WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Monday, April 30, 2018, Issue No. 33

This Week

  • Friday, 5/4, 5-8pm: Potbelly Fundraiser to Support the Class of 2020 (Fair City Mall)
  • Friday 5/4, 7:30pm: “Our Town” (Woodson Auditorium)
  • Saturday, 5/5, 8:30am (Fun run for Little Cavs is at 8am): Woodson 5K and Fun Run
  • Saturday, 5/5, 3:00pm: “Our Town” Understudy Show (Woodson Auditorium)
  • Saturday, 5/5, 7:30pm: “Our Town” (Woodson Auditorium)
  • Saturday, 5/5, midnight: Deadline for Online Yearbook orders (code 5278)

Woodson AP, SOL, and Exam Testing Calendar

Appreciation Luncheon for Woodson's Staff NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, May 8th


The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will take place next week on Tuesday, May 8th. To be able to feed the more than 150 staff members who attend the luncheon, the PTSO desperately needs dozens of items which can be store-bought, including coleslaw, veggie trays and cheese and cracker platters. You also can spotlight your culinary skills by making a vegetable side dish, deviled eggs or Rice Krispie Treats, etc. Please help us make the luncheon success by signing up to volunteer and/or contribute food or beverages, at: Woodson Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. If you have any questions, contact Stacey Brahmey at brahmeys@yahoo.com. A very big thank you to the families who have already signed up!

This Month’s PTSO Meeting is Next Week, Tuesday, May 8th

Mark your calendar! The May PTSO meeting is next Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm in the Woodson Library. In addition to hearing from Dr. Floyd and committee members, we will be voting on next year’s PTSO officers and committee chairs. Parents, teachers, and students are invited.

Potbelly Fundraiser to Support the Class of 2020 – Friday, May 4th

Please support the Woodson Class of 2020 on Friday, May 4th from 5-8pm at Potbelly across from Woodson. Bring the flyer or show it on your smartphone in order for 25% of the proceeds are donated to the Class of 2020.

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:

  • May 4, 5 @ 7:30 PM
  • May 5 @ 3:00 PM
  • 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/.

Online Yearbook Orders end Saturday, May 5th

Yearbook online ordering is almost over! A limited number of yearbooks are still available, but online ordering closes Saturday, May 5th at midnight! Order today or to confirm that you’ve already ordered! Go to yearbookordercenter.com code 5278.

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 8:30am. (Fun run for Little Cavs is at 8am). 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.

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.

Cav Cruise-We Need You!

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 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.

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 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.

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 Here. Questions contact: Coach Caitlin Childress, caitlinlee55@gmail.com.

August Dance & Cheer Camp-August 13-17, 2018 Registration Open! Come dance your heart out, learn new dances, skills & technique with the award-winning Woodson Precisionettes AND learn new cheers with the talented Woodson Cheerleaders. REGISTER EARLY and receive a discount!! Questions contact: Mary Beth Quick 4quick@verizon.net or Meredith Gelman meredithgelman@hotmail.com. Flyer and Registration Here.

  • Date: August 13, 2018 – August 17, 2018
  • Time: Dance 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm; Cheer 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Dance $160 per child*; Cheer $160 per child*
  • Ages: Rising K-Rising 8th grade

REGISTER EARLY to Reserve Your Space!!

*Early Bird Discount: 5% discount ($152)

Registration & Full payment received by 06/15/2018

*Family Discount: 5% discount ($152 for each additional sibling)

*Combined Camp Discount: $300 for both Dance & Cheer

**One discount applies

Choral Booster Updates

Monday, May 7, 2018, Chorus Booster Meeting 7:30pm; Europe Tour 2018 Information meeting immediately following.

Woodson Swimmers in the News

Several Woodson students and many members of the Woodson Swim and Dive Team participated in a swim marathon on April 22nd to raise money to fight breast cancer; donations will go to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Click here to read about the event in the April 26- May 2 "Burke Connection."

Senior Prom News

The Senior Prom will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 8--11:30pm at The Waterford at Fair Oaks. The theme for this year is Gatsby/Gold & Glitter.

Prom Tickets - Tickets for Prom are $75 per person and are available for purchase online through MySchoolBucks (www.myschoolbucks.com). All student financial obligations must be paid before Prom tickets will be distributed. Tickets will be available for pick-up in the Main Office 2 days after online purchase.

Bringing a Guest to Prom - If you are planning to bring a guest from another school to the Woodson Prom, you must complete a guest application form. These forms are now available in the main office. The completed application must be submitted to your administrator by Wednesday, May 9th.

Entry - Woodson students must bring a valid Student ID to enter the Prom event. Guests must bring a valid picture ID.

Prom Dresses/Suits - Mrs. Sussy Tomer, Woodson’s Parent Liaison, has collected formal dresses, a few suits/shirts/belts, accessories (shawls, shoes, earrings and necklaces) to give to students in need. Please have your teen stop by room E108. Mrs. Tomer is in her office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am--2:30pm. Please contact Mrs. Tomer at setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792 if you have any questions.

Sports Physicals for 2018-2019

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. An official VHSL Pre-participation Physical Examination (PPE) form is required (only version FEB2017 will be accepted).

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.

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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.

Special Education

May 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.


