Wishing for Snow Day

Christmas concerts mark the start of the holiday season for students in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Albion kindergarten student Jacob Jarnell

Albion kindergarten student Jacob Jarnell

Standing in a long line in the corridor outside the school gym, Mrs. Rennie’s class gets a few last-minute instructions before the students hit the stage.

The Grade 2 class at Albion elementary bends low and reminds the performers: “It’s the grand finale, so sing loud.”

Dressed in their Christmas best, the class has memorized all the lyrics to Snow Day, and wish for a dump of the cold, white stuff while waiting in the wings.

It’s too bad there hasn’t been even one snow day this year, laments Jackson Fotheringhame.

“We’re still waiting for one,” he says.

Standing beside Jackson, Jadyn Ringrose pipes in.

“I don’t need to wish because I’m moving to Edmonton, where it always snow,” says the seven-year-old, as Mrs. Rennie waves the class forward with one hand and reminds them to be quiet with a finger to her lips.

“OK, folks, big smiles. We are going on.”

On stage, Jadyn is front and centre and mimics an air guitar for the rock’ n roll chorus.

“On my knees and pray, For a snowy day … hey, hey.”

She will miss her teacher and friends, especially her class mate Jenna Ogilvie, who remembers building an igloo the last time she got snowed in.

“Snow days are so much fun,” she says.