WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Mon, Dec 4, 2017, Issue No. 15

Milk and Cookies – Thursday, December 14!

On Thursday, December 14, we will be celebrating our Woodson students with milk and cookies. For those of you new to the school, this is a great tradition. It is a unique way for parents and community members to recognize our students and to show them positive community support. Traditionally, milk and cookies are mentioned in "All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten" as a valuable life lesson. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you! At this event, parent volunteers make hundreds of dozens of cookies and the PTSO donates milk boxes. After school on December 14, parent volunteers shower the kids with warmth and 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 visit the sign up genius to sign up to donate cookies and/or to help distribute on December 14. It's a great way to see smiling students and spread holiday cheer:) Any questions, please email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

This Week

  • Monday 12/4- Friday 12/8: Toys Collection to support Toys for Tots and Fairfax Villa Elementary School (drop off toys at Coach Rastogi’s classroom, L116, or in labeled boxes throughout the school)
  • Wednesday, 12/6, 7pm: Orchestra Winter Concert (Auditorium)
  • Thursday, 12/7: Blood Drive (Aux Gym)
  • Saturday, 12/9, 8am-1pm: Car Wash to support WTW Girls Lacrosse (in front of Woodson)
  • Click here for this week's Athletic Calendar

Car Wash

When you are out holiday shopping, please stop to get your car washed in front of Woodson High School on Saturday, December 9 between 8 and 1 PM. All proceeds support Woodson Girls Lacrosse.

Cav Cruise

FUNDS2ORG SHOE DRIVE: THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING WOODSON COMMUNITY! Thanks to you, we collected a whopping 8,800 pairs of shoes! We made our goal on our most important fundraising event of the season and we helped out needy families in developing nations. THANK YOU!!

Holiday Gift Ideas: Looking for a gift idea for your Woodson senior? How about Cav Cruise tickets or a Class of 2018 yard sign? To purchase Cav Cruise tickets, go to http://www.woodsonptso.org/register.html. For Class of 2018 yard signs ($20), contact Carolyn Hutcheson at mrschutch@aol.com.

Questions? Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.


The PTSO Board has adopted a resolution recommending changes to the governing documents of the WT Woodson High School PTSO, Inc. The recommended changes will be made available on the PTSO website no later than December 10, 2017. At the general PTSO meeting on January 9, 2018, members may vote on accepting the changes as proposed.

Proposed changes:

  • Amend the Articles of Incorporation to reflect the names and addresses of the current directors and registered agent of the PTSO
  • Update positions and descriptions of the members of the PTSO Board in Article XI of the Bylaws
  • Update Article IX of the Bylaws which explicitly names one company for PTSO website development and maintenance. The PTSO should not endorse a single company for any of its activities.
  • Update Standing Rule 1 that limits the ability to have PTSO meetings on the Second Tuesday of the month.
  • **IF NEEDED** -- Update Standing Rule 2 with the proposed dues as XXXXXX
  • Removal of Standing Rule 10 - PTSO Teacher of the Year Award

Contact Kristin Driscoll at treasurer@woodsonptso.org with questions or comments.

Buy a Brick and Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

Need a great holiday gift for your graduating senior? How about a wonderful legacy for your Woodson family? The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for bricks for you to remember your special student(s). Engraved bricks are intermixed with regular paver bricks. Individual bricks cost: $100. Click here for the Brick Order form (also available on the Woodson PTSO website). If you have questions, or for more info contact Linda Vasquez at Lfvasquez88@gmail.com or 703-268-5068.

Orchestra Winter Concert

Enjoy the Orchestra's Winter Concert featuring several holiday favorites on Wednesday, December 6, at 7pm in the Auditorium. Admission is free and there will be seasonal treats and punch in the lobby afterward.

Chorus Updates

Please join us tonight, Monday, 12/4/17 @ 7:15 for the Chorus Booster Meeting. Students, check Blackboard for your rehearsal times as we prepare for our Winter Concert. Tuesday, 12/12/17 @ 7:00 Winter Chorus Concert


Donate a bike to a great cause...WHEELS TO AFRICA, Saturday December 9th, from 10-3pm. Bring any size bikes in any condition to the "Pizza Hut" parking lot at the corner of Rt.236/Prosperity (across from CVS). This collection is being organized by 10th grade WTW student, Jared Lucas, who is collecting bikes for his service project. Please spread the word and stop by to help us reach our goal of 150 bikes! Contact kenny.lucas.va@gmail.com or 703-963-6194 to arrange pickup, if needed. Wheels to Africa is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to engage young people to collect bicycles that are sent to needy communities in Africa where many must walk long distances to go to school, get medical care, food and water. Go to https://wheels-to-africa.org/ for more info about the organization. We hope to see you on Saturday 12/9.

