Mrs. Catherine Ropars


Hi! My name is Mrs. Ropars.  I am thrilled to be teaching First Grade at St. Mark School.  Let me tell you a little about myself.  I am starting my third year teaching at St.Mark.  I love the children and teaching in a catholic school.

I have my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chestnut Hill College.  I earned my teaching certification and I have taught children in Early Intervention, Pre-K, First Grade, and Second Grade.  However, my most important job was being a mom.

My husband, Tom, and I raised three children.  Their names are Katelynn, Shawn, and Lisa. My children attended catholic school.  I believe a catholic school education was very important in our family. Therefore, I am happy to assist you in providing the best education for your child at St. Mark Catholic School.


Dear Parents,

Thank you for all that you do.  Your hard work and effort is paying off. Through your guidance and encouragement, your child is learning new things everyday and tackling new challenges at school.

If your child struggles at times, help him/her to understand that mistakes are opportunities for learning.  With enough practice and dedication to learning, they will be successful.

Encourage your child to read often through the week.  Help him/her to distinguish between words with a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound. Help with reading multi-syllable words and build vocabulary through discussions and sharing ideas.  Happy reading!

Have a good week.


Mrs. Ropars


Friday – 2/16/18

Reading – Review words

Grammar – 100th Day Writing Worksheet Questions – due Tuesday

Phonics – practice words to distinguish short vowel and long vowel sounds

Thursday – 2/15/18

Reading – Read pages 16 to 19.

Grammar – Work on the 100th Day Bottle: Writing Worksheet Questions

Spelling – Write the next 6 words 3 times.

Math – Complete the worksheet (2 sides).  Test tomorrow.

Get the tests signed in the yellow folder.  Return the folder to school.

Wednesday 2/14/18

Religion– Discuss how you can change during Lent.

GrammarSimple Solutions Quiz pages 2 to 9

Spelling– Write the first 6 words 3 times.

Math– Workbook page 220

Bake Sale tomorrow.

Tuesday – 2/13/18

Religion – Read pages 239-240.

Reading – Learn Unit 3 Week 1 words.

Grammar – Work on clues and bottle label.

Phonics– Test

Math– complete Workbook page 142.

*Bring in your Valentine’s cards tomorrow.

Monday – 2/12/18

Reading – Read papers about your special project with a parent.

Phonics– Complete page 232.  Test on long/short vowels on Wednesday.

Math– Start to collect 100 matching items.  Due by Friday.

Spanish– Worksheets

Friday – 2/9/ 18

Religion – Study Ch. 13 and 14 for test on Monday.

Reading- Weekly and Unit 2 tests on Monday

Spelling – Test on Tuesday.

Math- memorize facts (+ and -)

Tuesday – 2/6/18

Reading- read pages 174 to 175 in Reading Street

Grammar- complete page 110 in Voyages

Spelling- write the last 6 words 3 times; study words

Math- practice addition and subtraction; test on Lesson 14- comparing numbers

Monday – 2/5/18

Religion-Read pages 125-127.

Reading-Learn new words. Unit 2 Week 6

GrammarSimple Solutions Quiz, pages 138-145

Spelling-Write the 1st 6 words 3 times. Study words.

Math-Lesson 14 Test tomorrow, pages 120-127.

*Free Dress Down Day + Pizza Lunch – Tuesday


Monday, February 12-Religion Test; Weekly and Unit Reading Test

Tuesday, February 13-Spelling Test; Unit Test continued

Wednesday, February 14- Phonics test

Thursday, February 15- Simple Solutions Quiz # 73-76

Friday, February 16- Math Test on Chapter 15-Adding a two-digit number to a one-digit number or a multiple of ten

100th Day Bottle and Clues – due Friday

Writing Worksheet – due on Tuesday


It is very important for your child to arrive on time for the morning session by 7:35 a.m.  Your child is to come to the classroom upon arrival to unpack, put away his or  her belongings, and begin the assigned morning work.  If your child is arriving after 7:35, please tell him or her  to go to the office for a late slip.  The slip will be marked “Excused” if there is a valid reason for being late.  If there is a pattern of unexcused latenesses, the parents will be invited to attend a conference with the teacher.

If your child is absent from school for any reason, a note must come in with your child the day he or she returns to school.  Please include your child’s name, the date of missed school days, and the reason.  This will ensure all school absences are documented properly.

Class Participation:
Students are expected to be prepared for class.  This includes having the necessary tools do school work and participate in all activities.  Your child should come to school each day with three sharpened pencils, 2 glue sticks, crayons, safety scissors, and a good eraser.

Written homework is to be done and returned the next day (unless it is other wise stated).  All work must be neat and complete.  Please follow the directions provided on the homework.  Studying should be on going, including practicing words you make on index cards from the word lists.  The children need to be able to recognize and say the word on sight.  Please drill addition and subtraction facts, also.

Also, students are expected to actively participate within the classroom by responding orally when requested and in all forms of written work.

If your child is going home a different way other than normal, please send in a note. Tell your child when he or she has a note, so they know to look for it in their folder and bring it to my attention.  Also, it is important to inform your child of a change ahead of time so they are not surprised or unsure.

Your child must take responsibility for his/her own actions. This includes behavior. We have discussed the rules for school: (1) Listen when others are talking. (2) Follow directions.  (3) Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.  (4) Work quietly and do not disturb others. (5) Show respect for school and personal property. (6) Work and play in a safe manner.

Grading Scale:

O-Outstanding              97 – 100

VG-Very Good               91 – 96

G-Good                          84 – 90

S-Satisfactory                77 – 83

I-Inconsistent Quality   72 – 76

U-Unsatisfactory          71 and below





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