Students (and teachers) spill: ‘How to have a snow day?’

Lydia Urice
Junior Editor

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Winter decorates Hawken House with last January’s snow fall.  Photo by Lydia Urice

Students and teachers alike hope for a snow day tomorrow, Feb 2. The National Weather Service has predicted six-10 inches of snow from midnight tonight to noon Feb. 3.

“I really really want a snow day because I feel like mentally everyone needs one right now,” sophomore Charlotte Collier said over email.

Students and teachers have various superstitions or traditions about the best way to will a snow day into existence.

“When I want to manifest a snow day, I simply cut an onion in half and place it under my bed.  Then, I proceed to sprinkle garlic all over the house, and then, I wait on the universe to speak,” English teacher Chloe Telle said over email.

I love snow,” Collier said. “Whenever I was little I used to do the superstitions of wearing my PJs inside out, putting a spoon under my pillow and flushing ice cubes down the toilet. Now I really don’t to it, but it depends on how badly I want the snow day, so I will definitely do these tonight!” 

“I put my PJs on inside out and backwards, and flush ice down the toilet,” junior Isabella Pantano said over text.

“My snow day ritual consists of wearing my pajamas backwards and putting a spoon under my pillow. I know that some of my friends do a little snow day dance before going to sleep. My snow day success with these practices is about 50%, but it’s still fun!” senior Sophie Wilson said over email.

“I am a little superstitious (and hopeful!) when it comes to snow days! Besides the obvious ones, I also brush and floss with my non-dominant hand,” SSD teacher Marina Holcomb said over email.

A couple teachers don’t have superstitions themselves, but their children do.

“I definitely want some snow days. I don’t have any rituals, but my kids do! They put spoons under their pillows and wear their pajamas inside out,” English teacher Sarah McGrath said over email.

“My kids get very excited about their snow day rituals. One time, they put oranges under their pillows and flushed ice cubes down the toilet, and it snowed even though it wasn’t in the forecast. Now they’re convinced they can influence the weather,” history teacher Jessica Pursell said over email.

Others have a different approach.

“My approach to snow days is to go to bed assuming we won’t have one, so I’m either pleasantly surprised when we do or not disappointed when we don’t,” math teacher Eric Dunn said over email.

“I have to say, what bothers me the most when we have a potential snow day in the forecast is when people start planning on it. I feel like the second we say, ‘Oh, yeah, we’re definitely gonna have one tomorrow.’ It jinxes it,” sophomore Mia Willis said over email.

The general consensus seems to be– hope for a snow day.

“I truly think we are going to have a day or two off. I even placed a ‘bet’ with Ms. (Rita) Chapman and Ms. (Gwyndolyn) Savens. I think I will win.” Holcomb said over email.

Lydia Urice – Junior Editor

This will be Lydia Urice’s second year on ECHO staff.  Last year, she was podcast editor, and this year she is junior editor.


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1 reply

  1. Hello Lydia,

    It’s Mrs. Leary, your 4th grade teacher:)

    I love your ‘How to have a snow day?’ article. Your writing style is very clever. I have a snowflake sweater I wear the day before a potential snow day. It is 80-90% effective!

    Congratulations on you Junior Editor title. I love to see my former students pursue their passions.

    Happy snow day!

    Mrs. Leary

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