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 attending your Parent Conference.  It was a pleasure to meet with you to learn more about your wonderful first grade student.  It made me happy to hear about their growth through your eyes.  They are the best students in Bucks County!

I am looking forward to the Christmas Show on Wednesday.  Send your child to the classroom at 6:15.  Keep their coat with you.  The children won’t return to the classroom after the show.

Please discuss proper behavior for Wednesday night. Before, during, and after the show, they need to act appropriately, be a good listener, and join in the singing when directed.  I know they will use good manners, but it i always helpful to reinforce appropriate behavior.

Have a good week.


Mrs. Ropars


Tuesday, December  12- Weekly Reading, Benchmark, and Spelling Tests

Wednesday, December 13-Reading Benchmark Test and Religion Test-

Lesson 9: God Promised a Savior

Friday, December 15- Simple Solution Quiz – pages 98-105.


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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