WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning Sep 18, 2017, Issue No. 4

Dear Members of the Woodson Community,

In this Issue


What’s New?

  1. Advertise Your Business in the Student Directory and Support Woodson
  2. Athletic Booster Passes
  3. Car Wash to Benefit the Orchestra Boosters
  4. ISO: Donations of Sturdy Shelves for PTSO Closet
  5. Mason District Running Festival
  6. Milk and Cookies
  7. Preorder your copy of the Student Directory
  8. Staff Self Care Volunteer Signup is Available
  9. Upcoming Chorus Events

Don’t Forget!

  10. Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party

  11. Contribute to our Community by Joining the PTSO

  12. Mock ACT/SAT Exams – Signup Online | Pay in Advance

  13. Paying for College Night

  14. 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/.


  • 9/18: Deadline to submit Student Directory Ads for Cover Placement RAFFLE.
  • 9/22: Student Holiday
  • 9/23, 8am-12pm: Special Cav Cruise FUNDS2ORG Shoe Drop Off (Woodson Door 5 athletic door)
  • 9/23, 9am-3pm: Car Wash Fundraiser to Benefit the Orchestra Boosters (Performing Arts Wing Parking Lot behind the school)
  • 9/25: Deadline to submit all Student Directory Ads
  • 9/26, 7pm: Paying for College Info Night (Auditorium)
  • 9/28: Milk and Cookies
  • 10/3: Parents for Safe Driving Parent/Teen Seminar (Auditorium)
  • 10/10, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Library)
  • 10/20: Deadline for Senior Parents to submit Senior Ads for the Yearbook
  • 10/21, 8am-12pm: Special Cav Cruise FUNDS2ORG Shoe Drop Off (Woodson Door 5 athletic door)                        
  • 10/21: Homecoming Dance
  • 10/28, 7:30am-12noon: MOCK SAT/ACT Exams (Lecture Hall)

What’s New?

1. Advertise Your Business in the Student Directory and Support Woodson

The Woodson PTSO is offering local businesses the opportunity to advertise in our school directory. This year, we are offering something new - two levels of advertising:

a) print only

b) print and online exposure on the PTSO website and acknowledgement in the PTSO's newsletters.

Click here for pricing and submission details.

If you are interested in advertising a full page inside front cover, full page inside back cover, full page opposite inside back cover or a back cover of the student directory, contact Meri Farling TODAY at merifarling@hotmail.com; we will be conducting a cover placement raffle and Meri needs to know who is interested by close of business Monday, 9/18, today. We apologize for the short turn-around; please contact Meri at 703-599-5751 or via email at merifarling@hotmail.com with any questions or concerns.

The deadline to email Meri all other ads is September 25, 2017.

Note: All advertisements on the PTSO website are subject to approval according to FCPS regulations and the W. T. Woodson PTSO Bylaws.

2. Athletic Booster Passes

Woodson Athletic Booster passes are now on sale for $50 per pass for a student, $80 per adult, $200 for a family of 4 (see other combinations online). The cost of attending events has gone up to $6.00 per ticket, so the Booster Pass pays for itself in NINE GAMES for a student, (thirteen games for an adult) ! If you buy your pass now your student can use it to get into football, volleyball and field hockey games and then basketball, etc. in the winter; you can begin now to recoup your return on investment. Why pay $6 each time? Please make sure you buy yours soon - you can use them for any and all non-playoff home events at all three levels of competition for any sport. 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.

Funds from the Booster passes go toward many things for our students including things such as sports equipment, field and athletic facilities maintenance, uniforms, pins, certificates and letter awards, don’s johns, and many other things to support our Woodson student athletes and community.

3. Car Wash to Benefit the Orchestra Boosters

Start the school year off with a clean car and support Woodson's Orchestra students at the same time! Stop by Woodson to get your car washed from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/23. The car wash will take place in the Performing Arts Wing parking lot behind the school.

