WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Monday, February 5, Issue No. 22

This Week

  1. Monday, 2/5: Cav Cruise T-Shirt Contest Designs Due (olleylaners@verizon.net)
  2. Wednesday, 2/7, 7pm: College 101 (Auditorium)
  3. Saturday, 2/10, 7:30am-12pm PTSO Mock ACT/SAT Exams (Cafeterias)
  4. Saturday, 2/10, 8-11pm: Winter Dance

PTSO SAT/ACT Mock Exams is THIS SATURDAY, February 10th

The 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, 7:00-8:30pm 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.

Milk and Cookies – Next Week, Wednesday, February 14th

Needed: More than 200 dozen cookies. Please sign up to bake: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aa8a629a20-valentines

On Wednesday, February 14th, 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 14th, 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 14th: 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.

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 14th, from 6:30-11:30pm 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 17th, at 5pm, 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.

Cav Cruise

Important Dates:

  • 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:

  • URGENT! 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.

Choral Booster Update

Please join us tonight, Monday, February 5th at 7:15pm for our Chorus Booster Meeting. Spring Trip Payment & Scrip Orders Due.

College 101 – February 7th at 7p.m., in the Auditorium

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. (Snow date is February 13).

PTSO Monthly Meeting: Next Tuesday, February 13th at 7p.m.

Mark your calendars: the February PTSO meeting will be next week, Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00p.m. in the Woodson Library.

Interior Video Monitoring Proposal

W. T. Woodson High School is considering installing video monitoring (cameras) in some common hallways of our school. We invite the feedback of our community on the specifics of this proposed installation and will be holding an information and feedback meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00p.m. at the PTSO meeting in the Woodson Library. 

For more information regarding this proposal, please view this link:  https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2706

If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to submit feedback, please use this Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/XSvCnJbq4fPq5Cji1).  You may also email Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu with your comments on this proposal and whether you support or oppose the installation. 

Service Glasses for All

On February 1st, the PTSO partnered with Woodson Student Services to broadcast a short video about being kind and empathetic. The "Service Glasses" video highlights one of Cav Culture's core values--being empathetic--and reminded students to view the world through a different lens. Empathy creates a more accepting and respectful school community. Ask your student about the sunglasses they received. Thank you for your support in creating a positive community at Woodson. You may preview the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYRGqYZ_Bag; note that the video shown at WTW was a secular version with closed-captioning for the hearing impaired. All rights reserved.

Woodson Ice Hockey Interest Club

We will have our bi-monthly hockey club meeting on Monday, February 5th after school in Mr. Farzan's room-F121. Please come by and discuss hockey with fellow hockey enthusiasts. Snacks will be provided. The Woodson Hockey Team has their last regular season game on Friday, February 9th at 5:15p.m. at Mt. Vernon Rec. Center. We will be playing TC Williams. Our first playoff game is on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:15p.m. at Mt. Vernon. We don't know who we play yet but come and see some exciting hockey. Thank you for all the fans who come out and support us, it really helps the players see all those fans in the crowd. Follow us on Facebook@WoodsonIceHockeyTeam, Instagram@woodsonicehockey, and Twitter@WTWIceHockey. Woodson Ice Hockey is not affiliated with FCPS and is part of the Capital Scholastic Hockey League.

Service Academy & ROTC Night

Save the date for the annual Service Academy and ROTC Night on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00p.m., in Fairfax High School Auditorium (Snow Date March 6th).

Interested in becoming an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces? This is a perfect starting point for you. Representatives from each service academy, branch ROTC program, and Congressman Connolly’s office will present basic information and be available for important face time and individual questions. Although all grades are welcome, this event is especially important for Juniors. The application process for these programs begins the spring of the Junior year. NOTE: This event is only held once a year, and hosting rotates between the co-hosts: Fairfax, Madison, Oakton, and W.T. Woodson.  

Electrical Construction SkillsUSA Competition

Congratulations to Woodson Senior Owen Collins for his achievement in the SkillsUSA competition in Electrical Construction! The competition consists of a one-hour written exam and a three-hour practical exam where students must exhibit their knowledge and skill concerning electrical construction. The SkillsUSA competition is part of the electrical construction program offered at Edison Academy. The Fairfax County competition includes students from FCPS schools, and the District competition includes the top 5 students from Fairfax County and the top 5 students from Arlington County schools. On January 20th, Owen finished first in Fairfax County, earning a place in the District competition on January 29th where he finished second. Owen and four other District qualifiers now move on to the State competition in Virginia Beach in April. Good luck in the States, Owen!


The Winter Dance is this Saturday February 10th, 8-11p.m.

The theme is Vegas Night/Sadie Hawkins; however, everyone is encouraged to attend, with or without a date. Tickets are on sale and are $10 each. Ticket proceeds benefit Woodson Buddies.

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 16th, at 7:00p.m. and runs through Saturday, February 17th, at 1:00p.m. 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.

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/.

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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

Varsity Wrestling

The Woodson varsity wrestling team competed in the Patriot District Championship on Saturday, February 3rd. The Cavs finished 3rd in the District, overcoming a rash of injuries to starters. Several Wrestlers earned a trip to the Regional Championships by placing in the tournament.

Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Anthony Martin who won his second straight Conference Championship. Joey Martin, Jeremy Zema, Logan Baird, and Max Sheehe placed second. Additionally, Tommy Dunn (3rd), Drew Dougherty (3rd), Alex French (4th), Maliq Green (4th), Diego Padulla-Smith (5th), Ryan Yoder (5th), Jack Swanton (5th) and John Blumstein (5th) earned spots at the Regional Championships on Friday and Saturday, February 9 and 10 at Robinson High School. Show your school spirit and come to cheer on the Cavs!

Varsity Swim and Dive

Congrats to both of our Boys & Girls teams for coming in 2nd at Regionals. Individual Regional Champions: Conor Casey (Diving) and Boys 200 Free Relay (Jason Gerber, Joe Schaefer, Ian Vollmer, Matthew Herbert). On to States in 2 weeks! 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.)

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