continue the Conversation (discuss the following points at home)

  1. Love God. We aim to win with the help of our team. In Mark 12:30-31, it says that we should “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
  2. Love others. The second part of Mark 12:30-31 instructs us to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Our goal is simple: to love God which then enables us to love others.
  3. Serve others with your gifts. When we use the gifts and talents God has given each of us to serve others and advance the team, we can accomplish so much more than we could on our own. (1 Peter 4:10)

Your students are learning to apply these principles in the classroom, at home and beyond: to love their neighbors (classmates, family, and beyond), use their gifts to serve them, and work together as a team. Students will also reflect on how this love for our neighbors is only possible because of the love we first receive from God.

Jesus is our team captain. If we follow His lead, we will love and support each other. This is the number one rule for us to follow as a team.

TRY THIS AT HOME /// Within family life, it’s easy to overlook the gifts that each member brings to the table because we are so familiar with each other. If we are not intentional, we can miss the unique contribution that each member of our family is to the team (family unit). Take time together as a family to affirm one another for your unique gifts. You’ll never regret a moment spent celebrating each other.

When kids learn friendship, they learn it for life!