WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning May 1, 2017, Issue No. 32

Dear Members of the W.T. Woodson Community:

The monthly PTSO meeting is TONIGHT, Monday, May 1, at 7pm in the Woodson Library. In addition to hearing from committee chairs and Principal Poole, we'll vote on the 2017-2018 slate of PTSO Executive Officers and Standing Committee Chairs.The slate of candidates is in the article below.

The PTSO Annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is this Wednesday, May 3: Two dozen deviled eggs are all that remain open at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4cabae2b0-teacher3.Thanks to all of you who have stepped forward to donate, set-up and serve. All items need to be at Woodson by 10am on May 3. Your student may drop off items in the front office on their way into school, or you may bring items to entrance 5 between 8:30 and 10am. (Someone will be there to collect them from you). Email Stacey Brahmey at brahmeys@yahoo.com with questions.

In this Issue


What's New

  1. Baccalaureate Volunteer Info & Thanks
  2. Field Hockey Interest Meeting Announcement
  3. *New* Workshops and Resources to Benefit Parents, Teachers and Students
  4. Woodson Art Department Fundraiser

Don’t Forget!

   5. PTSO Meeting is TONIGHT Monday, May 1 at 7pm

   6. Annual Woodson Art Show and Woodson Pyramid Art Show

   7. May 10, 2017, Youth Survey Night

   8. May 15, 2017, Social Media Night

   9. “Peter and the Star Catcher” WTW Drama Production

  10. Precisionette Dance Team Tryouts

  11. WeMail Guidelines

All Night Grad Party/Cav Cruise for Seniors 2017

Sports Highlights

Emergency Information


The calendars below contain items for the next couple weeks submitted by clubs, booster associations, and the school community. W.T. Woodson publishes the official school calendar at http://www2.fcps.edu/woodsonhs/index.html.

Athletic Calendar for May 1-6 is at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/bulletins/1974746. Scheduled events are subject to change; consider checking the schedule before heading out: Hotline 703.503.4683 / http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/.

School Calendar

What’s New?

1. Baccalaureate Volunteer Info & Thanks

Please come celebrate our graduating transcendent seniors at the interfaith Woodson PTSO Baccalaureate on Sunday, June 18 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Woodson! Our keynote speaker is Woodson alum and U.S. Paralympian Jessica Rogers. After the Baccalaureate Service, we will be hosting a reception in Cafeteria A for seniors and their families, and we need your help to make our Baccalaureate Reception a success. We are asking senior parents to donate a dessert or other items, and underclassman and their parents to volunteer to set-up, clean-up and serve for the reception. Please bring donations in a disposable container or mark your dishes with your name and number; you can pick them up after the event. Signup to help at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0449afac2b0-wtwclass

SPECIAL THANKS to Galleria Florist of Falls Church, The Garden Studio, LLC, and Woodson parent and professional florist Kim Helfgott for donating the flowers for the event. http://galleriaflorist.biz/.

Follow us on Twitter @WoodsonBacc for more information.

2. Field Hockey Interest Meeting Announcement

Calling all girls! Thinking about trying out for field hockey this fall? An interest meeting will be held on Wednesday May 3rd in Cafe B from 6pm-7pm for players and 7pm-8pm for parents. Come meet the new coach and get some information about the upcoming field hockey season. Look forward to seeing you there!

3. *New* Workshops and Resources to Benefit Parents, Teachers and/or Teens

Did you know there are 21 workshops listed on the Parent Resources Page on the PTSO Website, and of these,13 are new listings as of last week? In addition, we’ve added a few new support groups for parents.The wide range of issues includes but is not limited to: coping with stress; homework resources; special education, ADHD support, technology strategies, mental illness, suicide prevention; drug use, addition and overdose; and under-age drinking. Links to various organizations can also be found under the PARENT RESOURCES tab on the PTSO website.

4. Woodson Art Department Fundraiser

The Woodson Art department is selling t-shirts as a fundraiser! Please click on https://www.booster.com/wtwart to purchase a t-shirt or to donate money to support this talented group of students and teachers.Thank you!!

Don’t Forget!

5. PTSO Meeting is TONIGHT, Monday, May 1

The monthly PTSO meeting is TONIGHT, Monday, May 1, at 7pm in the Woodson Library. In addition to hearing from committee chairs and Principal Poole, we'll vote on the 2017-2018 slate of PTSO Executive Officers and Standing Committee Chairs:

  • Vice President 2—Fundraising: Alan Anderson
  • Recording Secretary: Amy Sine
  • Baccalaureate: Pam Hardin
  • Welcome to Woodson Chair: Monica Cameron
  • All Night Grad Party/Cav Cruise Director: Anne Akers-Smith
  • Student Directory Fundraising: Candidate Bruce Waxman
  • Parent Enrichment: VACANT

The above candidates volunteered to fill positions being vacated after this year, and they are running unopposed. If you would like to place your name on the ballot to serve on the PTSO next year, it's not too late. Nominations will be accepted from the floor on May 1; please attend. Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Students are all welcome.

