Brought to you by Friends of Jones

November 1, 2022
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Inside: FOJ Chair's Message  ... Annual Fundraising Campaign ... Eagle 5K Run ...  Sept and Oct Approved Grants ... Joneswear Store ... Important Dates ... and More!
A Message from the FOJ Chair

We need your help.  

It's hard to believe it's already November! I hope the school year has been going smoothly and successfully for you. At Friends of Jones (FOJ), we've already had a busy autumn – supporting Back to School Night, Homecoming and the Open House; hosting our Fall Friendraiser; planning the Eagle 5K Run; selling merchandise at the Joneswear Store; and very importantly, helping Jones students through FOJ grant awards.

FOJ's focus on building community, coordinating volunteers, and raising/distributing funds remains strong. All of this is possible because of your participation – volunteering your time, attending events, or generously donating at whatever level works for you.

Last year we were able to directly impact every student and faculty member through our grants and programming and provided over 1,500 hours of volunteer support. FOJ wants to maintain this level of support, but we need your help.  Our current projections indicate that we may be unable to fulfill all the anticipated grant requests. If you have ever contemplated giving to FOJ, now is the time.  

We are launching the 2023 Annual Fund in the coming days. To meet our community's growing needs and requests, consider giving today.

We have a lot more planned between now and the end of the school year, and we would love for you to be a part of it. Please join us in ensuring Jones continues as a premier college preparatory school.  

With gratitude,

Michelle Kerr
FOJ Chair 2021-2023 

FOJ Annual Campaign Kicks Off!
Did you know that grants from Friends of Jones not only help close the CPS allocated JCP budget gaps but impact every student at some level? Last year some of the FOJ grants provided support for: 
  • New instruments for the band program, new digital cameras for the arts department and funds to support set construction for the spring musical Anastasia;
  • Student clubs like the Black Coalition, Best Buddies, the Knitting Club, and the Coalition of Immigrants Club; and
  • Support for JCP athletics, including Girls Volleyball, Boys Cross Country, Cheerleading, the Dance Team, the Girls Swim Team and Boys Baseball.
These grants and more were made possible because of your generous donations to our Annual Campaign.
This year our Friends of Jones Annual Campaign goal is $100,000! It’s ambitious, but we’re confident that we can reach this level because of the passion that our friends and supporters have for our students.  
Your participation matters and makes a difference! Please make a gift now at an amount that is meaningful to you. Your contribution is meaningful to us! No amount is too small, and every dollar contributed will have a significant impact for our students. To donate, click the button below. Thank you for your support!

Run! Walk! Volunteer! Donate! 
Join us November 6 for the
Jones 5K Eagle Run!

FOJ will host the 8th Annual Eagle Run on Sunday, November 6, 2022. We invite students, parents and friends to sign up and participate! You can run (or walk,) volunteer, donate or purchase raffle tickets to help us support the Jones student community!

Held in historic Washington Park near the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus, the run will take you on a beautiful, tree-lined flat course that circles the lagoons.

Participants will receive official timed results, a commemorative shirt*, a medal and refreshments during the event.

All profits from the JCP 5K Eagle Run/Walk will be donated to participating JCP Clubs/Organizations. Your donation may be designated to specific JCP Clubs or the Friends of Jones Fund to be distributed back to support the students of Jones College Prep.

An awards ceremony following the run will recognize winners of each category, including but not limited to: Student, Faculty, and Supporter. Additional awards include best Team Costume!

Use this link to sign up, donate or purchase raffle tickets: Jones 5K Eagle Run

Use this link to volunteer:
Thank you!

Open House 2022: Showcasing Jones!

On October 15, Jones hosted prospective students from across the city during its annual Open House. A million THANK YOUs to the FOJ volunteers who staffed the event, answered questions, provided directions and managed Joneswear sales!
September and October Approved Grants 
At the September and October FOJ board meetings, we approved nearly $10,000 in grants:
  • Girls Who Code: $159.37 for supplies and snacks for volunteers and participants
  • JCP Boys Varsity Soccer Team:  $1,942.33 to cover the cost of purchasing uniforms for 21 students
  • JCP Girls Sailing Team:  $2,310 for costs to attend the 2022 PCISA Girls Invitational if the team qualifies for Nationals
  • JCP Mentor Program: $200 to fund gift card purchases
  • JCP Orchestra: $3,212.80 to attend a chamber music camp in Fall 2022
  • Jones/CPS Squash Club: $1,980 to help fund coaching and court time costs
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society:  $100 for the Tri-M Music Honor Society annual membership fees
Visit FOJ grant process for more information on how we fund grants.
Joneswear Pop-Ups in November!

Eagle Hoodies are back! But they are going fast, along with other classic Joneswear items, like our cozy pajama pants and joggers! Stop by to check out these favorites along with some great new gear to stay cozy as the days get colder and shorter!

November Pop-up Dates
November 4th: 11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
November 17th: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Can't make the pop-ups? Order online at:

* Please pick up online orders in the main office. Please allow one week for online orders to be fulfilled as our store is staffed by parent volunteers who work full-time. Thanks for understanding!
Attention Business Owners & Organization Leaders
FOJ’S Corporate Banner Program Has New Pricing! 

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. 
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Important Dates

November 2022
11/04: Joneswear Pop-Up Sale (11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.)
11/06: Eagle 5K Run
11/10: November FOJ Board Meeting (Hybrid; 5:45 p.m.)
11/17: Joneswear Pop-Up Sale (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

December 2022
12/8: December FOJ Board Meeting (Virtual; 8:00 a.m.)
The next FOJ Board meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 5:45 p.m. The meeting will be hybrid - 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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