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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!

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!

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.

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!
Mrs. Fuentes's class had a few visitors enjoying their love of reading during the Red Ribbon week book character dress up day!
Students in 5th grade at WDE spent October 31st rotating through each classroom where they were able to experience multiple content area activities. Students rotated from an ELA escape room to glow-in-the-dark multiplication bingo. From there, they continued to work together to create a catapult with enough structure to cause a pumpkin to fly. Students then rotated to a different classroom where they experienced a time in history and finally ended the rotation learning through technology. Students were excited to spend the day moving and learning together!

WDE's Science Fair is coming! 5th grade projects are mandatory. Everyone else is encouraged to participate!

Entry Forms Due: Thursday, November 3rd

Projects Due: Tuesday, November 29th by 2:30 PM

Judging: Thursday, December 1st 

Presentation of Awards: Friday, December 2nd 

West DeFuniak’s Kiwanis Kids Club (K-Kids) had an exciting meeting this week where they worked on planning for upcoming projects such as Snacks for Soldiers and the Angel Tree project. They finished their meeting off with a little competitive team building!