4. ISO: Donations of Sturdy Shelves for the PTSO Closet

The PTSO is looking for donations of sturdy shelves for the PTSO closet. We will use these shelves to organize the new PTSO Teacher Supply "store." (More information will be coming regarding the new supply store!) If you have shelving to donate, please email Melissa French at vp1@woodsonptso.org.

5. Mason District Running Festival

On September 23 Mason District Park in Annandale will be hosting the second Mason District Running Festival, which is a multi-race running event. There is no registration fee, though those who are able and willing to gift back are welcome to do so, though not required. The event starts at 8 am with 6-hour run, an hour later starts 5K, then Kids Fun Run, etc. The fun ends at 2 pm. People can participate at one or more events; only the Kids Fun Run has an age limit. Click here for more details.

6. Milk and Cookies!

On Thursday, September 28, 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 September 28, 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. Sign up here to donate cookies and/or to help distribute on September 28. It's a great way to see smiling students :) Any questions, please email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

7. Pre-order Your Copy of the WTW Student Directory

PTSO Student/Staff Directories will be available shortly after the student/family data is released from the front office in October. To ensure that we don’t underestimate or overestimate the number of directories we need to print, the PTSO is encouraging all families to pre-purchase your directory via the same link used to join the PTSO, http://www.woodsonptso.org/join-ptso.html; just scroll down to the bottom of the fillable form and look for the prompt “Would you like to order a directory?”

Click here for a hard copy of the parent and student form. A "Woodson Student Directory" option is available near the bottom of the form.

Click here for a hard copy of the teacher/staff form. A "Woodson Student Directory" option is available near the bottom of the form.

Directories are $5 for PTSO members and $10 for non-members. We accept credit cards as well as check payment. All information is available on the PTSO website. Questions? Please contact Alan Anderson at vp2@woodsonptso.org

8. Staff Self-Care – Signup Today to Help

One of the events the PTSO sponsors is Staff Self-Care Days. These days are offered for the staff several times a year (3-5) during a 2-hour period, 10:45am-1:45pm. The purpose is to provide a few minutes of “nourishment” for our staff and teachers who play a very important role in the lives of our kids. Staff is invited to come down to Cav Hall to enjoy yoga, mindfulness, massage, therapy dogs, healthy treats & tea, and tips on self-care. This brief escape is one way that we support Woodson’s Cav Culture of being: Proactive / Accountable / Empathetic / Respectful / Connected. This is a great way to support Woodson and its staff with a very manageable time commitment. I just need a few volunteers to help things run smoothly!

How can you support this initiative?

  • “Host” one (or more) of the Self Care Days (2 ½ hour commitment). This is super simple; volunteer for any of the dates (TBD), 10:45am-1:45pm to welcome the staff as they arrive and guide them to the different options for that day (yoga, mindfulness, chair yoga etc).
  • Vendor Contact/Healthy Treats: help contact healthy food vendors & invite them to join the Staff Self Care Day.
  • Vendor Contact/Wellness Businesses: help contact wellness related businesses (yoga, massage, acupuncture, tai chi, etc.) & invite them to join the Staff Self Care Day.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up here

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:Mary Beth Quick, mbquick@heartandsoulyogava.com or 4quick@verizon.net

9. Upcoming Chorus Events

October 1: Europe Payment Due

October 2: Chorus Mini-Concert, First Spring Trip Payment Due, Choral Booster Meeting

October 7: Field Day, all Woodson Feeder School Students are invited.

Don’t Forget!

10. Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party

WHEN: Graduation Night, Wednesday June 13 11pm- 5am

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

FUNDS2ORG SHOE DRIVE: Thank you for your support in our drive thus far. We have collected 1650 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). Please consider helping us collect in your social circles or places of work. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org for more info.

CLASS OF 2018 YARD SIGNS ($20): Only 80 signs left!  Contact Carolyn Hutcheson at mrschutch@aol.com to get yours before they are gone!

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: http://www.woodsonptso.org/graduationraffle.html

VOLUNTEER: We still need Committee Chairs for Video, Cav Cruise Kickoff – co-chair, Community Donation Mailings, and Publicity to Students. Please join the fun. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org to join us!!

