Brought to you by Friends of Jones

November 15, 2022
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How FOJ Helps Jones Students ... November Approved Grants ... Library Volunteers Needed ... Joneswear Store Pop-Up ... Important Dates ... and More!
Friends of Jones is grateful for the support of its members and the entire Jones community. Happy Thanksgiving!

How Friends of Jones continues to support students of Jones (...and how you can help!)

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the recent production of Radium Girls at Jones College Prep! 

Inspired by the recent production, FOJ would like to present a few scenes of how recent grants made possible by your contributions are bridging the CPS allocated JCP budget gaps.

[Scene One] 

Actors are an important part of a theater production, but the set and lighting are also critical elements that help create the overall experience. Hiring a professional set designer, lighting designer and master carpenter ensured the quality of the production matched the talent of the students, and it provided the best (and safest) learning experience for the students to work with professionals. The Drama Club raised two thirds of the cost, and a grant from FOJ funded the remaining expense.

[Scene Two] 

Perhaps after attending the play some students were curious to learn more about radium and its use in medicine today, or how the victims’ lawsuit impacted the development of occupational safety and health standards. Thanks to Jones’ subscription to JSTOR, an online academic service that gives all Jones’ students and teachers access to more than 12 million academic articles, books, and primary sources in over 75 disciplines, students and teachers are able to research those topics and more. FOJ provided a grant to renew the JSTOR subscription for the 2023 calendar year.

[Scene Three]

Radium Girls takes place in the 1920s, when jewelry design was influenced by the Art Deco movement. The JCP Jewelry Club has over 100 students from all races, gender and grades. They want to become a self-sustaining club, and a capacity grant from FOJ will allow them to purchase supplies to make jewelry, which they can then sell and use the proceeds to purchase more supplies.

All of these grants were made possible by your financial gifts to the Annual Campaign. Please make a gift now at an amount that is meaningful to you. No amount is too small, and every dollar contributed will have a significant impact for our students. And, please check to see if your employer has a matching gift program. Thank you for your support!



Thank you to all who participated in and donated
to the 8th Annual Jones College Prep Eagle Run!

November Approved Grants 
At the November FOJ board meeting, we approved $5,700 in grants:
  • JCP Drama Club: $2,000 to fund professional crew for the Fall Play: a lighting designer, set designer and master carpenter
  • JCP Jewelry Club: $1,100 for supplies and materials
  • JCP Library:  $2,600 to renew the JSTOR online academic service that links students to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books and primary sources in 75 disciplines
Visit FOJ grant process for more information on how we fund grants.

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.

Joneswear Pop-Up November 17!

The holidays are approaching and Joneswear items make great gifts! Be sure to shop the Joneswear Pop-Up Store on November 17 for cozy Eagle hoodies, PJ pants, joggers and more! 

November Pop-Up Store
November 17th: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Can't make a pop-up? 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. 

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 above to read and subscribe.

Looking for Literary News?
Read current and past JCP library newsletters on the 
Keeping Up With the Jones Library blog.
Important Dates

November 2022
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, December 8, 2022 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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