WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Monday, April 9, 2018, Issue No. 30

This Week

  • Tuesday, 4/10, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Woodson Library)
  • Wednesday, 4/11, 8am-3pm, 6-8pm: Woodson Art Show (Aux Gym
  • Thursday, 4/12, 8am-1pm: Woodson Art Show (Aux Gym) 
  • Thursday, 4/12, 5-8:30pm: STEAM Volunteer Opportunity (Wakefield Elementary School)
  • Friday, 4/13: 2-hour early release
  • Saturday, 4/14, 8:30am-1:30pm: Girls Lacrosse Carwash (in front of Woodson)

Monday, April 16th is a teacher workday; no school for students. The next WeMail will go out Tuesday, April 17th.

PTSO Meeting – Tuesday, April 10th

Parents, teachers, and students are invited to attend tomorrow evening's PTSO meeting. 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.

We’ll hear from Principal Floyd and other Woodson Admin as well as key committee members. We will also present the slate of candidates for next year’s PTSO board. A few slots remain open. You may also sign up/indicate your interest on the google form listing of vacancies; a board member will contact you. 

Milk and Cookies – Wednesday, April 25th

Please visit the sign-up genius to donate cookies and/or help distribute on Wednesday, April 25th.


On Wednesday, April 25th, 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 April 25, 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. It's a great way to see smiling students:) Any questions, please email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

Appreciation Luncheon for Woodson's Staff

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, May 8th, and we need your help to make it a success! The PTSO is looking for volunteers to help with set-up, serving, and clean-up and most importantly to provide side dishes, desserts and drinks to accompany the Red Hot & Blue barbecue.

To sign up to volunteer or to contribute food or beverages, please go to: Woodson Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. If you have any questions, contact Stacey Brahmey at brahmeys@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance for helping the PTSO to appreciate our hard-working teachers and staff members. We could not hold the luncheon without your delicious donations.

Cav Cruise

THE TIME HAS COME, AND WE NEED YOU! We need 300+ volunteers to run the All Night Grad Party, Wednesday, June 13th at Oak Marr RecCenter. There are many shifts, starting at 6am Wednesday and going until 11am Thursday. Most shifts are from 10pm-2am and 2am-6am during the event. Volunteering is available to ALL PARENTS regardless of what class your child is in. Underclass parents, please sign up to help set up and take down so that senior parents can enjoy their children’s graduations. SIGN UP TO HELP HERE!

We also need food and beverage donations; click here to donate! Even if you have given your name as someone interest in volunteering or donating, please click on the links to sign up. If you have questions about any of the jobs, please let us know at cavcruisevolunteers@gmail.com.

CAV CRUISE T-SHIRTS: We will be handing out Cav Cruise t-shirts to already registered seniors during lunch on Thursday and Friday, April 12-13. If you can help, please contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

REGISTRATION: Register your child now! $100 per ticket for the best post-graduation party on the planet! http://www.woodsonptso.org/register.html

CLASS OF 2018 YARD SIGNS ($20): Celebrate your senior’s big moment! Contact Carolyn Hutcheson at mrschutch@aol.com.

Questions? Please contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

Car Wash

Woodson Girls Lacrosse Is looking forward to washing all dirty cars on on Saturday, April 14th from 830am-1:30pm in front of Woodson. Please stop by!

Opportunity to Earn Volunteer Hours!

Wakefield Forest Elementary School PTA is hosting its 2nd Annual STEAM Fair on Thursday, April 12th. They are seeking student volunteers to fill many fun positions. The greatest need is for Exhibitor Assistants (5:00-8:30pm). Students will have an opportunity to work side by side with various organizations such as Northern Virginia Radio Control, George Mason University, American Society of Civil Engineers, Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association and many others. You will get to learn about their discipline while helping them run their booths and interacting with elementary students.

Please see the Sign-Up Genius for details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4da9ad28a5f49-2018. Contact WFES STEAM Fair at wfessteamfair@gmail.com with any questions.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Proctors Needed

Woodson Student Services is in search of volunteers for this year’s upcoming AP Testing. AP exams will take place from May 7th – May 18th. There are two test sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning test sessions require proctors to be present from 7:45am to 11:45am (approximately). Afternoon test sessions require proctors to be present from 11:30am to 3:30pm (approximately). There are specific eligibility criteria, such as: current, former, or retired teachers, including AP teachers, may serve as proctors for exams in a subject area other than the one they now teach or have ever taught; and an individual may not proctor an AP Exam or handle exam materials in the year in which an immediate family or household member may be taking that exam at the school where the individual works or at any other school.

Please contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu or 703-503-4805 if you are able to volunteer to proctor. (Ms. Guinee can explain all of the eligibility criteria and the number of proctors that are required for specific AP Exams.)

Woodson Art Show 2018

You won’t want to miss this year’s comprehensive show of all media and art students!

