Brought to you by Friends of Jones

January 18, 2022
language translations available; see links below

Inside: FOJ Town Hall...DEI Student Board...Annual Fund...Banners...
Friendraiser....Spring Benefit Update...Coat Drive....and More!
FOJ Town Hall:  We want to hear from you!
For those unable to attend our monthly morning meetings, we want to provide another venue to learn about Friends of Jones (FOJ).  Come to the Virtual FOJ Town Hall on January 31st from 6-7pm to hear more about Friends of Jones, ask questions, and provide feedback on how we can better support the Jones Community.

  • FOJ Year-to-Date Review
  • Announcements
  • Community Questions and Feedback
Virtual Town Hall meeting information:
Meeting ID: 832 5012 6215
Passcode: 106670
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,83250126215#,,,,*106670# US (Chicago)
Meet the Founding Members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Board
Our mission is to promote inclusivity and open-mindedness by bringing attention to the vast variety of perspectives that exist at Jones and shaping them into tangible solutions. We plan to accomplish this by keeping the administration accountable and aware of our concerns and issues while simultaneously nurturing student connections within the Jones community. As a student-led board, we ultimately hope to amplify student autonomy with our own understanding of the student body’s concerns and experiences.

Special thanks to last year's graduates who devoted their time during their incredibly busy Senior year and this year's Senior students!

2 - 4 - 6 - 8, Who Do We Appreciate? 📣

Some members of the JCP Spirit Cheerleaders, who received a grant for new uniforms this month. Photo by CSharee Creativities. 

You! Our incredible parents, families, and FOJ supporters for helping to enrich the students’ experiences at Jones. Read on to find out about our January grants!

At January’s Board meeting, FOJ made a grant to the JCP Spirit Cheerleaders to purchase new uniforms. There are 18 cheerleaders on the team.  Since they are ambassadors of the school, the uniforms will give the team a unified look as they perform at school games and competitions.

Did you take up any new hobbies during the pandemic? Some Jones students did, and now students are engaged in service-learning and teaching other students to knit and crochet. There are almost 50 students knitting and crocheting scarves that will be donated to those in need. A grant from FOJ will be used to purchase the yarn and supplies for this wonderful initiative.

And the next time you are at the school, please enjoy the students’ artwork that will be hanging on the North Gallery walls. An FOJ grant to the Art Department will be used to purchase a Walker hanging system, which will make displaying art much easier without damaging the walls with tape.

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 the link 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  and mail your donation to the school.
3. Participate with stock or charitable trust.


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 as a way to say THANKS to your Jones community while getting great publicity for your organization! 

Click here to learn more.

Spring Benefit Update: DATE CHANGE! 📅
To be as safe as possible, the Jones Spring Benefit has been moved back 6 weeks. It will now be held on Friday, April 29 at the same location -- The Fairlie. The Online Auction will also move back to coincide with the in-person event; it will open on Monday, April 18, and will continue through Saturday, April 30. We can't wait to celebrate our wonderful school in person this year!
We are currently looking for donations for both the Online Auction and Spring Benefit! We would love help in obtaining donations as well so please reach out to us if you are interested in helping out. We are grateful for any donations such as:
  • vacation home stays
  • unique experiences (we've had studio tours, boat rides, and other creative things in the past)
  • gift cards to restaurants and shops 
  • theatre and sporting event tickets 
  • any other items you would like to donate!
Thank you for your support; we couldn't do it without our amazing Jones community! Attached is the donation form and letter.
Tracy and Shubhada - Online Auction Co-Chairs

Dimple, Hilary and Starr - Spring Benefit Co-chairs
  • Make Art with Columbia Arts @Jones this Spring -- Sign up now:  
  • Spring '22 Courses include Hip-Hop Dance, Music Production, Art Lab (De-stress with Art), Photography Workshop, and Watercolor Painting 
  • Courses are taught by professional artists, held after school, at no cost; supplies are provided. 
  • Courses are open to currently enrolled Jones students of all skills levels, no experience required. 
  • More information and to register:   
  • Questions? Email

Be a trendsetter in your Joneswear!
It's cold outside -- Joneswear has you covered! Check out cold-weather favorites, including hats, hoodies and pj bottoms. We have some new merchandise! View Joneswear selections HERE.

All orders must be made online. Click on the link above or email the address below!



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Join our next FOJ board meeting on February 10, 2022 at 8AM here.
Meeting ID: 843 3358 7367  Passcode: 513420 
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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