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Feb 22 2008

Wonderful day

When I woke up this morning at 5 am, I looked out my window and was delighted to see the street covered in a blanket of snow. I didn’t think there was any way I would have to go to work.

I was wrong!

School was not delayed, not canceled, not anything.  I got ready for work and left the house around 7 am, got to work around 7:30. I had to chuckle to myself as I was thanked by an administrator for being there on time- about a quarter of the staff was late due to traffic conditions. I went up to my classroom and was visited by two of my favorite students. We talked for awhile about life in general. Then, an announcement was made that all students should report to first period, or the auditorium if their first period teacher had not yet made it to the school. My first period had only 3 students in it. The kids simply could not get to the school.

2nd period had about 4 kids, 3rd period had 6. 3rd period, however, was hilarious. 3 of the boys are, for a reason unknown to me, are obsessed with the song “Show Stopper” by Danity Kane (the girls from that P. Diddy making the band show or whatever). It was so funny to see these huge kids sing this girly song over and over again. We played hangman for awhile (and I had to laugh as a student couldn’t figure out mine…even when it read _ _ STIN  _ IMBERLAKE). My mom sent a box of stuff for them, which included a huge bag of swedish fish…which they finished before the end of class.

K. sprinted into the room, yelling, “Ms. Berkey! Ms. Berkey! I’m sorry I’m yelling! I’ve been stuck underground for two hours! Underground! The subway was stuck! Underground! But! But! But! WE’RE GETTING OUT EARLY!!!”

Upon hearing this, I gave K. a big hug and told him he made my day. I felt like I was back in 2nd grade, looking out Mrs. Underwood’s window and seeing he buses pull up at 11:30; feeling like I was in on a special secret. I still wasn’t sure if it was true, so I went out into the hall to find a security guard to ask. I couldn’t find one, but I ran into J., a student I had in the first half of the year. He asked me what I was looking for, and I told him I was trying to find a security guard.

What happened next made me so happy. I had problems with J. in the beginning of the year, but he started to come around toward the end of our class. J., who is shorter than me (for anyone reading this who knows me, you know that means he’s SHORT, especially for a boy), squared his shoulders, stood up taller and said, “What’s happening? What do you need? Did someone hurt you? I’ll take care of it right now, no one messes with my teacher.”

Before J. started off to my room, I was able to tell him I was simply looking for security to make sure we were really getting out early.  Sure enough, we were.

Oh yeah, I gave 3rd period my phone and told them they could buy me a new ring tone. It’s now “Show Stopper.” I’m not sure how I didn’t see that coming.

I heart snow days.

One Response

  1. leyna

    Hi, I wanted to thank you for leaving a comment on my blog! I’m so excited to get started teaching next year…though, sadly, I don’t think I’ll get any random reprieves in the form of snow days (heh, although I see that as a plus- no winter!)…I am going to go back through and read your blog from institute- its been really helpful reading them so far, THANKS!!

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