WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Monday, May 14, 2018, Issue No. 35

This Week

  • Tuesday, 5/15: Deadline to purchase an engraved brick to be installed this school year before graduation (Click here for the form)
  • Wednesday, 5/16, 7pm: Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/Teen Seminar (Woodson Auditorium)
  • Sunday, 5/20: Deadline to submit Senior Photos for Cav Cruise and Baccalaureate Slide Show (cavcruisephotos@woodsonptso.org)

Woodson AP, SOL, and Exam Testing Calendar


Hospitality Volunteers Needed: Wednesday, June 6th is the Underclassmen Awards at 8:30am. The Hospitality Team is looking for volunteers to purchase (for reimbursement) cookie and brownie platters and punch supplies and set it all up by 8:15am that morning. If anyone is interested, please contact Teresa at teresalemair@aol.com.

Many thanks to all the parents who donated food and volunteered to set-up, clean-up and serve at the Staff Appreciation lunch on May 8th.

The next and final PTSO meeting of this school year is Tuesday, June 5th at 7pm in the Woodson Library. It’s a week earlier than the customary 2nd Tuesday of the month. (We want to avoid potential conflicts with graduation the following week!)

2018-2019 PTSO Team:  At the May 8th PTSO meeting, we voted in officers for 2018-2019. A few key positions remain open: Vice President 2 – Fundraising, Volunteer Coordinator, Welcome-to-Woodson Coordinator, and Special Education Coordinator. If you are interested or would like additional information on any of these positions, please contact next year’s president (and current VP1) Melissa French at vp1@woodsonptso.org.

Many thanks to ALL the 2017-2018 PTSO officers and committee heads; your time and talents were much appreciated and made a difference for our community, parents, teachers, and students. Please stay in touch!

Cav Cruise 1

Cav Cruise

PHOTOS! Want to have your senior featured in the Cav Cruise and Baccalaureate slide shows? Send up to 3 (and ONLY up to 3) pictures of your senior during their high school years to cavcruisephotos@woodsonptso.org. Group shots are fantastic, but please check with the other people in the picture before sending. The slide show will be shown at Baccalaureate and Cav Cruise and uploaded to a cloud site. The deadline for pictures is midnight, Sunday, May 20.

WE STILL NEED OVER 175 VOLUNTEERS (especially in set up on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, the 1:00-4:00 a.m. shift during the event, and take down on Thursday morning). 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! If you have questions about any of the jobs, email cavcruisevolunteers@gmail.com.

DONATIONS: WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF FOOD, BEVERAGE, FOOD GIFT CARD DONATIONS (grocery store, Chick Fil A and/or Papa Johns pizza) AND MONETARY DONATIONS from friends, families, and/or businesses. 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

Questions? Please contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.


2018 Senior Class Information Page

There is a new page dedicated to news and information for the 2018 Senior Class. To find out all about the end-of-year events for seniors, including Saturday’s prom, please visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/academics/senior-class-information.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents. The next Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar at Woodson is this Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm in the Woodson Auditorium. If the teen and their parent are planning on coming, you do not need to preregister. Just show up before 7pm because the program will start promptly. The PTSO will be selling “Student Driver” magnets before the presentation, so come early to allow for parking AND magnet shopping!

Parents of ninth graders will attend next school year when their student is in 10th grade. If a family cannot make it on Wednesday, they could go to a program at Thomas Jefferson HS on Friday, May 18th at 6:30pm in their auditorium, Mt. Vernon HS on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30pm in their Little Theatre, or at Herndon HS on Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00pm in their cafeteria. Questions? Please contact John Duffy at jdduffy@fcps.edu.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month 

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. Adults play a critical role in fostering assets that lead to positive mental health in children. See what you can do to help promote resiliency in youth

See more mental health and wellness tips for students.