Wednesday, April 11th from 8am-3pm and Thursday, April 12th from 8am-1pm in the Auxiliary Gym.  The reception is Wednesday, April 11th from 6-8pm. 

Choral Booster Updates

Monday, April 9th at 7:15pm - Please join us tonight for our monthly Chorus Booster Meeting in the Chorus Room.

Friday, April 13th from 1:00-3:30pm - Mandatory Europe Chorus Rehearsal in Chorus Room.

Monday, April 16th from 1:00-3:30pm - Mandatory Europe Chorus Rehearsal in Chorus Room.

Precisionette Dance Team News

Break It Down Dance Team Prep Clinic - Calling all 7th – rising 12th dancers!!

On Tuesdays from April 17th through May 15th from 4:30-6:30pm, the Precisionettes will be hosting a dance team prep clinic.  This clinic is designed to help prepare dancers in 7th through rising 12th grades to be on a high school dance team, build dance team skills and also prepare for the Precisionette Dance Team try-outs in May. https://wtwoodsonsports.org/library/files/wtwoodsonsports_28/files/BREAK%20IT%20DOWN%20flyer%202018.docx.pdf  

Precisionette Dance Team Try-Outs - Calling rising 9th – rising 12th grade dancers!!

Try-outs for the 2018-2019 Varsity Precisionette Dance Team will take place on Tuesday - Thursday, May 22nd – 24th from 5:30-7:30pm.  Flyer and required forms will be posted to the WT Woodson Sports website soon.

Questions? Contact Coach Caitlin Childress, caitlinlee55@gmail.com

Investigating Career Opportunities (ICO)

Investigating Career Opportunities (ICO), a Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 18th in Cav Hall. It will be held during all lunches so everyone can have a chance to attend. Students should bring a bag lunch of finger food so they can chat with our wonderful career representatives as they eat. Parents, help your students with that finger-food bag lunch, and ask your students what they learned when they get home on the 18th.

X2VOL Volunteer Hours Tracking System - Student Training

Wednesday, April 18th in F105 after school. Fairfax County provides schools with a digital tool for tracking volunteer hours called x2VOL, and WTW is using it.  Woodson now tracks volunteer hours for both service learning, which may result in a service learning cord worn at graduation, and general community service hours, which may result in a diploma seal for excellence in civics and education given by the Virginia State Board of Education. Students should take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to use X2VOL. Information from the March 9, 2018 Career Center Newsletter.

A 6-minute video about X2VOL is available at http://www.ebmcdn.net/fcps/fcps_video_viewer.php?viewnode=b6fc74a452351.

Prom Dresses

Does your teen need a prom dress? If so, you're in luck! Mrs. Sussy Tomer, Woodson's Parent Liaison, has collected formal dresses to give to students in need. Please have your child ask for a pass to stop by Room E108 (across from the attendance office) to pick out a free dress. Mrs. Tomer is in her office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00am-1:00pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Also, if you have a prom/formal dress or party shoes that you are no longer going to use, please bring them to Ms. Tomer so that she can add them to the collection.

Please contact Mrs. Tomer at setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792 if you have any questions.

WeMail Information

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The PTSO would like to thank its online sponsors: Faye Henris at Nova Digs Re/Max, Judy Wonus

Special Education

April Workshops, Training, Online Resources, and Support Groups for Parents, Teens, and Teachers

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/.

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of programs address a variety of issues that include but are not limited to: ADHD, Special Needs, coping with stress; parenting advice, homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addition and overdose; and underage drinking.

**Please note that the JCCNV is no longer running the Special Needs Parent Support Group 1st Wed. each month. They offer a variety of programs; here’s the link to their website and programs https://www.jccnv.org/specialneeds/special-needs/. Please contact Melissa Hochberg melissa.hochberg@jccnv.org 703-537-3040 with any questions about our current programs.


2018 Special Education Conference to Be Held Saturday, April 21, at Hayfield Secondary School

Mark your calendars now for the 13th annual FCPS Special Education Conference, which will be held on Saturday, April 21st, from 8am to 3pm at Hayfield Secondary School. Go to the Special Education Conference website for further information and to register for conference workshop sessions.


Parents helping parents: Healthy Minds Fairfax offers new youth initiative

Parenting children can be a challenging and demanding endeavor, and one that can feel especially lonely and anxious when your child is experiencing mental health or substance use issues. In a world of social media and complex societal issues, things can feel emotionally overwhelming. At times, parents may not want to share their thoughts with their own friends of family members, and as a result, they can feel isolated and that they don’t know where to turn for help.

But you don’t have to feel alone anymore.

A service of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, parents are encouraged to reach out to the new Parent Support Partners (PSP) program for support, understanding, and connections on how to find and access services to help children, youth and young adults feel better and do better.

