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In The Spotlight

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT- full bio

Joanne Centeno (’21) is a 10th grade student who spends her school hours working towards maintaining her honor roll status and spends her after school hours involved in Drama Club, Folio (school online newspaper), and several other volunteer projects. Joanne works as a 4th grade Religion Education teacher assistant in her home Parish of Resurrection. She also volunteers in her Bergan Beach elementary school, PS 312, helping the after school 5th grade Drama Club. (click "full bio" for more)
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LIFESTREAM LEADS PET DRIVE

Fontbonne Dressed Down for Dogs and Cats! All money collected was donated to Pet Partners and The Good Dog Foundation who provide therapy dogs to people in need of positive and soothing energy at health care/educational organizations and disaster sites around the country. Lifestream also held a collection drive for dogs and cats of North Shore Animal League waiting to be placed in their forever homes. Thank you to Boogie and Luna for visiting our campus!
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JUNIOR SERVICE CONTINUES

Juniors kicked off 2019 in the spirit of service! We held the first Chips Service Retreat of the year to Chips Soup Kitchen in Park Slope. Chips serves as many as 350 healthy daily meals to hungry Brooklyn neighbors. All Juniors are required to spend a day in service before the end of the school year.
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STUDENTS EXPLORE FINANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Students participating in the Common Cents Program's financial workshop visited Wall Street and attended a luncheon with a Senior Portfolio Manager from a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. The group visited several Financial District landmarks including the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues, the gravesite of Alexander Hamilton, the NYSE and the steps of Federal Hall where George Washinton was sworn in as the nation's first President. The group then traveled to Midtown to join Jane Castle for lunch to discuss her role as a distressed debt portfolio manager. The girls are thankful for the valuable education and career advice they received from the Yale and Stanford Business School graduate.
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Events

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BONNIES AND BUDDIES DANCE

Bonnies and Buddies Dance - a fun night with family and friends! Join us on Friday, February 1st at Garguilo's Restaurant for dinner, dancing and raffles. Please RSVP by January 18th. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Maldari at 718-307-5814 or maldari@fontbonne.org. Click title link for details.
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SAVE THE DATE!

Please join us for Fontbonne Hall Academy’s Inaugural Principal’s Dinner to be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Water Club in New York City. Cocktails and Dinner will be followed by recognition awards to our distinguished honorees – The Agoglia Family P’19, ‘22 Dr. John Celona P’15, ’19. Jacqueline and Sandra Doyle ‘85. Details will follow in the weeks ahead. The evening will be memorable …. Your presence priceless!
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AMAZON PARTNERSHIP

Fontbonne Hall Academy is now a member of the Amazon Smile program. All you need to do is login to smile.amazon.com and search for "Sisters of Saint Joseph Fontbonne Hall". This easy, one-time step will automatically donate a small percentage of your Amazon purchase to FHA!
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HOLIDAY DEALS ON FHA GEAR

In celebration of the Holidays, our online store is offering 15% off all orders of $75 or more! Don't miss the opportunity to stock up on Bonnie gear. Discount code: HOLIDAY18
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Principal's
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For over 80 years, Fontbonne Hall Academy has been preparing young women to become professional leaders who serve their communities with confidence and compassion. As an all-girls’ Catholic secondary school owned by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, we are committed to Jesus’ mission to promote the love of God in one’s community, and to respond to the needs of our time. We challenge our students to achieve their highest intellectual and creative potential in science, math, the arts and humanities by providing them with the tools necessary to achieve success in their college studies and their chosen career. Enriched by a diversity of persons and gifts in our school community, Fontbonne develops young women to become global citizens who live and work among people of all faiths and cultures.
 
We provide a learning environment that not only stresses academic excellence, but also spiritual growth, which is embodied in our mission statement of “unity and reconciliation through all-inclusive love”. Fontbonne has a long tradition of sisterhood that has provided a welcoming environment that invites social inclusiveness and moral support while instilling leadership skills, spiritual strength and self-confidence. As such, our alumnae leave us as intelligent, confident young women with loving hearts and a solid moral foundation.
 
As you browse the pages of our website, you will see examples of 21st Century learning. This is exemplified by:

     * Our rigorous STEM program that aims to close the gender gap in STEM careers and that utilizes a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab, a three-year Science Research Program, and the Brown University Pre-College Women in Engineering Program.
     * Sixteen Advanced Placement classes offered across the curriculum.
     * An award-winning visual arts program. 
     * A Religion Department that explores Catholic identity, while inviting each student to examine her own relationship with God.
     * An English department that provides the tools for effective written and oral communications in a rapidly changing digital world and that includes a print and broadcast journalism program.
     * A Social Studies department that offers historical perspective on the cultural, social and political issues that affect women today.
     * A World Language department that provides students the opportunity to understand and appreciate different cultures.
     * A wide variety of athletic teams and student activities that develop our students' leadership and collaboration skills.
 
Our Director of Admissions, Victoria Hein, would be happy to schedule a visit day for your daughter. Please feel free to reach out to her at hein@fontbonne.org and come and see all that Fontbonne has to offer.
 
Sincerely,
Mary Ann Spicijaric
Principal 
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Teacher
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Ms. Maryann DeLuca’s connection to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph goes way back to the early 1900s when her maternal grandmother was left in the care of the congregation’s St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Flushing, NY.  She recalls, as a little girl, her grandmother teaching her some Latin words that she herself had been taught by the Sisters at a very young age.  Ms. DeLuca would continue that relationship with the Sisters by attending Bishop Kearney High School, where she received a fine education under the leadership of Sister John Crucis, CSJ.  
 
After graduating from Bishop Kearney, Ms. DeLuca went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with an education minor from the College of Staten Island, CUNY.  Her dad had strongly encouraged her to follow in her cousins’ footsteps to  “become a teacher like Rosemary and Carol Ann.” She did as he requested, obtaining her New York City Teacher’s License ... but not using it because teaching was not what she really wanted to do at the time.  Instead, she sought the somewhat less traditional glamour of Madison Avenue, where she obtained her first full-time position at a major international advertising agency. She went on to obtain her Master’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University and obtained a position as the assistant controller at St. Joseph’s College, and as adjunct instructor for their Division of Professional Studies  (yes, she was called back to the Sisters!).  While at St. Joe’s, she obtained a fellowship from Fordham University and attended their Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, earning her Master’s of Science in religious education, which she did not use until years later after leaving several public service positions within the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
And finally ,... the call to become a religion teacher!  Ms. DeLuca taught Hebrew and Christian Scriptures at Xaverian High School before coming to Fontbonne  (yes, once again called back to the Sisters!). A lifelong learner, in 2008 Ms. DeLuca earned her third Master’s degree and state certification in School Building Leadership from St. John’s University, graduating with a 4.0.  She has taught tenth-year moral theology, is a faculty advisor (FA 9), an advisor for the Mother St. John Fontbonne Chapter of the National Honor Society, and is the director of College Bridge Programs. One major accomplishment of hers is reaching out to Brown University and being instrumental in developing FHA/Brown University’s  Pre-College Program in Engineering.
 
It has been nineteen years … and counting!  When asked about her educational philosophy, Ms. De Luca’s response was:  that “True education is not limited to the imparting of knowledge; it promotes human dignity and genuine human relationships, and prepares the way for opening oneself to the Truth that is Christ.”  She continues to heed the Scripture verse:  “Ite ad Ioseph et quidquid vobis dixerit facite,” that is, “Go to Joseph and do all that he shall say to you.” (Gen 41:55)
 
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