About Friends of Jahn

 
Friends of Jahn School (FOJ) is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization of parents, community members, teachers, and school administrators committed to supporting Jahn School of Fine Art’s growth and success through fundraising and community outreach activities.
 
DONATE
Thank you to the generosity of all our donors. The funds that FOJ raises directly benefit the school and our students. For ways to donate, please click below. 
 
SPONSORS
FOJ is grateful to the individuals, families, and businesses that have sponsored our events over the years. We are currently looking for local businesses to serve as 2021-22 sponsors and appreciate your consideration.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
FOJ has provided financial support for a number of essential school resources and needs as directed by our administration and approved by Jahn's Local School Council (LSC). These needs would otherwise not be accounted for in our annual school budget from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

In the last 4 years, we have raised over $300,000 which has helped fund our Reading Specialist, anti-bias/anti-racism training for faculty and staff, enriching art programming, and a new soccer field and basketball court. Our new and user-friendly school website was made possible through donations. 

Coming soon! We will finish renovating our playground thanks in part to funds raised through FOJ.
FUNDRAISING & COMMUNITY EVENTS
FOJ organizes a variety of fundraisers and community events both big and small throughout the school year. See below for an overview of our four (4) signature events.
 
  • Pumpkin Patch – Each October, our school community and surrounding neighbors visit the Jahn playlot for a day of fall fun complete with a pumpkin patch, kids’ band, games & crafts, food vendors, and activities from local businesses.
  • Winter Wonderland (formerly North Pole) – Each winter, our school transforms into a winter wonderland complete with a visit from Santa, games & crafts, bake sale, silent auction, and activities from local businesses.
  • Rock the Night Away – Our parent-driven fundraiser held in the past at Beat Kitchen in March. It’s a great time connecting with parents, alumni, community supporters, and faculty and staff. The night includes a DJ & dancing, food & refreshments as well as a paddle raise and evening long wine pull.
  • Husky Hustle – Our annual fitness fundraiser and fun for all! In the spring, students get outside during the school day and complete fitness challenges with faculty and staff, recess partner Urban Initiatives, and parent volunteers – all while raising money for the school!

Smaller-scale fundraisers include Poptober where 50% of the money from popcorn sales goes back to Jahn and the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce Shop for Schools. Other community-building and outreach events organized by FOJ include Dining Out nights, Teacher Appreciation Week initiatives, and social events like Popsicles on the Playground, Bingo Night, etc. 
COMMIT
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Show your Jahn pride! 20% of the money from spirit wear sales goes back to Jahn.
VOLUNTEER
While money is crucial to the growth of our school, donating your time and talent is equally as valuable.
MEETINGS
All parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to join FOJ. We have many exciting plans for this year and will offer a variety of opportunities to participate based on your family’s interest and availability. 

FOJ will host meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm (except for the second Tuesday in November and May). Our meetings are open to parents/guardians, prospective parents, incoming parents, and community members.

See below meeting dates for the 2021-22 school year. We will meet in Jahn's cafeteria located in the basement. Visit the school calendar for specific meeting information. 
 
  • October 5
  • November 9
  • December 7
  • NOTHING IN JANUARY
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 10
  • June 7
BOARD MEMBERS
Want to contact our Co-Chairs? Email info@friendsofjahn.org
 
Officers
Mollie Rapp
Co-Chair
 
Mollie Vivoda
Co-Chair

Kate Cox
Secretary

Kirsten Muszynski
Treasurer
 
At-Large Board Members
Open Position 
 
Honorary Board Members    
Michael Herring
Principal

Sarah Moon-Sarudi
Vice Principal

Sarah Jacox
Teacher

Natasha Julius
Local School Council Chair