WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning Sep 11, 2017, Issue No. 3

The first PTSO Meeting of the school year is Tuesday, September 12: TOMORROW. It’s Dr. Poole’s final meeting with us, so please plan to attend.

Parents, teachers, and students are invited our first monthly PTSO meeting Tuesday, September 12, at 7pm in the Woodson Library. We try to share as much information as possible through the WeMail, but there is no substitute for face-to-face discussions and opportunities to ask questions.

Key committee members attend as well, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about special programs and other opportunities. This year, we asked the Dr. Poole to bring a different Assistant Principal with him to each meeting so that we can better understand the Woodson community. We’ll also be discussing the PTSO budget for the year. You do not have to be a member to attend the meeting, but if you’d like to join, we welcome you. Click here to join or for more information. We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow tonight!

In this Issue


What’s New?

  1. Buy Your Woodson Spirit Wear!
  2. Cav Cruise WTW Senior All Night Graduation Party: Updated Information
  3. Chick-fil-A at Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  4. Choral Department Events
  5. Come to Back-to-School Night at 5:30pm and visit the PTSO table
  6. Exceptional Military Families Summit
  7. Mock ACT/SAT Exams
  8. Staff Self Care Initiative – Join the Team!

Don’t Forget!

   9. 25th Annual Holiday Happenings Craft Show

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

  11. Seniors: Yearbook Ads

  12. Welcome to Woodson New Family follow up meeting

  13. WeMail Information

Sports Highlights

Mental Health Resources | Emergency Information


The calendar below contains items for the next couple weeks submitted by clubs, booster associations, and the school community. Often, Athletic and Club Meetings are announced to students via the Daily Announcements. Parents can view the scrolling slide show at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/.

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/.


  • 9/12, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Woodson Library)
  • 9/13: Chick-fil-A fundraiser at Back-to-School Night to support Girls Varsity Field Hockey
  • 9/13, 5:30-8:40pm: Back-to-School Night (5:30-6:15pm: Parent Information tables in both cafeterias; 5:30-6:25pm: FLE Materials available for review in the library; 6:10-6:25pm: School Board Member Videos and WTW Admin Team Welcome in the Auditorium; 6:30-8:40pm: Classroom Visits)
  • 9/16, 9am-1pm: Exceptional Military Families Summit  (Mount Vernon High School)
  • 9/16, 10am-3pm: Car Wash to benefit the Choral Department (Performing Arts Wing Parking lot)
  • 9/23, 8am-12pm: Special Cav Cruise FUNDS2ORG Shoe Drop Off (Woodson Door 5 athletic door)
  • 9/26, 7pm: Welcome to Woodson New Family Follow-up Meeting (location TBD)
  • 9/26, 7pm: Paying for College Info Night (Auditorium)
  • 10/3: Parents for Safe Driving Parent/Teen Seminar (Auditorium)
  • 10/20: Deadline for Senior Parents to submit Senior Ads for the Yearbook
  • 10/28, 7:30am-12noon: MOCK SAT/ACT Exams (Lecture Hall)

What’s New?

1. Buy Your Woodson Spirit Wear!

Show your school spirit and get your Woodson spirit wear! We have long and short sleeve shirts, hoodies, hats, sweats, socks, lanyards, pinnies, stickers, magnets, and more! We will be at Back-to-School Night, as well as home football games but you can also purchase online at: http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/otherad/contentID/1253829.

Your online order will be delivered to the Woodson main office within a few days of your order. You will receive an email when it's ready for pick up. Any questions, please contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com.

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

WHEN: Graduation Night, Wednesday June 13 (UPDATED DATE)

TIME: 11pm- 5am (it’s a lock-in)

WHERE: Oak Marr RecCenter in Oakton

COST: $75 through Spring Break

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

BUY YOUR TICKET NOW: http://www.woodsonptso.org/register.html

CLASS OF 2018 YARD SIGNS ($20): They are going fast! Contact Carolyn Hutchinson at mrschutch@aol.com or purchase at Back-to-School Night.

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.

FUNDS2ORG SHOE DRIVE: Thank you for your support in our drive thus far. We have collected 1250 pairs out of the 7500 that we need. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. We have a bin in the front office of the school to take shoes at any time and our first Special Shoe Drop Off is Saturday 9/23 8am-12pm at Woodson Door 5 (athletic door). We will also be collecting at Back-to-School Night. Please consider helping us collect in your social circles or places of work. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org for more info.

VOLUNTEER: We still need Committee Chairs for Video, Cav Cruise Kickoff – co-chair, Community Donation Mailings, Publicity to Students. Please join the fun. Our Committee Kick Off Meeting is Sunday, September 17. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org if you would like to join us!

3. Chick-fil-A at Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WT Woodson Girls Varsity Field Hockey team will be selling Chick-fil-A at Back-to-School night, September 13th. A $5 donation will get you an awesome Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich and a bottle of water. Please consider having dinner at Woodson while meeting your children’s teachers and supporting Woodson’s Field Hockey program at the same time. Thanks in advance for your support.