11. Contribute to our Community by Joining the PTSO

The PTSO Board enjoyed meeting so many parents at Back to School Night and our first board meeting. Thank you for your support. If you have not yet joined the PTSO, please consider joining today. 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. Click here for all forms. Have questions? Please contact PTSO Membership VP, Melissa French, at vp1@woodsonptso.org.

And while you are signing up, don’t forget to order your copy of the student directory too!

12. 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 two ways:

  1. Online here
  2. Mail your payment (checks made out to W.T. Woodson PTSO) to PTSO, WT Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031-4099.

Check the Mock Exam Section on the PTSO website home page for full details.

13. Paying for College Info Night – Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 7:00 pm, WTW Auditorium

This information session can be useful whether you feel you can pay with ease or feel you need help. A director of financial aid will be here to share information on paying for college. Learn what can help pay for college, what you can expect from government financial aid, and how they look at parent assets vs student assets. Discover a way to compare financial aid offers. Anyone interested in this information is welcome to attend. Translation will be available for Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

14. 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


On September 5, Woodson Volleyball took on the Mt. Vernon Majors and all 3 teams won in straight sets! Freshmen 25-16 and 25-8; JV 25-15 and 25-12; and Varsity 25-8, 25-21, and 25-10. Way to go, Cavaliers! 

On September 11, Woodson Volleyball teams played at TC Williams "Remember the Titans". The JV team extended their undefeated streak 25-11, 25-16! After dropping the first set 19-25, the Varsity team turned it around and dominated the next three sets 25-12, 25-17, and 25-18 to win the match. Junior outside hitter Alexandria Osser brought the heat with 17 kills! The first conference game of the season is coming up on Tuesday, 9/19 at South County. Keep it up, Cavaliers! 

Field Hockey

This week, the Lady Cavalier Varsity field hockey team visited the Robinson Rams. The score was 0-0 at halftime. Senior Georgia Rafter made a tremendous effort winning the ball on the baseline and finding Senior Emma Hartzler who scored. Olivia Rummel put the ball powerfully on target and Bella Hite got a piece of it for the goal. Bella was a tireless spark plug in the midfield. Through overtime, score remained 2-2. With a spectacular shootout performance in goal, Cailin Bownas, and the Cavaliers got the 3-2 win.

Next were the Fairfax Rebels. The game remained a scoreless draw at half time. In the second half, Gwyneth Durosko drove to baseline for a cross and Emma Hartzler latched onto it for a goal. A series of Fairfax penalty corners in the final seconds of the game kept the fans on edge, but the Lady Cavs hung tough for the win.


A beautiful thing happened on the Woodson football field this past Saturday morning. Thirty members of the WT Woodson football team, players, managers and coaches, volunteered their time to work with the Champion Football League, a league for individuals with disabilities. Players formed part of a long spirit tunnel cheering on the kids as they ran through and their names were announced over the loud speaker. WTW players and Champion League players set up on the 20 yard line, complete with a snap and pretend blocking, so that each Champion league participant could score a touchdown and hear their name announced over the loudspeaker. There were many high fives, pretend tackles and lots of cheering from the WTW players for these amazing participants on a very hot day. Coach Van Acker has set up for WTW to host the Champion League games at our WTW football stadium every Saturday from 12-1 through the first weekend in November (no event on the Saturday of bye week and homecoming).

The Champion Football League was launched by the Down Syndrome Association to provide a safe and fun environment where individuals with special needs can experience the excitement and camaraderie associated with team football— the excitement of the sport, the unity of a team, the support of the fans, and the reward of players pushing themselves to achieve. But most importantly, it's about every player contributing his or her own unique abilities to the team. Click here for more information about the league.

Come on over to WTW on a Saturday from 12-1 to cheer on the Champion League players! Congratulations to the WTW football program on their participation in this league and this beautiful way of giving back to the community.

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: HB Services, Elhady Orthodontics, Fairfax VW, Cruise Planners.

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.)