WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning May 8, 2017, Issue No. 33

Only One Week Left to get your Brick Order in and Make a Lasting Mark for your Woodson Student! Your brick order needs to be submitted by May 15 in order to be installed this school year. Engraved bricks make great graduation presents for your Seniors, or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family. Individual bricks cost: $100. The Brick Order form is located on the Woodson PTSO website and at http://www.woodsonptso.org/forms/2016-2017/brickOrderForm%20-%20kw.pdf. If you have questions, or for more info contact Linda Vasquez at Lfvasquez88@gmail.com or 703-268-5068.

The Last Milk and Cookies for the Year is Tuesday, May 16. Help us celebrate our Woodson students with milk and cookies. In order for this to be successful, we need LOTS of help. Please donate cookies and/or to help distribute on May 16 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084AA8A629A20-last1. Additional details and POC info are in the article below.

In This Issue


What's New?

  1. Choral Booster Updates
  2. Engraved Bricks
  3. Girls' Lacrosse Camp
  4. Milk and Cookies
  5. NEEDED: Family Enrichment Committee Chair
  6. Senior Parent Night

Don’t Forget!

   7. Annual Woodson Art Show and Woodson Pyramid Art Show

   8. Baccalaureate: New Twitter Account! Signup for Reception!

   9. May 10, 2017, Youth Survey Night

  10. May 15, 2017, Social Media Night

  11. WeMail Guidelines

  12. Woodson Art Department Fundraiser

  13. Workshops and Resources to Benefit Parents, Teachers and Students

All Night Grad Party/Cav Cruise for Seniors

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 8-13 is at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/bulletins/198c89f. Scheduled events are subject to change; consider checking the schedule before heading out: Hotline 703.503.4683 / http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/.

Woodson Testing Calendar is at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=q8p06ke1k88668t2os0t5pnukk%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York

School Calendar

What’s New?

1. Choral Booster Updates

Please join us tonight, Monday- May 8, 2017, for our last Booster Meeting of the year. 7:15pm, Chorus Room. Scrip orders due.

2. Engraved Bricks - Only One Week Left for Brick Sales!

You are running out of time to get your brick order in and make a lasting mark for your Woodson student! Your brick order needs to be submitted by May 15 in order to be installed this school year! Engraved bricks make great graduation presents for your Seniors, or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family. Individual bricks cost: $100. The Brick Order form is located on the Woodson PTSO website and at http://www.woodsonptso.org/forms/2016-2017/brickOrderForm%20-%20kw.pdf. If you have questions, or for more info contact Linda Vasquez at Lfvasquez88@gmail.com or 703-268-5068.

3. Girls’ Lacrosse Camp

Woodson's girls’ lacrosse program is hosting a camp for rising 5th through 9th grade girls the week of July 17 through 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 am. This is a great opportunity for girls to learn lacrosse for the first time or to improve their game. The camp will be led by Woodson Varsity coaching staff and players. Girls do not need to be part of the Woodson pyramid to attend. Additional information can be found at http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/teamcamps/id/3433/seasonid/4160740 and online registration can be found at http://www.wtwcamps.com

4. Last Milk and Cookies this Year!

Tuesday, May 16 we will be celebrating our Woodson students with milk and cookies. For those of you new to the school, this is a great tradition. Parent volunteers make hundreds of dozens of cookies and the school donates milk boxes. After school on May 16, parent volunteers pass out baggies of cookies and milk to each student at Woodson! In order for this to be successful, we need LOTS of help. Please sign up to donate cookies and/or to help distribute on May 16 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084AA8A629A20-last1. It's a great way to see smiling students :) Any questions, please email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

5. NEEDED: Family Enrichment PTSO Committee Chair

A core component of the PTSO mission is to offer programs to empower families, students, teachers, and staff with useful, practical skills and resources to build and strengthen communication skills, resilience and reduce stressors at school and in the home. A couple of years ago, the PTSO, in collaboration with the Woodson Admin, established the Family Enrichment Program which consists of guest speakers, author visits, parent support groups, topic panels, and much more. The PTSO has funded several programs this year out of the Family Enrichment program budget, the most recent was the free showing of the SCREENAGERS documentary.

The PTSO is looking for one (or two) volunteers to chair (or co-chair) this important committee. Two previous Family Enrichment Programs remain relevant and slides from the WTW presentations are available on the PTSO website: Feb 2015 “Authentic Success--Parenting for the Long Run” and November 2014 “Assessing your Child’s Readiness to Launch.”

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Kim Waxman at woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org.

6. Senior Parent Night

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 6:30pm in Cafeteria B, we will be hosting a Senior Parent Night to share all things graduation! We will discuss the specifics of the upcoming graduation at EagleBank Arena, caps and gowns, CAV Cruise and we will take questions from the audience.

We will be collecting Senior Dues ($100), prior to the start of the meeting directly outside of the cafeteria.These dues include caps and gowns, diploma covers and site rental. You may verify whether you student has outstanding obligations at that time. Students with unpaid obligations will not be able to pick up their caps and gowns until paid in full.

If you cannot attend, the PowerPoint will be sent out via a KIT message to all senior parents for your viewing. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Burke, Assistant Principal at ajburke@fcps.edu.  

Don’t Forget! 

7. 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.

8. Baccalaureate -- Note the New Twitter Address: @WoodsonBacc2017

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. Invitations should be coming shortly! Follow us on Twitter @WoodsonBacc2017 for more information.

