Mrs. Bisbing

About Me

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Professional:
I graduated from The University of Scranton in May of 2012 with a Dual Bachelors of Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. I also have obtained my Wilson Reading Language Training Certification in the fall of 2014 from St. Joseph's University. I have recently completed my Masters in Reading with the additional Reading Specialist Certification.

In the fall of 2012, I began my teaching career at St. Thomas More School, in Allentown, teaching 1st grade. After two years at St. Thomas, I was offered a 2nd grade position at Hereford Elementary in the Upper Perkiomen School District. I have taught second grade for 2 years at Hereford. This will be my third year teaching 4th grade at Hereford, and I couldn't be more excited!

Personal:

My husband, Garrett and I were married this past December, goodbye Miss Cameron, hello Mrs. Bisbing! We currently live in Allentown with our dog, Teko. In addition to teaching I am a swimming and diving coach. I am a huge football fan and absolutely love the beach! I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your child and make this memorable year of school. My hopes for your child is that they will love learning and feel confident in their abilities. I look forward to working with you and your child, knowing that together we will make a difference!


kbisbing@upsd.org
215-679-4151 ext. 3462

Schedule

Schedules & Rotations

Daily Schedule

8:25-8:45: Homeroom

8:45-9:30: Science & Social Studies

9:30-9:45: Proud Time

9:45-10:45: Target Time

10:45-11:45: Math

11:50-12:30: Specials

12:30-12:15: ELA

12:15-1:50: Lunch & Recess

1:50-3:10: ELA

3:15-3:30: Dismissal

Specials Rotation:

Day 1: FLITE

Day 2: Music

Day 3: Gym (wear sneakers)

Day 4: Library (bring library books)

Day 5: Art (need an art smock-will be kept at school)

Day 6: FLEX Day

Classroom Procedures

Please check your child's assignment book nightly for homework as well as important dates and reminders. As students move closer and closer to middle school, we try to foster independence and self motivation, as this is a necessary skill when they make the transition. Students are required to write in their assignments each morning as part of their morning work. Math homework is accessible through the EDM site (check the EDM tab for more info). Spelling homework is given every other week. Students are able to self select their assignments for spelling from the choice board. Word lists are accessible through Spelling City. Other homework and reminders are given on an as needed basis.

If you have any questions about this, please contact me.

Volunteers:
If you are interested in volunteering in class, please complete the form and return it at your earliest convenience. Throughout the year, we need help for various activities such as special projects, science, field trips, celebrations, preparing supplies, etc. I will also need weekly volunteers to help with guided reading, rocket math, and other activities. There are also abundant opportunities to volunteer throughout the school year for special school wide events such as Hereford Hike, Holiday Bazaar, Family Nights, etc. PTFS organizes many of these events, and I would encourage you to join ($5.00 membership fee per family)! Please be aware that if you decide to be a regular volunteer, you will need to undergo a tuberculosis test and submit a child abuse clearance application to the state of Pennsylvania.

Absence/Health:
If your child is not going to be in school, please call the school to make us aware. If your child had a fever or vomited the previous night, please keep them at home. While we want all children in school whenever possible, we also don’t want to prolong an illness or spread an illness with a too soon return. Upon your child’s return to school, PLEASE SEND IN AN EXCUSE NOTE. Also, please remember that the nurse is here to take care of your child in the event of an injury or illness that occurs at school. If your child becomes ill or is injured outside of school and requires medical attention, please contact your family physician.

Parent Pick-Ups:
Whenever possible, have your child use school provided transportation. However, if you need to pick up your child for any reason, you must send in a note with your child by 8:35 of the day they are to be picked up. Please include all relevant information on the note (child’s name, who will be picking them up, time, etc.). When you pick up your child, either early, or at parent pick up, please make sure you have your photo ID.


