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Ellis Island Experience

March 7, 2023

Last week, 2nd grade teachers at WDE flipped their classrooms into an exciting Ellis Island Experience. Students were able to role play to simulate what it might have been like living as an immigrant child. Students completed a class immigration card, went through a pretend medical exam, visited the “hospital” if they needed to, went through immigration questioning, and finally, students met the Statue of Liberty as they entered into the United States! Students at WDE enjoyed being fully immersed in the Ellis Island Experience, which helped them to better understand immigration, and how important Ellis Island was.  

Family Bingo Night

February 22, 2023

Routines can play a vital role in student success. Kindergarten and first grade families came together last week to learn different strategies for organizing their student's morning and bedtime routines. Afterwards, they learned how to turn their child's addition homework into a mighty fun game of BINGO! A special thanks to Mrs. Caren Prichard from The Florida Inclusion Network for volunteering to come and share some important family engagement strategies!

President's Day 2023

February 17, 2023

All campuses and offices will be closed February 20th, 2023 in observance of Presidents' Day. 

Dates: Weekdays, March 6th through March 15th

Time: 8:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m 


  • Registration is open to any child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1st, 2023.
  • You must have an official birth certificate which can be obtained at the Walton County Public Heath Unit for $12.00 in DeFuniak Springs, or at the Walton County Tax Collector's Offices in South Walton, Freeport, or DeFuniak Springs for $18.25.
  • Prior to entering school in August, each child must have a physical examination and up-to-date immunizations. DOH 680 - Florida Certification of Immunization (blue card). 
  • School of choice is dependent on enrollment capacity. Please check with your school of choice for details. 

Please look over the attached document for specific information regarding Kindergarten registration at West DeFuniak Elementary. 

West DeFuniak Elementary recently hosted students and parents for a fun-filled Math & Science Family Night.  The Human Anatomy Academy provided by The Emerald Coast Science Center featured 15 hands-on science stations where students were able to complete STEM activities to learn more about the human body systems. Students received appointment cards for their evening rotations between the science stations and math on their grade level. Students at WDE had a great time learning new things!

National School Counseling Week 2023, "School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big”

WDE is so thankful to have Mrs. Jessica Daniel as our School Guidance Counselor. She is caring, compassionate, and makes everyone feel special. She provides a safe space to help students navigate the difficult social aspects of being a young person. The staff and students want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU for all that Mrs. Daniel does to ensure the academic success and well-being of our students and families.

Our American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge event will begin soon!  

You can help our class win the classroom challenge! Our goal is to have 100% of our students register online and complete Finn’s Mission.  The class that has the most students registered online and the most money raised will win the classroom challenge! 


Here’s how you can help:  

·       Click Here to Register. 

·       Complete Finn’s Mission: Watch a 2-minute video to know Hands-Only CPR, spot the signs of a stroke and more! 

·       Share with friends and family through social media, text and/or email. 

·       Raise $150 and earn Frankie! 

We need your help to accomplish our goal of having 100% of our families to know Hands-Only CPR, and you can help us by registering your child and spreading the word. 

Raise $100 and silly string coaches! 

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