The Musical School Closing Trend Is The Best Thing To Come Out Of This Winter Weather

Durham Academy Ice Ice Baby Snow Day Announcement

Some very nasty winter weather is hitting the east coast of the U.S. this week. Here in the South we’re dealing with WINTER STORM PAX (it just deserves all caps), which has brought unusual amounts of ice and snow to torture our delicate, ice-tea-drinking sensibilities. Fiddle-dee-dee! A lot of people have lost power, and the view outside my window all day has been blindingly white. Like, whiter than the cast of Girls white. Did you enjoy that? I’m here all week. No, I really will be here all week because I can’t go anywhere because of this horrible weather. See? Full circle. Don’t you love when that happens?

The best thing to come out of this situation has been the trend for officials to announce school closings to the tune of well-known songs. It’s creative and fun, and it probably puts a smile on the parents’ faces when they have to figure out what to do with their kids all day. A couple of weeks ago we got a “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover from Stephens Elementary in Kentucky. The same school also sent out a less-viewed “Ice Ice Baby” cover the next day, but this version of the song from Durham Academy in North Carolina puts a flashier spin on it. They have costumes!

The Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark announced that school would be closed today by changing the lyrics to Vanilla Ice’s classic rap. Notice the ski goggles and the charmingly tacky Team USA uniform sweater. I really wish my school would have done things like this when we had snow days. But alas, that was before the age of viral Internet videos, and we had little to no chance of becoming famous for it anyway.

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    • Jenni

      Now I’m spending all my time trying to figure out if any of my teachers were ever this cool.

    • noneyobidness

      Seriously awesome. Old school + nerdiness = love. The one with the goggles is totes cute as well.