With Halloween right around the corner, Bonnies of each grade level are combining their personal styles to form a fashion packed Fontbonne Halloween! There are more than 150 participants in this year’s Halloween Extravaganza, according to a recent poll that was conducted. Fontbonne will see various unique sets of group and individual costumes. An estimated 29% of participants will be wearing “fun” costumes. 13% will be wearing costumes based on real people, 30% plan to wear costumes based on fictional characters, and 12% of girls will take a more classic route with their costumes. Finally, only 12% of girls plan to wear a frightening costume. According to Party City, the most common Halloween costume among teen girls is the Teen Little Red Riding Hood costume. Halloween is highly anticipated by the students of Fontbonne because it is a time to create great memories, display school spirit, and win awards based on their costumes. But most of all, everyone is looking forward to seeing what the teachers might wear. Last year, Ms. Barton, Ms. Duggan, Ms. Marinello, Ms. McNiff, and Mr. Tutone won for the "Best Group Costume (Faculty)" and Miss Connolly won for "Best Individual Costume (Faculty)." No matter which costumes are worn, Fontbonne Halloween is guaranteed to be a great day filled with amusement!
Walking for Fontbonne's Future By Joanna Colasanto '17
On October 9th, 2015, Fontbonne Hall Academy hosted their annual Walkathon to raise money for certain school expenses. The Walkathon is a very important fundraiser for Fontbonne.The Walkathon began on 99th St. and Shore Road and ended at the 69th St. Pier. Students, faculty, and staff all came together to complete the 4 mile walk. The school raised over $90,000 to help pay the expenses of school sports and to purchase air conditioners for those hot summer days. After the walkathon ended, everyone was welcomed to gather in the courtyard for a barbeque.
All students, faculty, and staff who contributed were able to dress down for the week leading up to the Walkathon. Students were very happy that they were able to come to school in comfortable sweatpants for a whole week! On that Friday, students, faculty, and staff all gathered in the school’s gymnasium ready and excited to start the walkathon. Everyone showed their involvement by wearing their walkathon t-shirts designed by senior Cynthia Sarkis. Before the walkathon kicked off, Ms. Spicijaric, Mrs. Fell, and Mrs. Proseus each spoke to the students to show their appreciation of everyone’s involvement. Ms. S informed the students that Fontbonne will now be offering a Collective Movements Dance Workshop. It will be available throughout the year in four separate courses. As well as informing the students about the workshop, Ms. S invited the teacher of the course to show everyone some moves. The students were taught a quick dance routine to loosen their muscles before they had to walk. As Mrs. Fell called out each year to start the walk, the students were given Mama Fusco’s Chocolate Milk to take with them. Mama Fusco was one of the many sponsors for Fontbonne’s walkathon. As the students walked along Shore Road, many stopped to take pictures with their favorite teachers and fellow students. When the students reached the 69th St. Pier, Mrs. Wierzbowski congratulated each one of them and gave them a high five. The students then turned around and walked towards Fontbonne, where they were welcomed back with big smiles.
When the Walkathon concluded, the students, faculty, and staff joined together in the school’s courtyard for a barbeque. Some of the faculty and staff’s husbands helped cook for everyone. All were welcomed to grab a bottle of water, a hotdog, and a bag of their favorite chips. Students sat in the courtyard and ate, while listening to music and talking with their friends. The whole Fontbonne community was together showing that sense of family and unity present in the school. These are the days that make Fontbonne so amazing.
The walkathon was a huge success and had a great turnout! With all the money Fontbonne was able to raise, school sports will be funded and more air conditioners will be purchased. School sports rely on this fundraiser to pay for the coaches, buses, and supplies. Air conditioners will continue to be placed in classrooms to make the learning environment more suitable during the warmer months.