Brought to you by Friends of Jones

January 20, 2023
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Laugh with American Idol Comedian Jackie Smook (and Support JCP Fine Arts!) ... Annual Fund Update (and Mini Trivia Challenge) ... Grantee Spotlight: JCP Girls Volleyball ... January Joneswear Pop-Up ... Important Dates ... and More!
Support JCP Fine Arts, including the Spring Musical, Mamma Mia!
Join FOJ for fun, laughs and fundraising with comedian and American Idol performer Jackie Smook!  
Jackie Smook is a Chicago-based comedian, singer, actor, writer, and puppet maker! She will appear on American Idol in February! Discover more about Jackie and her art: check out her website here

What: Friends of Jones 2023 Benefit Season Kickoff
When: Sunday, January 29 @ 5pm
Where: Trigger, 2810 West Addison Street, Chicago

Parking: Free parking on California and Mozart

Tickets: $75 for adults
              $35 for students (special discounted price until January 27)

Limited tickets available

Ages 14+ Show

Doors open 4pm, Show starts at 5pm

Appetizers and beverages will be available.

Proceeds from ticket sales support the Spring Musical, Mamma Mia! and other fine arts programs at JCP.

Come meet other families, enjoy the show and support our kids! This will be one of a few small fundraisers FOJ will host this year rather than one major one in the spring. Beat the winter blahs, help the school and laugh with friends! 
Can't make the show? Consider a donation:
Questions? Contact
Supporting Jones Students - NOT Trivial Pursuits! 

Can you answer the following questions? The JCP Scholastic Bowl team can!

  1. Gabriel Syme is pursued by a milk-drinking professor in this author’s novel The Man Who Was Thursday. Name the author.
  2. Otto the inflatable auto-pilot appears in what 1980 disaster movie parody about a troubled flight?
  3. Name this former dictator of Zimbabwe who was deposed in a 2017 coup d’etat.
  4. This American composed 4’ 33”.
  5. Give the Latin title of this work divided into sections called “pentads,” which covers events from the founding of Rome to the deal of Drusus in 9 BC.

Friends of Jones is pleased to approve grant funding for the entry fees for the 2022/2023 Scholastic bowl tournaments and dues. 25 Jones students participate on this team, and we wish them all the best at their competitions. Go Eagles!
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the FOJ Annual Campaign. To date we have raised over $46,000. We still plan to meet our goal of $100,000, so if you have not made a donation yet, please click the button below and make your tax-deductible gift today. No donation is too small, and every dollar counts! Thank you so much in advance.



Answers: 1. G.K. Chesterton, 2. Airplane! 3. Robert (Gabriel) Mugabe 4. John Cage 5. Ab Urbe Condita

FOJ Grantee Spotlight: JCP Girls Volleyball

JCP Girls Varsity Team
Congratulations to the JCP Girls Volleyball teams, including first-year varsity coach and program director Howard Hu and coaches Frank Hashimoto and Linda Leal. FOJ is proud to have supported the teams with $500 in grant funding, which was used for end-of-season celebrations. After 35 matches and a competitive season, there was a lot to celebrate, with freshmen and varsity making the city championships. (Varsity has made it to the city championship 6 out of 7 years while JV has made it 5 out of 7 years!) Go Eagles!

Library Volunteers Needed!

The library is looking for standby volunteers to help out approximately once a month for 1 to 2 hours, either before/after school or during lunch. If you are interested, please contact Onna Jones at or Francis Feeley at

Thank you to all active library volunteers. Our students benefit from your service.

January Joneswear Pop Up!

It's cold outside - how about a cozy Joneswear hoodie to keep you warm? Shop the Joneswear Pop-Up Sale on Wednesday, January 25, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., for snuggly Eagle hoodies, PJ pants, joggers and more! You'll find the store on the first floor in the North building across from the courtyard.

Joneswear Pop-Up Sale
Wednesday, January 25
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Can't make a pop-up sale? Order online at: 
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. 

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.
Important Dates

  • Jan 24: Virtual Course Scheduling Student and Family Night (6:00-7:30 pm/virtual); RSVP by January 22 here: RSVP
  • Jan 25: Joneswear Pop-Up Sale (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • Jan 29: FOJ Arts Fundraiser/Jackie Smook One-Woman Show (5pm/in-person; buy tickets here: Jackie Smook tickets)
  • Feb 9: FOJ Board Meeting; see below for details
  • March 9: FOJ Board Meeting 
The next FOJ Board meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, February 9, 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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