Woodson PTSO WeMail - August 15

Woodson PTSO welcomes you to the 2023-24 school year!

Back to School

WeMail is the PTSO's weekly informational email. It includes calendar reminders, PTSO updates, important news related to Woodson and FCPS, PTSO/school/club fundraisers, and Woodson sports updates.

This communication is emailed out every Tuesday of the school

year and also posted on the PTSO Facebook page and this webpage.

Have something to share? If you have information you’d like to be considered for inclusion in WeMail, contact Nicole Spindler (PTSO Communications) at WoodsonWeMail23@gmail.com

Deadline for entries is Sunday night for that week’s WeMail.

Your PTSO Board looks forward to a great school year!

Sara Mastro / Co-President / saralmastro@yahoo.com
Becky Daw / Co-President / tbzzdaw@gmail.com
Lena McGinn / Membership Director / wptsovp1@gmail.com
Diane Raffaele / Recording Secretary / dianecollinsva@hotmail.com
Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com
Sara Mastro / WTW PTSO Grant Program / saralmastro@yahoo.com
Nicole Spindler / Communications Director / WoodsonWeMail23@gmail.com
Amy Zganjar / Enrichment Director / azganjar@strength.org
Vacant / Fundraising Director / Would you like to volunteer? Contact the PTSO Co-President(s)

WeMail is distributed every Tuesday to update the Woodson community on PTSO news, school news, and upcoming events. 




Thursday August 17th, 4-5 PM, Transfer Family Orientation

Thursday August 17th, 5-7 PM, 9th grade Family Orientation

Friday August 18th, 9-11 AM, Open House

Saturday August 19th, 8AM - 3PM, Open Hours to Tour the School



Monday, August 21st, 8:10AM - First Day of School!

The first bell of the new school year rings at 8:10AM!  All students must be in period 1 by this time.  Bell Schedule



Friday, September 1st - School Holiday

Monday, September 4th - Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 12th - Virtual PTSO Meeting 7PM - 8PM

Thursday, September 14th, 6-8 PM - Back to School Night

Monday, September 25th - School Holiday; Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 11th - PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day

Saturday, October 21st - Homecoming Dance

Monday, December 18th-Monday, January 1st - Winter Break

Monday, March 25th-Friday, March 29th - Spring Break

Saturday, May 11th - Senior Prom

Thursday, June 6th, 2pm - Graduation for the Class of 2024 at EagleBank Arena, GMU

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School


Woodson's Integrated Events and Activities Calendar

The complete FCPS 2023-2024 School Year Calendar


A Message from PTSO Co-Presidents Sara Mastro & Becky Daw

Dear Woodson Families,

We are so excited to start another school year together! The PTSO has several initiatives we are already rolling out and we could use your help.

In the next several weeks we will be:

  • Provided a welcome back teacher breakfast August 14th
  • Opening our fall grant program to all students/parents and teachers
  • Providing additional support to our military families
  • Stocking up our pantry for our Woodson families in need
  • (and more in the months to come!)

To meet these goals, we need your support.  Please consider donating to the PTSO. We are making it easy this year with PayPal: Donate Here

If you donate $25 you get an automatic membership so make sure to add your first name, last name and email in the notes and we will register you! 

Want to donate $50? That's two adult memberships so add both names and an additional $5 adds a student membership too!

If you don't have PayPal that's OK - we also have our WoodsonPTSO.org site that will take donations.  

Questions? Please email Sara at saralmastro@yahoo.com or Becky at tbzzdaw@gmail.com

Thank you!

Welcome to our Military Connected and Foreign Service Families

Sending a special welcome to our Military Connected and Foreign Service-affiliated students and families!  

Whether you are new to the area or returning to the Woodson Pyramid after some time away, we are thrilled you are here.  

We value your diverse experiences and your out-of-the-box perspectives, so please make your voices heard!  And if you’d like support with your integration into the Woodson community, don’t hesitate to reach out to your counselor.


Back to School Events

Traditional Cav Kickoff has been broken into three parts:

  1. Transfer Family Orientation – Thursday, August 17, 4-5PM, Library Transfer students and parents grades 10 – 12 are invited to come for a parent and student information session and guided building tour.  Spanish and ASL interpreters will be available.
  2. 9th grade Family Orientation – Thursday, August 17, 5-7PM, Auditorium
    Students and parents of grade 9 are invited to come and learn more about what high school is all about, tour the school, and become acclimated to the building.  Spanish and ASL interpreters will be available. Transportation will be provided from the following elementary schools to and from this event. Buses will depart ES at 4:15pm and will depart Woodson to return to ES locations at 7:15pm. 

