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February 7, 2021

Inside: FOJ Board Responds to Black Coalition; Gavel Raised for Spring Auction; Seniors Shine; Meet the Social Media Chair—and more

FOJ Board Supports Black Coalition and Anti-Racism

Dear Jones Community,

We are writing to address the Jones Black Coalition’s “To Be Black at Jones: An Open Letter to Further the Racial Conversation” and to thank the members of the Jones Black Coalition for
 sharing it. 

After receiving helpful feedback from many sources, including the Parent Voice Committee, Friends of Jones (FOJ) decided to revise our initial response distributed via Instagram and Facebook on February 3, 2021. The updated statement better reflects our commitment to ongoing learning, taking responsibility for our words and actions and changing to make Jones more equitable and inclusive for Black and Brown students and their families, as well as Black and Brown teachers and staff in our community.

FOJ values the equity and inclusion of Black and Brown students and their families, as well as Black and Brown teachers and staff in the Jones Community.

We understand that the work required to truly address and dismantle systemic racism is not a small task.  We will not be bystanders and must do our part in helping to reform the culture at Jones.  

Through our funding and advocacy efforts, FOJ is committed to:

  • Investing in long-term solutions to uproot structural racism and build a more equitable community for Black and Brown students, teachers and staff at Jones
  • Continuing to underwrite programs and other resources for Jones that will help expand the knowledge needed to address the foundational elements of racism
  • Communicating our grant process to the Jones community to better enable support of clubs and teams that center around, or include, Black and Brown students in achieving their missions
  • Proactively advocating on behalf of Black and Brown students, teachers and staff, including expanding our efforts to recruit greater numbers of Black and Brown students, teachers and staff to join our Jones community, as we recognize the importance of representation
  • Challenging ourselves to continually review our practices to ensure that we are meeting the needs of Black and Brown students and their families, as well as Black and Brown teachers and staff in the Jones Community
  • Revisiting these commitments on an annual basis to confirm they are impactful

We believe united action is powerful. We ask you to join us in supporting our Black and Brown students and their families, as well as our Black and Brown teachers and staff, through addressing these needed changes at Jones.

The FOJ Board

Plans for FOJ Virtual Benefit 


Register early for complimentary tickets
Become a
sponsor—various sponsorship levels available
Buy Raffle Tickets  for a chance to win a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

 Auction Coming Soon:  Web        Mobile

Click to Donate Now

Meet Your FOJ Officers

Social media chair Julie Tallarida, Ruby and an adoptable puppy at Trigger 

Children: Ava Tallarida, 16, sophomore at Jones
Ruby Tallarida, 13, eighth grade at Coonley and wannabe Jones freshman 

Why did you volunteer with FOJ?
I own a studio/event space, Trigger, and have hosted and planned a lot of fundraisers for Coat Angels, CPS, Live Like Roo, etc. I met Onna Jones when our kids did plays at Jones last year and she told me about FOJ.
What have you enjoyed about volunteering? 
Volunteering during COVID is not the same [as volunteering before the pandemic] but it's nice to virtually meet people. And I loved the Zoom conference we attended in the fall about systemic racism and holding people and yourself accountable.

What do you like about the Jones community? 
I still don't know many people, but the people I have met are down to earth, creative and open minded.

What are your hobbies?
Shelter dogs and fundraising for shelters, crafting, painting, DIYing, riding my bike, music, thrift shopping, antiquing, hanging with friends, RV trips across country

Do you have a favorite Chicago neighborhood?  Currently Andersonville for its diversity, antique shops and food  

Help Make the Spring Benefit Auction a Success
We hope you are all well and staying safe in these challenging times. The Jones Spring Benefit will be virtual again this year on Friday, March 19, 2021. We hope to reach our fundraising goals again with the amazing Jones community's support.  

There are several ways you can help make a difference now:
—Share any connection you have to a donation—experiences, vacation homes, sporting events and services are all big hits.
—Purchase and donate a gift card to your favorite small business or chain that can be sold in March at the online auction

Attached is the Jones auction letter and donation form for you to use with any donation.
We hope you and your family are hanging in there and appreciate any help you can provide!  Please contact Rita Parida or Tracy Portnoy with any questions.
Thank you!

From the Desk of Dr. Powers


"Civility does not ...mean the mere outward gentleness of speech cultivated for the occasion, but an inborn gentleness and desire to do the opponent good."  Mahatma Gandhi

Dear Jones Family,

Times of stress in a society can often result in the breakdown of civil discourse.  American University's "Project on Civil Discourse" observes, "One of the most important educational, political and social issues of today is how best to have a civil conversation in a democratic society. Our past, present and future depend on this essential process: citizens gather, listen to each other, debate, make up their minds and determine a course of action."  The study further cites the speed of and access to social media as a factor which makes it even more difficult to maintain civil conversations.  

What then is civil discourse? American University identifies five simple characteristics of civil discourse: 

  • Truthful
  • Productive
  • Audience-based
  • About listening and talking
  • Each speaker's own responsibility

Among the things civil discourse is not is "telling people who they are."

In a free society with a commitment to free speech, passions can run high and discourse can descend into accusation, demonization, intimidation and cancellation. The silencing of opposing views through real or implied intimidation is the antithesis of civil discourse. For us to continue as a free people and to genuinely seek solutions to the problems we face, we must also, often as not, agree to disagree.

As always, please feel free to contact me at any time at if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes and stay well!


P. Joseph Powers, Ph.D.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time at or 773-534-8606.
For news about JCP, follow me on Twitter @PJOSEPHPOWERS 


Check Out the New Banners Around School

New banners have just been put up around Jones College Prep! This year we are also including Jones College Prep Banners for sports, academics and clubs.  These Jones Banners will rotate and change as we continue to add corporate sponsors.  

