Little did Wejr know that Michael Buble and his team was watching. The singer’s agent, Bruce Allen, reached out to the school Friday morning and awarded them two tickets to his upcoming show. (Submitted Photo)

UPDATED: Aldergrove principal awarded tickets to Michael Buble after snow day parody

The principal was given two tickets after he recorded a parody to one of Buble’s songs for students.

Chris Wejr — principal of Aldergrove’s Shortreed Elementary since August — composed a special snow day message for students at home on Tuesday.

The video parodies the slow ballad Home by Michael Buble, but instead of ‘I want to go home’ in the first chorus Mr. Wejr sings:

“Another snow day, was announced today. Two days in a row, you need to stay home.”

Little did he know that Michael Buble and his team was watching. The singer’s agent, Bruce Allen, reached out to the school Friday morning and awarded them two tickets to his upcoming show. Wejr responded online:

“Who knew a silly little snow day video would get a couple from our community decent seats to a Buble show?”

The idea for the song reportedly came to Wejr whilst working alongside the school’s Vice Principal Mark Touzeau Monday — the first day the Township announced district-wide school closures due to snow.

“Lots of principals sent out a snow day message. I thought I could too. It began as a joke between me and Mr. Touzeau though,” Wejr remarked.

After trekking into the school building for the second day in a row without the lively chatter of students, he decided to make the video himself.

The principal is pictured walking around empty cloakrooms and staring longingly out classroom windows. There is even a slow rolling montage of him playing various indoor games and in the snow with just his dog for company.

As for the vocals, “they sounded a lot better in my head,” the principal said, laughing. “I really only ever sing in the shower.”

Wejr has worked as a principle in the Lower Mainland for nearly 10 years. Though, before he was ever a principal at Shortreed Elementary Wejr was first a parent of the school with his twin daughters enrolled.

“There was a sense of real community here. I saw how the staff works together, and how the parents participate… with such a strong focus on reading and self-regulation, I knew I wanted to be a part of that,” he said.

Principals are moved every few years in the school district, according to Wejr. He jumped at the opportunity to be able to contribute locally.

Wejr heads up an initiative with other employees on staff to try and foster a public and private culture of optimism and fun at the school.

“We want to give our community a window into what goes on,” he said. “As a school, the staff and I really try to have fun whether we’re gathering together, planking outside or joking with the kids. It’s a healthier environment for everyone.”

The snow day closures ended on Wednesday and kids were able to resume their normal classes.

As for the tickets, Wejr is still figuring out a fun and exciting way to raffle them off.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER: Are Langley’s wildlife following #StayAtHome and self-isolation?

Advance Times reader Albert van der Heide discovered this ‘locked door’ in the Blaauw Eco Forest

Langley chamber takes education efforts online

A local business advocacy organization will be offering webinars, instead of in-person events

VIDEO: Virus Busters assemble to take on COVID-19 germs in Langley

A team of 20 business owners and employees are working to kill viral bacteria in public places

VIDEO: Langley schools transition students to at-home learning

During the next two weeks a new model will be rolled out to parents, pupils of kids in public school

Two Fraser Valley care home workers confirmed to have COVID-19

Health authority has a team at a Langley and a Surrey seniors facilities informing staff, residents

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Morning world update: Cases surge past 600,000; positive news in Germany

Spain suffers its deadliest day as Germany considers April 20 to possibly loosen restrictions

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

Significant snowfall forecast for Interior mountain passes

Allison Pass, the Okanagan Connector, Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass could see 15 to 25 cm of snow

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

Most Read