WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Monday, January 22, Issue No. 20

This Week

Due to the student holiday on Monday, 1/29, the next WeMail will be distributed on Tuesday, 1/30/18. 

New! The PTSO Teacher Supply Closet

The PTSO membership committee assembled bags of basic classroom supplies for the WTW staff who have joined the PTSO. Supplies included tissues, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers, and more. Teachers often have to purchase these supplies out of their own pockets. We plan to open the "PTSO Teacher Supply Closet" again in the spring. Contact Melissa French at vp1@woodsonptso.org if you would like to make a donation to help our awesome WTW teachers. Thank you for supporting the PTSO!

PTSO Teacher Supply Closet

Potbelly Fundraiser to support Girls Lacrosse

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Woodson Girls Lacrosse. Come in to the Potbelly Sandwich Shop at 9668 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22032 in Fair City on Tuesday, January 23rd between 5 and 7pm. Meet up with your friends to grab some food before the boys’ home basketball game against South County!

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

The Woodson PTSO continues to raise money by selling engraved bricks. 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. Individual bricks cost: $100. Engraved bricks are intermixed with regular paver bricks. They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a great legacy for all the members of your family! Visit the Woodson PTSO website on the main page to download and print a brick order form, or click here for the form. If you have questions, or for more info contact Linda Vasquez at Lfvasquez88@gmail.com or 703-268-5068.

Upcoming Chorus Events

  • "Dessert on Broadway" Act 2 Dress Rehearsal 1/22/18
  • "Dessert on Broadway" Full Dress Rehearsal 1/23/18
  • "Dessert on Broadway" 1/24-1/27/18-see below for ticket information

"Dessert on Broadway" Choral Performances – Tickets Available Now

The W.T. Woodson High School Choral Department presents "Dessert on Broadway" a spectacular showcase of song, dance, and delectable sweets! The show runs January 24-27, starting with a preview show on Wednesday followed with evening performances Thursday through Saturday and a Saturday matinee. Applaud the impressive talents of Woodson chorus members, and enjoy dessert and coffee at your posh table in the Cabaret at Cavalier Hall. Click here for tickets and further information or visit www.TicketLeap.com.


February 10 PTSO SAT/ACT Mock Exams: Register Online

The next and final PTSO Mock SAT/Mock ACT for this school year will be Saturday, February 10, from 7:30am-12noon in the Woodson Cafeterias. The Score Report Review Session is Thursday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Lecture Hall. Students must register in advance of the February 10 test date so that Mindworks has an accurate headcount. The cost is $15 when paid in advance by Thursday February 8 at 5pm OR $20 when paid on February 10.

Click here to register. Please read the confirmation email you will receive upon registration; the confirmation email will provide instructions on how to pay in advance.

Complete information about the exams is provided in the registration link and on the PTSO website. If you have additional questions, please email Yelena Jones at yelenajones@yahoo.com.

PTSO Nominating Committee and Next Year’s PTSO – Will You Help?

The Nominating Committee is created annually as a special committee to recognize and seek qualified nominees for elected leadership of the PTSO. The committee, once formed, will begin work to seek nominees for vacant PTSO positions for the 2018-2019 school year. Please the WeMail Editor at woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org if you are interested in leading the Nominating Committee or serving as a committee member.

Also, if you are interested in volunteering to serve on next year’s PTSO – as an officer or committee head-- please email woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org!

2018 Cav Cruise T-Shirt Design Contest

Open to WTW seniors only. Submissions of original artwork must have a nautical-themed design, be no larger than 8.5” x 11”, and submitted on white paper with a blue and red design. Each participant in the contest will receive $10,000 Cavalier Cash to use at the Cav Cruise, and the winner will receive $100 real prize money! Submissions due Monday, February 5, 2018. For more information, please contact Karen Jackson at olleylaners@verizon.net. Any Other Questions? Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.


Dear Woodson High School Community:

The Young Hearts Foundation is excited to announce a 7-week fundraising initiative to raise money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  This campaign, titled Students of the Year, will run from Thursday, January 11th through Saturday, March 3rd and will include many opportunities to raise funds while also providing meaningful experiences to promote awareness of The Young Heart Foundation’s mission.

The fundraising goal for this year is $30,000 locally and up to $1,000,000 from high schools around the National Capital Area.  Students of the Year (SOY) are comprised of candidate groups of 1-3 students from high schools around the National Capital Area.

The Young Hearts Foundation is a club at Woodson High School that works to provide financial and moral support to those affected by life altering illnesses.  Last year, a few students from the club decided to run, representing our club and school in the Students of the Year campaign.  This is the second year that members from our club are participating.

The Young Hearts began as a club walking in the Light the Night walk, then developed into a foundation and now a handful of the club members are participating in Students of the Year under the same name.  It’s truly amazing how much we have accomplished in the past 18 years!

