WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Tuesday, January 30, Issue No. 21

This Week

  • Friday, February 2, 4:30pm: US Army Field Band performance at District Band Concert Practice (Fairfax HS)
  • Saturday, February 3, 2pm: The District Band Concert (Fairfax HS)
  • Athletic Calendar for January 30-February 3

Milk and Cookies – Wednesday, February 14

On Wednesday, February 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 February 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 donate cookies and/or help distribute on February 14: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aa8a629a20-valentines

 It's a great way to see smiling students:) Any questions, please email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

College 101 – Wednesday, February 7, 7pm, Auditorium (Snow Date 13 February)

Current Sophomore families are encouraged to attend our College 101. A director of admissions will help you discover what it means when they say College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won. Junior families who did not attend last year are urged to attend this year. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Ishii, Career Center Specialist at kaishii@fcps.edu.

District Band

Congratulations to the 27 band members who were selected for the All-District Band - there were 24 selected to play and 3 alternates. This is a large number from one high school in our district selected to showcase our Cavaliers' musical talents.

The District Band Concert will be held on Saturday, February 3 at 2pm at Fairfax HS and is open to the public. As part of the rehearsals for All-District Band, the US Army Field Band will be performing on Friday, February 2 at 4:30 pm. This performance is also open to the public and free.

Cav Cruise *New* Information

  • 2/5 - CAV CRUISE T-SHIRT CONTEST - this is the last week for T-shirt design submissions
  • 3/1 - Last day to register for Cav Cruise and have your senior receive their t-shirt at Cav Cruise Kick Off
  • 3/25 - Last Day to sign up for Cav Cruise at the reduced rate of $75 (on 3/26 the price jumps to $100)
  • 4/3 - Cav Cruise Kick Off

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.

CAV Cash: Did you know that your extra Cav Cruise donation gets your graduate extra Cav Cash, the funny money the kids use during Cav Cruise which they can turn into tickets for prizes? A donation of as little as $25 earns your graduate $5,000 in extra Cav Cash. To donate, go to http://www.woodsonptso.org/donate-to-cav-cruise.html.

Volunteers and Donations Needed:

  • Volunteers needed to help over lunch on 2/12, 2/13 in shifts (10:45-12:30; 12:30-2:00) with Cav Cruise T-shirt Voting. To volunteer, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aafaf2ca20-cavcruise3.
  • Community Donations Needed. We recently sent out a letter to local businesses asking for donations of money, gift cards and food. If you know of any local businesses, or if you yourself, would be interested in supporting this safe community event, please contact Monica Hopkins at mihb2011@gmail.com. All size donations are welcome!!
  • Community Donations follow-up phone calls. If you can help make follow-up phone calls to local businesses, please contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.
  • Donations needed for Cav Cruise prizes - gift cards for restaurants, movies, activities, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, etc. Please donate any extra gift cards from the holidays that you bought and didn’t give or that you got and won’t use!
  • Friends and Family in the Food Service Business? We would love to accept their donation of food for the night of the Cav Cruise.
  • Food Committee Volunteers needed to help collect donations and organize. If you can help, please contact Elissa Kon at elissakon33@gmail.com.

The Winter Dance is Saturday, February 10

The theme is Vegas Night/Sadie Hawkins; however, everyone is encouraged to attend, with or without a date. Tickets for the dance go on sale Tuesday, January 30 and are $10 each.

Fundraisers to Support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Woodson students Natalie Goldstein and Catherine McBride are campaigning as Students of the Year to raise money via two fundraisers to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

  • Babysitting for a Cure on Wednesday, February 14, from 6:30-11:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA. 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 17, at 5:00 pm, at the Westfields Golf Club, 13940 Balmoral Greens Avenue, Clifton, VA. 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.

Click here for more information and to read about the entire 7-week fundraising campaign.

Chorus Updates

  • Monday, February 5, 7:15 pm: Chorus Booster Meeting in Chorus Room. Spring Trip Payment DUE.
  • Tuesday, February 6, 8:25 pm: Europe Trip Photo, wear your chorus uniform.

Parent Education Opportunities and Workshops

February Workshops, Training, and Online Resources and Support Groups

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. When other events become available they will also be posted at: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/. 

Of special note is the "Plan D Nova" Website developed by Woodson Senior and Girl Scout Emma Brahmey for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: https://www.plandnova.org/. Titles of recent articles posted on Plan D Nova:

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 across the world. Students, Families, and School Staff are welcome to attend. Childcare not provided. Click here for more information about the program details and expert panel members. 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.


