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Box Tops

September 1, 2015

Please keep collecting Box Tops.  The end of the first goal period will be December 4, 2015.  If we reach our goal of 11,000 box tops, staff and students will wear pajamas to school for a day.  All proceeds from the Box Tops funds are used to purchase new books for the media center!

Remember to finish up Summer Reading and Math Challenge work!  

MATH CHALLENGE:  Students must return their completed Math Challenge activity logs on August 10 or 11.  Each student who returns an activity log will receive a sweet treat!  Students scoring a 90% or higher on their math fact fluency assessment will receive a sweet treat, their picture in the Math Hall of Fame, and a special game day!  

READING CHALLENGE:  Students must return their Reading Challenge Book Reports on Austing 10 or 11.  Students who complete at least FIVE reports will receive a sweet treat!  Students completing TEN reports will receive a sweet treat, their picture in the Reading Hall of Fame, and a pizza party!  

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Kindergarten Parent Orientation will be on August 6, from 10:00-11:00. This meeting will be for PARENTS ONLY.  Your kindergartener is invited to visit the classroom and meet his/her teacher between 1:00-3:00 on Thursday, August 6. 

K-5th grade Visitation for students and parents will be on August 6 from 1:00-3:00.  Please locate your child's name on the teacher rosters that will be placed in the atrium. 

Dear Parents, Students, Volunteers, and Friends: 

The beginning of a new school year offers excitement and promise for us all.  With parents and teachers working together, we will have a great opportunity to show students just how sweet learning can be.  Our positive attitudes and supportive efforts will have far-reaching effects toward establishing a rich and relevant learning environment for the students of WDE to succeed in college and future careers.  As partners in this process, I want you to know that your support and dedication are greatly appreciated.  I look forward to working with you and making "Learning Sweet at WDE". 

Darlene Paul

Principal, West DeFuniak Elementary

Due to construction, WDE’s main office will be relocated in the Kindergarten hallway during the summer.  Visitors may park in the pick-up/drop-off area and enter through the Kindergarten doors at the end of the building.  This is the parking lot across from the Little League Park at the WDE school sign.

Summer Reading Program

June 2, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,


Welcome to summer and reading for pleasure!  The faculty at West DeFuniak Elementary believes that reading is an important part of every student’s life, and not to mention a lot of FUN! Reading over the summer, in particular, prevents students from losing the reading gains they make during the school year so that students can return to school next year with a fresh start, ready to learn!


Goals and Program

WDE sponsors a Summer Reading Program for all students entering grades 1-5.  The goals of the program are to foster a love of reading, to promote independent reading and to ensure that your child’s reading skills are maintained at their current level.  This summer reading program is optional but strongly supported by our administration and teachers.


To participate in the Summer Reading Program, we require all students to read a minimum of five books at their reading level.  The website is a great resource to help determine if the book level is appropriate.


To complete the Summer Reading Program students will turn in to the office or Media Center their five book reports, on the forms provided, by August 11th, when students return.


The WDE Reading Hall of Fame recognizes students who read beyond the required number of books. Ten or more books are required to be in the “Hall of Fame”. WDE Reading Hall of Fame students must also complete a book report for each book, 5 through 10 and turn in by August 11th.


Finding the Books

The Walton County Library and our local book stores have many great reading selections.  Either will be glad to assist you in finding the perfect books for summer reading! We hope that our Summer Reading Program will give students and their families an opportunity to share and enjoy summer reading.


Happy reading,

Darlene Paul


For your convenience, vendors will be on the WDE campus to sale uniform shirts this summer on the dates listed below.  Vendors will be located in the Music Room.  

July 20, 2015:  9:00 am-7:00 pm

July 22, 2015:  9:00 am-5:00 pm

July 23, 2015:  9:00 am-6:00 pm

Para su comodidad, los vendedores de las camisetas del uniforme estaran en la escuala WDE (West DeFuniak Elementary) durante el verano en las fechas listadas a continuacion.  Los vendedores se encontraran ubicados en el "Music Room" (Salon de Musica).  

Julio 20, 2015:  de 9:00 am- a 7:00 pm

Julio 22, 2015:  de 9:00 am- a 5:00 pm

Julio 23, 2015:  de 9:00 am- a 6:00 pm

Academic Awards

June 1, 2015

Academic Awards will be held on the following dates:  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Kindergarten - 8:30 am

1st grade - 9:00 am

2nd grade - 9:30 am

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

3rd grade - 8:30 am

4th grade - 9:00 am

Thursday, June 4, 2015

5th grade - 8:30 am

The Awards Program will be held in the Activity Building.  

Friday, May 22, will be a FREE DRESS DAY!  Students do not have to wear their uniform shirts, but they must still dress within the Walton County School District dress code.