Woodruff Elementary School
950 W 600 S
Logan, UT 84321
All students enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year are eligible for free breakfast starting at 7:30 am each day.
To apply for free/reduced lunch or to check your student's balance go to the Parent Info tab.
10-Food Drive Begins
21-"Hundred Year Snooze" performance @ 6pm
26-28-NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
Principal's Monthly Message
I love November! When I was the age that our students are here at school I don’t think that I loved it as much then as I do now though. I think that it is due to the fact that I didn’t really understand how the holiday our nation celebrates related to me personally. I did enjoy the holiday of Thanksgiving, but the whole season of Thanksgiving was lost on me. It wasn’t because I did know the history of Thanksgiving that we are taught in school, it is because I lacked the personal connection.
Not having a personal connection to the things that are taught to us makes it hard for us as students, young or old, to really learn and internalize what is being taught. When I got older I left home and lived in Mexico for a few years. While there we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving or other holidays that are unique to the United States. I also found that while people were happy they didn’t have a lot of the opportunities that I had because I was from the United States. This helped drive home the concept of being thankful and grateful for what I have and like the pilgrims I had to leave home and rely on the kindness of others for that to really take root. Hopefully for our students it won’t take them so long to really internalize the meaning of Thanksgiving for them.
While Woodruff students have great sources of background knowledge and experiences that they bring to school with them it is hard for them to come with an experience for every single thing that we do. One way we as teachers try and build background knowledge in a short amount of time is to share things through technology. We have been wonderfully supported in this through money donated and/or earmarked for technology by our PTA and Community Council. With this money we have bought many different things to equip our classrooms with better technology and we are one of the better equipped schools in the Cache Valley because of this.
One program that we use to build a bit of background is called Brain Pop Jr. Have you had a chance to use it at home? It is a web based program that is available during our school day and at home. While it isn’t really a homework program it is a program to build background and it has some great suggestion for reading on certain subjects. Plus it has quizzes and other activities as well. If you haven’t checked it out take a moment and do so. You can find it under student links on the Woodruff Website under educational links. It will ask you to login, go to the November Woodruff Newsletter and you will find the login information there.
Take a few minutes to look at the videos, extra reading books and activities. If you have trouble logging in let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you to get logged in.
I hope you can use this as another resource to enjoy learning with you child at home.