Parent support partners are people who’ve been there. They’ve faced family challenges and have come through to the other side and are now ready to give back. PSP staff are all parents who have received training and are qualitied to offer education, support and assistance. They provide reliable information that families can use in decision-making and are familiar with services and resources that can help families in distress. The PSP is provided at no cost to families or caregivers.

According to national statistics, approximately 36,000 children in Fairfax County communities have a diagnosable mental health condition; including 3,960 with significant impairment. “There may be many perceived obstacles to getting help but Healthy Minds Fairfax is creating a pathway to eliminate these barriers,” said Jim Gillespie, Director of Healthy Minds Fairfax. “We urge parents to connect with other parents who’ve experienced challenges with their children; getting help is getting easier thanks to our caring, generous Parent Support Partners. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.”

You can call the Family Support Line at 571-458-7310 x103.

Healthy Minds Fairfax is the County’s youth behavioral health initiative that coordinates a full range of mental health and substance abuse for families and young people. HMF services and resources connect Fairfax County Public schools, private treatment providers, and multiple county agencies such as the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). Since the summer of 2017, Parent Support Partner services have been provided through a unique public/private partnership involving Fairfax County, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) of Northern Virginia, the Virginia Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Sports Highlights

Varsity Softball

Woodson fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 6-3 loss to Westfield on Tuesday (4/3). The Cavaliers out-hit Westfield nine to four. Jenny Riquelme took the loss allowing four hits and six runs while striking out seven. The Cavaliers racked up nine hits on the day. Angel Brown and Jayne Pilch each managed multiple hits.

Mackenzie Williams drove in four runs in a loss to Osbourn Park 18-13 on Wednesday (4/4). The Cavaliers collected 14 hits. Jhamy Carey took the loss allowing 11 runs on five hits and striking out five. Woodson scattered 14 hits with Sarah Rice, Williams, Samantha Rice, and Jenny Riquelme all collecting multiple hits.

Woodson behind early and couldn't come back in a 15-0 loss to South County on Friday (4/6). A triple by Mackenzie Williams was a positive. Sarah Rice, and Courtney Farzan also had one hit each. Jhamy Carey took the loss.


Girls Lacrosse

WTWGLAX had three competitive games during spring break in Florida. Against a tough Plymouth-Whitemarsh (PA) the Cavs jumped on a four-goal lead. PW came within 2 twice but Woodson won 14-10. Margaret Stephan had five take-aways and Logan Dougherty, who leads the team in assists, added eight. Highlights of a 14-11 win against St. Andrews (FL) included ground-balls from Rachel Williams, Morgan Peterson (2G), Elizabeth Sperapani, Sarah Wilson, Sabrina Fasold, Katherine Friedman and Fiona Stewart and aggressive defense and a goal by Maddie Stedham. Defender Sydney Andes had a lefty quick-stick goal. Against Tampa’s H.B. Plant, 4 year district champions with D1 commits, down 3 in the second half Sara Cordia intercepted a goalie clear and scored to spark the eventual 17-13 Woodson win. Carlie Hartung and Campbell Brown had take-aways and goals with season-high goals by Natalie Gates (5) and Cassia Kruse (4). Goalies Mariel and Cat had 11 saves.

Girls Varsity Soccer

The Lady Cavaliers moved to 3 – 0 in conference play with a 3 – 1 win over Robinson and a come from behind 2 – 1 victory over West Springfield. Against the Rams, Chloe Dawson scored twice in the first half. In the 2nd half, after a beautiful pass from Emily Wiggins, Sydney Kulenguski was taken down in the box and then scored on the subsequent PK. The Rams also had a PK, but WTW keeper Jordan Silkowitz swatted it away. Against the Spartans, Bella Hite punched the ball through a scrum and into the goal to tie the game. With less than 3 minutes left, some trickery on a corner kick led to another scrum in front of the goal with Kate Herz finding the loose ball and smashing it into the back of the net. Goalkeeper Isabelle Thompson held the Spartans in check the rest of the way.

Boys Varsity Soccer

WBVS’s first Conference home game was against Robinson on April 3rd. It was an action packed, evenly matched battle that went to overtime, with a 4-3 win for Woodson. Goalie Eli Smolen made multiple saves, Daniel Kang scored two goals and assisted Vinicius Almeida’s goal. Pierre Richard had an assist, and Will Noecker sent a long lob to Harrison Tun who scored the winning goal in overtime. On April 5th, Woodson Boys’ played another home Conference game against West Springfield. After a scoreless first half, Woodson scored two beautiful goals in the second half. (Pierre Richard with a spot on, long shot in the 47th minute, and JP Seibold with an attacking header in the 69th minute) With solid defense and excellent play by both goalies (Eli Smolen and Connor Brennan) Woodson finished the game with a 2-0 score to secure their fourth straight win of the season.

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.)

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