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Snow Day Contest Winners Provide More Predictions

Lisa Bielesz, a recently hired para educator at the Manchester Preschool Center, said she was surprised to be among the four winners of the MPS Today contest to predict the first snow day of the year

“I never win anything,” she wrote after being contacted by email. “ Maybe I should go the the casino!”

The others winners were Rosie Roberto (an art teacher at Illing), Jen Jalbert library media specialist at Keeney) and Kathryn Cafazzo (a Speech Language Pathologist at Bennet Academy).

Almost 250 staffers entered the contest and during the first week in January predicted when we would first have a day off from school because of snow.

They could pick any day -- from Monday Jan 11 through “Sometime after the Feb. 15-16 break (if at all).”

Over 17 straight school days, 210 of the entrants were eliminated -- but on Friday, Feb. 5 the snow came and with it our winners were known.

Asked why she picked the day she did, Lisa wrote that is was purely random. But she added that “I think there will be 2 more snow days this year” and who’s to be against her?

Kathryn said she “was leaning towards the first snow day being after February 15th but February 5th just seemed to call to me because I was rooting for a 3 day weekend.”

Asked to put her prognosticating powers back to work, she wrote “I predict a snow day next Tuesday (that is, Feb. 9) and a 90 minute delay March 9th.”

Rosie -- who admits that her guess was “pretty random” -- also ventured more predictions. She thought we would have today (Monday Feb. 8) off and “perhaps one more at the end of February.:

She added:  “I really would like to think I am an expert but probably just luck!”

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