WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Monday, April 23, 2018, Issue No. 32

This Week

  • Tuesday, 4/24, 5-9pm: Chipotle Fundraiser to support Woodson Cheer (9506 Main Street)
  • Wednesday, 4/25: Milk and Cookies 
  • Wednesday, 4/25, 6:30-7:30pm: Senior Parent Meeting (Cavalier Hall)
  • Thursday, 4/26, 9:45am: Brie Mathers Stress Less, Laugh More Presentation
  • Friday 4/27, 7:30pm: “Our Town” (Woodson Auditorium)
  • Saturday, 4/28, 11am--3pm: Student Volunteer Opportunity (Canterbury Woods ES)
  • Saturday, 4/28, 3:00pm: “Our Town” (Woodson Auditorium)
  • Saturday, 4/28, 7:30pm: “Our Town” (with ASL interpretation) (Woodson Auditorium)

Milk and Cookies – THIS WEEK-- Wednesday, April 25th

Needed: 140 Dozen Cookies!

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


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 Student Services’ Stress Less/Laugh More Week.

Appreciation Luncheon for Woodson's Staff on Tuesday, May 8th – VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS NEEDED

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will take place in less than 3 weeks on Tuesday, May 8th. The PTSO is looking for volunteers to help in 2-hour shifts with set-up, serving, and clean-up. There are plenty of items which can be purchased and donated, including coleslaw, veggie trays and cheese and cracker platters. You also have a chance to showcase your culinary skills by making a vegetable side dish, deviled eggs, or Rice Krispie Treats, etc. Please help make this special day for our teachers a success by signing up to volunteer and/or to contribute food or beverages, at: 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!

Chipotle Fundraiser

Please support the Woodson Cheer program on Tuesday, April 24th from 5-9pm at Chipotle on Main Street! Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Woodson Cheer.

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.

Less Than One Month Left for Brick Sales!

Was your child a leader in his/her sport? Are you proud to be a Woodson Cavalier? You are running out of time to get your brick order in and make a lasting mark for your Woodson student or students! Don’t miss out on this chance to leave your children a forever legacy at Woodson and help beautify the front courtyard at the same time. Your brick order needs to be submitted by May 15 in order to be installed this school year! Individual bricks cost: $100. Click here to download and print the Brick Order form (also located on the PTSO Web Site). If you have questions, or for more info contact Linda Vasquez at Lfvasquez88@gmail.com or 703-268-5068.

Drama Production of “Our Town”

This Spring WT 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.

Showtime’s are:

  • April 27, 28, May 4, 5 @ 7:30pm
  • April 28 and May 5 @ 3:00pm
  • 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 the wtwdrama website for more information and the link: http://wtwdrama.org/.

Cav Cruise

WE STILL NEED 250 VOLUNTEERS! A big thank you to those of you who have signed up, but we need LOTS more! 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 interested 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.

*We are in urgent need of someone who is willing to create a video from collected pictures of the senior class. If you would be willing to help, please contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

DONATIONS: We are still in need of food, beverage and food gift card (grocery store, chick fil a and/or papa johns pizza) donations. Please contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

CAV CRUISE T-SHIRT PICK UP: For those REGISTERED seniors who did not get their shirts this past week, please pick up your t-shirt at the Senior Parent Meeting on Wednesday, April 25 or at school on Balloon Day, May 1.

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

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

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: 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. 

Special Education

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Presentation: A Better Way: Positive Options for Behavior Challenges in Community, School, and Home

Tuesday, May 8th, 7-8:30pm, Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA 20169

The impulsivity, hyperactivity, and emotional volatility of individuals with ADHD and similar challenges causes problems in school, family, and community settings. There are alternatives to punishment that result in better outcomes for youth and adults. During this session, presenters will discuss the challenges, traditional ways of handling them, and options for supporting students more positively, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support and Restorative Justice.

Presented by: Neil and Linda Swanson, ADHD Coaches, Free To Be Coaching; Carolyn Lamm, Supervisor of Student Services Support, Fauquier County Public Schools; Vickie Shoap, Restorative Justice Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools.

Please register here.


Depression in Children and Adolescents

Depression among children and adolescents is common but frequently unrecognized. Depression can be a significant barrier to learning and well-being. However, it is treatable and there are resources available to help children and families who are struggling. Join Dr. Michael Axler, FCPS Senior Supervising Psychologist, to learn important information about depression including signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment options, and available resources.

Register now!
TUESDAY, May 8, 2018
6:30 - 8:00pm
Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services
2334 Gallows Road
Entrance 1 - Room 100
Dunn Loring, VA


Strategies and Supports for Children and Teens with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a child or teen has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and behaviors that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over. The thoughts are called obsessions and the behaviors are called compulsions. Join Dr. Lisa Bateman, Neuroscience, Inc., for this important workshop. Highlights will include:

  • Signs of OCD that can be identified by parents and teachers
  • Causes and identification of OCD
  • Treatment options for OCD
  • Parents' role in addressing OCD
  • Available resources

Register now!
Friday, May 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. - noon
Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services
2334 Gallows Road
Entrance 1 - Room 100
Dunn Loring, VA (map)


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

Sports Highlights

Varsity Softball

Centreville defeated Woodson on Saturday (4/14). Angel brown went 2-3 at the plate and the catcher, Mackenzie Williams, threw out 2 base runners attempting to steal 2nd.

