WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Issue No. 31

This Week

  • Wednesday, 4/18, 11:20pm--1:20pm: Career Fair | Investigating Career Opportunities (Cav Hall)
  • Wednesday, 4/18, after school: Student x2Vol Training (F105)
  • Saturday, 4/21: Special Education Conference (Hayfield Secondary School)

Milk and Cookies – Wednesday, April 25th

Please visit the sign-up genius to donate cookies and/or help distribute on April 25: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aa8a629a20-stress.

On Wednesday, April 25, 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.

Milk and Cookies on April 25th was scheduled to coordinate with Woodson Stress Less/Laugh More Week. 

Stress Less/Laugh More Week Guest Speaker - Brie Mathers

As part of Stress Less, Laugh More week, Woodson is hosting guest speaker Brie Mathers on Thursday, April 26th at 9:45am for all of our young ladies. Others may attend if interested. Ms. Mathers has spoken in other FCPS schools and students have found her message to be very important and on point for teen girls in 2018.

Since graduating from McGill University in Women’s Studies and Humanistic Studies with Distinction, Ms. Mathers has spoken to 70,000 teen girls worldwide with her multi-media event, Love the Skin You’re In. Inspiring young women to find compassion within themselves and for one another, and to lead a new conversation about their bodies and beings, she conducts connective school-wide body image events about media literacy, mindfulness, and partnership. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Woodson counselor Ms. Elizabeth Walter at ehwalter@fcps.edu.

Investigating Career Opportunities (ICO) - Wednesday, April 18th during Lunch

Investigating Career Opportunities (ICO), a Career Fair, will be held on Wednesday, April 18th from 11:20pm--1:20pm 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. Contact Mrs. Ishii, Career Center Specialist, at kaishii@fcps.edu with questions.

X2VOL Volunteer Hours Tracking System - Student Training Wednesday, April 18th after School

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.

Drama Production of Our Town

This Spring W.T. Woodson Drama presents Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and what we'll just call, "Act III" for now. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and set, Our Town is as timeless and relevant today as it was when it premiered 80 years ago. Find out why - get your tickets today at http://wtwdrama.org/. Tickets will also be available at the door, but advance purchase strongly suggested. All seats, all show’s, just $5.

Showtimes are:

  • April 27, 28, May 4, 5 @ 7:30 PM
  • April 28 and May 5 @ 3:00 PM
  • ASL interpretation of the April 28th, 7:30pm show
  • Understudy show: May 5, 3pm.

Purchase tickets from tickets at: https://www.itickets.com/register/new/397373. Or, go to http://wtwdrama.org/ for more information and the ticket link.

Appreciation Luncheon for Woodson's Staff onTuesday, May 8th

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 to the families who have already signed up to volunteer and/or donate items!

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Proctors Needed

Woodson Student Services is in search of 15 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.)

Cav Cruise

THE TIME HAS COME, AND WE NEED YOU! We need 300+ volunteers to run the All Night Grad Party, Wednesday, June 13 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.

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.

Student Volunteer Opportunity

The organizers of the Canterbury Woods Elementary School Super Fun Fair are looking for high school student volunteers to help lead carnival games and craft tables, face paint, sell tickets and baked goods, and set-up/clean-up. The fair will take place on Saturday, April 28th from 11am--3pm.

Volunteer slots start at 10 a.m. and are for 1.5 hours. To sign up, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b44abad2ea6f94-volunteers2, or contact Canterbury Woods ES parent Allison Hagner at alligonhagner@gmail.com.

Click here for details.

Sports Physicals for 2018-2019

Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for the 2018-2019 school year. The first step toward eligibility to participate in any preseason or afterschool athletic event is to complete a sports physical on an official VHSL Pre-participation Physical Examination (PPE) form (only version FEB2017 will be accepted).

The Woodson High School Athletic Training Department will be offering sports physicals at Woodson High School on Monday, May 7th. This successfully completed physical will be good for all sports and out of season practices (green days, yellow days, weight room workouts) for the 2018-2019 school year.

This event is a fundraiser for the Woodson High School Athletic Training Department and goes to support the athletes at Woodson High School. The cost of the physical is $50 when you register online. You can register by following this link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/33735.

We are always looking for medical and non-medical volunteers to assist us for the event. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Ms. Fickes @ kfickes@fcps.edu, or click on the registration link to sign up.

Don’t forget the student and parent concussion education must also be completed annually!!

Precisionette Dance Team News

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

April 17th –May 15th (Tuesdays) 4:30-6:30pm. Designed for dancers in 7th – rising 12th grade to help prepare to be on a high school dance team, build dance team skills and also prepare you for our Precisionette Dance Team try-outs in May. Click here to register and for more information.

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

May 22nd – 24th (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 5:30-7:30pm. Come on out and try-out for our Varsity Precisionette Dance Team. Flyer and required forms will be posted to WT Woodson Sports soon. Questions contact: Coach Caitlin Childress, caitlinlee55@gmail.com.

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.

