WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Monday, February 12, Issue No. 23

This Week

No school on Monday, 2/19 for the Presidents Day Holiday. Due to the holiday, the next WeMail will be distributed on Tuesday, 1/20. 

Milk and Cookies – THIS Wednesday, February 14th

Needed: 70 dozen cookies.

Please sign up to bake: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aa8a629a20-valentines

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.

PTSO Monthly Meeting & Discussion of Woodson’s Interior Video Monitoring Proposal –THIS Tuesday, February 13th

The PTSO meeting is THIS Tuesday February 13th at 7pm in the Woodson Library. Parents, teachers, and students are invited. We try to share as much information as possible through the WeMail, but there is no substitute for face-to-face discussions and opportunities to ask questions. Principal Floyd and key committee members attend, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about special programs and other opportunities. Woodson’s Video Monitoring Proposal will be discussed. You may have read about the proposal in previous Dr. Floyd’s "Woodson Weekly" emails and in last week’s PTSO WeMail. If not, here’s the information:

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 7:00pm 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.

College 101–Tuesday, February 13th

College 101 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm 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.

Loyal Heart – THIS WEEKEND!

Fifty Woodson students in drama, chorus, orchestra, and band are volunteering their time to perform Senior Paul Hardin’s musical, Loyal Heart, in the Woodson auditorium on Friday, February 16th at 7pm and Saturday, February 17th at 1pm. The performances are free and open to the public.

Loyal Heart is a two-act musical about the early reign of King Henry VIII; Paul composed 24 original songs, fully orchestrated for a 16-piece pit orchestra. As a completely student-led production, Loyal Heart gives all participating students a chance to have leadership roles in such areas as music direction, set design and choreography. The Blank Theater in Los Angeles selected Loyal Heart as a semi-finalist in their Young Playwrights Festival 2017.

Free tickets are available at https://loyalheartthemusical.eventbrite.com.

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.

Next Year’s PTSO–Will You Help?

Please the WeMail Editor at woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org if you are interested in leading the nominating committee, serving as a committee member, and/or if you are interested in volunteering for next year’s PTSO. You may run for any PTSO position; click here for the list of anticipated vacancies.

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 on 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.

Jump into Spring with some Woodson Spirit Wear!

Looking for a beanie, hoodie or reversible stadium blanket to keep you warm during those cold early spring games? We’ve got these, your car stickers and more… best of all, order online! Pick up is easy - your order is placed in the main office in a bag with your name on it within days of your order. You or your student can pick it up at your convenience during office hours. You will be notified your order is ready for pick up via email. Your order helps support our many athletic programs through the Woodson Athletic Boosters. Check out our online store.

Cav Cruise


  • 2/13 – We need volunteers to help over lunch on 2/12 (that's today; if you volunteered, thank you) and 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 .
  • 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


  • Community Donations Needed. If you know of any local businesses, or if you yourself, would be interested in supporting this safe community event by donating money, gift cards, and food, 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 received 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.

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.

Service Academy & ROTC Night

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

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.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Ishii, Career Center Specialist at kaishii@fcps.edu.

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/.

WeMail Information

Content submitted should be related to W.T. Woodson High School. Please include “Wemail” in the subject, and email submissions to woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org by 5pm on the Friday prior to Monday’s publication (by 5pm on the Thursday prior if you have an attachment). Click Here for complete guidelines.

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

Girls Varsity Basketball

Senior Night against West Springfield began with a celebration of the many contributions–both on and off the court–of our two wonderful senior captains, Kate Schneider and Charisma Henry and fitting that the first 2 points of the game were scored by senior Charisma Henry. Sophomore Abby Pesansky led scorers with a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Junior captain Natasha Pacheco contributed 9 points, including two 3-pointers. Sophomore Amelia Noca contributed two 3-pointers and junior captain Rachel Shurberg added 5 points. The Cavs produced perhaps their finest defensive performance of the season against Robinson in the final home game with a 35-24 win holding Robinson’s top two scorers to only a combined 16 points. Abby Pesansky led scorers with 12 points, followed by sophomore Sarah Wilson with 8, sophomore Maggie McGuire with 7, Natasha Pacheco with 6 and Rachel Shurberg with 2. Conference play concluded with a 57-40 loss against red-hot Fairfax on February 6. The Cavs trailed only 26-24 at the half, but the Rebels pulled away in the second. Abby Pesansky put up a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Cavs. Rachel Shurberg added 3 3-pointers, Maggie McGuire added 8 points, followed by Natasha Pacheco with 4 and sophomore Sarah Wilson with 3.

The Cavs’ season concluded on February 9 with a heartbreaking 62-56 double-overtime loss at South County. With the Cavs trailing with under a minute to go, Natasha Pacheco drove the lane and scored to cut it to 2. Sarah Wilson deflected the South County inbounds pass under Woodson’s basket to Amelia Noca who put up a layup to send the game into overtime. The Cavs led with 20 seconds left in the first OT, only to see the Stallions hit 2 3’s to tie it and eventually get the win in the second OT with foul shouts. Amelia Noca led the Cavs with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Natasha Pacheco scored 13, Abby Pesansky added 9 points, Maggie McGuire scored 7 points, Charisma Henry had 5 points and Sarah Wilson and Rachel Shurberg added 4 each. Congratulations to the girls and coaches on a great season! The future is bright for the program, with the nucleus of the team returning as well as a deep talented pool of girls at the JV and Freshmen levels.

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: Hard Times Café, Hunan West, Klima Orthodontics, Masrterman Krogmann PC. 

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)