Here's a recipe for fun from Art Hood's fifth-grade class, which recently built an igloo at Pine-Strawberry School.
First you need snow; a couple of back-to-back storms that drop 12 to 18 inches will work well. The students recommend working on the north side of a home, office or classroom, where there's more snow and less melt.
Next, you need a crate or strong rectangular box that can be used to make bricks. Pack the crate with snow and layer the snow bricks masonry style to form the foundation and walls.
According to the students, this is easy to do and more fun if you have a couple of friends to throw snowballs at you while you work.
To create a doorway, lay a 2x4 or 2x6 that's 3 feet long across the top of the entrance to support the upper bricks. When the walls are about 5 feet tall, begin building the dome top. The students recommend molding the snow much like a potter would.
At this stage, tall people come in handy.
As general snow-day recreation goes, this is a fun, cheap way to pass the time, Hood said.
Young Authors Week
Young Authors Week, which will take place next week at P-S School, provides students with a number of proud moments, including the opportunity to read the books they've written to attentive adults.
Young Authors Week is celebrated around the state to emphasize, celebrate and strengthen students' reading and writing skills.
Pine-Strawberry School Administrator Kathe Ketchem will begin each day next week with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast reading in the library in honor of Young Authors Week. Everyone is welcome to attend and compete for door prizes.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday a literature performance will be held for students in kindergarten, second and third grades and at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the same performance will be held for students in first and fourth grade. Parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to attend.
At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the school will host Brag Night in the library to give students a chance to show off their literary works.
The students will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday Friday, March 2. A panel of experts will judge student books, and savings bonds will be awarded to as many as a dozen outstanding students.
Anyone attending these events must check in at the office as a guest when they arrive.