Homework:
In general, your child will have homework Monday through Thursday night. I try not to give homework over the weekend, except in the case of incomplete work, long term assignments, or if there is a shortened school week due to scheduled days off or weather. Please initial your child’s assignment book each night, and write comments as needed. I check their homework folder each morning to see that your child has completed their homework from the night before. I also check in the folder for notes from you, lunch money, forms, etc. I check all assignments for correctness, and your child is responsible for making corrections as needed. Homework is also a grade on the report card, and can be a factor in determining marking period grades in subject areas. On your child’s report card they will be given an O for 0-2 homework misses, an S for 3-6 homework misses, and an N for 7 or more homework misses in a given trimester.

Classroom Rules

Behavior Policies

Individual

We will be using Class Dojo this year as a individual behavior tracker. Your student will be coming home with his or her log in codes for the year. Please sign in each day to check tor classroom updates as well as your child's behavior. If you have any questions regarding their "score" for the day, please let me know and I will be happy to discuss it with you!

Check out the Class Dojo tab for more information!

Whole Class/School

Our class also tracks the class points through Class Dojo. When we reach specific point totals throughout the year, we earn special prizes. We will set goals and pick these prizes together as a class.

Hereford's School Wide Positive Behavior Plan

Be SAFE!

Follow school and classroom rules, think before you act, and be aware of yourself and your surroundings.

Be RESPECTFUL!
Listen to adults and peers, consider others' ideas without judgment, be kind to everyone, and be honest.

Be RESPONSIBLE!
Complete homework, bring appropriate materials to school, and take good care of your property and the property of others.

When students are caught being safe, respectful, responsible, or kind, they are able to earn Bee Bucks. The Bee Bucks are able to be cashed in fro prozes or experiences from the Bee Bucks Cart & Store!
Be HEREFORD PROUD!

Classroom Supplies

As your child prepares for 4th grade, there are certain supplies that are requested to start off the school year:

  • Box of Pencils and Erasers
  • Pack of Highlighters (any color)
  • Pack of Whiteboard (Expo) Markers (any color)
  • Pack of Glue Sticks
  • Pencil Pouch
  • Choice of the following:
    • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Earbuds/head phones

Our classroom is always in need of donations of the following items:

  • Colored Dry Erase Markers
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfectant Wipes

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a web based program which allows teachers to track students’ behaviors (positive AND negative) easily and efficiently. The program is based on points, and students can be given positive points or points can be taken away. Students are able to cash in their points each week for prizes or save up for a larger one! This site allows the student to start each day fresh and ready to succeed!

After students have been added to the system, there is a student access code we will give to each student so that they can log on to the website. On the site, they are able to see how many points they have, which positive behaviors were noted, and which negative behaviors they need to work on.

One of the greatest features of Class Dojo is that it allows us to send parents a “behavior and skills report” every Friday by e-mail. All you need to do is use the parent access code to get signed up.

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Positive Behavior (subject to change)
Students are able to earn points (values vary) for the following behaviors:
  • Above the Call of Duty
  • Eyes on the Speaker
  • Following Directions the First Time
  • Helping Others
  • Independent Worker
  • Maniac Mathematician
  • Rock Star Reader
  • On Task
  • Participating
  • Persistence
  • Responsible
  • Working Smart
  • Active Listening
Needs Work (subject to change)
Students will lose points (values vary) for the following behavior:
  • Arguing/Bullying
  • Not listening
  • Off task
  • Talking at inappropriate times
  • Being uncooperative (with peers or staff)
  • Being unprepared

In our classroom, I use Dojo to communicate with parents. Parents have the ability to message the teacher as well as see the "Class Story." Please feel free to leave comments or feed back on any of the pictures or content posted. Reminders of special events and holidays will be communicated via the class story. Make sure to keep an eye out, some times there are chances to win extra Dojo points by responding to posts!

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This year, we will be using a new feature classed the "Portfolio." This feature will allow students to share things with home via the site. Portfolios are only accessible by the family (must be signed up for Dojo) as well as the teacher. Once signed up, parents can leave comments and feedback on their child's work!

