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January 12, 2020

Inside: Powers Poised to Pour at Kasey's; Benefit Committee Springs into Auction; AF Takes a Leap; Library Announces Stingray Name—and more

From the Desk of Dr. Powers

Dear Jones Family,

Happy New Year! 

In schools, we get to celebrate not one, not two, but THREE "New Years."  Of course, there is January 1, the one everyone celebrates. But we also get to celebrate the new school year every fall, and the second semester mid-way through the school year. 

Each of these "New Years" provides us with both cause to celebrate and a symbolic opportunity to refresh our mindsets or rev up our efforts, both in school and in our personal lives. Imagine, three opportunities to make New Year's resolutions! Of course, we can resolve to make changes in our lives at any time, regardless of the date. But, isn't it nice to have these reminders scattered through the calendar?

Our third "New Year" (second semester) begins Monday, February 3.  Good luck to our students on their first semester exams, January 28-30.

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


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





AF climbs above $120,000
Donations to the annual fund continued over the last few weeks to bring our total to just over $120,000!  If you have not yet contributed, please consider kicking off the decade with a generous contribution to the annual fund.  Every gift counts and is greatly appreciated.
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 send your donation with your student to drop off in the school office
3.Participate with stock or charitable trust
4.And, check if your employer offers a matching option for your gift!

Many thanks to the families for their donations to the annual fund! We couldn’t support the numerous initiatives without you!


 Click HERE to donate online

FOJ Plans Fun Event 


Jones Parents, FOJ Could Benefit From Your Help
Friends of Jones will host the annual Spring Benefit on Friday, March 20, 2020, 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. We will gather together to celebrate our Jones community and raise funds for our excellent school. These generous funds directly benefit our students and faculty in many ways, including supporting sports, educational and arts programs.

Volunteer Opportunities
Planning is underway. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends in the Jones community while doing a good deed. To ensure the success of this event, we need your assistance with any of the following tasks.   

Assist at Event
Help by working at the party.

Help get valuable donations (via following up with previous donors or through any of your own connections) for both the online and live auction. Types of donations that do well include:
-gift cards to restaurants and stores
-sports tickets
-concert or theatre tickets
-vacation experiences (homes, timeshares, golf outings, hotel points/vouchers and airline miles/tickets)
-unique opportunities (such as show tapings, dining/chef experiences, or others)

If you have a donation or would like to ask a potential donor to contribute, please see the attached donation forms and letter 

Contact Tracy or Rita at or for more auction information.

Join the Planning Team
If you’re interested in getting involved, please join other planners at an informational meeting on Monday, January 27 at 7pm at Jin Ju restaurant located at 5203 N. Clark Street. This is a great way to help our amazing school and meet fellow Jones parents.

For general information, email Laura Brauer at
Sports News

Library News

Book Discussion of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Immigrants & Refugees Booklist

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez is the most widely read book in the library this year. An open book discussion of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter will take place in Library Room 2 on Tuesday, January 14, 3:30-4:40 PM. Other upcoming events include a field trip to Steppenwolf Theater to see the stage adaptation of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter on March 20, and an author visit by author Erika Sánchez funded by Friends of Jones during ac lab on March 26. All are welcome!

Just Take a Book Week 2019 Was a Success

A huge 320 books were checked out to students in three weeks in December for winter break reading.
Check out NEW BOOKS that have recently arrived to the library here.  

Introducing Tortilla the Freshwater Stingray
The freshwater stingray in the library fish tank finally has a name thanks to the Aquarium Club! Tortilla continues to command crowds, especially during his daily feeding of live worms.

Check out two stories from the Jones Blueprint about Tortilla written by student journalist Emma Casillas ‘20 from October (here) and December (here). As always warm thanks to FOJ Board member Mr. Manny Oñate ‘76 for his committed care of several beautiful fish tanks at Jones.

Adulting 101: Ask a Mom—Tackling Finances Like a Pro

Fridays after school in the library parent volunteer and JCP Mom Mrs. Angela Koch (kids from classes ‘18, ‘20, ‘22 and four more Jones hopefuls) will be available to answer questions about a range of topics, including finances, college life, cars, household, cooking and more! This month, on January 17, 24 and 31 from 3:15 to 4:30, Mrs. Koch will gladly address finance questions.  The Q & A time will be supplemented by additional resources and handouts to help you personalize skills to your own life as well as JCP book recommendations from Mr. Feeley related to the topic of the month.

Library Volunteers Opportunity

The library is seeking a new permanent volunteer to cover the after-school volunteer shift on Tuesdays (3:15-4:30 or later). The library is also seeking a few more volunteer substitutes. Volunteers provide an indispensable service to the students and enjoy the up-close look at the Jones school day. Please consider becoming a library volunteer! Contact FOJ parent volunteer coordinator Ian Morris AND school librarian Fran Feeley

Click to read current and past library newsletters on the Keeping Up With the Jones Library blog on the library website. Click to access the Jones Library Podcast.

Fran Feeley, NBCT
School Librarian

Spruce up your wardrobe in 2020 with Joneswear.
Be a trendsetter in your new Joneswear  
We have a lot of  new merchandise in our store.
View Joneswear selections HERE
The Joneswear store is located on the 1st floor of the North Building
Store Hours:  Lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.)
and B Day AcLab (1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.)

Looking to volunteer at Jones? We need people to cover the Joneswear store during the day.  Contact Mary Catherine Marco 

FOJ Important Dates 
 1/26: Look for Your Next Issue of FOJ Newsletter!
1/27: Spring Benefit Planning Meeting, 7:00 p.m.,  at Jin Ju Restaurant,
5203 N. Clark, all welcome 
C Day, all classes meet

Jan 28 to Jan 30: Finals (see detailed schedule in Jan 26 newsletter) 
1/30: Guest Bartender Night at Kasey's Tavern, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 701 S. Dearborn, all adults welcome
No Classes
 2/6: FOJ Board Meeting, 8:00 a.m. in Library, all welcome

Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.

You can access the Friends of Jones parent database anytime 
Every parent already has a separate account. 
Go to  www.
Use your email address as your login name, then click "Forgot Password?" 
Enter your email address again.
You'll receive a link to create your own login name and password.
Can't find your email address in the system? 
Hard as we try, sometimes addresses get lost in the shuffle. 
Or if you have Questions, contact us at
we'll update your email in our database.

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