Ah a snow day! A child’s dream; for many parents a nightmare. For youngsters a snow day means – sleeping in, lingering in PJs, more screen time—essentially a day off with an added bonus of fresh snow. Who wouldn’t dream of a bonus day off? Maybe the parents who now have to juggle regular responsibilities plus snow clearing, longer commutes to the office and alternate childcare or just ways to keep the youngsters from lingering in PJs too long or taking in too much screen time.
Snow days are adding up this winter in Nova Scotia and beyond. A seemingly endless steam of storms seems to have created a long list of cancellations, with school boards contemplating the best way to make up for lost time.
King’s-Edgehill School will not need to find those extra days. School is a go at KES even in the wildest of blizzards. With more than 60% of our student population boarding and many of our faculty and staff living on campus we rarely need to call a snow day.
Our day students use their discretion in storms and sometimes weather may prevent them from safely travelling to campus, but with technology they can easily login to the school portal and find out what they’ve missed. They get the best of both worlds; they can linger in PJs a little longer and still keep on top of their school work. Our parents appreciate that their students are keeping up with their studies regardless of the weather.
And when the snow flies, we have a bit of fun as well. It’s wonderful to see the power and magic of winter from the eyes of many of our international students who have never seen the snow fly. Take, for example, the storm of late January that hit Nova Scotians particularly hard. We knew the storm was coming and we planned to get the work done and make time for play as well.
For the students who were on campus and for those who made the trek in, teachers planned a special Blizzard Day agenda:
• Sleep in
• 9:15 - 10:00 am - breakfast
• 10:15 am - Classes start
• 12:45 -1:30 - Common lunch
• 1:30 pm - activities: soccer, basketball, board games, snowshoeing, sledding, robotics, etc
• 4:30 pm - supper
Here are a couple of quotes from first time snow bunnies:
“I’m from Mexico, a country where snow doesn’t exist and this last Tuesday I had the opportunity to see what snow was like. This was a very unique experience for me; all that could be seen was white, it looked beautiful. Even though I’m on crutches, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to go outside and enjoy the snow.” – María Inés Chávez Fernández del Busto, Mexico
“The snow day was really fun because we got to sleep in and we only had three classes. After lunch we got to go out to play in the snow with sleds, and we made a snowman” - Noe Jesus Martinez Gonzalez, Mexico
There's more fun, fields and friends waiting for you here at KES! Find out more about a typical day in our downloadable photojournal, A Day in the Life of a King's-Edgehill School Day Student.