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

WeMail Information

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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

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


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

Girls Varsity Soccer

The Lady Cavaliers completed the regular season with two home wins -- Thomas Jefferson (4 – 0) and Fairfax (2 – 1 in OT). Against the TJ Colonials, Megan Welther started the scoring 20 minutes in and Chloe Dawson followed with a left footed blast that curved inside the left post for a 2 – 0 halftime lead. In the 2nd half, Emily Wiggins and Sydney Kulenguski completed the scoring. Against Fairfax, seniors Susan Furlough, Marin Kulenguski, Sydney Kulenguski, Allison Kumar, Reilly Pogoloff, Jordan Silkowitz, Faith Stynchula, and Emily Wiggins were honored in pre-game festivities. The Cavaliers fell behind 1 – 0 at half, but scratched their way back via a header by Wiggins off a corner from Dawson. With less than 3 minutes left in the second overtime, Wiggins angled a perfect pass to Kate Herz who finished it with a drive to the lower left-hand corner, giving the Cavaliers the lead and providing the margin of victory.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

After a bye in the first round of conference playoffs WTWGLAX had a strong 20-7 win over West Springfield in the semi-finals with many players contributing and nine girls scoring. The Cavs had excellent goalie play by Mariel Russ with six saves and Catherine Gross with one save and one ground-ball and a combined eleven successful clears. Patriot conference honors were announced this week and Woodson, undefeated in the conference, had seventeen girls recognized: First Team Logan Doughtery and Carlie Hartung on attack, Natalie Gates and Margaret Stephan at mid-field, Sydney Andes and Rachel Williams on defense and Mariel Russ, goalie. Logan Dougherty was named Patriot Conference Player of the Year. Second Team honors went to Cassia Kruse at mid-field, Maddie Stedham and Sarah Wilson at defense, Catherine Gross, goalie and Campbell Brown and Devin Alsup at attack. Honorable Mention for Georgia Rafter, Sara Cordia, Annie Reeves and Katherine Friedman.

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

After losing to South County in double-overtime earlier this season the Cavs were determined to win the rematch. The Cavs had chances early but the game was scoreless until Solomon scored for a 1-0 lead with 5 minutes left in the quarter. That was quickly followed by goals by Wright, Farr, and Yost. The 2nd quarter featured 2 goals by Hoffman, and goals by Phan, Bower, and Fruchterman for a 9-0 halftime lead. The Cavs didn’t let up dominating the 3rd scoring 5 goals while the Cavs defense of Magee, Stedham, and Duer supported by Phan, Yost, Cryblskey, Bower, Farr, and Cuviello allowed 1 shot. The game ended 14-1 Cavs. Garlepp and Chong combined for 12 saves on the game. Solomon became all-time point leader in the game with 304 in his career.  With the win the Cavs look to defend their Conference title at Robinson on Wednesday.

Boys JV Lacrosse

JV Boys Lacrosse finished up the season with an exciting win against Lake Braddock SS (8-7) and two losses against Langley HS (4-7) and Robinson SS (6-9). Stats summary for the triad: Philip Clanor (2G), Jack Cooke (1G), Tommy Dunn (1G), Thomas Eby (2G), Sean Gibson (3G), Cullen Gormley (2G), David Mastro (2G), Jay Swallow (2G), Arda Unal (2G), Sam Wright (1G), Will Vo (34 saves), Gavin Robbins (7 saves), and multiple assists from Cooke, Dunn, Eby, Gibson, and Swallow. Swallow and Wright controlled the faceoff 72% of the time and the defense played tough in all three games and never let down their guard. JV Boys Lax had a great season, finishing up with a record of 6 wins and 5 losses. Good job, boys--can’t wait to watch you play next year! Go, Cavs!


Woodson had a 7-2 victory over Fairfax on Tuesday (5/8). Jhamy Carey earned the win lasting four innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out two. Jenny Riquelme threw three innings in relief. Woodson collected 12 hits. Courtney Farzan (3), Grace Conklin (3), Brown (2), and Samantha Rice (2) each had multiple hits. Woodson defeated Fairfax 14-4 on Friday (5/11) in the first round of the Divisional Playoffs. Jenny Riquelme went yard for her first HR of the season. Woodson tallied ten hits from Jacey Carey (2), Samantha Rice (2), Sarah Rice (1), Riquelme (1), Angel Brown (1), Courtney Farzan (1), Rylee Burton (1), Mackenzie Williams (1) and Jhamy Carey (1). Riquelme took the win going four innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out six and walking one. Jhamy Carey threw one inning in relief. Woodson will continue the playoffs at South County on Tuesday (5/15).

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)