WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning Wed, Nov 8, 2017, Issue No. 11

This Week

  • Thursday, 11/9, 7:30pm: Pippin Musical (Auditorium)
  • Friday, 11/10: Deadline to Order your copy of the W.T. Woodson’s Student Directory
  • Friday 11/10, 7:30pm: Pippin Musical (Auditorium)
  • Saturday, 11/11, 8am-12noon: Funds2org Shoe Drive Drop-off/Collection (Woodson Door 5)
  • Saturday, 11/11, 2pm (understudy) and 7:30pm: Pippin Musical (Auditorium)

The Deadline to Order Your WTW Student Directory is this Friday

All PTSO Student/Staff Directories must be pre-ordered. The deadline to order your copy is this Friday, November 10. No orders will be accepted after November 10.

Join the PTSO and order a student directory.

Order a student directory only.

When the printed directories are available, those that pre-ordered a copy will be contacted via email; your directory will be available outside the cafeterias during all four lunches. The specific dates and other details for the pick-up will be included in your email notification.

Questions? Please email Alan Anderson at vp2@woodsonptso.org.

The PTSO Monthly Meeting is next Tuesday, Nov 14, 7pm in the Woodson Library

Everyone is invited to attend.

Cav Cruise

FUNDS2ORG SHOE DRIVE: Thank you for your generosity! We are now 80% to our goal! This fundraising effort must be completed by November 20, so please continue to collect and donate shoes to this worthy cause. We will be having our last shoe drop-off on Saturday, November 11 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m, at Woodson, Door 5. We also have a bin in the front office of the school to take shoes at any time. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org for more info.

GIFT CARD DONATIONS: We are seeking donations of gift cards to businesses such as Amazon, local restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org for more info and to donate.

CLASS OF 2018 YARD SIGNS ($20): Contact Carolyn Hutcheson at mrschutch@aol.com to purchase.

Holiday Tunes For Tots Concerts

It's that Holiday time of year! Please join the W.T. Woodson Band for the annual Holiday Tunes performances. The Holiday Tunes for Tots concerts consist of a holiday music performance, joined by seasonal and all-around favorite characters. Show times are on Wednesday, November 29th at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Thursday, November 30th at 10 a.m. The 10 a.m. shows will be held in the Main Gymnasium, and the 7 p.m. show will be held in the Auditorium. Admission is $5.00. Questions? Contact Anne Reed at 703-273-4357 or holidaytunesfortots@gmail.com.

Chorus Updates

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017: District Chorus Auditions
  • Monday, November 13, 2017: Select Men's Pre-VMA Concert
  • Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18, 2017: Select Men's VMA Trip
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Noodles and Company Fundraiser: Main Street location 

Woodson Ice Hockey Interest Club Updates

We had our club meeting on Monday, Oct. 30th. We had a great turnout. Members discussed their favorite hockey teams, hockey players and played a little NHL on the X-box. Please remember everyone is welcome to join the club. If you have an interest in hockey please come to our next meeting in Dec. Hockey Spirit Day is Friday, Nov. 17th! Please wear your favorite hockey team’s jersey!  Also Friday, Nov. 17th is the Woodson Ice Hockey Teams first home game. It is against Washington Lee at 5:15 pm at Mt. Vernon Rec Center, 2017 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA. We hope you to see you there.  Woodson Ice Hockey team is part of the Capital Scholastic Hockey Club and is not affiliated with FCPS.

Introducing Healthy Minds, a New Mental Health and Wellness Blog

Healthy Minds is an online series of articles targeted to parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. Healthy Minds articles will include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community. Information about special events and other relevant news updates will be shared, too. New content will be posted weekly.

Interested individuals can SUBSCRIBE to Healthy Minds via News You Choose (enter your email when prompted to automatically be subscribed; “blog” is one of the subscription topic options listed). You will receive a monthly digest that includes highlights and links to our most recent articles. There may be additional emails from time to time to alert you on critical mental health and wellness information as well. Visit Healthy Minds.


The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) has ceased operations.

