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February 21, 2021

Inside: Fresh Spring Benefit News; Will We Be Back in School Soon?; Last Call for Yearbook Photos; You're Invited to Book Chat; Students Plant Trees to Clear the Air—and more

FOJ Spring Benefit Update

Dear Jones Community,

We hope that you will join us for the "We Are Jones" 2021 Benefit, our annual event that raises funds to enrich our students' experience through grants at Jones. On Monday, March 8, 2021, we kick off our virtual auction followed by a virtual benefit on Friday, March 19, at 7:00 pm. The funds raised through the Friends of Jones annual benefit and auction have a great impact on students' experience at Jones. Friends of Jones provided the school with $244,550 last year and $107,304 so far this year. These grants support items such as student trips, educational software packages, athletic equipment, graduation lawn signs and much more.

There's no doubt that this year is different. We have been quarantined, donned masks and all of our daily tasks have been modified. Everything is different. As a result, this year's benefit will look different from past years, but what remains unchanged is our commitment to raising funds crucial to supporting Jones students. Our students are resilient and have shown great perseverance during these difficult times. Funds raised through the benefit will provide the necessary resources to enhance students' high school experience which is more important now than ever.

The Benefit Committee has used the resources from last year's benefit creatively to provide an evening of celebration open to the entire Jones community at all participant levels. General admission to the event is free. If you are interested in enhancing your viewing experience with dinner and champagne, below is a list of sponsorship opportunities we are offering. Please use this link to register or purchase a sponsorship package. We hope that you will take this chance to offer your support to our school. For the benefit to be a success we need the commitment and dedication of the entire community.

"We Are Jones" Virtual Benefit Sponsorship Opportunities
Gold: Includes 6 gourmet meals plus dessert and two bottles of champagne delivered to your home!
Silver: Includes 4 gourmet meals plus dessert and a bottle of champagne delivered to your home!
Eagle: Includes 2 gourmet meals plus dessert to be picked up at Jones College Prep on March 19!

Thank you so much for the many ways you already support our village.

Warm regards,
The FOJ Spring Benefit Committee
Onna Jones
Deborah Schwan
Lisa Hassler Thomas

Please use this link to register or purchase a sponsorship package.
Sign Up for FOJ Virtual Benefit 


Smile for Yearbook Photos

Imagine a Yearbook Without Pictures

The Jones yearbook is still missing over 900 student photos, which could make for a very empty yearbook. The last opportunity for students (grades 9, 10, 11) to take a yearbook photo is on March 3 (1:00 pm - 8:30 pm) and March 4 (3:30 pm - 8:30 pm).

To help maintain a safe number of students in the building and a proper cleaning schedule, students have been assigned a day and time based on their last name. If you can't make the suggested date/time, then go to any of the other available dates/times. Use the link below to see the assigned days and indicate if you're planning to take your yearbook photo.  

For more information visit the Yearbook Photo page:  

Yearbook Photo Event

We're turning the yearbook picture retake into a mini social distancing event. Get your photo while having some fun! Enjoy:
  • Dj spinning requests
  • Fun social distancing games
  • Individually wrapped treats
  • Prizes

Annual Fund 

(FOJ Annual Fund Gifts) + Physics = Success! 

Thank you to all of the parents, guardians and FOJ supporters who have already given so generously this year! Thanks to your generous support of the Annual Fund, FOJ has been able to make grants to support teachers and students to enhance their virtual learning experience.  

One example of this was a grant from FOJ to fund Physics Classroom. The Physics teachers are using what are called Concept Builders in Physics Classroom. This is a responsive interactive tool that students use independently to practice skills they develop in class. It also helps the teachers assess student understanding of concepts by seeing which levels of the Concept Builder students have successfully passed and which ones are providing more of a challenge. Teachers can then re-teach concepts in class and support students during office hours on developing their understanding of these concepts. This tool has been especially useful during remote learning as it’s challenging for teachers to get a true sense of student understanding. 

We appreciate your continued support. Remember to  check if your employer offers a matching option for your gift!  Taking just a few minutes could double your donation! 