Woodson lost to Robinson on Tuesday (4/17). Corinne Burke went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead Woodson in hits.

Woodson took a loss to T.C. Williams on Wednesday (4/18). Rylee Burton and Mackenzie Williams each racked up multiple hits with Burton going 3-for-4.

Woodson defeated Fairfax 15-13 on Friday (4/20). With the game tied at 13 in the bottom of the seventh, Jacey Carey singled to drive in the winning run. Woodson scored seven runs in the fifth inning led by Jhamy Carey, Corinne Burke, Courtney Farzan, Angel Brown, Rylee Burton, and Jenny Riquelme, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Woodson stole 14 bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Brown led the way with three.


Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Woodson had a competitive game Saturday against IMG Sports Academy from Florida. The Cavs jumped on a 7-2 lead with six different scorers in ten minutes. IMG had a four-goal run but Cavs were up 14-10 at half. IMG, who has 3 D1 commits, had five different girls on the draw making it unpredictable and difficult for Woodson. Despite this Woodson gained a 20-15 lead in the second half but gave up ten free positions in the last five minutes to allow IMG to tie at 20-20. IMG was first to score in OT for a 21-20 win. Scoring by Logan Dougherty (3G/7A/1TA), Natalie Gates (3G), Carlie Hartung (3G), Margaret Stephan (6G/3TA), Devin Alsup (3G/1A) Sarah Cordia (1G) and Cassia Kruse (1G/1TA). Woodson had a decisive 20-1 win over Fairfax Friday. Highlights came from Lauren Oliver (2G/1A), Sydney Andes (1G/1A/2DC), Campbell Brown (2G/2A), Morgan Peterson (2A/1A/1GB) and Zoe Hite (4G/2GB).

Girls Varsity Soccer

Despite the frigid weather, the Lady Cavaliers stayed hot, winning two road conference games at Robinson and Fairfax. Against the Rams, another quick start paved the way to victory. Three minutes into the game, Caroline Christianson drew a penalty kick and Sydney Kulenguski scored off the PK. Five minutes later, off a corner kick, Megan Welther battled through the scrum and scored giving the Cavaliers a 2 – 0 lead they would hold for the rest of the game. Against the Rebels, Sydney Kulenguski opened the scoring in the first half with an ESPN Top 10 Play of the day candidate, dribbling through numerous defenders and along the end line, only to fake the goalie out and score. In the second half, with a quick burst of speed, Kate Herz ran behind a long ball from Susan Furlough and scored delivering the 2nd goal, the sealing the 2 – 0 victory.

Boys Varsity Soccer

Woodson Boys Varsity Soccer took on Robinson for the 2nd time this season on April 17th. Woodson played a tight first half, with a high percentage of passing completion, with the help of the Richard brothers, Tun, Schneider and Falvo. In the second half Robinson scored off a corner. Robinson scored again at the end of the game, ending in a 0-2 loss for Woodson. April 19th, Woodson played at Fairfax. Highlights of the game were an incredible free kick taken by JP Seibold at the 35th yard line. With precise aim and super force, he shot the ball past the Fairfax goalie in the 18th minute. Two minutes later, goalie Eli Smolen miraculously saved a Penalty Kick, keeping the score at 1-0. Fairfax answered back in the second half during a corner. The game remained highly competitive until the end of overtime, ending in a 1-1 tie.

Boys JV Lacrosse

JV Boys Lacrosse played West Springfield (4/13) and dominated 14-4. Jack Cooke and Thomas Eby, 4 goals each; David Mastro and Arda Unal, 2; and Gavin Robbins and Sean Gibson, 1. Eleven goals were off assists from Eby, Cooke, Mastro, Ryan Vonasek, and Sam Wright. Tommy Dunn and Wright controlled the faceoff 61% of the time. Goalie Will Vo had 6 saves.

Next, the Cavs faced West Potomac (4/16). They fought hard as a team (Eby and Mastro, 2 goals each; Gibson and Robbins, 1; 50% faceoff control by Dunn and Wright; 8 saves for Vo), but, in the end, lost 6-10.

On 4/20, the Cavs beat Fairfax HS 8-5 with goals from: Cooke, 2; Gibson, 1; Mastro, 2; Robbins, 1; Unal, 1; and Wright, 1. Assists from Cooke, Eby (4), and Mastro. Sixty-five % faceoff control by Jay Swallow and Wright. Ten saves for Vo. Go, Cavs!


Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: Paisano’s Pizza, Debbie Dogrul Associates, Elevation Burger, JL Tree Service, Hard Times Café.

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)