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Volunteer Month!

March 31, 2015


April is National Volunteer Month.  West DeFuniak Elementary has many dedicated volunteers who not only commit a great deal of time to our school, but make a significant impact on our students.  We want to thank these special people.  We will be recognizing our volunteers during the month of April.

Climate Surveys

March 31, 2015


WDE is conducting a Climate Survey for Parents and Community Members at the link:   The results of this survey will be reviewed at both the school and district levels and used to help decide upon possible areas of school improvement.  Your responses will remain anonymous.  These surveys need to be completed by the end of April.  Also, we will have the paper copies available in the office if you would like to request one.  

Field Day

March 17, 2015

Field Day for grades 3-5 will be on March 17th and K-2 will be on March 18th.   Plan to come out and cheer on your child(ren)!  Tickets for snacks are on sale now!!!
3rd and 5th grade students at West DeFuniak experienced Laser Science!  They explored concepts such as Persistence of Vision, Momentum and Inertia, Energy Conversion, and Stimulated Emission.  The students learned these concepts and then enjoyed a professionally choreographed music and laser display to end the assembly.  
West DeFuniak Kindergarten classes had a special visitor on Dr. Seuss's birthday.  The Cat in the Hat came to their classrooms and read them a story!  They enjoyed getting to meet him up close and loved their special story time.  

2nd Grade Garden

March 11, 2015

Second Grade students at West Defuniak Elementary, grew a winter garden with collards, broccoli, and cabbage.  The lunchroom staff made coleslaw out of the cabbage for students to enjoy.

2014-2015 Flu Season

January 20, 2015

Dear Parents, 

The Florida Department of Health reports that the 2014-2015 flu season is off to an early start and Floridians are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others against the flu.  Activity levels are highest in children but overall influenza activity is widely spread across the state.  The Department is encouraging families to get their flu vaccine.  

Additional steps to prevent flu include coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, washing your hands frequently, and keeping your hands away from your face.  Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose, or body aches.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment.  Early treatment with antivirals is important and can help people get better more quikcly as well as help to prevent severe complications.  

The best way to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during flu season is to:  1) get vaccinated 2)Stay home if you are sick, and 3)See your doctor if experiencing flu-like symptoms.  

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In November, second grade students from West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed visiting the Indian Temple Mound Museum. The museum is located in the heart of historic downtown Ft. Walton Beach. The museum houses interpretative exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation. Students also visited the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum. 


West DeFuniak Elementary is excited  to share district winners in the Tropicana Speech Contest!

4th grade – MacKenzie Campbell – 1st place.

5th grade – McCaid Paul – 3rd place and Gaines Marshall – Most Entertaining Speech