Woodson 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, May 5th

The 9th Annual Woodson 5K presented by Woodson SGA will take place on Saturday, May 5th at 8:30 a.m. (Fun run for Little Cavs is at 8:00 a.m.). The proceeds from this year’s 5K benefit "A Forever Home," a no-kill animal shelter in Fairfax. Join the Woodson community by walking or running in this chip-timed event. Click here to register and pay on-line.  

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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.

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/.

Please note that the JCCNV is no longer running the Special Needs Parent Support Group on the 1st Wednesday of each month. They do however 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 the JCCNV 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 21, 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

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

Sports Highlights

Varsity Softball

Woodson fell behind early in a 13-0 loss to Lake Braddock on Tuesday (4/10). Jhamy Carey took the loss allowing 13 runs on 13 hits and striking out two. Carey, Burton, Angel Brown, and Sarah Rice had one hit each to lead the Cavaliers.

Eight runs in the fourth inning led Woodson past Annandale 12-2 on Wednesday (4/11). In the 4th, Woodson put up eight runs from singles by Angel Brown, Mackenzie Williams, Corinne Burke, and Courtney Farzan, a walk by Rylee Burton and a triple by Sarah Rice. Abbie Ritchie got the victory on the mound allowing six hits and two runs while striking out four.

Woodson lost 4-3 to West Springfield on Friday (4/13). Jhamy Carey took the loss surrendering four runs on nine hits over seven innings, striking out seven. Woodson had eight hits with Courtney Farzan and Mackenzie Williams each having multiple hits.


Girls Lacrosse

WTWGLAX had a decisive 17-9 win over South County April 6 with excellent goalie play by Mariel Russ (3S) and Catherine Gross (6S) and 12 successful clears. Sydney Andes had two ground-balls and one take-away and Natalie Gates had six goals. Unfortunately, defender Georgia Rafter went down with a knee injury. Against an aggressive Centreville team Monday defenders Sydney Andes, Rachel Williams, Sarah Wilson, Sabrina Fasold and Maddie Stedham held strong against constant drives by several skilled D1 commits. Margaret Stephan had ten draw-controls and 4 goals. Additional scoring by Logan Dougherty (1G/6A/4GB), Natalie Gates (4G/1GB), Campbell Brown (3G/1GB) and Devin Alsup (1G/1A) for a 13-6 win. The Cavs had another decisive win against West Springfield Friday. Many players contributed including Carlie Hartung (3G), Cassia Kruse (1G/2DC), Devin Alsup (2G), Campbell Brown (1G) Katherine Friedman (5GB/1TA), Lauren Oliver (2A/1GB), Sabrina Fasold (1GB) and Michaela Whearty (1GB) for a 17-3 win.


Girls Varsity Soccer

The Lady Cavaliers remained unbeaten last week with a 2 – 2 tie at Lake Braddock and a 2 – 0 win at Centreville. Megan Welther converted on a beautiful cross from Chloe Dawson to give the Cavs a 1 – 0 lead in the first half. Dawson gave the lead back to the Cavs in the first overtime, but a perfectly placed shot by the Bruins with less than a minute left tied the game. Against the Wildcats, the Cavs jumped out to a quick 2 – 0 lead and cruised the rest of the way. Sydney Kulenguski headed one in off a corner kick from Chloe Dawson less than 5 minutes into the game. A few minutes later, Megan Welther, off a nice lead pass from Kate Herz, made a nice run and placed one by the Wildcat keeper.


Boys Varsity Soccer

On April 10th, WBVS played away at Lake Braddock. In the 10th minute Daniel Kang kicked a ground ball to Harrison Tun who tapped the ball in the goal. Shortly thereafter, LB scored off a corner kick. Tied at 1-1, Kang then sent ball to Bruno DaSilva, who scored a one-on-one goal against LB’s goalie in the 56th minute. LB put on loads of pressure, but Defenders Ethan Robey, Will Noecker, Tyler French and Nick Falvo thwarted off LB attacks on our goal, and ran balls forward to assist players like Luke Schneider, Pierre and George Richard in making offensive plays happen. Woodson won with a 2-1 score. April 12th’s game was at home vs. Centreville. Players such as Tyler French, Andrew Blystone, and Hiroki Cook gave it their all, but the game ended in a 0-0 draw after OT. With five wins, one tie and zero losses, Woodson is still undefeated.


Boys JV Lacrosse

The boys’ JV Lacrosse Team's first win against Patriot HS (6-4) included shots from Jack Cooke (4), Thomas Eby (5), Cullen Gormley (5), Ryan Vonasek (3), Daniel Chung (2), Tommy Dunn (2), Gavin Robbins, Sean Gibson, and Bradley Brewington. They built on it with a decisive victory (15-8) against South County HS. Thomas Eby was on fire with 6 goals and he was followed closely by Jack Cooke who put 5 in the net. The team spread the remaining goals around with 1 each from Sean Gibson and David Mastro and 2 from Cullen Gormley. The Cavaliers made it look easy—at times passing the ball from one end of the field to the other without ever losing possession. The defense stood strong with goalie Will Vo keeping the Stallions of South County reined in for the entire game. The winning streak continued against Centreville HS (14-7) and West Springfield HS (14-2) where Bryce Shanahan, David Lopez, Colin Sokolowski, Will Vo, and the Roh brothers displayed a monster defense!


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)