On April 9, 2021, the SBS community joined the Class of 2021 as they celebrated their 50 Nights. Typically celebrated as 100 Nights, this tradition is unique to Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s history and marks the remaining days until Commencement. According to Assistant Director of Development & Alumnae Relations Kathleen Tuck Fontaine ’83, the tradition “began in the 1980’s as a pizza party hosted by the Alumnae Office but over the years has evolved into a more formal occasion.” She added that the purpose has remained consistent over the decades in that the celebration acknowledges and celebrates seniors and their transition in becoming Stoneleigh-Burnham alumnae.
The presentation began at 7:30pm in Geissler Gallery and was attended by the on-campus seniors, Head of School Stephanie Luebbers, and Dean of Students Sara Gibbons ’98. Given the pandemic, the remote seniors took part through Zoom, as did the rest of the SBS community.
Seniors shared their favorite memories from their time at SBS as well as goals for the remainder of the academic year.
Rosa ’21 reflected on her time on the cross country team and how grateful she was to be back on campus at SBS this spring. Rachel ’21 said her goal was “to make the most of the relationships I have in my life.” Alice ’21 commented, “This is the group I’ll be friends with forever.”
At the end of the event, Stephanie Luebbers commented on how resilient the SBS community has been through a year like no other. “Despite the difficulties, I’m reminded of these students’ joy, their wisdom, and their humanity,” said Stephanie.
Photos by Matthew Cavanaugh