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Coronavirus impact

posted by Anne Fernandez

Good morning families,


As everyone is aware, the rapidly escalating caution necessary to contain the risk of spreading coronavirus has impacted almost every aspect of life. We’d like to update families on how all of this will change crew life for the next month.


First, as always, know that the safety of your kids — our kids — is the top priority of the Woodson Crew Boosters. 


From here, as the announcement from FCPS made clear, there are no practices or other after-school activities until April 12. That means experienced rowers are encouraged to practice on ergs which coaches sent home earlier this week, and novice rowers will be given workouts they can do at home to stay in shape. 


Because of this cancellation, we will not be attending the St. Andrews invitational regatta, and our parent organization VASRA has opted to cancel the regattas at Sandy Run during that window. Therefore the following events will not take place:

 

  • March 21, Polar Bear Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • March 28, St. Andrews Invitational Regatta, Middletown, DE

  • April 4, Walter Mess Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 11, Darryl Winslow Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park


As the timeline of the FCPS suspension includes Spring Break, our plans for practice over the break have also been cancelled. Any spring break practice bus reservation fees will be refunded.


Finally, for now there will be no volunteer opportunities offered either through VASRA or the team. Obviously, this will be an unusual season when everything is said and done. All families will receive credit for signing up to perform any volunteer work during the hiatus.


We have high hopes that all of these steps will flatten the curve and allow life to return to some level of normalcy later in the spring. In the meantime, we’re grateful for everything families have done to get us here, and we’re looking forward to getting the team back on the water in the future.


Thank you, and as always, pull for Woodson!


The W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters Board



PS. YOU CAN STILL KEEP IN TOUCH: If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And of course, check out our website for other updates.

Parent Away Regatta Info Session, Volunteer Opportunities, and more

posted Mar 9, 2020, 7:19 AM by Anne Fernandez

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. Restaurant Night at Chipotle

  2. Parent Away Regatta Meeting

  3. Volunteer Opportunities

  4. Spring Break Bus 

  5. St. Andrews Regatta Rideshare

  6. Keep in Touch

  7. Important Dates



1. REMINDER: Restaurant Night at Chipotle TOMORROW: Help the team raise money and get full by joining us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10 from 5-9 PM at Chipotle on Pickett Road, right by the school. Bring this flyer when you stop by Chipotle for dinner!


2. REMINDER: Parent Away-Regatta Info Session: Now that our athletes are on the water, it’s time to start thinking about our away regatta schedule. We’ll hold an information session on the three opportunities our students will have to travel to regattas and answer all your questions Wednesday, March 11 from 7-9 PM in Woodson Cafeteria B. Our ‘travel’ regattas include one at St. Andrews School in Middletown, DE, the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, PA and the SRAA Nationals (pending qualification) in Camden, NJ. There’s lots of new information so novice and returning families should be there. Forms and permission slips for St. Andrews will be distributed at this meeting as well, so please plan to attend.


3. NEW: Volunteer Opportunities: There are several important opportunities to volunteer for the upcoming regatta season including beginning with the first event March 21st.


  1. RAFT: The Rower Athlete Food Tent (RAFT) provides our students with a variety of fresh and healthy food options on race days. Families will be assigned food to bring to the pre-regatta dinners. We need two parent volunteers to pick up the food at the dinners the night before AND deliver the food to the boathouse the morning of the regatta (by 6:45am) and help with set up. We also need two parent volunteers per shift to: set-up in the morning, maintain/replenish food and drinks throughout the regatta, and close-down the food tent when the regatta ends. Sign up now.

  2. Pre-Regatta Dinner Hosts and Chaperones: We still have slots for chaperones to support each dinner by keeping food stations filled and trash emptied. Chaperones receive a volunteer credit and there are plenty of slots available. Please sign up here to help out

  3. St. Andrews Regatta: We need help setting up tents and food at the St. Andrews regatta, serving lunch and maintaining the food tent throughout the day and helping break down the food tent at the end of the event. Sign up now to help us.


4. REMINDER: Spring Break Bus: Remember, if your student wants a seat in the Spring Break bus, you must sign them up ASAP. The fee for the bus is $100 per rider and we will only be offering the bus if we reach the minimum of 42 participants. This is the only way to ensure all our costs are covered. If we don’t register enough students, we’ll refund any fees paid.


