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October 25, 2020

Inside: Dr. Powers Reminds to be Kind; Virtual 5K Underway; AF is Up—and more

From the Desk of Dr. Powers

Dear Jones Family,
"Kindness is in our power." This simple observation was made by Dr. Samuel Johnson, the famous English writer and critic, more than 200 years ago. This and many other such admonitions have been heard throughout human history. Many have commented on the ripple effects of random acts of kindness, impacts great and small of which we may never be aware. This amplified effect is, perhaps, the great beauty of kindness as an essential component of human society. 

Unfortunately, it is all too easy to ignore these precepts and strike at others, sometimes for no other reason than out of sheer meanness. As educators and parents, we have seen too many examples of young people attacking each other, using vicious words that hurt as much or more than physical blows. Such behavior is exacerbated by social media, allowing the attacker to hide behind the anonymity of a screen alias or avatar.  What should be a wonderful medium of communication and sharing has in many cases turned into a sewer of hate and ugliness. And, instead of the ripple effects of kindness, the hurt is amplified through Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, or whatever social media platform is popular at the moment.

It is important for all of us to help our young people understand and truly appreciate that our words have meaning. Words can and should be used to build rather than destroy. Ugliness and hate must not be allowed to supersede kindness or even simple civility. Reasonable people can disagree reasonably.  And, in the words of Dr. Johnson, kindness is truly in our power.

P. Joseph Powers, Ph.D.


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

For news about JCP, follow me on Twitter @PJOSEPHPOWERS 

Annual Fund 


Support Students and Teachers
The FOJ Annual Fund grants thousands of dollars every year to students, teachers, clubs and athletic teams at Jones. Although we are remote this year, grant requests continue to pour in from our teachers and students looking for help to keep Jones spirit alive even during virtual learning. 

Why Donate?
Because we need you! Through the annual fund, FOJ helps to close the gap between the CPS budget and what it actually costs to run this amazing school. Teachers need extra tools this year to engage students, and many of our clubs and extracurriculars activities are still very active and need our support! Please consider making your contribution today!
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.
4. And, check if your employer offers a matching option for your gift!
Sixth Annual 5K Eagle Run/Walk 2020

The virtual 5K week is here!
GOOD NEWS! There’s still time to join us and support our students.  Registration will remain open through the virtual event week closing on October 31st.
GREAT NEWS! The entry fee will NOT increase!
BEST NEWS! We’ve received a donation from Nike!  Six pair of Alphafly shoes.  We will randomly select three men and three women from all adult registrants to win these awesome shoes.  Sign up now for a chance to win!!
Register Now

We’re virtual
Please join fellow JCP students, faculty, alumni, parents and supporters in spirit
for the sixth annual Eagle Run/Walk.
Sponsored by FOJ 

Once again we will run as a community to support our students and school.  This year, however, due to the COVID-19 virus, we will do it virtually to follow appropriate safety guidelines.

WHAT is a virtual run?  Since we are unable to have one day when we all gather together, run or walk a 5K and share your experience on social media using #Jones5KEagleRun2020.  There will be a random drawing from all who post for a JONESWEAR gift certificate, so get those pictures in! 

WHEN?  Anytime between October 25th to 31st

WHERE?  Anywhere you want.  A few course maps are attached to the Eventbrite registration site for your convenience.

WHO?  Everyone!!  Get outside and spend some time with family and friends. Students/Faculty/Staff/Alums - $20 
All Other Adults - $35*

WHY?  Support our students!!  All proceeds go to student organizations and sports teams.

*To guarantee a t-shirt, you needed to register by October 23rd. Entrance fees ARE NOT going up on October 24th, so you'll still save if you register today!

Interested in being a sponsor, please contact:

The official JCP 5K Eagle Run Registration Page can be found at


October is National Principals Month


FOJ thanks Dr. Powers for the many hours he spends behind the scenes and in the school halls leading the Jones Community and keeping standards high. And kudos also to the assistant principals who work so tirelessly to keep school vibrant: Dr. Eric Fay, Mr. Eric Mitchell and Dr. Therese Plunkett.
Library News



Jones Student Book Clubs are starting soon. Your students can fill out this brief form for info and to sign up.

It's raining eBooks and eAudiobooks at Jones. I challenge all your students to check them out! Click HERE and HERE to learn how!


Chicago Public Library ChiTeen Lit Fest

This annual storytelling event by-teens-for-teens has gone completely virtual! LIVE online programs are scheduled for November 6-7. Official site. Official flyer. Social media kit. Registration. Chicago Public Library info AND grab-and-go swag bag pick-up

Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Create, Act

October 26 to 30 marks the 6th annual U.S. Media Literacy Week, hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). All events are virtual, and participation is free to people of all ages! 

** Is That a Fact? is a GREAT podcast by the News Literacy Project good for anybody asking “How can American democracy survive and thrive in our toxic information environment?”

** The #WeWereHere Project website invites students to document their 2020 experiences in various ways and earn service hours doing it.
** City Bureau cofounder and editorial director Bettina Chang delivered a TEDx Wrigleyville talk about building journalism that deserves people’s trust. Text.   Video.

** Be sure to check out the Media Literacy Page of the Jones library website. 

Your students can submit this form to get a free online subscription to the New York Times.

Submit your email here to receive library newsletters all year. Current and past library newsletters can be accessed here

Fran Feeley, NBCT
School Librarian


Columbia College Offers Art Classes

Any necessary supplies are provided free of cost (available for pickup from Jones)

To participate complete a registration form here 

Questions? contact Kelsey Wright,

 Smile: Benefit Committee Needs Student Videos, Photos


Hello Parents,
Friends of Jones' Benefit Committee is preparing visual content for the upcoming event. We'd like to showcase our students. Would you please provide interesting positive photographs or short videos of Jones students engaging in e-learning with that Eagle flare. All videos taken with a cell phone should be done in the vertical position only.

Also, the Committee is interested in speaking with anyone who might want to assist with editing content for the event.  We are aware that we have talented people in our own community who might have this skill and assist us in defraying the cost of our vendor.

Let me  know if you have any questions or would like to volunteer at

Thank you,
Lisa  Hassler-Thomas 


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

Looking to buy Joneswear? The demand is high and we're looking at ways to fulfill orders safely. We hope to have a plan soon.  Contact Niki Jungwirth.

FOJ Important Dates 
 Oct 25 to 31: Eagle Virtual 5K 
Oct 27: Make-Up SAT Exam for Seniors at Jones
Nov 3: No Classes, Election Day, Please Vote  

Nov 6: No Classes, School Improvement Day 
Nov 8: Next Issue of FOJ Newsletter 
Nov 12: FOJ Board Meeting, 8:00 am to 9:00 am, Via Zoom

Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.

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