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 2022-23 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. Construction will start in July with a targeted completion of mid-fall 2022. 
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.
 
  • Husky Hustle – Our annual fitness fundraiser and fun for all! 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!
  • 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 – Each winter, our school transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland with a visit from special character guests, games & crafts, and activities from local businesses.
  • Give to Grow Night – Our parent-driven fundraiser held at Pizzeria Serio in May. It’s a great time connecting with parents, alumni, community supporters, faculty, and staff. The night includes music & socializing, food & refreshments as well as an opportunity to give big with a live appeal. 

Other fundraisers include Bidding and Bingo Week with a week-long online auction and virtual Family Bingo Night for everyone to come together and celebrate a fun and successful week. Every fall, we organize Poptober where 50% of the money from popcorn sales goes back to Jahn and get together for the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce's Shop for Schools event. Other community-building and outreach events organized by FOJ include dining and shopping nights, Teacher Appreciation Week initiatives, and social events like Popsicles on the Playground. 
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.
2022-23 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 Thursday of each month alternating mornings and afternoons (except for the second Thursday in April). Our meetings are open to parents/guardians, prospective parents, incoming parents, and community members. We will meet in person at Jahn. Visit the school calendar for specific meeting information. 
 
  • October 6th, 8:15am - Parent Rm
  • November 3rd, 3:15pm - Rm 301
  • December 1st, 8:15am - Parent Rm
  • NOTHING IN JANUARY
  • February 2nd, 3:15pm - Rm 301
  • March 2nd, 8:15am - Parent Rm
  • April 13th, 3:15pm - Rm 301
  • May 4th, 8:15am - Parent Rm
2022-23 BOARD MEMBERS
Want to contact our Co-Chairs? Email [email protected]
 
Officers
Mollie Rapp
Co-Chair
 
Mollie Vivoda
Co-Chair

TBD
Secretary

Kirsten Muszynski
Treasurer
 
At-Large Board Members
Emily Brown
Tamer Haddadin
Karin Ueltschi
Pablo Vasconcelo
Jackie Wint-Gaehwiler
 
Honorary Board Members    
Dr. Derrick Kimbrough
Principal
 
Thad Knaus
Teacher
 
Janet Walsh
Teacher
 
John Vivoda
Local School Council Chair