With winter weather rearing its head – and the memories of last year’s brutal winter still a little too fresh – it’s become passé to simply announce your school closing on the bottom of a television screen or via a call on a telephone tree. Administrators and teachers are creating goofy, light-hearted song parodies to announce school closures and maybe, just maybe, earn some cred from their students. Here are a few of my favorites.
This video from Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I. has been making the rounds lately, and for good reason. This was not some spur of the moment video – after seeing the poor weather forecasted for the days ahead, the school’s director of communications and community engagement wrote a parody of “Let It Go,” scheduled days for shooting brought in vocal talent (the school’s choral director singing, with principal Matt Glendinning gamely lipsyncing along) and even threw in some greenscreen effects. It goes to show that principals love snow days as much as the rest of us, and that that song from Frozen isn’t going anywhere soon.
Fremont Christian School in Michigan recruited faculty to sing and dance a choreographed routine their way through a “Party in the USA” and emphasized what snow days are really all about – sleeping in.
The “Rock Star Principals” in Downington, Penn, decided one song wasn’t good enough, so they created an entire medley. What these guys lack in singing talent they make up for in committing to a bit. As they say, “Let it snow / Let it snow / Our summer vacation is gone.”
Last year, this clip helped spawn the “snow day video” craze, with the Head of School and Assistant Head of School at Durham Academy in North Carolina parodying “Ice Ice Baby” (and giving a shout out to the US Winter Olympics team in the process). I can’t help but think these two have known the lyrics to “Ice Ice Baby” for a long time and were happy to put their ’90s rapping skills to use.
And while it’s not a school closing announcement, if you haven’t seen this Cincinnati traffic reporter’s suggestion for what to do during terrible winter weather, it’s worth a look.
Has your school created a snow day video? Leave a link in the comments!