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 February 10, 2019

From Dr. Powers

Principal, Jones College Prep

Dear Jones Family,

By now I hope everyone has thawed out from the Polar Vortex that visited Chicago recently.  Our school weathered the cold quite well, thanks to the efforts of our engineers and custodial crew. Missing two days of school required rescheduling days 2 and 3 of semester exams, but exams have now been successfully completed. The second semester is off and running!

As you plan ahead for the end of the school year, please note the following:
  • Final Exams for undergraduates have been moved to June 17-19.
  • The last day for students is now Thurs., June 20.
  • End-of-year events and calendar for Seniors, the Class of 2019, are unchanged.  Detailed information will be mailed to all senior families within the next week.
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Washington D.C., to attend the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) celebration of our own Brian Coleman being named National School Counselor of the Year for 2019. During the course of the week, Brian and I participated in briefings and panel discussions on Capitol Hill, as well as visits to Senate offices, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Press Club. These discussions focused on the importance of social/emotional learning for students. 

There are many terrific events planned for the second semester, so please
visit our new website to check out what is going on at JCP!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at any time at 773-534-8606 or at

P. Joseph Powers, Ph.D.
Jones College Prep
700 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
For news about JCP, follow me on Twitter @PJOSEPHPOWERS


Join the list of generous contributors who have made their annual fund gift!

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re 60% of the way to reaching our $250,000 goal.
THANK YOU to the families who have made a contribution to
Friend of Jones’ biggest fundraising effort.

The Friends of Jones continues to support the many enrichment activities
that touch every Jones student.

With your contributions FOJ has funded:
  • West African Dance Workshop for the Dance classes! This is the third straight year we've provided students the chance to learn from Ayodele Drum & Dance.
  • A Scholastic Bowl team trip to the NATIONAL competition! This is the first time the team has qualified for Nationals, It's a fantastic opportunity for the students to meet highly qualified players from other teams, as well as build on the reputation of Jones College Prep as a high-quality academic institution.
  • An immersion Latin American Festival field trip for Spanish 2 students! They will receive an authentic cultural experience that complements classroom learning.     
Thanks to the families who donated to the annual fund to make these enrichment opportunities possible. For those that have yet to contribute, help us to continue sponsoring these amazing enrichment opportunities. Gifts of any size are appreciated!
Donate HERE today!

Patti's Purses: Spread the Love
Hi JCP! For the past few Valentine’s Days, my mom, a family friend, Patti and I collected for a purse drive benefiting homeless women.

This last December our co-collector Patti passed away from breast Ccancer.
We are dedicating this year's collection to her.

Collection boxes will be placed
            around the school. 
We're looking for:
  • Reusable bags of any sort
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • New undies
  • Hotel hygiene items, shampoo, soap
  • Wet wipes, tissues
  • Tylenol/Advil 
  • Snack packs, chocolate, mints
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • Small mirror comb/brush
  • Small first aid kit
  • Pen & paper or small journal
  • Chapstick
  • OR ... any item you might want in your purse
For questions contact Mckenzie Vertucci at
All donations appreciated and needed by Feb. 15th!

2019 Jones Eagle 5K Run Planning Meeting
Kick Off Meeting Tues. Feb. 19
 6 pm in the library

Are you looking to meet other parents and get involved at JCP?  Please consider attending
the kick-off meeting for planning our 5th annual Jones Eagle 5K this fall. 

For more information contact Andrew Newmark at


Gala Planning Meeting 
Our next planning meeting takes place
Monday Feb. 25 at 6:15 pm in the Library
All are welcome to attend and help plan this yearly event!

Friends of Jones Spring Gala Online Auction Donations

Parents, Neighbors and Community Members: WE NEED YOU!

Please help us celebrate excellence at Jones College Prep by donating an item to our auction.
Your contributions will help provide generous funding for Jones students, teachers and staff.

Please consider how you might help...
We're looking for big-ticket items such as tickets for sporting events and Lollapalooza
or vacation home stays...

Consider as well as the following ideas:
  • Do you have a talent, skill, or service you could provide? (cooking, sewing, baking, home or garage organization, etc.)
  • Do you or someone you know work for a business with something to donate? Items such as bicycles, luggage, vacuums and beauty products are always popular!
  • Do you have access to a unique opportunity you could share? (behind-the-scenes tours, access to TV show tapings or special events not open to the public)
  • Do you have any favorite stores or restaurants? Gift cards, either purchased by you or donated by the business, are always best sellers! And they often provide 100 percent of their value to the school!
We welcome and appreciate ALL DONATIONS AND IDEAS!

Please email  or

USE THIS FORM for donations
You can also drop off items and forms in the main office, marked:
"Attention: Friends of Jones Online Auction"
Please submit your donations by Fri., March 30

Become A Spring Gala Sponsor 
Becoming a Spring Gala sponsor is a great way for businesses and individuals to make a significant impact. We're seeking sponsorships that range from $1,000 – $10,000.  Sponsors help us underwrite the event so that the funds raised will benefit Jones students and programs.
As a sponsor:
  • You will receive tickets to the May 10 event. 
  • Your name/logo will reach more than 250,000 people during the online auction from April 29 – May 10, 2019.
  • Your name/logo will be displayed at the gala.  

CLICK HERE for complete information about various sponsorship packages.
Download the Gala Sponsorship form HERE

Please contact Leslie Senn at for questions
or more information on becoming a Gala sponsor.


Free movie screening of the film 'Angst' Tues. Feb. 26
7 pm in the Main Auditorium at JCP

We know our students face stresses and challenges. 
Anxiety and how teens deal with it is a growing issue.

We invite parents and students to watch this important IndieFlix film


This inspirational, educational movie tackles how anxiety affects kids and teens.

A public screening will be at 7 pm Tues. Feb. 26
in the Robin Bennett Theater (main auditorium).  

A second screening will take place in AcLab at 2 pm Thurs. Feb. 28. 

Students are welcome to attend either screening.
We encourage parents who attend on the 26th to reflect on the content
and prepare for any questions your kids may raise. 

The Feb. 26 screening includes a Q&A
with a panel of mental health professionals.
Anxiety isn't cool ... but talking about it is. 
A new film created to open up the conversation about anxiety
and provide tools, resources and hope.
View the trailer HERE ...
Hear what people are saying about this film

Yearbook Ad for Your Senior!

Parents/Guardians of Seniors:
Looking for a great way to recognize and congratulate your student,
a group of friends, team or the entire senior class?

Create a yearbook ad!

Include poems, personal messages and photos (old and new) of your special grad(s).
Express friendship, love or congratulations with a personal ad in the yearbook. 
View Flyer for Examples and Pricing
  1.     Click this Get Started button or go to
  2.     Enter School Code 40153.
  3.     Select "Buy a Yearbook Ad."
Submit now through Feb. 22
If you have questions or need assistance contact: or call the order center at 866-287-3096



Stay Warm with Joneswear!

Get your gear at the Joneswear Store 
during lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:10 – 1:45)
and “B” day ACLab (1:45 – 3:15).
To view our selections click here!

FOJ Important Dates Winter 2019

2/12   5:30 pm 
LSC Meeting

Presidents Day
(No School)

2/25   6:15 pm
Gala Planning Meeting

2/26   7 pm
Screening of the film "Angst" 

3/5    5 pm
Guest Bartender Night at Kasey's Tavern 

Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.



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