WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning Sep 25, 2017, Issue No. 5

Milk and Cookies is THIS THURSDAY, Sept 28, and we still need more than 200 DOZEN cookies.

Please signup to help here.

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. Please sign up 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.

In this Issue


What’s New?

  1. Advertise in the Woodson Student Directory and Online – Deadline to Enter the Cover Raffle and the Submission Date for all Ads has been EXTENDED
  2. Buy Your Cav Cruise Tickets this Week
  3. DECA Fundraiser at Potbelly
  4. Flippin Pizza Fundraiser to Support Woodson Cheer
  5. Grant Program Launches Today!
  6. Marching Cavaliers and Color Guard Exhibition
  7. Math Center
  8. October Workshops, Training, Online Resources, and Support Groups
  9. Volleyball Special Events 

Don’t Forget!

  10. Athletic Booster Passes

  11. Chorus Events

  12. Contribute to our Community by Joining the PTSO

  13. ISO: Donations of Sturdy Shelves for PTSO Closet

  14. Mock ACT/SAT Exams – Signup Online | Pay In Advance Online

  15. Paying for College Night

  16. Preorder your copy of the Student Directory

  17. Staff Self-Care - Signup to Help 

  18. 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/.


  • 9/25: PTSO Fall Grant Program Opens; Accepting Applications Now
  • 9/26, 7pm: Paying for College Info Night (Auditorium)
  • 9/26: Teachers Night at the Volleyball Game
  • 9/27: Deadline to email merifarling@hotmail.com to enter Student Directory Cover Raffle
  • 9/27, 4-8pm: Flippin Pizza Fundraiser to Support Woodson Cheer (9548 Main St. - Turnpike Shopping Center)
  • 9/27, 7pm: Marching Cavaliers and Color Guard Exhibition (Football Stadium)
  • 9/28: Milk and Cookies
  • 9/30: Deadline to register for Cav Cruise to earn 10K extra Cav Cash
  • 10/3, 5-8pm: Potbelly Fundraiser to support DECA Students (Fair City Mall)
  • 10/3: Parents for Safe Driving Parent/Teen Seminar (Auditorium)
  • 10/4: Deadline to submit all Ads for Student Directory
  • 10/10 - Dig Pink Night: Support the Cavaliers and Breast Cancer Research at the home volleyball game against Fairfax HS
  • 10/10, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Library)
  • 10/14, 8am-12pm: Special Cav Cruise FUNDS2ORG Shoe Drop Off (Woodson Door 5 athletic door)
  • 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
  • 10/27, 12noon: Deadline to submit Fall Grant Applications
  • 10/28, 7:30am-12noon: MOCK SAT/ACT Exams (Lecture Hall)

What’s New? 

1. Advertise in the Woodson Student Directory and Online – Deadline to enter Cover Raffle and Submission for All Ads has been Extended

The Woodson PTSO has extended the deadline for advertisers as follows: If you are interested in participating in the raffle for advertising on the back cover or both inside front covers, please contact Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com no later than Wednesday, September 27th. The submission deadline for all ads has been moved to Wednesday, October 4th. Click Here for more detailed information on costs and advertising options in the Woodson Student Directory AND Online. 

2. Buy Your Cav Cruise Tickets this Week


We are offering 10K extra Cav Cash for registrations before 9/30. Cav Cash is the fun money used at the event. CAV CASH = TICKETS = PRIZES!!

Click Here to BUY NOW.

FUNDS2ORG SHOE DRIVE: Thanks to all for your continued efforts in collecting shoes. Our next Saturday Drop Off Date is October 14th. We are 1/3rd of the way there. We still need 5,175 pairs. We have a bin in the front office of the school to take shoes at any time. 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.

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!!

3. DECA Fundraiser at Potbelly

Please come join DECA on Tuesday, October 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Potbelly at Fair City Mall. 25% of all profits goes toward supporting Woodson DECA students in their training, state, and national competitions! Come get dinner for your family, help support Woodson kids, and watch Woodson senior Aimee Hollcraft perform. Please print the flyer and bring it with you. See you there!

4. Flippin Pizza Fundraiser to Support Woodson Cheer

Please support Woodson Cheer at Flippin Pizza (9548 Main St. - Turnpike Shopping Center) on Wednesday, September 27th from 4pm-8pm. Please mention Woodson Cheer when ordering and we will receive 50% of the profits to help with program costs. Thanks for your support!

