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March 30, 2023
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Spring into volunteering!... Jones online auction ... Grantee spotlight: JCP Choir ... March grants ... Important dates ... and More!
Springtime is volunteer time! Get involved for our students! 

Adult volunteers are needed to make upcoming student events possible and successful!  Please sign up to support one or more of these student events. You must be approved by the CPS Department of Volunteers – see information below for how to be approved (it’s quick and easy!). 
After you have been approved by CPS, you may sign up to volunteer at any or all these events via this Google Form: 2023 JCP Spring Volunteer Sign-Up.  Please review all of the events, including responsibilities, times and locations, prior to signing up.  Volunteers should expect to receive a reminder email with additional details 1-3 days prior to the event. Questions? Please contact

Friday, April 14: Noche Bajo las Estrellas Dance 
  • 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
  • Volunteers are needed to check-in students, manage coat check, manage the selfie photo area, and supervise the students at the dance. Two shifts are available. 
 Friday, April 21: Spring Fling 
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (decorations) 
  • 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (dance) 
  • Volunteers are needed to manage the coat check, manage the snacks, and supervise the students at the dance. 
  • Note: From 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., volunteers can help students decorate for the dance. You may leave after this if you are not volunteering for the dance.   
Wednesday, April 26: Class of 2023 Panoramic Photo 
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
  • Volunteers will walk with the students to Buckingham Fountain and back to Jones.  Upon returning to Jones, volunteers are needed to assist with the senior students’ lunch (provided by FOJ). 
Friday, April 28: Decision Day 
  • School hours; times tbd 
  • This is an event for seniors to celebrate their college choices. Volunteers are needed to support the counseling department. 
Friday, May 5: Great America Night (“Overnight”) 
  • 8:00 p.m. – 3:30 a.m. 
  • Volunteers are needed to ride the bus with the Jones students to Great America, supervise the Jones students at the park, and ride the bus back to Jones with the students. 
Saturday, May 13: Senior Prom 
  • 6:45 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. 
  • Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street 
  • Volunteers are needed to manage coat check and supervise the students.    
Thursday, June 1: Seniors’ Final Day at JCP 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
  • Volunteers are needed to help distribute the yearbooks to the seniors on their last day of school. 
Sunday, June 4: Graduation 
  • 12:30 p.m. – end of ceremony 
  • UIC Pavilion, 525 Racine Ave. 
  • Volunteers are needed as ushers and to assist in the distribution of diplomas.  

Thank you for supporting our students at Jones by volunteering with FOJ! 

How to become a CPS volunteer

CPS volunteers must be approved by the CPS Department of Volunteers.  For most events, a Level II will suffice. 

If you have not applied to be a volunteer for this school year, you may do so online at Volunteer Programs | Chicago Public Schools (  After you apply, please give Jones Volunteer Coordinator, Mrs. Rayburn, a copy of your driver’s license or state ID either in person or via email at  

Thanks for volunteering!



  • vacation home stays
  • unique experiences
    (we've had studio tours, boat rides, and other creative things in the past)
  • gift cards to restaurants and shops
  • theatre and sporting event tickets
  • any other items you would like to donate!

Please visit here for more information:

Please visit here for the donation form:

Forms and any physical items donated are due by Tuesday, April 11.

Thank you for your support! We couldn't do it without our amazing Jones community!

Wondering about the Spring Gala?

For 2023, the Friends of Jones Board is moving away from some of our traditional events like galas and instead hosting a series of fundraising “test and learn” initiatives.  Our primary goal is to help identify different ways for all families to support Friends of Jones at a level that is appropriate and meaningful to them and to fundraise at levels to be able to continue to give back to the Jones community. 

On average, FOJ grants more than $250,000 each year to our community of students, faculty, staff, teams and clubs.  For the 2022-2023 school year, the FOJ fundraising goal is $275,000, using a mix of initiatives (including the online auction; see above), so be sure to donate and participate when and where possible!