4. Choral Department Events

TONIGHT: 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

5. Come to Back-to-School Night at 5:30pm and visit the PTSO Table

On Wednesday, 9/13, from 5:30-6:15pm, the PTSO will have a parent information table in the cafeteria. We’ll be accepting orders for PTSO membership ($15 for non-staff adults, $5 for students, $5 for teachers/staff) and Student Directories ($5 for PTSO members, $10 for non-members). We’ll also be selling Student Driver Magnets. We look forward to meeting you and answering questions. If you can’t make it to the cafeteria on Wednesday, click here to join online today. You can also order a directory at http://www.woodsonptso.org/join-ptso.html - just scroll down to the bottom of the form and look for the “Would you like to order a directory?” prompt.

6. Exceptional Military Families Summit

Don’t miss this day of resources and information for military families of children with special needs: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9am-1pm at Mount Vernon High School. Click here for more information and to register.

7. Mock ACT/SAT Exams- Saturday, October 28

The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is Saturday, October 28, from 7:30am-12noon in the Woodson Lecture Hall. The Score Report Review Session is Thursday, November 16, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Lecture Hall. Current Juniors should not miss this great opportunity, as they will begin actual SAT and ACT testing in the spring!

This year the Woodson PTSO is pleased once again to have Mindworks Educational Services host this year's Mock SAT and Mock ACT. All students must register in advance so that Mindworks has an accurate headcount. The cost is $15 when paid in advance OR $20 when paid on October 28.

To register click here.

You may pay in advance online here, mail your payment (checks made out to W.T. Woodson PTSO) to PTSO, WT Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031-4099, or bring your payment to Wednesday’s Back-to-School Night—PTSO folks will be in the cafeteria on from 5:30-6:15pm.

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.

Freshman and Sophomores are also welcome to take the Fall and Winter Mock Exams. FYI, the Winter Session Test date is Sat, Feb 10, 7:30am -12pm; the Winter Session Score Report Review is Thursday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 PM.

Check the PTSO website for full details.

8. Staff Self Care Initiative – Join the Team!

The PTSO, the Community of Solutions, and Heart & Soul Yoga partner to provide Staff & Teacher Self-Care Days at W. T. Woodson High School and we need your help!! The Self-Care Days are intended to provide just a few minutes of “nourishment” for our teachers who juggle many aspects of their lives as they play a very important role in making the world a better place for our children. Teachers enter a space for a few minutes of yoga, mindfulness, massage and healthy tips, “tastes” or tea. This brief escape is one way that we support Woodson’s Cav Culture of being: Proactive / Accountable / Empathetic / Respectful / Connected. We schedule these days 4-6 times each school year during the 2-hour student lunch period.

How can you support this initiative?

  • Volunteer to “host” one of the self-care days. This is super simple; all that is required is for you to be available to welcome the staff as they arrive and guide them to the different options for that day (yoga, mindfulness, chair yoga etc.). This is a 2 ½ hour commitment for each self-care day (generally 10:45 – 1:20pm).
  • Volunteer to help contact healthy food vendors and invite them to join the self-care initiative.
  • If you know of any health-related businesses (yoga, massage, acupuncture, tai chi, etc.) or healthy food businesses that might want to join, please let us know and we will reach out to them directly.

 If you are interested in volunteering please contact: Mary Beth Quick, mbquick@heartandsoulyogava.com.

Don’t Forget!

9. 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 REGISTRATION

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

Send any questions to: woodsoncraftshow@gmail.com 

10. 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. Visit https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 or call 1.866.287.3096!

11. 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. Find details at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/senior-yearbook-baby-ads. Hurry because the deadline to submit ads is Friday, Oct. 20th!

12. 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 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 Woodson Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) will provide an opportunity for new Woodson parents to meet as a group with Woodson staff and experienced parents. The focus topic is: "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 though confirmation will go out soon.

13. WeMail

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 Thursday prior if you have an attachment). Click Here for complete guidelines.

Sports Highlights

Varsity Hockey

Woodson Varsity Field Hockey travelled to South County Stallions. Senior Michaela Whearty inserted a corner and Izzy Gonzales finished for the score. Senior Rachel Williams made a run to the top of the circle and drove the ball on target. Bella Hite put it in the net. Senior Kat Roberts was crucial to the Cavalier defensive wall. Cavs, 2-1. They then hosted the Lake Braddock Bruins. Anna Stribling was a midfield machine shielding the defense and supplying the attackers. Senior Caroline Donnelly had a spectacular game at left back. Score remained 0-0 through over-time, but after the shootout, 1-0 LB. They were then home against the West Springfield Spartans. Late in the second half Bella Hite inserted a corner, Senior Georgia Rafter launched a rocket on target for the score. Rachel Williams crossed to Senior Emma Hartzler for the goal. Cavalier net minder, Cailin Bownas, maintained the shutout. Cavs, 2-0.

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.)