The SOY campaign is comprised of the following:

Candidates- Catherine McBride and Natalie Goldstein

Team members- Elise Kent, Margeaux Townley, Sophie Grammen, Claire Werrlein, Bridget Cassata, Rachel Hartzler, Jacob Goldstein

Mentors- Ariel Samuel (past SOY candidate), Prince McLaughlin and McLaughlin Family (Founders of the Young Hearts club)

Here are the events during this campaign:

Babysitting for a Cure Wednesday, February 14th

6:30-11:30 PM

Jewish Community Center, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA

What: Babysitting includes crafts, meeting their favorite Disney Characters, pizza, movies and fun! $45/kid + $20/each additional

Reserve spot at https://tinyurl.com/YoungHeartsBabysit

The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece Saturday, February 17th

5:00 PM

Location: Westfields Golf Club, 13940 Balmoral Greens Avenue, Clifton, VA

What: Dinner & Auction with a twist, an “escape room inspired” mystery allowing guests to solve the mystery to be entered for a cash prize

Learn more and purchase tickets at https://one.bidpal.net/youngheartsdinner/welcome

In addition to these fundraising events, community members are encouraged to donate to our general fundraising page (YOUR dollar could be the one to cure cancer!!) at http://events.lls.org/nca/DCSOY2018/ngoldstein.

Young Hearts also offers company sponsorships or company matching gifts.  We secured our first sponsorship from PONDS roofing!  Thank you to Pat Readyhough from PONDS who has been an invaluable teacher and resource during our campaign.

Thank you so much for reading!  As the campaign progresses, we look forward to providing updates on events and goals through our website:  http://youngheartsltn.org.

Amazing fundraising fact of the week

The overall five-year relative survival rate for leukemia has more than quadrupled since 1960.

Thank you so much, we can’t wait for a great 7- weeks!!

The Young Hearts Foundation

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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.

Parent Education Opportunities and Workshops

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) Workshops

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for parents, educators and community members to access information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities.  Free workshops, confidential consultations and over 5,000 lending library materials available at the PRC help ensure that ALL students are inspired, engaged and thriving. 

The PRC offers many free workshops.  Upcoming workshops include:

  • Restorative Justice on Friday, February 2nd
  • Section 504: What Parents Need to Know on Friday, February 9th
  • Screamfree Parenting - Peace begins with Pause on Friday, February 23rd

To find out more information and to register for workshops, visit the PRC website at https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.


2018 Safer Internet Day - Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church

National Safer Internet Day is held to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people. Students, Families, and School Staff are welcome to attend though childcare will not be provided. Click here for more information about the program details.

RSVP online for Dinner and Materials by February 4. Questions?  Please contact:  Debbie Kilpatrick, NOVA District PTA Director, novadd@vapta.org. Dinner in Cafeteria:  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Digital Safety Expert Panel, Auditorium: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Sports Highlights

Varsity Swim and Dive

Swim - Congratulations to the WTW Swim & Dive team on a solid victory for their final regular meet of the season against Lake Braddock on Friday, 1/19! Way to pull together as a team and win another tough meet! Final scores were 165-150 for the boys and 184-131 for the girls. Congrats to all twenty-four of our seniors on a fantastic last meet! We love you and hope you go on to do great things outside of Woodson! Our compliments to Ian Vollmer who made a regional cut in his 100 fly. Some key highlights include: a) 17 swimmers achieved best times, b) the team won 5 out of 6 relays, c) we earned 1st and 2nd place in 2 relays, and d) we earned 1st and 3rd place in another 2 relays!

Dive - Both our boys and girls dive teams were exceptional! Kudos to our boys who swept their event! Special congrats go out to senior Owen Collins on breaking 200 points for his dives! Overall W.T. Woodson accomplished watery wonders in the pool and on the board! See you at Districts! WTW WHAT?!

Girls Basketball

Woodson Girls Varsity Basketball posted a 2-1 record in a very busy week of conference play. The Cavs wrapped up their long four-game road trip with a thrilling come-from-behind 44-41 win at Robinson. All five starters contributed heavily, with sophomore Abby Pesansky scoring 13 points and junior captain Natasha Pacheco adding 10. Sophomore Sarah Wilson scored 9, junior captain Rachel Shurberg added 7. Early in the fourth quarter Maggie McGuire hit a 3-pointer and Sarah Wilson hit back to back buckets including a 3-pointer to put the Cavs in the lead for the first time. Natasha Pacheco had a crucial and one drive as well as late baskets by Rachel Shurberg and Maggie McGuire to seal the win. The Cavs came right back the next night with a solid 45-35 win over South County, holding off a three-point barrage by the Stallions in the 4th quarter. Junior captain Natasha Pacheco was a dominant force, leading the way with a career-high 20 points! The tired Cavs closed out the week with a tough 53-35 home loss to Fairfax. Abby Pesansky lead the way again with 12 points. Senior captain Charisma Henry added 6 points, and some serious energy, off the bench. The Cavs begin the second half of their conference schedule this week with a road game at South County on Tuesday and are at home on Friday against Lake Braddock.

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.)