GREENFIELD — Looking at her calendar Tuesday afternoon, Trina Griesmeyer couldn’t even remember when the 100th day of school was supposed to be.
With winter weather forcing school officials to cancel a week’s worth of classes since Christmas, a number of activities have understandably been shifted. But the first-grade teacher and her students at Weston Elementary School were finally able to celebrate the milestone day on Wednesday, which, as far as most could agree, really was day 100.
“This is our first regular day in I don’t know how long,” joked Griesmeyer, ticking off the week’s cancelations and two-hour delays.
Each year, planning class parties and activities around the number 100 provides a way for elementary-school teachers to reinvigorate students who might have found themselves in a seasonal slump.
“During these colds months, you look for these things that are educationally related,” said Weston Elementary Principal Steve Burt.
Staff decorated “We are 100 days smarter” T-shirts with 100 objects of their choosing. Golf enthusiast Burt visited classrooms while sporting 100 golf tees glued to look like tally marks.
Burt said everyone can find a reason to get excited about the 100th day of school.
“One hundred, you’re a little past halfway,” Burt said, referencing the required 180 days of school.
Some students were already looking ahead as the school celebrated the 100th day.
“What about one hundred and one?” 5-year-old Gracie Abernathy, temporarily distracted from her class work, asked her kindergarten teacher.
After gently reminding the eager student she’d need to wait one more day for the 101st day, kindergarten teacher Amanda McCormick said there are multiple ways teachers of the school’s youngest grades can blend education and fun on day 100.
“We do a lot of celebrating with counting to 100, so they’re reinforcing those concepts,” she said.
Throughout the building were signs of student enthusiasm – art projects featuring 100 items were especially popular among the younger grades, whose creations were displayed in the hallway for passers-by to enjoy.
Griesmeyer said the frequent interruptions to the school schedule, thanks to the weather, make it more important than ever for teachers to get students on task.
After students were out of school Tuesday for the district’s seventh snow day, starting Wednesday with a welcome education celebration was a good idea, Griesmeyer said.
“We’re able to get back in the swing of things,” she said.