6. Annual Woodson Art Show and Woodson Pyramid Art Show

Where- Woodson’s Auxiliary Gym

When- May 17 open from 8am – 3pm

May 18 open from 8 am – 1 pm

Special Evening Reception featuring work from the ENTIRE Woodson Pyramid May 17 6 -8pm

Show features all media and all levels; Advanced Placement students display their entire portfolio in one-of-a-kind, one person “rooms”; Woodson Art Boosters will raffle hand painted furniture created by National Art Honor Society students.

7. May 10, 2017 Youth Survey Night

7-8:30PM in Cafeteria A at Woodson HS. We will review the data results from the FCPS Youth Survey: Woodson Pyramid by FCPS leaders. This will be an interactive presentation for all members of our community. Please come one, come all!

8. May 15, 2017 Social Media Night

7-8:30PM in Cafeteria A at Woodson HS. We will have counselors on hand to present the current reality of social media. We will introduce and explain to parents social media apps and sites that students are using. We’ll show you how to use it by demonstrating actual accounts.

9. "Peter and the Star Catcher" WTW Drama Production

May 5 at 7:30pm

May 6 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Joan C. Bedinger Auditorium

"Peter and the Starcatcher" is a mesmerizing, grownup prequel to the treasured story of Peter Pan. An orphan boy without a name is inspired by a precocious young girl to defeat a charming, yet villainous pirate. Using clever wordplay, daring movement and live music, this journey features swashbuckling, shipwrecks, spectacular mermaids, and the secret to eternal youth.

10. Precisionette Dance Team Tryouts on May 22, 23 & 25

Please come on out and try out for the Woodson Dance Team in the Dance Room from 4-7pm on May 22, 23, 25. The tryout packet, flyer and questionnaire are available at wtwoodsonsports.org, under year-round sports: http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/teamfiles/id/3408/seasonid/4235556 or http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/library/files/wtwoodsonsports_28/files/Tryout%20Flyer1.pdf.

11. WeMail Guidelines

Include “Wemail” in the subject, and email your submission to woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org by 5pm on the Friday prior to Monday’s publication. Complete guidelines are available on the PTSO Website at: http://www.woodsonptso.org/pdf/WeMail%20Guidelines%202016-2017.pdf.

All Night Grad Party/Cav Cruise 2017 - June 20, 11pm-5am at Oak Marr Rec Center 

The All Night Grad Party is fast Approaching! Register for Cav Cruise Today! Click Here to register online: http://www.woodsonptso.org/register.html .Do you have questions about what the All Night Grad Party is all about? View this video for some answers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yguQ_Oaur0. And, visit http://woodsonptso.org/cavalier-cruise.html often for updates. 

Volunteer Signup! It takes over 300 volunteers to make Cav Cruise a success. Sign-up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aafaf2ca20-woodson. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities the day before, during, and after the Cav Cruise for senior and underclass parents, and underclass students (earn your community service hours). Additional details regarding each opportunity as well as points of contact are included within the Sign-up Genius. 

Coyote Grill Restaurant Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 2 on Main Street in Fairfax. Show the flyer (print or on phone) for lunch, dinner or carry out (15% of food sales benefit the Cav Cruise). Link to flyer: http://www.woodsonptso.org/cavcruise/2017/WTW%20All%20Night%20Grad%20Party%20Coyote%20Grille%20Fundraiser%20(5).pdf 

Burke Nursery Gift Cards Fundraiser April 1–May 15 - Spring is here. Please consider purchasing your spring flowers, Teacher Appreciation gifts and Mother's Day gifts by purchasing Burke Nursery Gift Cards! Gift Certificates will be sold in increments of $25 and 20% of each purchase goes to the Cav Cruise. Purchase your certificates via PayPal at https://mswinteractive.wufoo.com/forms/p9wgny90ufck9a/. We will mail certificates weekly to your home address.

Photos Needed For Senior Video - We are looking for candid photos from winter and spring sports senior nights, band, drama, homecoming, spirit days, etc., and want photos that contain multiple Woodson seniors.You should not include any copyrighted photos such as official Lifetouch or other school yearbook photos. Please also identify everyone in the photos, and the event. Please send photos (.jpg format) and questions to Maribeth Luftglass at cavcruisephotos@woodsonptso.org

Sports Highlights

There are many ways to follow Woodson sports. Info can be found at http://wtwoodsonsports.org/ or follow our twitter account at @woodsonathletic. Daily updates can also be found on the hotline–703-503-4683. 

JV Softball: JV Softball had two wins this week! Woodson showed their strength in their batting, pitching, and defense to come from a 4 to 2 deficit to beat Lake Braddock 6 to 5. It was a great team effort by all the girls! Abbie Ritchie and Tiffany Kronlage shared the pitching circle on Thursday night to help hold the Bruins to 5 runs. Our defense was strong and bats were hot! We beat Annandale under the Friday night lights. Great team effort Cavs!