The bus will depart Woodson each day of Spring Break at 8:30 AM and return students to the school at 3:30 PM. Practice is in two shifts, 9-11 AM and 1-3 PM, with a lunch break in between. Register for the Spring Break bus now and pay through PayPal.  


5. REMINDER: St. Andrews Regatta: While we will discuss this more at the parent away regatta information session Wednesday night, we are already making plans for getting our students to St. Andrews. Because the Polar Bear regatta is for experienced rowers only, this regatta in Middletown, DE will be the first competition for all Woodson rowers — and no venue has a better view of the races. 


While we previously transported the athletes by bus, we often ran into issues because the venue can’t accommodate large charter buses. This year, we are asking parents to get athletes to and from the event, about two hours away. To plan this, we are interested in getting a handle on how many parents will attend and putting together a ridesharing plan to ensure that all of our students have safe transport to and from St. Andrews. We will be offering volunteer credit for participating in the rideshare, which will require meeting at Woodson early on Saturday the 28th and remaining at the event until the boats are rigged and ready to transport back to the school. Please respond to this brief survey and let us know if you can help with the rideshare.



6. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

7. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • March 10, Restaurant fundraiser at Chipotle (bring this flyer)

  • March 11, Away Regatta Parent Information Session

  • March 20, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (all rowers attend)

  • March 21, Polar Bear Regatta (returning rowers compete, novice rowers welcome to support the team), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • March 28, St. Andrews Invitational Regatta, Middletown, DE

  • April 3, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner 

  • April 4, Walter Mess Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 10, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner

  • April 11, Darryl Winslow Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 17, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner

  • April 18, Ted Phoenix Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 24, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner

  • April 25, Al Urquia Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 1, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner

  • May 2, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 1), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 8, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner

  • May 9, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 2), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 15-16, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • May 22-23, SRAA National Championships, Camden, NJ

  • May 28, End-of-season party, details TBD

Spring Break Bus, Uniforms, Parent Away Regatta Info Session, Pre-Regatta Dinner Signups, Restaurant Night at Chipotle and more

posted Mar 2, 2020, 4:54 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. Spring Break Bus

  2. Uniforms are IN

  3. Practice Schedule Changes and Picture Day

  4. Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner Chaperone Signup

  5. Spirit Wear Store is OPEN

  6. Restaurant Night at Chipotle

  7. Away Regatta Meeting 

  8. St. Andrews Regatta Rideshare

  9. Nutrition Info

  10. Keep in Touch

  11. Important Dates



1. NEW: Spring Break Bus: Thanks to everyone who signaled their interest in a bus for students during spring break. The fee for the bus is $100 per rider and we will only be offering the bus if we have a minimum of 42 participants. This is the only way to ensure all our costs are covered. If we don’t register enough students, we’ll refund any fees paid.


The bus will depart Woodson each day of Spring Break at 8:30 AM and return students there at 3:30 PM. Practice is in two shifts, 9-11 AM and 1-3 PM, with a lunch break in between. Head over here to register for the Spring Break bus and pay through PayPal.  


2. REMINDER: Uniforms are IN: If you didn’t get your uniform over the weekend, you can pick them up at the home of Monica Perry today between 11 AM and 5 PM. Any remaining uniforms will be brought to practice Tuesday. The address is 8703 Braeburn Dr, Annandale. 


3. NEW: Practice Schedule Changes and Picture Day: Because Tuesday, March 3, is a teacher in-service day, there is no practice bus from Woodson to Sandy Run. We’ve moved practice a little earlier this day to save a little daylight (and warmth). Athletes should be at Sandy Run at 3:30 PM. Wednesday, March 4 after school, we’ll take a quick team picture in the stadium before boarding the bus. Athletes will need to wear their uniforms for the picture. Students should check the student slack for where to report. 


4. NEW: Pre-Regatta Dinner Hosts and Chaperones: Thank you to everyone who agreed to host a pre-regatta dinner. We still have one slot available for hosting a dinner in April. And of course, these parent volunteers will need a few people to support each dinner keeping food stations filled and trash emptied. Chaperones receive a volunteer credit and there are plenty of slots available. Please sign up here to help out. 