WeMail Pizza Raffle other Information

Raffle for a Free Flippin Pizza - Congratulations to 4 WeMail readers who responded to our contest two weeks ago. We have a few more coupons for free pizzas available, and in order to give Woodson families who may not have the opportunity to read the WeMail until later in the day a chance to win, we’re making the response window a little longer: Email woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org with the subject line “read it” by Tuesday night, 12/5. We’ll draw names from a hat. We’ll notify the winners via email Wednesday morning, 12/6 and will mail the coupons to the winners shortly thereafter.

The last Wemail before winter break will be next Monday, December 11. WeMails will resume on Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018. Submission deadlines for the Jan 2 Wemail is by 5pm on the Friday prior (Dec 29) (by 5pm on Thursday Dec 28 if you have an attachment). Include “Wemail” in the subject and email submissions to woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org.

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Toy Collection - December 4-8

Please join W.T. Woodson Basketball and Administration as we support Toys for Tots and also Fairfax Villa Elementary School! Donate a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy to help less fortunate children during the holiday season. Donated toys may be dropped off at Coach Rastogi’s classroom, L116, or in labeled boxes throughout the school from Monday, December 4, through Wednesday, December 13. Collections will continue Friday, December 8, throughout the Girls' Basketball home stand. The Marines will be coming to receive toys collected throughout the night, while Woodson Administration will be delivering toys directly to Fairfax Villa ES - please show how generous the Woodson community is during this holiday season! If you have any questions, please contact Yvonne at ysfuji4@hotmail.com or the student activities office at (703)503-4681.


Support WTW Technology and Student Course Material Needs!

Purchase a W.T. Woodson Holiday Ornament and/or W.T. Woodson Peel & Stick Wall Decals.

  1. Brighten Up Your Holiday Season with Your W.T. Woodson Holiday Ornament! Great stocking stuffer for a Woodson alumni or graduating senior. Click here to order. Please come to the Main Office to pick up your purchase.
  2. W.T. Woodson Peel & Stick Wall Decals are great for decorating any Woodson student's room with school spirit! Click here to order. Please come to the Main Office to pick up your purchase.

Information is also available at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/wt-woodson-holiday-gift-ideas.

Woodson Spirit Wear Makes Great Holiday Gifts!

Give your favorite Cavalier a great holiday gift! We have lots of great deals under $20 - including crew socks, long and short sleeve shirts, assorted hats, and more! Plus hoodies, sweat pants, flannels, and other great gift options. Shop online at http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/otherad/contentID/1253829. Orders must be placed by Dec. 14 for pick up before school closes for the holidays. Any questions, contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com.

Key Club Sponsors Winter Blood Drive on December 7th

The Winter Blood Drive will be held on December 7th in the Aux Gym. All students are able to sign up and participate by either finding a Key Club Member in the Cafeterias during all lunches or by going directly to Ms. Elva Card's classroom in G106. Students are required to be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110lbs. All students are also required to have a parental consent form signed. Inova needs 250 units a day, just for regular needs in this area, so we are hoping to supply a large amount of those units! The Attendance Office will be monitoring students’ attendance.

LAST CHANCE to save $20 on the 2017-2018 yearbook!

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

The PTSO would like to thank its online sponsors: Faye Henris at Nova Digs Re/Max, Judy Wonus at Re/Max, Bit Rescue Data Recovery Services, Papa John’s.

Sports Highlights

Varsity Swim & Dive

Swim-Congrats to the WTW Swim & Dive team on their solid victory against Fairfax on Friday night 12/1/17! Final scores were 211-104 for the Boys and 201-114 for the Girls! We had a competitive and successful meet and a great way to kick off the season. Way to band together as a team and deliver the results! Congrats to Kent Codding and Joe Schaefer on making a Regional cut in their 200 IM! Also, congrats to the Boys Medley Relay of Matt Ferrari, Joe Schaefer, PJ D’Alessandro and Matt Herbert on getting the Regional cut! Some other highlights include: 3 girls Relay teams made Regional cuts: The 2 girls Medley Relays of Jamie Quinn, Alina Jones, Lauren Sawyer, and Hannah Modder, as well as, Peri Farling, Ellen Wales, Haley Bergthold and Laine Schappert and the girls 200 Freestyle Relay of Peri Farling, Hannah Modder, Haley Bergthold, and Emilee Ferrari!

Dive- All of our divers did very well at the first meet! Congrats to Craig Erwin, Connor Casey, Matt Mckenzie, and Sean Binning, our boy divers who made Regional cuts. Conor Casey made a personal and team record and both Minh Donnell and Olivia Rummel qualified for Regionals! Overall W.T.Woodson accomplished watery wonders in the pool and on the board! WTW WHAT?!

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.)