Mrs. Fairbarn's Teacher Page




Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  I am thrilled to be teaching grade 1 this year.  Our theme verse is:

“Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5

What to know about Grade 1


AGENDA: An Agenda book with a message will be sent home everyday.  Parents are expected to read the daily note (or your child can read it to you!) and sign your initials, to show you have read the notice.  Please use the agenda to help communicate information between home and school.  I will check agendas every morning.

BIRTHDAY: A child’s birthday is very important to them so we celebrate at school. We sing Happy Birthday in the class and in Chapel.  If you wish, you may bring a special treat for your child to share with the rest of the class.  I only ask that the special treat not be cake as it is very hard to serve in the classroom.  I find the best choices are cupcakes or other individually packaged treats. Note: If your child is having a private birthday party and is not inviting the entire class, the invitations can be distributed discreetly after school or directly to their homes and not distributed through the classroom.  This helps alleviate any hurt feelings.

CHAPEL AND OFFERING: We attend Chapel every Wednesday morning from 8:40-9:25. This is where we sing, pray and listen to God’s Word (the Bible). An offering is collected during Chapel. The money goes towards various missions. Watch the Monday Note for information about where the offering goes for that month. You are welcome to join us for Chapel anytime.

COMMUNICATION: I will be communicating class news in two main ways.  First, Fresh Grade is a digital portfolio where I will be posting announcement and latest news often.  Please ensure you sign up when you get an email. Secondly, my Teacher Page can be found on the school website.  I am available by phoning the school or stopping by to make an appointment.  You can also email me at anytime at  I will post the memory verse here weekly.  The school office will be sending home a weekly notice called “The Monday Note” that is sent home from the office by email. Please read these carefully so your child does not miss out on anything important.

HEADPHONES: Send headphones (NOT earbuds) in a zip-lock bag with your child’s name on the bag and on the headphones to use during our computer time.  Send them by the end of September.

HOME READING: We will be starting Home Reading in October.  Watch for further notice closer to that time.  Please take time with your child DAILY while encouraging them to point out letters or words in books and out in the community.  In order for your child to become a good reader they need to spend time looking at books daily.  School or public library books are great options.  Public library cards are free.

HOMEWORK: Your child is expected to do homework but it should never last for more than 5 minutes. Examples of homework are: word work and Bible Memory verse.  Reading should be done nightly for at least 10 minutes.  You should be reading to your child in your home language as this enhances their literacy skills and helps them become better English readers

INDEPENDENCE: To help your child gain independence, I ask all parents to leave your child at the front door.  Please do not assist your child with removal of footwear, backpacks or jackets. Also, please do not follow your child into the hallway or classroom.  As parents, it is important to remember that the school does not wish to alienate parents or even keep them at a distance. We need to work together to help your child to understand that learning and success is their job and not yours!  Please pick up your child at the end of theday, on the benches outside the front.

LIBRARY: We will visit the Library each week to take out one book.  The Library book is allowed to go home to be read and shared with family members but please ensure the book is returned by the following Wednesday in good condition.  Lost or torn books will be charged to you.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS: Parents are welcome to volunteer for our classroom beginning in October.  You are encouraged to serve in important and specific volunteer roles. You must have a completed police/criminal record check done and on file in the office prior to volunteering.  Please email me to inquire about coming in on a specific day.  Also, please let me know how you would like to be involved by filling out the attached form and returning it.  I look forward to hearing about how your skills and qualifications can help us learn in grade one.  Your involvement in your child’s education is beneficial for their self-esteem.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS: These are sent home about once a month with your child.  If you would like to order then please go to and click on the parent pay option.  It will ask for the school, please type in "Prince of Peace Lutheran Sch".  Then it will ask for my name which is "Billie-Jo Fairbarn".   You can pay by credit card this way and then just make sure you send the order form to school with your child.  I will go online and do the order.  Books take about 2-3 weeks to arrive at school.

SCHOOL TIMES: Your child should be in class at 8:25 a.m. so he/she is able to prepare for class. Recess is from 10:10-10:25. Second recess is from 11:55-12:25. Then, your child eats their lunch in the classroom at their desk from 12:25-12:45. School ends at 3:10 p.m. On Friday, school begins at 8:30 and EVERY FRIDAY the day ends at 1:50 p.m.

SHOES: Your child must have an indoor pair of shoes (neutral in colour with non marking soles).  Please have your child practice tying shoelaces at home as I do not have time to do this at school.  Otherwise, please send your child with velcro shoes, as untied laces are a safety hazard.

SNACKS/LUNCH: MUST BE HEALTHY!  We are trying to make healthy food choices so our bodies will grow to be big and strong.  Examples of good snacks are: yogurt and fruit, vegetables and meat, or cheese and crackers.  Please try to avoid chips, chocolate, candy, punch and pop.  Water is encouraged.  Juiceboxes will need to be consumed outside at either recesses.  *Note: Do not send peanuts or peanut products to school due to allergies. Your child needs two snacks and one lunch.

WATER BOTTLES: Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle with a top that closes.  Water bottles with screw type lids are not effective and tend to increase spills.

Memory verses for the year

"For God so loved the World that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16


"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever."  Psalm 107:1


"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1


"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."  Deuteronomy 6:5


"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."  Proverbs 1:7


"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:5


"Each of use shoud use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."  1 Peter 4:10


“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14


"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."  Luke 2:10-11


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6


"Jesus answered, 'It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Matthew 4:4


"Jesus answered, 'It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'" Luke 4:8


"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sould and with all your mind.'" Matthew 22:37


"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Matthew 28:19


"Jesus answereed, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6


"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  John 15:12


"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."  Matthew 21:22


"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."  Psalm 119:105


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."  Matthew 7:7

"David said about him: “I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope..."   Acts 2:25-26


"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1


"Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever." 2 Chronicles 20:21b


"You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you." Psalm 118:28


"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'.”  Matthew 19:26


"Jesus told them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field'." Matthew 13:24


"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19


"He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself."  Luke 10:27


"This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’" Matthew 6:9-13

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