WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning Sep 5, 2017, Issue No. 2

In this Issue


What’s New?

  1. 25th Annual Holiday Happenings Craft Show: Please consider joining us as a Crafter or as a Shopper
  2. Cav Cruise ANGP: Updates
  3. Cav Kick-off Dance
  4. Mock ACT/SAT Exams
  5. Save $20 and Order Your 2017-2018 Yearbook Now
  6. Seniors: Yearbook Ads
  7. September Workshops, Training, Online Resources and Support Groups
  8. Teen Volunteer Information Nights
  9. Town Hall Meeting: “Raising a Teen in the 21st Century”
  10. Welcome to Woodson New Family Follow-up Meeting

Don’t Forget!

  11. Choral Department Events

  12. PTSO: Join Us!

  13. School Pictures – Today and Tomorrow

  14. Senior Parent Night: College Preparation – Tomorrow/Wednesday, 7pm

  15. WeMail Guidelines

Mental Health Resources | 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 (school 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/.


  • 9/5 and 9/6: Underclass Pictures (Aux Gym)
  • 9/6, 7pm: Senior Parent Night: College Preparation (Auditorium)
  • 9/8, 9-11pm: Cav Kick-off Dance (Aux Gym)
  • 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)
  • 9/26, 7pm: Welcome to Woodson New Family Follow-up Meeting (location TBD)
  • 10/20: Deadline to submit Senior Ads for the Yearbook

What’s New?

1. 25th Annual Holiday Happenings Craft Show: Please Consider Joining Us as a Crafter or as a Shopper!!

We invite you to participate in the 25th Annual Holiday Happenings Craft Show sponsored by WTW Crew Boosters on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10am–4pm at W.T. Woodson High School.

The Holiday Happenings Craft Show is a juried show and decisions are based on handmade origin, creativity, marketability, and quality of workmanship as evidenced by your photos. The committee also strives to achieve a balance between the different craft media so that we present an event that has a broad appeal to the public. Artisan exhibitors must be the originator/creator of the items being sold.

Crafters: Electricity is included in the booth fee, and best of all, student athletes are available to assist crafters with loading and unloading supplies! The cost of space is $90/space; $110 for corners; Tables $10 each. Register now as the deadline is “when full;” space assignments will go out in late October. Click here to register for HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS CRAFT SHOW.

Shoppers: there is no admission for shoppers. Mark the date on your calendars!

Email any questions to: woodsoncraftshow@gmail.com.

2. Cav Cruise WTW Senior All Night Graduation Party: Updated Information

Best of luck to the Class of 2018 for a great year ahead. The Cav Cruise Committee is already at work to ensure that we have an amazing event on the night of Graduation. Full of fun including mini golf, carnival rides, a casino, lots of food and so much more!!! Here is what you need to know right now:

WHEN: Graduation Night, Wednesday June 23

TIME: 11pm- 5am (it’s a lock-in)

WHERE: Oak Marr RecCenr in Oakton

COST: $75 through the Spring Break

WEBSITE: http://www.woodsonptso.org/cavalier-cruise.html

HOW WE RAISE MONEY FOR THIS: The Cav Cruise is NOT funded by the PTSO. It is solely funded on ticket sales and a few fundraisers listed below.

  1. BUY YOUR TICKET: 80% of our revenue comes from ticket sales so the most important thing you can do is get your senior his/her ticket NOW. When you purchase your ticket in September your child will receive an additional $10k in Cav Cash (our play money for the casino). Click here to BUY YOUR TICKET NOW.
  2. CLASS OF 2018 YARD SIGNS ($20): We will be at Senior Night and Back to School Night selling these signs. We only have 225 so get them while you can. Can’t make it to one of those nights? Contact Carolyn Hutchinson at mrschutch@aol.com.
  3. GRADUATION VIP SEATING RAFFLE ($5 each or 6 for $25): Avoid the hassle of getting to the Patriot Center early! At the end of the year we will raffle off 6 sets of 14 seats. You can PURCHASE these when you register your senior or by clicking here.  
  4. FUNDS2ORG SHOE DRIVE: Thank you for your support in our drive thus far. Our goal is to collect 7500 pairs of shoes by November 25 and need the help of the entire student body! We received just over 500 pairs of shoes from the Cav Kick Off and Football Game, but we have a long way to go. Please consider helping us collect in your social circles or places of work. We have a bin in the front office of the school to take shoes at any time. UPCOMING DROP OFF DATES ARE:

* SENIOR NIGHT - September 6

* BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - September 13

VOLUNTEER WITH US: We will be needing over 300 volunteers the night of the event (and you will want to be there…soo much fun). In the meantime, we are always looking for ad hoc volunteers and are in need of a few positions on the Steering Committee. Contact Nanci and Margaret at cavcruisevolunteers@woodsonptso.org to join in the fun!!

