Brought to you by Friends of Jones

April 19, 2023
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Ready, set, bid on the spring auction! ... Volunteer at student events ... 2023 grant application deadline ... Spring musical pics ... Important dates ... and more!


Friends of Jones is excited to host the 2023 Jones Online Auction to benefit the Jones College Prep community!

Bid on exciting auction items, NOW until May 1, 2023! Auction proceeds go to Friends of Jones to support academic, arts, music, theater, and athletic clubs, organizations and programs for our wonderful Jones students! 

Auction items range from ... unique Jones College Prep experiences, such as reserved seats for graduation and reserved parking spots .... to tickets to the theater and sold-out concerts (Oh hey, Taylor Swift!) ... to restaurant gift certificates ... to amazing vacation getaways ... and more!

Be sure to share with your friends, family, & community. Let the bidding begin!

If you have additional items to donate or questions about the auction, please contact FOJ Online Auction Chair Tracy Portnoy:

YES ! We still need volunteers for spring events!

Adult volunteers are needed to make upcoming student events possible and successful!  To volunteer, 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 via this Google Form: 2023 JCP Spring Volunteer Sign-Up.  Please review responsibilities, times and locations prior to signing up.  Volunteers should expect to receive a reminder email with additional details 1 to 3 days prior to the event. Questions? Please contact

Wednesday, April 26: Class of 2023 Panoramic Photo 

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Volunteers will walk with 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). 

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.    

Saturday, May 20: Great America Trip
Details tbd; Volunteers are needed to ride the bus with Jones students to Great America, supervise the Jones students at the park, and ride the bus back to Jones with the students. 

Thank you for supporting our Jones students!

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 apply 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!

Chinese PCLH+ Club @ International Night

In March, Friends of Jones was proud to support JCP's Chinese PCLH+ Club with a $60 grant for the Coalition of Immigrants International Night. The club recently shared this note of thanks:

Dear Friends of Jones,
Thank you for approving our grant! Your assistance helped make our event successful. Attached is a photo of our club with the snacks bought using the grant. 

Students shown (left to right): Sharon Mei, Stacey Chen, Rebecca Fang, Noah Barbas

Grant application deadline is May 5!

May 5, 2023, is the last day to submit a grant application to FOJ for the 2022-23 school year. After the deadline, FOJ grant-making for new grants will be closed until August 1, 2023.

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 the 2022-23 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! For more information about the grant process, please visit: Grant Applications - Friends of Jones.
Help us grow the Annual Fund!

Friends of Jones is in the final few weeks of fundraising and events, and we need everyone’s support to make sure we finish strong!
You can help by:
  • Finalizing your Annual Fund gift for the year
  • Signing up to volunteer for upcoming student events
  • Bidding in the Spring Online Auction
We appreciate your contributions to the JCP community!

Mamma Mia!: JCP Drama Club
performs to sold-out crowds

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Mamma Mia! The show sold out several nights and was a joyful celebration of the arts.

Because of the unprecedented nature of the past several years, this was the first sold-out show all of the students had experienced at Jones. Seniors who were freshmen in the spring of 2020 had the musical cancelled a week before opening night due to the pandemic. Because of remote learning, there was no musical in 2021.

Last year marked the triumphant return of our school musical with Anastasia, but seating was still limited.

Our students rose to meet all of these challenges with grace and resilience, so it was an absolute pleasure to watch them perform before such a large and enthusiastic audience. It was a great reminder about the crucial role the performing arts play in bringing community together and what we missed the past few years. 

For the 2022-23 school year, Friends of Jones was proud to support our multi-talented students with a fundraiser and grant awards totaling (up to) $20,000. The Drama Club raised $11,000 through the January winter fundraiser.

Joneswear, whatever the weather...

In Chicago, April showers can mean rain or snow! Whatever the weather, Joneswear has you covered with hoodies, tees, shorts, hats and even rain ponchos. Don't forget Joneswear as gifts for incoming freshmen, Mother's Day,  Father's Day, birthdays or any day! 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.
  • April 25: PSAT & SAT makeups
  • April 26: Class of 2023 Panoramic Photo 
  • May 5: Deadline to apply for grants in the 2022-23 school year
  • May 11: FOJ Board Meeting
  • May 13: Senior Prom
  • May 20: Great America Trip
  • May 26: Summer School registration deadline
  • June 1: Seniors’ Final Day at JCP 
  • June 4: Graduation
  • June 8: FOJ Board Meeting
  • June 12: Summer School begins
The next FOJ Board meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. The meeting will be virtual; information for joining can be found here:
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The funds that Friends of Jones (FOJ) raises do not go directly to Jones College Prep (JCP) and are not for the direct benefit of the school.  FOJ uses the funds it raises to provide grants at its sole discretion in response to a proposal from JCP students, student organizations and other JCP-related constituents to enrich the JCP attendance experience.  The funds FOJ raises do not belong to JCP and are not controlled by the school.
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