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

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

9. 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!

10. 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.

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.

12. 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!!

13. Workshops and Resources to Benefit Parents, Teachers, and Students

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. 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, addiction and overdose; and under-age drinking. More information on the various organizations can be found under the PARENT RESOURCES tab on the PTSO website.

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

It takes over 300 volunteers to make Cav Cruise a success. Sign-up to volunteer 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 at the Sign-up Genius site. 

Burke Nursery Gift Cards Fundraiser April 1–May 15 - Please consider purchasing your spring flowers, Teacher Appreciation gifts, and Mother's Day gifts with a All Night Grad Party/Cav Cruse Burke Nursery Gift Card! 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.

Send your senior's photos (.jpg format) and questions to Maribeth Luftglass at cavcruisephotos@woodsonptso.org. 

Register today at: http://www.woodsonptso.org/register.html. 

Visit http://woodsonptso.org/cavalier-cruise.html often for updates.

Sports Highlights


What a week for WTW Softball. On Saturday, our girls played 72 innings of softball as part of our softball marathon. Great effort, camaraderie and lots of tired athletes. Thank you to our players and the many contributors who supported our program. This week we played two good games against South County and West Springfield. Though both games ended in losses, our players have shown great improvements. Leading the way for us were Caroline Healey who posted a .429 batting average and Angel Brown who had 3 hits, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Samantha Rice, Jenny Riquelme and Rylee Burton each added two hits. Senior night is Tuesday, May 9th. Come watch our Seniors (Clara Eckert, Caroline Healey, Carol Oordt and Jourdan Rothbart) play their last regularly scheduled home game.

 Girls Lacrosse

In the first round of district playoffs, on a cold and rainy night, the Cavs played Mt. Vernon. Woodson started scoring immediately and it was 5-0 just two and a half minutes into the game. The girls moved the ball well and worked on plays to find open cutters to end the half 17-0. Everyone saw playing time as the Cavs moved into the second half. Contributions came from: Emma Vinall (12DC/1G/1A), Natalie Gates (5G/1A/2GB), Meredith Mackay (3G/1A/2GB), Logan Dougherty (3G/5A/2GB/1DC), Margaret Stephan (3G/1A/2GB/2DC), Cassia Kruse (1G/2GB/2DC), Sandy Elliott (1G/4GB), Sydney Andes (1G/1A/2GB), Rachel Williams (1G/1GB), Olivia Brennan (1G/1DC), Lauren Oliver (1G) and Anabel Heisley (1A/2GB). Goalie Mariel Russ had 3 saves in the first half and Grace Kim had 9 saves in the second half. The final score was 21-3. Also this week, congratulations to Coach Bill Lewis for being named Patriot District Coach of the Year.


WTW Crew endured the heat and 1,500 rowers & coxswains from 34 schools in the Al Urquia Regatta. Eight WTW boats advanced to Finals, collecting one victory and three 2nds! Men’s 3rd Varsity 8+ won their heat and finals! Brandon Snyder, Michael Yi, James Mullet, Rory McAlevy, Nick Shawley, Sam Muras, Jung Won Lee, Thomas Koerner, Andrew Zack (coxswain). Men’s 1st Varsity 8+ won their heat and finished 2nd in finals. Trevor von Christierson, Colin McCarthy, Jack Ning, Miles Knight, Joe Korn, Larry Cai, Ethan Kutia, Michael Boyle, Gwen Cameron (coxswain). Women’s 1st Varsity 8+ finished 3rd in heat and 4th in finals. Hannah Fisher, Brooke Leech, Gabriella Hayes, Elizabeth Giglia, Jenna Hissong, Rowan Sprouse, Rose van der Horst, Claire Hutcheson, Erica Schneider (coxswain). Women’s Novice 8+ won their heat and finished 2nd in finals. Jocelyn Phipps, Rachel Mailand, Meng Li, Lauren Ollis, Abigail Pesansky, Nicole Curtis, Natalie Moran, Jules Heimbigner, and Evelyn Baltz (coxswain). Women’s Lightweight 8+ finished 2nd in finals. Women’s Lightweight 4+ finished 3rd in finals. Men’s Novice 8+ won their heat and finished 4th in finals. Men’s 2V8+ finished 3rd in heat and 6th in finals. Women’s 1V4+ finished 6th in their heat.

Boys Soccer

Cavalier Boys Varsity Soccer hosted the TC Williams Titans for Senior Night. Special thank yous to Leeanne Alonso, Laura Herz, Michele Falvo, Dawn Darr, Shelley Hartmann, and Jay Thomas for all the work they put into making the evening special. Congratulations to the Woodson soccer Class of 2017! Thursday, the Cavaliers visited the Westfield Bulldogs. Senior Nate Rummel put the Cavaliers on the board from the penalty spot to set the score at 1-1. Senior Ryan Dagley contributed another and the score was 2-2. Rummel scored a second to make it 3-2, but the Bulldogs evened the score late. Fabio Salido, Nick Falvo, and Jake Mayer made important contributions off the bench. Due to an ineligible Westfield player, the Cavaliers registered a 1-0 victory. Friday, the Cavaliers travelled to the Fairfax Rebels. Senior Brandon Metzler scored a decisive header. Ryan Dagley bent his goal just inside the far post.

Thanks to our Boosters: Elhady Orthodontics, Hard Times Café, HB Services, Hunan West, Jl Tree Service, MindWorks.

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.)