Everyday Math

Student Log In to EDM

The link above will provide you with access to the online portion of our new math curriculum. From this you will have access to the homework (if needed) as well as the student reference book, lessons, games, and support materials. These resources will allow you to help your child with the topics that we are covering in math.

Login: H followed by student id # (ex. H000000)

Password: h followed by student id # (ex. h000000)


All About Daily 5

Now that we have begun our Reader’s Workshop routine, I would like to share with you more about “The Daily Five.” The purpose of this letter is to fill you in on what the Daily Five is all about, so you don’t have to nod your head while wondering what in the world your child is referring to. The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster the children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.


There are very specific behavior expectations that go with each Daily 5component. We will spend our first weeks working intensely on building our reading and writing stamina, learning the behaviors of the Daily 5 and fostering our classroom community. I will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction.
your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read,

Your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read, understand, and are interested in, which they will read during the Daily 5. They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading. I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will skyrocket when this gift of choosing their own books is accomplished by extended practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child.

Please think of our classroom as you visit garage sales or clean your own child’s bookcase. It is my goal to make our classroom library as appealing as your favorite bookstore for browsing.

Daily 5 Components

Read to Self
The best way to become a better reader is by practicing each day, with books the students choose and are a "Good Fit."


Read to Someone
Partner reading allows for more time to practice strategies, helping to build fluency, check for understanding, hear their own voice and time to share in this learning community.


Work on Writing
Just like reading, the best way to become a better writer is by practicing writing each day.

Word Work
Expanded vocabulary and correct spelling allow for more fluent reading and writing thus speeding up the ability to comprehend what is read and get thinking down on paper.

Listen to Reading
Hearing good examples of literature and fluent reading expands your vocabulary, builds stamina and helps you become a better reader.


I PICK "Good Fit Books"
  • The students are taught from day one about choosing and selecting books that are just right for their reading level. They are called "Good Fit Books".
  1. I pick a book
  2. Purpose (What's my purpose for choosing this book? )
  3. Interest (Does this book interest me?)
  4. Comprehend (Can I comprehend what I'm reading?)
  5. Know (Do I know most of the words?)

Three Ways to Read a BooK

  1. Read the pictures
  2. Read the words
  3. Retell the story
Check for Understanding
This is a comprehension strategy that teaches children to stop frequently and check, or monitor, if they understand what they are reading.

Often as beginning readers, children are so aware of reading accurately that they forget to take time and think about what they are reading, checking to see if they understand the text. Advanced readers can develop the habit of reading through the text without monitoring if they were aware of Checking for Understanding as beginning readers.

This vital strategy is not only one of the first we introduce, but is also one we model frequently throughout the year.

When students are Reading to Someone, their job is listening and retelling what their partner just read. Then they switch, the other student reads and this time they "check for understanding".

Building Stamina
Many parents are amazed to hear their child speak about building "stamina". It's not a typical word you hear second graders say! When we begin teaching The Daily 5 parts, the first time we model, instruct, and demonstrate how to do this skill, the students start on their own for 3 minutes. Every day we add one minute, eventually building their stamina to 30 minutes. Some days we may only get to do 20-30 minutes depending on special activities, assemblies, or holiday events. The students "build stamina" for each of the Daily 5 parts.

What's the teacher doing during Daily 5?

Explicit modeling, practice, reflecting and refining takes place during the launching phase, preparing the foundation for a year of meaningful content and instruction tailored to meet the unique needs of each child. After weeks and months of modeling, practicing, and building stamina for each Daily 5 part, the students become very independent and are on "automatic pilot".They know these routines, they look forward to them each day. In fact, they are disappointed if we don't get to all five if there is something special in our day. This automaticity allows the teacher to work with students one on one, in Skills Groups, or Guided Reading. The teacher can give assessments such as DRA's (Developmental Reading Assessment), or DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) tests. Teachers can confer with students individually to discuss how they are developing as readers and writers and discuss their goals.

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