5. Grant Program Launches TODAY!

Do you have a terrific idea to improve education at W.T. Woodson? The PTSO wants to hear about it and partner with you in its success!  If you are in need of financial assistance for your classroom, students, activity or organization, we invite teachers, staff, and parents, with a current PTSO membership, to submit grant applications beginning Monday September 25, 2017.Click here for information on the grant program, and note these important dates:

  • Sept 25, 2017 – Acceptance of Fall Grant Applications begins
  • Oct 27, 2017 - Deadline for submitting Fall Grant Applications via email to Shawn Guth, Chair, at Grants@woodsonptso.org
  • Nov 14, 2017 - PTSO Meeting and approval of Fall Grant Awards
  • Week of November 15, 2016 – Grants are awarded and communicated to recipients
  • Jan 26, 2018 – All Fall Grant receipts due for reimbursement

6. Marching Cavaliers and Color Guard Exhibition

The Woodson Marching Cavaliers and Color Guard will be hosting its first annual Marching Band Exhibition Wednesday, Sept. 27th at 7 p.m. in Woodson’s Pat Cunningham Football Stadium. Three other area high schools will also be presenting their season’s competitive marching shows: the Chantilly Mighty Marching Chargers, the Fairfax Marching Rebels, and the Thomas Jefferson Marching Colonials. Admission will be through the main gate and is $5.00 for adults but free for students who are high school age or younger. Concessions will be available and gates open at 6:30 p.m. These students have been hard at work since early August to learn all their drill and music, come out and show your support for the bands!

7. Math Center

The Woodson Math Center is now open for business! The Math Center is a tutoring resource that is staffed by our best Math students. Our Math tutors can help your student out with their math homework, their test corrections, and any other math needs they may have. The center is located in B208 and is open during all lunches (5th and 6th period), 5th and 6th returns and after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays . Questions? Contact Betsy Ferris or Valerie Silver.

8. October Workshops, Training, and 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 of programs is also available on the RESOURCES page on the PTSO website along with information on other PTSO and Community programs. 

9. Volleyball Special Events

9/26 (Tuesday) - Teachers Night at the Volleyball Game: Woodson teachers are invited to come out and see their student volleyball players in our home game against Lake Braddock.

10/10 - Dig Pink Night: Support the Cavaliers and Breast Cancer Research at the home volleyball game against Fairfax HS featuring prizes and a bake sale.

11. 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. 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.

12. Contribute to our Community by Joining the PTSO

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!

13. 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.

14. 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, or
  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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8ab2da46-ptso

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

18. WeMail Information

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 

Precisionette Dance Team News

The Precisionettes along with the Woodson Alum, Community of Solutions, parents and staff walked at the We Are Woodson Team in Saturday’s Out of the Darkness Walk (supporting mental wellness and suicide prevention). This walk has grown over the last 10 year in participants and money raised. It was amazing to see the police and fire department and the many, many people (and dogs) support this great organization.The word of the day-HOPE, Your Voice Matters. Click here to see pictures from the event.


On September 19, the Woodson volleyball team faced South County HS. The freshman team won their first set 25-16, but lost the next 2. The JV team won in straight sets, as is becoming their custom: 25-14 and 25-22. (Still undefeated!)

The varsity team took their opponents to 5 sets, winning the first and fourth: 25-14, 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 10-15. Sophomore outside hitter Olivia Guerra worked hard all night scoring an impressive 21 kills. The showstopper play of the game was a picture perfect "slide" attack by senior middle hitter Madison Jack with assist by senior setter Sophia Mackin. 

Tuesday, September 26 is our first home conference game, and Teachers Night! Woodson teachers are all invited to come and see their students on the court. 

Varsity Field Hockey

This week the Lady Cavaliers Varsity Field Hockey team hosted the South County Stallions. The standout play started when Olivia Rummel passed the ball up to Bella Hite ~40 yards, Bella showed some fancy stick work and crossed the ball to Senior Emma Hartzler who did what she does best, score. An easy nomination for goal of the season. Making a contribution on the offensive side of the field with some tenacious play on the wings were Dana Meyer and Gwyneth Durosko. Helping to preserve the shut-out on defense was Rachael Cranston and Senior Kat Roberts. Time stood still while South County took a penalty stroke (similar to a soccer penalty kick), but stick-minder Cailin Bownas had it completely under control and deflected the ball away from goal. Final score put the Cavaliers over the Stallions, 1-0. Go Cavs!

Boys Cross Country

This past weekend the boys cross country team participated in two different invitational meets, Oatlands Invitational and Braddock Relays. Saturday morning kicked off with some of our Woodson boys competing at Oatlands Invitational, a course famous for its daunting hills. Top finishers in our two races on this course were Jackson Leech in Varsity A and Ethan Callahan in Varsity B. At Braddock Relays, Woodson competed in three relays along with many open races as well. This fun, upbeat night race is a 1.5 mile course that the that Woodson boys dominated. Congrats to the Boys B relay, Sean Stohlman, Charlie Stoker, Xavier Berry, Tyler Roberts and Griffin Poole, for their first-place finish for the Cavaliers! Lastly on Monday, some of our Woodson boys raced at a district meet at Franconia Park with their number one scorer being freshman John Hall!

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: Paisano’s Pizza, Debbie Dogrul Associates, Elevation Burger, JL Tree Service.

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.)