Baseball: The baseball team went 3 – 0 last week. On Wednesday, Jack Donohue (3-0-2) recorded the win 11 – 1 over Yorktown. On Friday, Brian Hennessey (3-0-1) picked up the win in a 15 – 0 game against Annandale on Senior Night. The highlight of the night was Connor Hall’s home run over the center field fence in the 2nd inning. On Saturday, Randy Prosperi (3-1) was on the winning end in a 15-0 game over West Potomac. On offense, Mitchell Clarke went 4 – 7 with 5 walks and 7 runs and is hitting .500 on the year; Garrett Laraia went 6–10 with 2 walks and 8 runs scored; Hennessey went 4-9 with 6 RBIs; Hunter Hoopes went 2-3 against West Potomac with 3 RBIs and a walk; Prosperi went 2-3 against Annandale with 1 RBI and 1 run. Woodson is now 8-3 and tied for 2nd in Conference 7.

Boys Soccer: The Varsity Boys Soccer Cavaliers traveled to the Robinson Rams and West Springfield Spartans. Pierre Richard scored from distance. Senior Ryan Dagley added to the Cavalier count. At the end of extra time, final score, 2-2. Senior Luis Gutierrez was industrious through the midfield all night long. The Cavaliers were first to score at West Springfield through an assist from Daniel Kang and goal by Dagley. Senior Sam Reeves won back a ball from the central defender and scored. Dagley provided the assist to V Almeida's tap-in goal. It took calm nerves in front of goal as Gutierrez shot for another Woodson goal. Bruno Da Silva drove to the goal line and crossed the ball for Reeves' second goal of the night. Senior goalkeeper Max Herz demonstrated focus and skill with a late-game punch out of the ball. Final score, 5-0 to the Cavaliers.

Girls Lacrosse: The Cavs participated in WestPo’s tournament last Saturday where they came away with a 17-9 win against Westfield and 11-11 tie against Calvert HS. It rained continually through the Westfield game which made playing conditions tough but the offense kept finding openings in the Westfield defense. Defenders Sydney Andes and Georgia Rafter both had take-aways. The Calvert game was the first time this season the Cavs had fewer ground-balls than their opponent and a draw control percentage less than 60%. On Friday, they had their last regular season game against TC Williams, winning 24-5. Scoring for the week came from Emma Vinall (15G/3A), Logan Dougherty (9G/6A), Natalie Gate (6G/3A), Margaret Stephan (10/1A), Meredith Mackay (3G/3A), Carlie Hartung (4G/6A), Cassia Kruse (1G), Maddie Stedham (2G), Sandy Elliott (1G/1A) Sydney Andes (1G), Sara Cordia (1A). Mariel Russ had 9 saves. The Cavs had an undefeated regular season and start district playoffs Thursday.

Boys Lacrosse: Cavs celebrate Senior Night with a win. With an all Senior starting lineup Miller struck quickly just 52 seconds into the game. Solomon faked 2 defenders who fell into each other and then fed Jenkins for 2-0 lead. The Cavs extended the lead to 5-1 on A. Olson goal off Bower pass. The Titans rallied to within 5-4 but Fruchterman regained momentum when he scored on man-down. Miller intercepted a pass and found Fruchterman for another goal. Kim made a diving save. Shanahan forced turnover gaining possession. Solomon dodged and hit Miller racing in who rocketed a shot into goal. Eby stopped a breakaway keeping a 3-goal lead. D. Olson scooped groundball for possession and Solomon scored BTB goal off Jenkins pass. Titans closed within 2 in the last 4 minutes. Great defense forced Titan turnover and Cavs celebrated 12-10 victory. Shin won season-high 12 face-offs. Kim had 7 saves.

Crew: WTW Crew spent a rainy, chilly Saturday competing with 1,800 rowers & coxswains in the Ted Phoenix regatta. All Woodson boats except one qualified for finals, three boats won their event or flight, and three others finished 2nd. Men’s Second Varsity 8+ finished 2nd in heats and 1st in Finals! James Livingston, Larry Cai, Ryan Torgersen, Richard Evans, Grant McHale, Ethan Feng, Ethan Pepper, Katon Zhang, Sebastian Bushey (coxswain). Men’s Third Varsity 8+ finished 1st in their flight, recording the 2nd fastest time of all boats in their event! Brandon Snyder, Michael Yi, James Mullet, Rory McAlevy, Nick Shawley, Sam Muras, Gavin Bromberg, Thomas Koerner, Avery Whittle (coxswain). Women’s Novice 8+ finished 1st in their flight, recording the 2nd fastest time of all 20 boats in their event! Jocelyn Phipps, Rachel Mailand, Nicole Curtis, Abigail Pesansky, Meng Li, Jensa Foley, Natalie Moran, Jules Heimbigner, Evelyn Baltz (coxswain). Men’s N8+ finished 2nd in their flight, 2 seconds behind Oakton. Women’s Lightweight 8+ finished 2nd. Women’s 3V4+ finished 2nd. Women’s 1V4+ finished 2nd in their heat and 3rd in Finals. Women’s 2V4+ won their heat and finished 3rd in Finals. Men’s 1V8+ placed 3rd in their heat, 1.5 seconds off 1st.

Emergency Information 

Call 911 in case of a life-threatening emergency; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077

(CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

CrisisText: Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703 573-5679

(The Woodburn Center offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)