We appreciate your contributions to the JCP community!
FOJ March Grant Awards

In March, Friends of Jones awarded up to $40,451.39 in support of administration and student clubs, activities and enrichment.
  • JCP Administration:
    • Up to $10,000 to fund food trucks for the senior panoramic photo day
    • Up to $500 for hospitality breakfast for principals
    • Up to $300 to produce the Freshmen Welcome Video
  • JCP Asian American Club: Up to $2,496.39 for club hoodies
  • JCP Athletics Department: Up to $20,000 to fund transportation for the spring IHSA season
  • JCP Best Buddies/ACEs: Up to $250 to fund a live interactive dance performance
  • JCP Chinese PCLH + Club: Up to $60 to fund the Coalition of Immigrants International Night
  • JCP Choir: Up to $500 to fund the honorariums for three collegiate choir clinics and performances
  • JCP Counseling:
    • Up to $4,000 to fund national decision day celebrations
    • Up to $2,025 to fund workshops from the College Essay Guy
  • JCP Debate Team: Up to $320 to fund entry fees for the Maine East Regatta

Friends of Jones (FOJ) plays an integral role in building the Jones community through volunteering and fundraising. On average, FOJ, the volunteer-led non-profit supporting Jones College Prep, grants more than $250,000 annually to support students, teachers, staff, teams, clubs, and organizations. For more information about the grant process, please visit: Grant Applications - Friends of Jones.
FOJ Grantee Spotlight:
Jones College Prep Choir 

The Jones Choir

Under the direction of Katie Colby, Jones Choir is dedicated to the idea that everyone can sing. Jones Choir performs a repertoire ranging from traditional choral music and world language pieces to pop songs and Broadway selections. There are three levels of choir courses offered during the school day at Jones, each increasing in difficulty.  All students perform in a minimum of two live choral concerts, one each semester.

Friends of Jones recently supported the JCP choir with $500 in grant funding for an honorarium for three collegiate choir clinics and performances. Join the JCP choir for their next performance on April 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Jones' Robin Bennett Theater. 
January Event Raises

Thank you to everyone who participated in and contributed to our winter fundraiser for the arts! Jackie Smook put on a fabulous performance of singing, storytelling, puppeteering and jokes. Many thanks to her for helping us fundraise by making us laugh. Thanks also to Julie and Scott Tallarida for donating their event space Trigger for Jackie's cabaret. The event was a huge success and exceeded our fundraising goal of $10,000!
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The library is looking for standby volunteers to help out approximately once a month for 1 to 2 hours, either before/after school or during lunch.  If you are interested, please contact Onna Jones at or Francis Feeley at

Thank you to all active library volunteers. Our students benefit from your service.

Joneswear for All!

Yes - it's getting warmer, but for chilly spring days and evenings, you'll want your cozy Joneswear handy! And when it's warmer – bring on the t-shirts and logo shorts! Joneswear will be available for sale at upcoming Jones events.  You can always order online at:

Attention Business Owners & Organization Leaders

FOJ’S Corporate Banner Program 

Are you a Jones parent who owns a business or leads an organization? Or, maybe you know someone who does? If so, please consider sponsoring one of Jones' 31 lamppost banners that line State, Harrison, Dearborn, and Polk Streets in the heart of Printers Row. It's a way to say THANKS to your Jones community while getting great publicity for your organization!  

Click here or visit our website here to learn more. 

Read the JCP student newspaper! Catch up on all the JCP school news, including school events, sports team results, book and movie recommendations, student and staff profiles and more. Click "Blueprint," above, to read and subscribe or visit

Looking for Literary News?
Read current and past JCP library newsletters on the 
Keeping Up With the Jones Library blog.
Important Dates

  • March 30: Freshman Welcome 
  • April 3 - 7: Spring Break
  • April 11: LSC Meeting
  • April 12: SAT Testing (Juniors)
  • April 13: FOJ Board Meeting
  • April 14: Noche Bajo las Estrellas Dance
  • April 17 - 21: Jones Spirit Week
  • April 18: PSAT Testing (Freshmen/Sophomores)
  • April 21: Spring Fling 
  • April 26: Class of 2023 Panoramic Photo 
  • May 5: Great America Night (“Overnight”) 
  • May 13: Senior Prom
  • May 26: Summer School registration deadline
  • June 1: Seniors’ Final Day at JCP 
  • June 4: Graduation
  • June 12: Summer School begins
The next FOJ Board meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. The meeting will be virtual; information for joining can be found here:
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