1st Grade - 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 sixth 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.  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, 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,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! 

I am looking forward to working with you this year to help make your child a successful learner.   The sky is the limit!

Thank you for all that you do to support your child, myself, and St. Mark School.

God bless you and keep you safe.

                                                                                                           Mr. Ropars 

Back to School Night 2020

Our Classroom

Thank you!

Mrs. Ropars


Join the”First Grade” Google Classroom. This is a digital tool being used as part of our learning experience. Here are three ways to join.

1.) Click on the link to join our Google Classroom.

2.  Go to http://classroom.google.com

  • Sign in with your student account.  On the class card, click Join.

3.  Sign in with the code provided in the ClassDojo message.

  • There are four tabs at the top of the google classroom page:  Stream, Classwork, People, and Grades.  The Stream tab is used for general announcements.  The Classwork tab is used to view assignments.  The People tab is used to list members of our classroom. The Grades tab is used to view grades earned on assignments,

Thank you for your cooperation and support.
God bless you!


See the word lists on Google Classroom.


See the homeowork sheet on Google Classroom.


https://tinyurl.com/yy3bdjt9 (addition vocabulary practice)

Educational Games


Spelling City



Christ Our Life (use to prepare for tests and quizes in Religion)



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 5 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


Monday: ELA | Religion | Spanish | ELA | ELA | Lunch | Math | Social Studies

Tuesday: ELA | Religion | ELA | Technology | ELA | Lunch | Math | Science

Wednesday: ELA | Religion | ELA | Lunch | Math | Music

Thursday: ELA | Religion | ELA | Art | ELA | Lunch | Math | ELA

Friday: ELA | Religion | ELA | ELA | ELA | Lunch | Math | Gym

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Calendar at a Glance
Last Day of St Mark Summer Camp
Teacher Organizational Day
First Day of School / Full Day All Grades / CARES
Full Day School / All Grades
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