5. REMINDER: Spirit Wear Store is OPEN: Head over to the WT Woodson Crew Spirit Wear store and check out a great selection of hats, shirts, vests and totes to wear while you cheer on your athlete. The store stays open until midnight March 8, and a portion of sales benefits the team. Visit today!


6. REMINDER: Restaurant Night at Chipotle March 10: Help the team raise money and get full by joining us Tuesday, March 10 from 4-8 PM at Chipotle on Pickett Road, right by the school. Bring this flyer when you stop by Chipotle for dinner!


7. REMINDER: Parent Away-Regatta Info Session: Now that our athletes are on the water, it’s time to start thinking about our away regatta schedule. We’ll hold an information session on the three opportunities our students will have to travel to regattas and answer all your questions Wednesday, March 11 from 7-9 PM in Woodson Cafeteria B. Our ‘travel’ regattas include one at St. Andrews School in Middletown, DE (more on this one below), the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, PA and the SRAA Nationals (pending qualification) in Camden, NJ. As information about these events changes year over year, we would appreciate it if both new and returning rower families could attend this session.


8. NEW: St. Andrews Regatta: St. Andrews is an invitation-only regatta that Woodson Crew has participated in for the past several years. Because the Polar Bear regatta is for experienced rowers only, this regatta will be the first competition for all Woodson rowers — and no venue has a better view of the races. If you are able to make a day of it, we encourage you to attend. While we previously transported the athletes by bus, we often ran into issues because the venue can’t accommodate large charter buses. 


This year, we are asking parents to get athletes to and from the event. It is about two hours away. Ideally, athletes would share rides with their boatmates (though right now, boat lineups aren’t locked). So at this stage we are interested in getting a handle on how many parents are planning to attend and asking if they will participate in a ridesharing plan to make sure all of our students have safe transport to and from St. Andrews. Please respond to this brief survey this week and let us know. Parents participating in rideshare for St. Andrews will receive a volunteer credit.


Finally, later this week and at the away regatta information session, we will be sharing some important forms to complete so your student can participate at St. Andrews. 


9. REMINDER: Nutrition Info: Have you noticed your athlete’s appetite increasing yet? The difference between winter conditioning and working out on the water (in the cold) means more calories are burned and need to be replaced. Here’s the best way to feed your hungry athlete.


10. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

11. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • March 4, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • March 7, VASRA Occoquan Work Day (two shifts, 9 AM and 1 PM, see vasra.org for more information)

  • March 10, Restaurant fundraiser at Chipotle (bring this flyer)

  • March 11, Away Regatta Parent Information Session, Cafeteria B, Woodson High School

  • March 20, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • March 21, Polar Bear Regatta (Returning rowers only), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • March 28, St. Andrews Invitational Regatta, Middletown, DE (see ridesharing information above)

  • April 3, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (host needed, see information above)

  • April 4, Walter Mess Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 10, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • April 11, Darryl Winslow Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 17, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • April 18, Ted Phoenix Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 24, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • April 25, Al Urquia Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 1, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • May 2, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 1), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 8, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • May 9, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 2), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 15-16, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • May 22-23, SRAA National Championships, Camden, NJ

  • May 28, End-of-season party, details TBD

On-the-Water Practice Starts Today, Practice Bus Chaperones, Parent Social and more

posted Feb 24, 2020, 5:50 AM by Anne Fernandez

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. On-the-Water Practice Begins TODAY

  2. Practice Bus Chaperones

  3. Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner Host + Chaperone Signup

  4. Spirit Wear Store is OPEN

  5. VASRA Signup

  6. Parent Social

  7. Restaurant Night at Chipotle

  8. Away Regatta Meeting 

  9. Nutrition Info

  10. Keep in Touch

  11. Important Dates



1. REMINDER: On-the-water practice: Hopefully, all the athletes have forms completed and rides arranged so they can participate in the first on-the-water practice of the 2020 Crew Season. If you still have questions about what will be happening over the next three months, you can download the parent’s on-the-water presentation here. And of course, feel free to ask a question in Slack and a crew boosters board member will try and help out. Remember, until regattas begin, the practice schedule is:


Monday through Friday (until the week of March 14th when regatta season begins)

Depart Woodson at approximately 3:30 p.m. (By bus or carpool)

Practice at “the River” from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Return to Woodson at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Shower, eat, homework, sleep, repeat


Saturday Practices

Practice Schedule: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. (No bus)



2. REMINDER: Practice Bus Chaperone: If your athlete is on the bus, as noted in the Bus Agreement Registration: “Every family must provide an adult chaperone for a practice date at least one time per rower for the round- trip.” There is still one open slot in March and a handful open in April and a fair amount in May. There should be no open slots at this point. Every bus participating family should be signed up for a chaperone date. Please sign up now! We are working on the Spring Break Bus information arrangement and will share information next week — but for now we really need to get these chaperone slots filled. Sign up today!