Read the closing statement here for details.



Pippin, Woodson’s Drama Department’s 2017 Fall Musical

WT Woodson Drama Department presents the 2017 Fall Musical – Pippin at Woodson’s Joan C. Bedinger Auditorium. Performances are; Saturday, November 4th at 7:30 pm, Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 9th, Friday November 10th and, Saturday, November 11th at 7:30pm, and Saturday, November 11th (understudy) at 2:00pm. Tickets are available online at http://wtwdrama.org/index.html or at the door. We are now using itickets so credit cards can be used at the door. Musical Theatre International (MTI) has classified this performance as PG-13.

Florida Citrus

Please support the Woodson Band and don't miss out on some delicious fruit for yourself or your friends and family (oranges, grapefruit, apples, and pears). Go to www.FloridaIndianRiverGroves.com and use Organization code 171874, pick your favorite band member, and you can expect your delivery mid-December. Or just find any band member to order. Don't miss out on this large truck delivery!


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The PTSO would like to thank its online sponsors: Linda Halstead at Cruise Planners, Fairfax Dental Group, HairQueens in Home Head Lice & Nit Removal, Kay Lee at Lee Group Real Estate, L.L.C.

Sports Highlights


The Woodson Volleyball team went to the District playoffs last week. In the District semifinals vs Fairfax on 11/1, the Cavaliers won 3-1. Senior captain Brenna Gannon did a great job blocking, and senior middle Maddi Jack gave the offense a boost with her famous slides. 

District finals were the following night on 11/2 vs West Springfield. The Cavaliers tried their best, but lost 1-3. 

Patriot District 1st team All-District awards were presented to 3 Woodson players before the match: Senior captains Brenna Gannon, Gabi Lyons, and Sophia Mackin. Gabi Lyons was also named the Patriot District Libero of the Year, and Coach Len Palaschak was named Patriot District Coach of the Year. Congratulations on a terrific season, Cavaliers! 

Varsity Field Hockey

For the regional semi-final the Lady Cavaliers hosted the Lake Braddock Bruins. Goals were scored by Olivia Rummel and senior Emma Hartzler. The defense organized by goal keeper, Cailin Bownas, maintained their reputation of delivering shut-outs (87% of wins were shut-outs). Final score, 2-0 to the Cavaliers!

The Lady Cavaliers travelled to the Fairfax Rebels with great student support for the regional final. The first half was great field hockey, but no goals. In the second half, both teams had excellent chances. Bownas was called in rapid succession to make several critical saves. The game went into extra time. An absolutely determined Anna Stribling won the ball in midfield, took it down the sideline confidently, and when challenged crossed to senior Rachel Williams. Williams whipped the ball on-target with one touch. Hartzler took the deflected ball and put it in the back of the goal.

1-0, Woodson Cavaliers Regional Champions!

Girls Cross Country

The Lady Cavaliers ended the season with an impressive 4th place performance at Regionals. Although it was a little bittersweet that they didn't move on to the State meet, this was the best regional performance by the Lady Cavs since 1994 when that team also finished 4th. The team lead by Grace Eidson who was All Region in 12th and will continue on to the state meet as an individual for the second year in row. She was followed by Naylle Pando, Ansley Pfeiffer, Paige Fowler, Caroline Poole, Jackie Willey, and Jesse Silkowitiz. Congratulations on a great season to the whole Girls Cross Country Team!

Boys Cross Country

The Boys Cross Country team had a banner day at Regionals by finishing 2nd place! This is the best performance by a boys Woodson team at Regionals since 1967 when the team also finished 2nd! The Cavaliers were lead by Abid Hassan with a 6th place performance, followed by Jack Leech in 12th, Aslan Abrishami Azar in 13th (all three of these guys earned All Region honors), John Leal, Alex Posadas-Nava, Taylor Gibson and John Gilligan. They will race again next Friday at the VHSL 6A State Meet. Congratulations! 

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: Sun Design, Nicely Done Kitchens, Turnpike Basketball, MindWorks, Oh George Tables and Taphouse.

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.)