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A Chance to Save Now for their College Education

As part of our commitment to your child's education, we want to share with you information about the Florida Prepaid College Board's Open Enrollment Period that ends February 29. College might seem like a long way off, but before we know it, your child will be looking at college options.

Starting ta save now means that you can feel confident your child's tuition will be covered when they need it. Florida Prepaid Plans are guaranteed by the State of Florida. Your future grad will surely thank you for making such a smart decision and for giving them the chance to succeed and achieve their dreams.

We are also pleased to offer promo code, SUP1516, for a free gift pack for families that purchase a Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan before Open Enrollment ends February 29.

Open Enrollment only happens once a year and ends on February 29, so take advantage of affordable pricing today and start saving for your child's future. Find out more at mvfloridaprepaid.com!

Students in Third Grade at West DeFuniak Elementary have been learning about the deadliest animal on Earth, the mosquito.  They had the opportunity to hear from North Walton Mosquito Control on the mosquito’s life cycle, types of mosquitos in our area, ways they prevent illness from spreading, and ways to spot areas where mosquitos can lay their eggs.

West Defuniak Elementary facilitated their own teacher-led professional development on Friday, February 12th. Teachers were able to  choose from a variety of different sessions to attend, based on their needs.  These sessions included teacher collaboration, student engagement, and using technology in the classroom. They also had the opportunity to participate in EdCamp and network with colleagues who had similar interests or concerns.  Teachers left the professional development feeling inspired and truly excited!

Jump Rope for Heart

February 16, 2016

WDE will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser again this year.  This event will be held during regular PE classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 16 and 17.    The collection envelopes, with information included, will be sent home the week prior to the event.  Our goal thisyear is $6000 and donations may be submitted on-line at www.heart.org/jump.  Please help us to reach our goal this year.  Thank you for your support!

Box Tops Deadline

February 12, 2016

Friday, February 12 will be the second deadline for returning box tops.  Classes will be awarded a pizza party on Friday, February 26th for those bringing in the most box tops k-2 and 3-5.  You've already helped us to earn $1000 which will be sued to purchase new books for our libary!

Atlantic Coast Theatre took 5th grade on an art adventure to discover more about the Mysterious Mona Lisa!

“No one knows for certain the identity of the mysterious smiling woman in the world’s most famous painting, but an art student is about to find some clues as she travels back in time in Atlantic Coast Theatre’s original play Mysterious Mona Lisa. Children and families explore the art, science, and music of the original Renaissance Man, Leonardo DiVinci.”

Fifth grade students are learning about Sybil Ludington, a 16 year old girl who risked everything to save the country she loves during the Revolutionary War in 1777.

Math and Science Night!

February 4, 2016

WDE will have Math and Science Family Night on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 5:00-7:00.  Come early from 5:00-5:30 for pizza and sweet treats in the cafeteria and then visit math stations for all grade levels and the Emerald Coast Science Center featuring 15 hands-on exciting science experiments!  Also, check out our estimation station where you can guess to win the candy and then visit the photo booth for fun Valentine pictures.  When leaving, fill out a quick survey to earn your parent bucks!

K Kids Candy Grams

February 2, 2016

K Kids will be selling candy grams for $1.00 beginning Monday, February 8 through Friday, February 12, 2016.  These will be delivered on Friday, February 12th prior to early release.  Candy grams will also be available for purchase at our Math/Science Family Night on February 4th!  

West DeFuniak celebrated Literacy Week on January 24-29.  Each day, students were able to participate in activities to promote literacy.  On Monday, they received their READO chart (Reading Bingo!) which encouraged students to read outside, read in tents, with flashlights, with family members, and to read various genres.  They could turn in their completed charts for a candy prize and to have their names put in the drawing for a new book.  Over 130 charts were returned!!  Wednesday, students picked up Book Scoop activity sheets from the library, wrote summaries of their favorite books, and returned them for a sweet treat.  Book Scoops are displayed in the Media Center.  On Wednesday, students received free book marks when they came to the library to check out books.  Thursday, students were encouraged to score as many 100s on their AR quizzes.  They could bring proof of their achievement to the library to receive a candy prize.  Over 400 scores of 100 were made in one day! At the end of the day on Friday, Mrs. Shoaf ran an AR report to see which classes in each grade level had the highest AR average for the week.  These classes won a book prize, suckers, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.