    Canterbury Woods
    Wakefield Forest
    Little Run 
    Olde Creek
    Fairfax Villa 
    Oak View
  3. Open House – Friday, August 18, 9-11AM Open House sets an inviting atmosphere and welcoming tone for the school year.  All students and families may come during this informal event to tour the building, meet and greet teachers, get school supply lists, and have opportunities to sign up for clubs, activities, and the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO).  If you need to tour the building again or cannot make this open house, you are welcome to tour the school on your own on Saturday, August 19 between the hours of 8AM - 3PM. Maps will be available at entrance #1 and the doors will be unlocked.

Monday, August 21, 8:10AM - First day of school

The first bell of the new school year rings at 8:10AM!  All students must be in period 1 by this time.  Bell Schedule

Woodson Calendar for ALL Events

Did you know Woodson has an integrated calendar where you can find ALL school events? From the Odd/Even calendar to sports events, testing schedule to club meetings, this calendar has all you need to know!

You can select a category of events you want to see and then filter to target events that interest you. Categories include - Senior Class, Testing, 3rd Period, Athletics, Fine & Performing Arts, etc.

Bookmark this link to quickly access Woodson's events!


Senior Sunrise

Senior Sunrise

Attention all Seniors!

Join us for a memorable Senior Sunrise on our last, first day of school. We will be gathering at 6am in the back parking lot by the Football field on Monday, August 21st. Don't miss out on this special event! 

If you plan on attending please fill out this form


Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office.

Parents/guardians must contact the attendance office (703-503-4800) to report attendance; emails and online forms will no longer be accepted to notify our school of your student’s absence.  Woodson is not monitoring or accepting any absences submitted via email. Due to an excessive number of forgeries, the online attendance form is currently disabled. 

Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

Attendance Quick Guide

Order Your Woodson Yearbook NOW

Purchase your yearbook at the lowest price of the year!

Yearbooks for the 23-24 school year are available to order starting Friday, August 18th.

Last year, our yearbooks sold out!!! Reserve your copy now at the early-bird price of $70. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter Woodson’s code, 5278.

Don’t miss out!

Follow Us on Social Media!

For the most up to date information on activities and ongoing events at Woodson, please follow us on Instagram at @woodsoncavalry AND @wtwoodsonhs.

You can also follow your class at: @wt_woodson2024 OR @wt_woodson2025 OR @wt_woodson2026 OR @wt_woodson2027. Athletics can be followed at @woodsoncavathletics.

And, follow the Woodson PTSO on Facebook!

Dog Cartoon


Woodson Marching Cavaliers Tag Day - Saturday September 9th, 2023

Tag Day for Marching Band

The Woodson Band will be “Marching” through the district neighborhoods on Saturday, September 9th for their annual Tag Day. Tag Day is a one-day-a-year fundraising event for the band and this event helps raise funds to support all Woodson Band ensembles throughout the year.

In the past, funds have been used to help replace marching brass instruments, purchase equipment/props to support the fall marching show and repair or replace uniforms.

Please consider donating and supporting your award winning Woodson Band (ensure any No Soliciting signs are covered or removed during the day) PLUS all donations are tax deductible!Be sure not to miss this fall’s marching show, Fabergé, coming soon to a half time show near you!

Senior Class of 2024 Legacy Bricks

Legacy Bricks Courtyard

Buy a Brick and create a Lasting Legacy for your Woodson Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school between the main entrance and the auditorium still has plenty of room for bricks for you to honor your special student or alumni.  Individual bricks cost: $100.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a legacy for all the members of your family! 

To purchase, visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE. If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 14, 2024.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com 

Athletic Boosters


Student Driver Magnet

Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. You can order online HERE.  Magnets are delivered to your door contact free! We will also be selling magnets at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars which are held throughout the year at the Woodson Auditorium.

If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com


Hazel Health: Virtual Therapy Services

Hazel Health

Teletherapy services will continue to be available for all FCPS high school students at no cost this summer. Sessions can be scheduled Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hazel’s highly-qualified therapists specialize in speaking “teen.” 

Caregivers must first opt in their students to access Hazel Health. Then, a caregiver or school counselor, social worker, or psychologist can refer the student to Hazel for services. Learn more on the FCPS teletherapy webpage


Immunization Requirements for Seniors

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering twelfth grade will be required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to  Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Darlene Sheppard at dmsheppard@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

Updates to High School Transcripts

In order to increase transparency on high school transcripts, FCPS has updated high school course titles for courses that receive additional 0.5 or 1.0 weighting. 

For all enrolled high school students in the 2023-24 school year and beyond, high school course titles will now reflect:

  • An HN (Honors) for any course that has a 0.5 additional weighting. 
  • An AV (Advanced), AP (Advanced Placement), DE (Dual Enrollment), or IB (International Baccalaureate) for any course that has a 1.0 additional weighting.

The new AV label was created to address several college-level courses that previously had a 1.0 additional weighting without a designation. The course title changes will apply to all weighted courses across all high schools. 

Seniors who have already started to enter their senior year course lists through any college applications should review their course list to ensure they include appropriate course titles. 

For additional information, including how to access transcripts, please visit FCPS’ website. 

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