FOLLOW US: Facebook and Twitter.

FIND US/ASK QUESTIONS: The Committee be out in force at Senior Night and Back to School Night to take reservations, sell signs, collect shoes and to answer all of your questions! Anne Akers-Smith, Meghan Tidwell, and Annette Wagner are this year’s Directors. Feel free to contact us at cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

3. CAV Kick-off Dance

The Cav-Kick off Dance will follow the next home football game on Friday, September 8. It only costs $1 to attend and the doors open at 9:00 and the dance goes until 11:00. This PTSO sponsored event is a great way to get the year started and costs only $1. The dance will take place in the Aux Gym. djschaefer@fcpd.edu

4. Mock ACT/SAT Exams

The PTSO “mock” exam program offers full-length ACT and SAT exams to help prepare Woodson students take these college entrance exams. Although the mock exams are full-length “real” tests, the scores are not official, not reported to The College Board/ACT or any college, and should not be confused with the official PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams offered throughout the school year.

This year the Woodson PTSO is pleased once again to have Mindworks Educational Services host this year's Mock SAT and Mock ACT. 100% of the $15 test fee benefits Woodson PTSO Parent-Teacher-Student Programs. Mindworks accepts NO compensation for the 50+ hours they spend analyzing our students' scores and writing our students' reports. In exchange for Woodson PTSO receiving 100% of the proceeds, parents and students agree to attend the Score Report (Results) Session for a brief presentation before receiving the score analysis and packet.

This year’s dates for the Mock ACT/SAT Exams have been finalized:

  1. Fall Test date is Sat, Oct 28 7:30am -12pm. Results Session dates will be confirmed soon.
  2. Winter Test date is Sat, Feb 10 7:30am -12pm. Results Session dates will be confirmed soon.

Check the PTSO website or next week’s WeMail for the Signup link.

5. Save $20 and Order Your 2017-2018 Yearbook Now

Save $20 on the 2017-2018 yearbook by ordering it now! Prices go up in December. Click here to order or call 1.866.287.3096.

6. Seniors: Yearbook Ads

Are you the parent of a senior? Express your love and congratulations to your child with a personal ad in the yearbook. Click here for details.Hurry because the deadline to submit ads is Friday, Oct. 20th!

7. September Workshops, Training, Online Resources and Support Groups

The W.T. Woodson PTSO is 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: parenting advice; homework resources; special education; ADHD support; coping with stress; mental health; and drug use.

Click here for a listing of the time-sensitive opportunities for this month. This list is also available on the PTSO Website RESOURCES page along with information on other PTSO and Community programs.

8. Teen Volunteer Information Nights

The Fairfax County Public Library will be sponsoring a series of Teen Volunteer Information Nights. Staff from Volunteer Fairfax will show teens how to find agencies in need of volunteers and explore upcoming volunteer opportunities. Please check the libraries website for more details at the following link: Fairfax County Library Events

9. Town Hall Meeting: “Raising a Teen in the 21st Century”

Supervisor John Cook (Braddock District) is hosting a Town Hall Meeting for Parents on “Raising a Teen in the 21st Century” on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 9 – 12:30 pm at Junior Achievement Finance Park, 4099 Pickett Road, Fairfax. Breakout sessions include: Stress & Anxiety, Positive Family Time--Successful Parenting Models, Substance Use, and Learning Disabilities. This event is free; click here for details.

10. Welcome to Woodson New Family Follow-up Meeting

The Welcome to Woodson New Family program is for parents with students/families that have Transferred/Relocated to Woodson High School this year (for example: new to the public school system from private school or recent relocation due to military, foreign service or other relocation reasons?)

On Tuesday, September 26, as part of the Welcome-to-Woodson program, the PTSO will provide an opportunity for new Woodson parents to meet as a group with Woodson staff and experienced parents. The focus topics are: "How is your student's transition going?" and "How is your family's transition to Woodson going?"

The meeting is intended for transfer families (again, those with sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are new to the school or freshmen who did not spend a full year at Frost or Lanier Middle Schools). The date and time have been set: September 26 from 7:00-8:00 pm; the location is TBD; location confirmation will go out soon!

Don’t Forget!

11. Choral Department Events

Monday, September 11, 2107

  • 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

12. PTSO: Please Join Us | Membership and Meeting information 

Join the Woodson Parent, Teacher, Student Organization (PTSO)! Every penny of your membership dues supports Woodson parents, teachers, and students. 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.

The first PTSO meeting is next week, Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm in the Woodson Library. Parents, teachers, and students are invited to attend.

13. 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. djschaefer@fcps.edu

14. 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.

15. WeMail Guidelines

Include “WeMail” in the subject, and email submissions to woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org by 5pm on the Friday prior to Monday’s publication (by 5pm on the prior Thursday if you have an attachment). Click here for complete guidelines.

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.)