Snow day message gives Newington parents something to smile about

Published on Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:59
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff writer

NEWINGTON – As Connecticut families scrambled to deal with snow day school cancellations in the early morning hours Wednesday, parents in Newington shared a welcome laugh. The school district’s rapid notification system contacts families around 6 a.m. to share any weather-related scheduling changes impacting the day. The latest precipitation to blame is of the insect variety, according to Wednesday’s message, dictated by the voice of “Rhonda.” "Around 11:00 according to the news, the skies are supposed to open and locusts will come down and everyone will be crashing into one another," a woman’s voice informed parents. "To avoid the locusts, schools will be closed today.” Many took to social media to thank the mysterious “Rhonda” – saying she brightened up an otherwise stressful morning. “It’s a great way to wake up and have a laugh when your plans have to change,” wrote Donna McGrath McPherson on the district’s Facebook page. “People love it and it puts a positive spin on things. Thank you. The world is too serious, it’s a nice change.” Kristine Lefurgey added, “Love when Rhonda calls. We have the BEST here in Newington!” Melissa Devanney not only praised the lighthearted call, but also wanted school officials to know that they made the right call cancelling Wednesday. “Better to sweat a bit in June than risk lives trying to get them home in the snow,” she said. The name of the message recorder for the parent notification system was not disclosed by school officials. Staff in the Superintendent’s office claimed to have no knowledge of this individual's identity.  Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, @schmittnbh or 

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:59. Updated: Wednesday, 7 March 2018 12:02.