Brought to you by Friends of Jones

February 15, 2022
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Inside: Online Auction and Spring Benefit.... Return of Joneswear Onsite Sales….Library Volunteers Needed….Friendraiser....and More!
2022 Online Auction and Spring Benefit
The Online Auction will begin on Monday, April 18 and continue through Saturday, April 30.  

We are currently looking for donations for both the Online Auction and Spring Benefit. We would love help with soliciting donations as well, so please reach out to the Online Chairs if you are interested in helping out.

We are grateful for any donations such as:
  • Vacation/home stays
  • Unique experiences (studio tours, boat rides, travel package, etc.)
  • Gift cards to restaurants and shops 
  • Theatre and sporting event tickets/experiences 
  • Any other items you would like to donate
The auction donation form is available here.

Online Auction Chairs
Tracy Portnoy,
2022 Spring Benefit

The Spring Benefit will be held on Friday, April 29 at The Fairlie. We can't wait to celebrate our wonderful school in person this year!

Stay tuned for more info about purchasing tickets for the live event as well as opportunities to become a Spring Benefit Sponsor. Invitations will be mailed at the end of this month!

Spring Benefit Chairs:

Hilary Kurinsky,
Dimple Patel,
Starr Coutee,

Thank you for your continued support; we couldn't do it without our amazing Jones community!

Be a trendsetter in your Joneswear!

Joneswear Pop-Up Shop: February Dates!
Get ready to shop the Joneswear Pop-Up Store! Friends of Jones is hosting two shopping dates this month:
  • February 16, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • February 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Joneswear Pop-Up Shop is located in the North Building at the Joneswear Store and features hoodies, t-shirts, joggers, PJ pants and more, in a variety of designs and styles to show your Eagle spirit.

More Joneswear Pop-Up Shops are planned for April, May and June (at least 2 per month) — watch this newsletter for dates and details. Want to check out the online store? Visit

*If you require the pop-up to remain open past 4pm due to your schedule, please contact to see if we can accommodate your requests on these dates.
Library Volunteers Needed
The library could use parents who are free to volunteer on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30/8:40 a.m. and on Fridays after school from 3:15 p.m. until 4:30/5:00 p.m. There is some flexibility to accommodate schedules.

If you are interested, please contact Lisa Hassler Thomas at or Francis Feeley at Thank you to all active library volunteers. Our children benefit from your service.
FOJ Grants February 2022

Cast members of the musical "Anastasia" rehearsing. FOJ recently awarded funds to the Drama Club to help defray production costs. 

Thanks to your kind donations, over $76,000 in grants have been awarded so far this fiscal year.  We are pleased to announce the following grants for February:

JCP Drama Club: Support costs associated with the production of the spring play Anastasia
Band Program: Support residency and performance with jazz trumpeter Marques Carroll 
Best Buddies: Purchase materials for monthly events and the Best Buddies Prom 
JCP Counseling Department: Support National Decision Day events for seniors
French 2 Classes: Fund a field trip to the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for French 2 students 
Gender and Sexuality Class: Provide transportation and admission for students enrolled in this class to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center for the “Rise Up: Stone Wall and The LGBTQ Rights Movement” exhibit
JCP Library: Purchase of a subscription of JSTOR for the JCP Library 
JCP - Performance Strong 🎭 🎺
Mark your calendars for some really exciting performances this spring. The Jones Drama Club is putting on a production of  Anastasia: The Musical, March 24-26, 2022, and FOJ is pleased to sponsor them with a grant to help offset production costs.
Are you a jazz aficionado? You will not want to miss the spring concert with renowned Chicago trumpeter Marques Carroll. The Jazz Institute of Chicago awarded JCP with an 8-week artist-in-residency with Carroll. A grant from FOJ will enable Carroll to perform with the students at the spring concert.
Many thanks to the support of our wonderful parents, families, and FOJ supporters for helping to make these and other opportunities possible. FOJ will continue making grants throughout the year to Jones teachers, teams, and student clubs, to make your student’s experience at Jones as comprehensive and fulfilling as possible. 
Anyone can make a gift to the Annual Fund, and we are grateful for every dollar donated. We are seeking 100% participation from all families at Jones. With all of your support, we can give out even more grants to our students and teachers this year!
If you would like to make a gift, please click on one of the links below. And, be sure to check if your employer offers a matching option for your gift! Taking just a few minutes could double your donation!
FOJ is a not-for-profit organization, and all of your contributions are tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law.
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 中文 and mail your donation to the school.
  3. Participate with stock or charitable trust.

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 to learn more.

Do you like the work that Friends of Jones is doing?

Are you interested in getting involved at Jones?

Serving on the Friends of Jones Board holds various opportunities to be engaged with the school’s community.

If you are thinking about it, why not reach out and learn more? You may find a new passion by serving on the board!

Please contact FOJ’s Vice Chairperson, Raquel Don, at  or for more information.


Read the JCP student newspaper to get a student perspective on school events.  Click here to read and subscribe!
Join our next FOJ board meeting on March 10, 2022 at 8AM here.
Meeting ID: 843 3358 7367  Passcode: 513420 
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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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