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Friends of Stone Academy (FOSA)

 Friends of Stone Academy (FOSA) is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to support Stone Scholastic Academy and is made up of parents and representatives from Stone’s faculty, administration, LSC, and PTA. We meet regularly to discuss and implement fund-raising initiatives that help cover the costs of a variety of  supplemental academic, athletic and art programs. These initiatives are tailored to the needs and requirements of the students, faculty, the administration, the LSC and the PTA.


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Why donate? For the kids of course!
Our commitment and high standards have kept Stone Scholastic Academy recognized as a Level 1+ by Chicago Public Schools for the last several years. The excellent arts and enrichment programs at Stone go well beyond the reaches of Illinois State funding. Your generous gift, to any of our annual fundraisers, provides the financial support needed to continue our excellent art residencies at each grade level, and help cover the costs of supplemental art, academic and athletic programs. All funds raised ensure that these programs are offered to all students at no cost to them. These programs promote literacy, cultural awareness, and contribute to the educational, physical, and emotional development of our children.

In recent years FOSA supported the following programs and initiatives for students: 

  • Ballet, African and Spanish dance
  • Raven Theater artists-in-residence program
  • Blues in the school
  • Ballroom Dance with May I Have This Dance?
  • World Weavers Project with the Minasian Rug Company & Urban Gateways
  • Library Books
  • Sports teams
  • Spring Musical
  • Technology
  • Music, Art and Fitness supplies

And lots more...

We believe that our school will succeed best if it is a community center, bringing together families from diverse cultures in support of the same goal—providing the best education possible to our children.

Friends of Stone Academy relies completely on parent and community involvement. We welcome help and input from everyone and invite you to be part of our efforts. We welcome new participants and ideas, so please join us to learn what we are up to, and to share your thoughts.

FOSA was incorporated in 2008 by a group of Stone parents and administrators.  Friends of Stone Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible.


Mission and Purpose

The mission of Friends of Stone Academy is to supplement academics, arts, athletics and technology at Stone Scholastic Academy.

FOSA Officers

Name Title Email
Emily Stone President [email protected] 
Neil Johnston Treasurer [email protected]
Caryn Silcock Secretary
Bob Dolgan Past President [email protected]

FOSA Committee Chairs

Committee Name Email
CAFE (formerly PTA) Jinny Gerhardt
Annual Fund Bob Dolgan [email protected]
Online Auction Neil Johnston [email protected]
  Jeff Grabowski [email protected]
Jog-a-thon Susan Maguire [email protected]


FOSA Board of Directors

Teju Adesida
Shelby Burton

Megan Edwards
Jinny Gerhardt
Angela Forfia
Sanhita SinhaRoy
Jenny Yee, CAFE
James Brandon, Principal

Kate Nestler, Assistant Principal