By Grace Deng
On Friday, January 26, students at both Shanghai American School Pudong and Puxi were treated to a snow day. The announcement of a day off for SAS Pudong students was posted around 10:30 PM by principal Dr. Lee. It cited “unsafe weather conditions during the morning commute” as the reason school was cancelled. Many students were awake, eagerly hoping for a day off.
All activities were cancelled at SAS Pudong except for a Robotics tournament on Friday.
Students were jubilant, many claiming that it was “the spoons.” As senior Josh Li explained in his class chat, “they say if you lick a spoon and put it under your pillow it’ll snow the next day.” The superstition quickly spread from class chat to class chat. Dozens of students from freshman year to senior year licked spoons and placed them under their pillows—one junior student humorously placed a ladle under their pillow, hoping a larger spoon would result in a larger chance of success, while another student had their poodle lick a spoon.
Dr. Lee’s announcement was the most liked post on SAS’ Schoology of all time, with Dr. Lee joking that at “288 “likes” and counting, my Schoology post announcing Friday’s snow day is the most popular thing I have ever done on social media.”
Students were quick to thank Dr. Lee for the snow day, with several writing emails to express gratitude and appreciation for the day off.
Junior year was particularly excited over the snow day, and plans for a grade-wide snowball fight in the Jinqiao area on Friday were quickly finalized the night before. At the snowball fight, students took the time to build a snowman in honor of Dr. Lee.
As one student joked, “I’ve never seen so many people care so much before.”