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 - 8:00 p.m.
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.

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 


Free Parent Program – Tuesday, May 22nd from 6:30-8:00PM

Frost MS is offering a FREE parent workshop offered by local Clinical Psychologist, and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator – Rachel Bailey! Ms. Bailey will be sharing information on Helping Students Who Are Perfectionists….OR Have NO Motivation At All. 

Participants will learn:

  • What perfectionists and students who don’t seem to care at all have in common
  • Simple, practical strategies that will help children who are pushing themselves too hard…or not pushing hard enough
  • What to do when school stress is affecting your relationship with your child
  • Support for dealing with challenges during times of transitions 

For planning purposes, please use the following link to indicate your plans to attend: https://goo.gl/forms/TCXHPl6sq2FslEiD3

For more information on Ms. Bailey, please visit: www.rachel-bailey.com.

Any questions, please contact Frost MS Student Services at 703-426-5026. 

Sports Highlights

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Bobby Solomon overtook his brother Aaron for 1st place all-time when he scored his record breaking 191st goal in a 20-14 win over Fairfax. Solomon finished with 5 goals and 3 assists. The Cavs dominated the game leading 15-2 in the 3rd quarter. 13 Cavs scored points: Fruchterman had 3 goals. Cameron, Bower, Andrews had 2 goals each. From defense, Duer scored his 1st goal. Wright, Cuviello, Sloan, Yost, and Hoffman added goals. Cuviello won 10 of 14 face-offs. Stedham had 4 groundballs with Phan and Farr chipping in 3 each. The Cavs beat Patriot 10-8 the next day for a 9-1 record. Phan, Hoffman, and Andrews 2 goals each. Solomon had goal and 3 assists. Fruchterman, Cuviello, Yost had goals. Garlepp had 14 saves. Stedham had 3 takeaways and 3 groundballs. Duer and Magee had 3 groundballs each.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Leonardtown High School traveled from St. Mary’s County MD to WTW on Monday. It was a competitive game with Leonardtown scoring first and demonstrating great patience in their offense for 8-5 half-time lead. WTW made adjustments and came out strong in second half scoring four straight for a 9-8 lead. Rachel Williams, Maddie Stedham and Sarah Wilson had critical take-aways and the defense kept pressuring outside the arc. After Leonardtown tied it up Woodson scored three more for a 12-9 win. Natalie Gates had five goals, Logan Dougherty one, Carlie Hartung two, Cassia Kruse two, and Devin Aslup three. Woodson had a 16-5 win over Lake Braddock Friday as they honored seniors Logan Dougherty (2G/5A), Natalie Gates (5G/12DC/6GB), Sydney Andes (2G/1DC), Rachel Williams (1G/3GB), Georgia Rafter (injured), Mariel Russ (2S/1GB), Lauren Oliver (1GB), Elizabeth Sperapani (1G), and Michaela Whearty (1G/1GB). Additional scoring from Cassia Kruse, Morgan Peterson, and Katherine Friedman.

Boys JV Lacrosse

Any lacrosse game against PVI is going to be tough, but the JV boys' degree of difficulty for Wednesday's game (4/25) increased exponentially when goalie Will Vo twisted his ankle during Monday's practice. Gavin Robbins bravely volunteered to step into goal for Wednesday's game. He acquitted himself well with very minimal preparation time (7 saves) and the defense hung tough through the whole game as fresh PVI Panthers kept hurling themselves onto the field from PVI's deep bench. Woodson's offense put several in the net (Eby, Gormley, Mastro, Swallow, and Wright-1 goal each; Eby-1 assist; Swallow and Wright, >50% face-off control), but, in the end, PVI won 10-5.

Girls Varsity Soccer

On the cold, windy, and rainy night of April 24, the Lady Cavaliers travelled to take on conference rival South County. The Cavaliers jumped out to a 1 – 0 lead at halftime, with Sydney Kulenguski calmly and expertly placing a rebound from a Faith Stynchula free kick in the upper right-hand corner of the goal. The Stallions responded with 2 straight goals in the second half taking a 2 – 1 lead with ~ 20 minutes left to play. Five minutes later, Bella Hite crashed the goal and scored on a rebound from a long-distance blast from Chloe Dawson, knotting the score at 2. Drenched and tired, the teams battled each other through overtime, but were unable to score. The game ended as a 2 – 2 tie. The Cavaliers continue to lead the conference with a 5 – 0 – 2 record.

Boys Varsity Soccer

Woodson Boys Varsity Soccer played South County for a second time on April 26th at home. The first showdown ended in a 2-1 win for Woodson, so South County came to even things up. They were victorious with a 2-1. Woodson played well, despite some absent injured players: Vinicius Almeida and Bruno DaSilva. Fabio Salida started as striker and made numerous creative forward plays, but then came out with an injury. Strong passing by Pierre and George Richard, Harrison Tun, JP Seibold and Andrew Blystone created a goal scored by Daniel Kang. Our Defense was tight, but South County snuck two goals in on Set pieces. To Woodson’s credit, we have not let any team in the last six games score on us in the run of play. With three Conference games left to play, Woodson will have to persevere to improve it’s 5-2-2 record.

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: Hunan West, Klima Orthodontics, Masterman Krogmann PC, Sun Design.

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)