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Thanksgiving Lunch at WDE

November 18, 2022

We hope everyone enjoyed our Thanksgiving lunch! Thank you to our amazing cafeteria staff who made the delicious meal for everyone! We are thankful to have so many wonderful parents, students, and faculty members at WDE. Happy Thanksgiving!
WDE’s fourth grade aspiring author Elijah Hanks-Peterson and illustrator Sophie Guler enjoyed a surprise visit from a real- life published author on November 10, 2022. These two students were inspired with writing advice and encouragement from Mr. McCaid Paul. Mr. Paul shared copies of his most recent book Mooch & Marlow. Elijah and Sophie have recently started their second book and enjoyed sharing their adventures with Mr. Paul.
Yesterday, WDE students in grades K-3 enjoyed a performance of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" by the Atlantic Coast Theatre For Youth! "The classic Brothers Grimm story takes stage as an original musical with new lyrics set to traditional holiday melodies. An Elf must help a poor shoemaker...with the help of the elves in the audience." Make sure to ask your child about the wonderful show!
Mrs. Ellis' 2nd grade class is enjoying comparing and contrasting the cultures and beliefs of Native American tribes! Students have been immersed in hands on activities making teepees, canoes, and Wampum necklaces. The classroom has been flipped to include a teepee, deer skins, coyote skin, fox skin, beaver skull, dried corn, squash, and berries.

Fall Festival Fun at WDE!

November 8, 2022

We hope everyone had a blast at our Fall Festival this past Friday! Thank you to all of the WDE staff and volunteers who helped out and made it a success!

Kindness Week at WDE

November 8, 2022

Welcome to World Kindness Day! Let's celebrate World Kindness Day ALL WEEK at WDE! 

Monday, November 14- Affirmation Station! Students write a few WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT to another student or staff member! 

Tuesday, November 15- What if we served others? Students wear CAMO or SUPERHERO shirts!

Wednesday, November 16- What if we didn't judge people because of how they looked? Students wear MIX-MATCH clothes! 

Thursday, November 17- What if we stood up for each other? Students wear SCHOOL SPIRIT gear- WDE shirts, socks, etc. 

Friday, November 18- What if we had no excuses? Students wear COLLEGE or CAREER wear- Sports jersey, business blazers, necktie, work uniform, etc.

Pennies for PJ Fundraiser

November 3, 2022

Resource Deputy, Matt Key recently received news that his son PJ was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. West DeFuniak Elementary K-Kids Club sponsored a fundraiser called “Pennies for PJ” to collect money to help with medical expenses for the Key Family. During the fundraiser, Deputy Key received even more devastating news. Not only does his son PJ have Lymphoma, his son Dylan has also been diagnosed with Lymphoma as well. West DeFuniak Elementary students showed out and raised over $5,000 dollars to help the Key Family!

Book Character Dress Up Day!

November 2, 2022

On October 28, West DeFuniak Elementary recognized the substantial role that literacy plays in education. Students and teachers dressed up as their favorite book character to show their love of reading. Lots of creative and unique ideas were presented and the students’ enthusiasm for reading shown through on this day!

Teacher Spotlight!

November 2, 2022

Every morning at WDE, students are greeted with friendly faces opening the car doors.  One of those friendly faces is a teacher, Mr. James Barnhouse. He can often be heard calling students by name and reminding them, “It’s going to be a great day at WDE!”  One parent recently shared, “There's nothing like a warm welcome to ease the tension of a hectic morning, or maybe the anxiety of a test that lies ahead that day. Kudos to you Mr. Barnhouse! Your positive, uplifting, personalized communication with my kiddos starts not only their day off with a smile, but it starts this Mama's day off with a smile too. Thank you!” We are so thankful to have Mr. Barnhouse at WDE.