Our May Issue
By Leslie Alhakim '21
Letters to our Fellow Seniors Leslie Alhakim
Since our school is a community and most importantly, a family, teachers and faculty members wrote letters dedicated to the graduating class of 2020. Not only do we love you and are we so proud of you, but we’re also going to miss you! Even though it’s been a difficult year, there are many people that are here for you ♥
Special shoutout to Stephanie Patella, Alessandra Antonacci, Amal Dawoud, Giulia Troia, and Isabella Fazio who are all senior members of the Folio.
The Class of 2020 was always meant to be a historic class. You are all incredible and unique human beings that it makes sense to have the most unusual senior year. Instead of thinking of your year as the “year without…” I challenge you to think of your year as exclusive. Your year is so special that no one else in the history of Fontbonne has had your experience. This year has challenged you all to become more responsible, more dedicated, and more committed to not only your school work, but your relationships with you teachers and friends. Keep challenging yourselves to work on your commitments and relationships. Always remember whether it is a campus visit, an email, or a Google Meet session your Fontbonne family will always be here for you.
To the dear sweet members of the Class of 2020,
I have not been one of your teachers, your FA, club moderator, nor a Class Coordinator, but over your four yours at Fontbonne, I have had the privilege of meeting and coming to know many of you. You have volunteered to be of service to the Alumnae Office helping to host the reunions or sing at Mass, or host a tour of our school for the visiting alumnae, you have stopped in my office for a candy or piece of chocolate, or you have sent a smile my way in passing, and, some have come to my office to ask for advice on how to execute one the many service projects you spearheaded...you are a smart, kind, generous, and lovely group of young women.
These last several weeks have not been easy for you...not being able to share some of the “senior” events you have so looked forward to has been very disheartening and yet, YOU shared a video of HOPE with all of us. HOPE is the key to looking to the future. Keep an open heart throughout your life, your endeavors, your works of kindness. Keep what you have learned at Fontbonne, not only the academics, but the life lessons, the Mission, the examples of your teachers, close in your heart.
By Alessandra Antonacci '20
although we only met a short while ago,
I like to think that we have gotten to know each other quite well.
maybe it’s different for everyone,
but to me you were dancing around the gym at 7:30 AM despite only a few hours of sleep the night before.
you were morning chatter in the cafeteria until Mrs. Barton told us it was time to scurry off to first period.
you were running up and down the stairs during FA to say good morning to the people who never failed to make my day,
or later on when you took the shape of smiles and cheerful yells while shuffling across a crowded courtyard.
you were the lunch periods that made me laugh so hard it seemed impossible to ever cry again.
you were the classes that I wished would never end-
the ones where I put the books away and really, really listened.
you were made up of teachers who never make themselves any less human than the students they stood in front of.
you were resource periods where we spent forty-five minutes talking about who or what we want to become-
knowing we would have to leave someday, but talking about it as though the future was an entity of fiction.
you were alive after school hours when you became a bustling city of practices and rehearsals.
you were the pollen-clad picnic tables on a soft september day,
and a gym blaring with christmas carols that made us feel warm with joy in the dead of winter.
you were a walk down 3rd avenue on a sunny day,
or a full sprint down 3rd avenue if the weather turned to rain-
but we always leapt in the puddles of our misfortune nonetheless.
A Final Goodbye to the Folio: Letter from our Editor-In-Chief