Is your company or business interested in supporting one of the best schools in the state? Friends of Jones is selling 31 light post banners on State, Harrison, Dearborn and Polk Streets.

The banners are available to businesses for $2000, $3000 and $5000 sponsorships, depending on location plus other benefits offered, and each will include the sponsor's name/logo along with a Jones College Prep mission message.

Money raised will be used to support Jones College Prep, funding items the school needs that are not covered by the CPS budget.

Learn more about the various Sponsorship Levels. View the map of banner locations. 

Or Download a Corporate Banner Sponsorship form to send with your payment information or check. Want to make this a recurring sponsorship? Download the Recurring Payment form to send with your Corporate Sponsorship form.

Questions? Please contact

Annual Fund 

Thank you SO much for your support! The teachers and students appreciate you! 
Thank you very much to all of the parents, guardians and FOJ supporters who have already given so generously to the Annual Fund this year. We appreciate your continued support. Reminder to  check if your employer offers a matching option for your gift! Taking just a few minutes could double your donation! 

Be on the lookout for our Annual Fund letter coming in the mail! It will highlight even more of the ways the Annual Fund helps our students and teachers.  

How Can You Contribute?
With these options, it’s easy to make your annual fund gift today!
1. Donate Online 
2. Contribute by cash or check. Download the FOJ Annual Fund Donation Form in EnglishEspañol, or  and mail your donation to the school.
3. Participate with stock or charitable trust.


Spotlight on Seniors
As the last semester begins, seniors are planning their next chapter. In this occasional series, we capture some stories about the seniors before they leave the virtual hallways of Jones and step into the world, making our community proud. 

R'riyon will attend Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences in the fall.
Adrian plans to study architecture.

Kevin plans to major in economics with a minor in a business-related field and will study in the pre-law track as he is an aspiring transactional lawyer.
Volunteers in Action
Ella Richardson, a senior at Jones, is volunteering January 23 through March 13 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year Fundraiser on her friend Eva Remijan-Toba's team. Ella joined the team because Eva's grandfathers both sadly died of cancer, and she didn't want anyone to go through something similar. Her team is trying to raise $15,000, which will help fund LLS's groundbreaking cancer research and their ability to help cancer patients' lives improve. If you want to support this cause, please make a donation here. If you are unable to donate, please share the link instead. Thank you. 

Jones Women in STEM is excited to announce that we are collaborating with the University of Chicago to lead a virtual month long series of STEM workshops. This event consists of four parts, starting with an Opening Panel on February 12, Imposter Syndrome Workshop on February 18, Resume Editing and Internships Workshop on February 26, and finishing with an Interview Workshop on March 5. Each workshop will lead to direct conversations and meaningful discussions between Jones College Prep students and University of Chicago students. All workshops are open to any student from Jones. We encourage everyone who is interested in any of the workshops to register using this link. Please note that a permission slip is required. Click for the flyer. If you have any questions, please contact senior Zora Beaty

Spanish Honor Society Launches Fundraiser
The Spanish Honor Society is partnering with Charleston Wrap for an online fundraiser, February 5-21.  Go to and use our school code, 22033 or use this link.    Shop from over 2500 products including gift wrap, kitchen and home goods, and much more.  Every purchase will generate money for our Chapter.  Reach out to Mrs. Michelle Parada with any questions:

Library News


Black History Month 2021  
Theme: "
The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

Many of these BOOK TITLES are available in print and electronic formats through the JCP library, the CPS virtual library, and the Chicago Public Library



ALA Youth Media Awards

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) and affiliated library organizations present the prestigious Youth Media Awards, a celebration of the very best content for children and young adults. Explore the winner and honor titles for the Printz Award (for literary excellence in young adult literature) and the Alex Award (ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults). Explore the full list of 2021 Youth Media Awards here



Former President Lincoln and Librarian Fran Feeley are both avid readers.

In honor of Abraham Lincoln's Feb 12 birthday, people are encouraged to learn more about the beautiful Senn Park Lincoln statue at this link (advance video to 3 min, 7 sec) and the former president's reading tastes by examining the the annotated list of books read by Lincoln according to scholars. The annual Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Award is named after him. Click for this year’s 2021 Lincoln Award nominees



Media Literacy: National News Literacy Week  #NewsLiteracyWeek 

Verified Facts—Credible Sources—Relevant Context


Ways for students to give back to their communities in 2021 and EARN SERVICE HOURS! 

Virtually connect with 80+ nonprofit organizations from all over the city to learn how you can lend a hand. Whether your passion is the environment, the arts, or social justice, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. The virtual Chicago Volunteer Expo takes place on Sunday, February 21. Register here for one of the three 2-hour time slots. 

Click to read current and past library newsletters on the Keeping Up With the Jones Library blog on the library website. Click here to see Mr. Feeley’s latest reads.
Librarian Fran Feeley  (link to past newsletters) 


Spruce up your 2021 wardrobe with Joneswear.
Be a Trendsetter in Your New Joneswear  
We have a lot of new merchandise in our store.
View Joneswear selections HERE

Looking to buy Joneswear? The demand is high and we're looking at ways to fulfill orders safely. We hope to have a plan soon.  Contact Niki Jungwirth.

FOJ Important Dates 
Feb 11: FOJ Virtual Board Meeting, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
All invited, contact Chair Jackie Papadopoulos for Zoom link 

Feb 21: Next Issue of Newsletter

Date to be Announced: Part Two of Virtual Book Discussion of "White Fragility," 
hosted by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; Fran Feeley, moderator, email Chair Latrice McArthur for Zoom link

Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.

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