WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning August 28, 2017, Issue No. 1

Dear Members of the W.T. Woodson Community:

Welcome to the W.T.Woodson 2017-2018 School Year!

This “WeMail” is the first Woodson Parent Teacher Student Organization’s (PTSO) weekly email of the school year. Each week the WeMail may include immediate opportunities or activities at the school, sports highlights, and Booster/Club info, as well as information relevant to the upcoming week or shortly thereafter. You do not have to be a member of the PTSO to receive the weekly WeMail; it is sent via the school’s News You Choose system to everyone who has signed up to receive it.

In this Issue


What’s New?

  1. All Night Grad Party | Cav Cruise
  2. Choral Department Events
  3. Parent, Teacher, Student Organization | PTSO: Join Us!
  4. School Pictures
  5. Senior Parent Night
  6. WeMail Information
  7. Woodson Athletic Booster Membership

Sports Highlights

Emergency Information


The calendar below contains items for the next couple weeks submitted by clubs, booster associations, and the school community.

Click here for the W.T.Woodson consolidated school calendar (events, odd/even day calendar, testing calendar, college visits, bell schedules).  

Click here for the Athletic Calendar. Scheduled events are subject to change; consider checking the schedule before heading out: Hotline 703.503.4683 / http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/.


  • 9/4: Labor Day, Student Holiday
  • 9/5 and 9/6: Underclass Pictures (Aux Gym)
  • 9/6, 7pm: Senior Parent Night: College Preparation (Auditorium)
  • 9/12, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Woodson Library)
  • 9/13, 6:30pm-9pm: Back-to-School Night
  • 9/16, 10am-3pm: Car Wash to benefit the Choral Department (Performing Arts Wing Parking lot) 

What's New?

1. All Night Grad Party | Cav Cruise

Planning for the 2018 Woodson Cav Cruise, the very fun, alcohol-free, chaperoned, all-night lock-in on graduation night, is underway! Cav Cruise will take place on June 13 at Oak Marr Rec Center from 11pm until 5am.

  • As our major fundraiser, we are collecting gently worn, used and new shoes for donation to Funds2Orgs. The footwear collected provides an incredible economic boost by supporting micro-enterprises in developing nations like Haiti, Colombia, India, and Tanzania. Please read the flyer for more information, and PLEASE HELP US by donating your good condition shoes (no holes, please)! Drop off at Woodson Main Office in the bin marked "Cav Cruise Shoe Drive."
  • We will be at Senior Night on Wednesday, September 6, collecting shoes, selling graduation yard signs, accepting registrations, and providing information about this event.
  • We are still looking for a few committee chairs to help with this event. We still need help with Publicity (to the students), the T-shirt Art Contest, making a video from yearbook and collected pictures, the Grad Seat Raffle, Decorations, and Shipbuilding. Several of these jobs are very easy and have very defined tasks and timeframes. There is much information from prior years. If interested, we’d love to have you.

Questions? Please contact Anne Akers-Smith, Meghan Tidwell, or Annette Wagner at cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

2. Choral Department Events

Monday, September 11, 2017

  • New Parent Meeting & Social 6:30PM (Chorus Room)
  • Student Social 6:30 PM (Cafeteria)
  • Chorus Booster Meeting 7:15 PM (Auditorium)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

  • Choral Department Car Wash 10:00am-3:00pm (Performing Arts Wing Parking lot)
  • Men's Choir and Select Men's Uniform Fittings 10:00am-12:00pm (sign up for a time)
  • Select Men's Ensemble Retreat 12:00pm-5:00pm

3. Parent, Teacher, Student Organization, YOUR PTSO: Please Join Us!

Every penny of your membership dues supports Woodson parents, teachers, and students. The PTSO funds enrichment programs, workshops, special grants, hospitality events, and more. You may join the PTSO through the PTSO website using our online form and payment options or print out the form and mail it with your payment to Woodson HS. Have questions? Please contact PTSO Membership VP, Melissa French, at vp1@woodsonptso.org.

Mark your calendar now for the first PTSO meeting on Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm in the Woodson Library. Parents, teachers, and students are invited to attend.

PTSO meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month this year: September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 5.

4. School Pictures

All students in grades 9-11 will have their picture taken on Tuesday, September 5 or Wednesday, September 6. Ninth and tenth graders will have their picture taken during their PE class. Eleventh graders will have their picture taken during their English class. If you wish to purchase these pictures, order forms are being mailed to your home address. Additional order forms are available in the main office or in Room A133. The make-up date is Wednesday, October 18. Email djschaefer@fcps.edu with questions.

5. Senior Parent Night

Senior Parent Night is Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 7 pm in the Auditorium. Get all the information needed to support your senior in the post-secondary search and application process.

6. WeMail

Our goal is to distribute the weekly WeMail every Monday afternoon; if Monday is a holiday, expect to see the WeMail the next school day. If you have information to include in a future WeMail, please email your submissions to the WeMail Editor at woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org no later than 5pm on the Friday prior to the week you want it published. If you have a flyer (often required for restaurant fundraisers), please email you submission AND flyer to the WeMail Editor at woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org no later than 5pm on the Thursday prior to the week you want it published. Click here for complete WeMail Submission Guidelines.

7. Woodson Athletic Booster Membership

Woodson Athletic Booster Memberships are now on sale. Click here to purchase passes online using PayPal or download a Membership form and mail it and a check to the address listed on the form.

When you join the Woodson Athletic Boosters you receive passes to enter all regular season home games/matches for the Cavaliers. Even though ticket prices have increased, the cost of Booster memberships have remained unchanged which makes joining the Boosters even more economic sense. The sooner you join, the more you can save and the quicker you can help the Boosters support all Woodson student-athletes.

Sports Highlights


On August 24, the Woodson Volleyball teams played against the formidable James Madison high school. The freshman team won in 2 sets, 29-27 and 25-23. The JV team also won 25-10 and 25-22! The varsity team lost by the slimmest of margins in 5 sets: 15-25, 25-16, 25-23, 16-25, and 17-19. Looks like it is going to be a terrific season. Come out and support the Lady Cavaliers at their first home game this week on August 30.

Mental Health Resources: 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; 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)

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; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, 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).