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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Event

Book Group Meets Again Thursday, Feb 25, at 6:30
In the past year, the wider JCP community has awakened to the fact that there are and have been many concerns related to race and equity for a very long time.  Many students and adults have experienced great harm. This represents one of several initiatives to better understand the problems we face as a community and to identify what we can do to understand and take action to remedy harm and prevent current and future harm. —JCP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team

Thank you so much to those of you who attended the first discussion of "White Fragility" by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. We had a rich discussion and have many concepts yet to unpack. Our next discussion will take place on Thursday 2/25 at 6:30pm and will focus on chapter 4. 

We welcome new attendees. Please invite others. Anyone who did not register for the first session, is asked to please complete the registration form in advance at  

Direct any questions to Michelle Charles at


From the Desk of Dr. Powers


Dear Jones Family,

It is not surprising that in recent weeks I have received more questions regarding the reopening of school than on any other subject. Our return to in-person learning for our students in the cluster programs has gone well; the students are very excited to be back in school after so many months of remote learning.  I hope we will be able to welcome back more Jones students and staff later this school year.

We are following all health and safety protocols as stipulated by CPS standards.  Everyone entering the building must clear an online health screener, as well as having their temperature checked before being admitted. Face coverings and social distancing are required and frequent hand washing is encouraged. We have had several large groups of students come to school for SAT and PSAT/NMSQT testing in September, October and January, all without incident.  

We are very fortunate to have two modern, well-maintained buildings with up-to-date HVAC systems.  In addition, all classrooms and other work spaces have been supplemented with air purifiers.  Our custodians and engineers have kept our campus clean and disinfected throughout the pandemic.   

While we do not know exactly when or in what form reopening will take place, please be assured that we will be well-prepared for our Eagles to return home to Jones.

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

Best wishes,

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 

It's a Fact: Trivia Night Will Be Fun

All are welcome to join the fun on Tuesday, March 2, at 7:00 pm for the first Eagle Trivia Night hosted by Ms. Waterman and Mr. Hilbrands.  Test your knowledge of pop culture, fun facts, sports, people, movies, current events, and identification round (match the staff/teacher to their yearbook photo).

How it works
- Play as an individual or form a team of 6 people max (with other Jones students, your family or friends from other schools).
- Appoint 1 Person to present the stream on Google Meet (or Zoom) and 1 Person to submit questions to the form.
- On March 2, teams will be emailed the stream link and answer form by 4pm
- Teams create their own Google Meet and present the Eagle Trivia stream.
- No experience needed!

Register by noon on March 2, 2021! YouTube stream starts at 7 pm! 

See the Jones website for details.

Green Team Gets Down to Earth

Green Team Plant a Tree
On April 24, 2021, Green Team will be holding a tree planting event in collaboration with Tree-Plenish, a non-profit organization. We are relying on our community to request and donate trees through our website to help us offset Jones's paper usage from past school years. By doing so, we can work together in decreasing Jones's carbon footprint and combating climate change in our city. On the day of our event we will be distributing tree saplings to those who requested one or would want one. If you choose to request a tree, you will be purchasing one for $5 to plant in your backyard. If you do not have space for a tree but would like to help our cause, you can donate a tree for $5 and give another person the opportunity to plant one in their backyard free of charge. Our goal is to plant 115 trees around Chicago so please spread the word! Every tree counts. To request or donate a tree, visit our website

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!


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

Spotlight on Seniors
 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. 


Today is Last Day of Spanish Honor Society 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:

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. 

Library News


Your Eyes Need a Rest? Try eAudiobooks! 

  1. YES it’s digital, but NO it’s not screen time!

  2. The beautiful narrations by talented actors add theatricality to the work as well as an additional layer of human connection. 

  3. You can do lots of other things while you listen. My favorite is to walk!

  4. YOU choose what’s in your head—the author, the characters, and the narrator—while otherwise tuning out everything else.

Here are a few eAudiobooks that I highly recommend for JCP students!

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis (narrated by the author)  

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay   

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert  

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

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 25: Part Two of Virtual Book Discussion of "White Fragility," 
All invited, 6:30 pm hosted by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; email Michelle Charles with questions. Registration required at

March 2: Trivia Night, All invited, Register by noon on March 2. YouTube stream starts at 7:00 pm, see 

March 3 and 4: Last Chance for Yearbook Photos for Grades 9, 10, 11, see 

March 7: Next Issue of Newsletter

March 8: Virtual Auction Launches, visit Bidding for Good to bid 

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

March 19: Virtual Spring Benefit, 7:00 pm
All invited, visit Bidding for Good for details

Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.

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