February 10 PTSO SAT/ACT Mock Exams is in 2 weeks: Register Today!

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!

Loyal Heart

Loyal Heart is a student-written and produced Musical which opens Friday, February 16, 2018, at 7 pm and runs through Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 1 pm in the Woodson Auditorium.

The performances are free and open to the public. Tickets (and information about the production) are available at https://loyalheartthemusical.eventbrite.com.

The Blank Theater in Los Angeles selected Loyal Heart as a semi-finalist in their Young Playwrights Festival 2017. Please contact Pam Hardin at (703)425-7896 or pamhardin@verizon.net with any questions. Click here to view the student-created promotional trailer.

Donations are welcome to help defray production costs: click here for donation information.

WeMail Information

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The PTSO would like to thank its online sponsors: JL Tree Services, Merrifield Orthodontics, Ron Shapiro Tutoring, Yelena Jones at Samson Properties.

Sports Highlights

Varsity Swim and Dive-Patriot District Champs!

Wow! What a weekend! Both the Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive Teams did an amazing job starting with our divers on Friday afternoon, our swimmers in the preliminaries on Friday evening, January 27, and finally winning a very tough Patriot District Championship Saturday night, January 28! The men’s team scored 485 winning by 30 points, and the women’s team won by 9 at 452. After 64 individual swims at prelims, 94% were the season’s best times (31 were lifetime bests) and/or made the “A” final. Impressively, nearly all swimmers went on to drop even more time at Saturday’s final. All 6 Woodson relays finished in the top 3, all with best times. Twenty-five athletes will compete in Regionals this weekend, including 8 first-time Region qualifiers. Five relays as well as 14 individual athletes made States!

Congratulations to every team member who gave it their all; the titles were won as a team. However, we’d like to recognize the following swimmers and divers who won their events: a) Women’s 200 Medley Relay: Peri Farling, Alina Jones, Haley Bergthold, Emilee Ferrari, b) Men’s 200 Free Relay: Jason Gerber, Joe Schaefer, Ian Vollmer, Matthew Herbert, c) Women’s 200 IM: Alina Jones, d) Men’s 50 Free: Matt Herbert, and e) Men’s 100 Back: Matt Ferrari. The Men’s Dive Team placed 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and Women’s Dive placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 9th. Congratulations to first place finishers Conor Casey and Minh Donnell. Divers Conor Casey and Aiden Thomas qualified for All-American Consideration. A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL COACHES. WTW What?! What a terrific season for the WT Woodson Swim and Dive Team!

Varsity Wrestling

On Wednesday, January 17th, the Woodson varsity wrestling team went 3 and 0, including Conference wins against Lake Braddock and South County. They were at it again on Saturday, January 20th at the Wolverine Duals in North Stafford, where the Cavaliers went 5-0 and won first place in the team competition. Going undefeated in both events were Joey Martin, Anthony Martin, Jeremy Zema, and Logan Baird.

Girls Varsity Basketball

Woodson Girls Basketball continued conference play with a road game at South County and a home game against conference leader Lake Braddock. The Stallions rode the positive emotion of their Senior Night to a 44-34 victory, breaking open a tight game by making clutch free throws late to seal the win. Sophomore Abby Pesansky led a balanced Cavs offense with 7 points as well as a WTWGBB program record with 22 rebounds in the game. Junior captain Natasha Pacheco and sophomore Sarah Wilson each added 6. Junior Sabrina Fasold gave the Cavs an instant spark off the bench with 5 quick points in the second quarter, sophomore Amelia Noca also added 5, and junior captain Rachel Shurberg dished out 5 assists. Against Lake Braddock, the Cavs got the shots they wanted on offense throughout the game, but the proverbial lid was on the basket. The defensive battle was close the whole way, with several lead changes and ties. The Bruins finally sealed the 36-24 win with a barrage of late free throws when Woodson had to foul to stop the stall game. Abby Pesansky again led the Cavs with 7 points, while sophomores Amelia Noca and Sarah Wilson each added 5 and Abby Schultz contributed a much needed 3-pointer from the bench. The Cavs face West Springfield on Tuesday night and Robinson on Friday night, both games at Red Jenkins Gym. Please come out on Tuesday for Senior Night as we celebrate senior captains Charisma Henry and Kate Schneider before opening tipoff.

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.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)