3. NEW: Pre-Regatta Dinner Hosts and Chaperones. The WTW Crew Team enjoys pre-regatta dinners each Friday night during the season. Host homes are needed along with chaperones to help the host family. Host homes must be able to accommodate a buffet-style meal for 80-100 athletes. It’s a great idea to attend one of the Friday night dinners before your first time hosting so you can get a sense of what is involved in making one of these dinners a success. Hosts homes provide disposable paper products (strong plates, forks, knives, no cups needed), serving utensils, and trash receptacles (1 per room recommended). (The food is provided potluck-style and food assignments will be outlined in future communications.) Chaperones help with set-up, clean-up, and oversight. This is a working event for the volunteers, so if you volunteer to host, you’ll receive two volunteer credits while chaperones receive one. Please sign up here if you are available. 


4. REMINDER: Spirit Wear Store is OPEN: Head over to the WT Woodson Crew Spirit Wear store and check out a great selection of hats, shirts, vests and totes to wear while you cheer on your athlete. The store stays open until midnight March 8 and a portion of sales benefits the team. Visit today!


5. REMINDER: VASRA Requirement: Every family has a requirement to help support our parent organization, VASRA, which helps make our regattas possible. You can sign up now to work the concession booth, drive a launch during the regatta, staff the finish line or support the recovery dock. Sign up now to make sure we fulfill our obligation to VASRA and have a great 2020 season.


6. REMINDER: Parent Social: Soon, we’ll be cheering together on the grandstand and volunteering at the RAFT tent, so it’s a good time to get to know the other parents of Woodson Crew. Come to the parent social and connect with the coaches as well as other crew parents, both returning and new. We’re grateful to the McCarthy family for hosting this event Friday, February 28 from 7 to 10 pm at their home, 4003 Hunting Pines Court in Fairfax. Don’t forget, we’ll also be raffling off some FUNdraising items including passes for Flight trampoline park, Pev’s Paintball and the Cave Gaming Center. This is a heavy appetizer & dessert, BYO-adult beverage event for parents only! Sign up now to bring join us and bring something to share.


7. REMINDER: Restaurant Night at Chipotle March 10: Help the team raise money and get full by joining us Tuesday March 10 from 4-8 PM at Chipotle on Pickett Road, right by the school. Bring this flyer when you stop by Chipotle for dinner!


8. REMINDER: Parent Away-Regatta Info Session: Now that our athletes are on the water, it’s time to start thinking about our away regatta schedule. We’ll hold an information session on the three opportunities our students will have to travel to regattas and answer all your questions Wednesday, March 11 from 7 to 9 PM in Woodson Cafeteria B. Our first ‘travel’ regatta — and the first one for our novice rowers — is by invitation at St. Andrews School in Middletown, DE. The other away regattas are the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, PA and SRAA Nationals (pending qualification) in Camden, NJ. Learn more at the info session next month. As information about these events changes year over year, we would appreciate if both new and returning rower families could attend this session.


9. REMINDER: Nutrition Info: As we discussed at the parent on-the-water meeting, your rower will be eating a lot more now that one-the-water practices have begun. Here’s the best way to prepare for feeding your hungry athlete.


10. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

11. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • February 24, On the water practice begins

  • February 28, Parent Social, 4003 Hunting Pines Court in Fairfax

  • February 29, VASRA Occoquan Work Day (two shifts, 9 AM and 1 PM, see vasra.org for more information) 

  • March 4, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • March 7, VASRA Occoquan Work Day (two shifts, 9 AM and 1 PM, see vasra.org for more information)

  • March 10, Restaurant fundraiser at Chipotle

  • March 11, Away Regatta Parent Information Session

  • March 20, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • March 21, Polar Bear Regatta (Returning rowers only), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • March 28, St. Andrews Invitational Regatta, Middletown, DE

  • April 3, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • April 4, Walter Mess Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 10, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • April 11, Darryl Winslow Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 17, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • April 18, Ted Phoenix Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 24, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • April 25, Al Urquia Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 1, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • May 2, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 1), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 8, Pre-Regatta Pasta Dinner (see above)

  • May 9, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 2), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 15-16, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • May 22-23, SRAA National Championships, Camden, NJ

Parent Meeting Deck, Countdown to On-the-Water Practices, Boathouse Workday, Parent Social and more

posted Feb 18, 2020, 12:31 PM by Anne Fernandez

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. Parent On-the-Water Meeting Info

  2. Membership Forms

  3. Carpool Plans

  4. Spring Break Bus Poll

  5. VASRA Signup

  6. Parent Social

  7. Restaurant Night at Chipotle

  8. Away Regatta Meeting 

  9. Nutrition Info

  10. Keep in Touch

  11. Important Dates


Thanks to everyone who braved the cold Saturday morning to help get the team ready to take to the water in just six days! 


1. REMINDER: Parent on-the-water orientation: If you missed the parent on-the-water orientation earlier this month, you can download the presentation here. If you have questions, ask in Slack and a board member will help out. 


2. REMINDER: Membership Forms: The Woodson Crew Membership team is working hard to make sure every athlete can get on the water next week. Please be sure all your membership registration forms are turned in ASAP. This includes parent and student driver forms and student emergency care forms which must be turned in to the membership team. This also includes parent and student online concussion safety training confirmation forms and a VHSL physical dated after May 1, 2019, which must be turned in to the Woodson trainer's office, Room C158. 


3. REMINDER: Carpools: Parents continue to organize carpools for getting to practice at Sandy Run. If you’re not on the bus and you want to find out if a carpool can help get your athlete to the water, join the carpool channel in the parent Slack today. (Not on Slack? Email to request an invitation now.)


And if your student is on the bus, you must fill one bus chaperone slot. We are in urgent need of a parent chaperone for Wednesday, March 4th as well as several dates later in the season. Please sign up now


4. NEW: Spring Break Bus Poll: There’s still time to head over to the parent Slack and look for the poll to tell us if you’d be interested in a spring break bus. Your interest will tell us whether renting a bus is viable for spring break 2020. If so, we’ll send out more information next month. 


5. REMINDER: VASRA Requirement: Every family has a requirement to help support our parent organization, VASRA, which helps make our regattas possible. You can sign up now to work the concession booth, drive a launch during the regatta, staff the finish line or support the recovery dock. Sign up now to make sure we fulfill our obligation to VASRA and have a great 2020 season.


6. REMINDER: Parent Social: Get to know the other parents of Woodson Crew before the season gets under way. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with the coaches as well as other crew parents, both returning and new. We’re grateful to the McCarthy family for hosting this event Friday, February 28 from 7 to 10 pm at their home, 4003 Hunting Pines Court in Fairfax. We will be raffling off some FUNdraising items including passes for Flight trampoline park, Pev’s Paintball and the Cave Gaming Center. This is a heavy appetizer & dessert, BYO-adult beverage event for parents only! Sign up now to bring join us and bring something to share.


7. NEW: Restaurant Night at Chipotle March 10: Help the team raise money and get full by joining us Tuesday March 10 from 4-8 PM at Chipotle on Pickett Road, right by the school. Bring this flyer when you stop by Chipotle for dinner!


8. REMINDER: Parent Away-Regatta Info Session: Once the athletes are on the water, it’s time to start thinking about our away regatta schedule. We’ll hold an information session on our away regatta schedule to answer all your questions Wednesday, March 11 from 7 to 9 PM in Woodson Cafeteria B. Our first ‘travel’ regatta — and the first one for our novice rowers — is by invitation at St. Andrews School in Middletown, DE. The other away regattas are the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, PA and SRAA Nationals (pending qualification) in Camden, NJ. Learn more at the info session next month.


9. REMINDER: Nutrition Info: Your rower will be eating a lot more once we shift to one-the-water practices. Here’s a good overview of the best way to prepare for feeding your hungry athlete.


10. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

11. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • February 24, On the water practice begins

  • February 28, Parent Social, 4003 Hunting Pines Court in Fairfax

  • March 4, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • March 10, Restaurant fundraiser at Chipotle

  • March 11, Away Regatta Parent Information Session

  • March 21, Polar Bear Regatta (Returning rowers only), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • March 28, St. Andrews Invitational Regatta, Middletown, DE

  • April 4, Walter Mess Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 11, Darryl Winslow Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 18, Ted Phoenix Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 25, Al Urquia Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 2, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 1), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 9, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 2), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 15-16, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • May 22-23, SRAA National Championships, Camden, NJ

Parent Meeting Deck, Countdown to On-the-Water Practices, Boathouse Workday, Parent Social and more

posted Feb 10, 2020, 7:30 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. Parent On-the-Water Meeting Info

  2. Membership Forms

  3. Carpool Plans

  4. Spring Break Bus Poll

  5. Boathouse Workday

  6. VASRA Signup

  7. Nutrition Info

  8. Parent Social

  9. Restaurant Night at Chipotle

  10. Away Regatta Meeting 

  11. Keep in Touch

  12. Important Dates


Thanks to those who joined us Thursday for the parent on-the-water meeting and for everyone who has been out walking our neighborhoods for this off-season’s tag days. Our students have had very strong turnout and results from the tag day fundraising and we’re in great shape to get on the water next month.


1. NEW: Parent on-the-water orientation: Hopefully you were able to join us at the parent on-the-water orientation Thursday night. If not, you can download the presentation here. If you have questions, you can ask in Slack and a board member will help out. 


2. REMINDER: Membership Forms: The Woodson Crew Membership team is working hard to make sure every athlete can get on the water on February 24th. But they need your help. Make sure all your membership registration forms are turned in ASAP. Parent and student driver forms and student emergency care forms must be turned in to the membership team. The parent and student online concussion safety training signature page and a VHSL physical dated after May 1, 2019 must be turned in to the Woodson trainer's office, Room C158. Find missing forms and instruction here.


3. REMINDER: Carpools: Although the bus taking students to crew practice at Sandy Run is completely full, students and their parents are organizing carpools to make sure everyone gets to the water safely. Join the carpool channel in the parent Slack to arrange rides for practices. (Not on Slack? Email to request an invitation now.)


And if your student is on the bus, you must fill one bus chaperone slot. Sign up now


4. NEW: Spring Break Bus Poll: Head over to the parent Slack and look for the poll in the 'general' channel to tell us if you’d be interested in a spring break bus. Your interest will tell us whether renting a bus is viable for spring break 2020. 


5. REMINDER: Boathouse Workday February 15: Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer for the boathouse workday to prepare for the on-the-water season to begin. We still need a few student volunteers to help put launches in the water, get shells rigged and cleaned, organize the cox shed and more. We can also use a second parent with a pickup truck to help retrieve fuel for the launches. Sign up now.


And if it’s your first time visiting Sandy Run, stick around for a tour of the site (conditions permitting) to be prepared to cheer on the team when regatta season begins in March. Coach Joe plans to begin the Sandy Run Park tour about 11 AM.


6. REMINDER: VASRA Requirement: Every family has a requirement to help support our parent organization, VASRA, which helps make our regattas possible. You can sign up now to work the concession booth, drive a launch during the regatta, staff the finish line or support the recovery dock. Sign up now to make sure we fulfill our obligation to VASRA and have a great 2020 season.


If you’re interested in joining the “river rats” to set up the course in the early morning hours before regattas, there is a training 1-3 PM Saturday, February 15th. Learn more at vasra.org


7. REMINDER: Nutrition Information: Parents may find that their athlete will be requiring more food once they are practicing on the water and the competitive regatta season has begun. Get some pointers about nutrition for rowers and a outline of the different kinds of food they require at different times (during the week, on regatta day, after races, etc) from this presentation, also available on our website.


8. REMINDER: Parent Social: Get to know the fellow parents of Woodson Crew before the season gets under way. We’re grateful to the McCarthy family for hosting this event Friday, February 28 from 7 to 10 pm at their home, 4003 Hunting Pines Court in Fairfax. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with the coaches as well as other crew parents (both seasoned and new!). This year, we’ll be raffling off some FUNdraising items including passes for Flight trampoline park, Pev’s Paintball and the Cave Gaming Center. This is a heavy appetizer & dessert, BYO-adult beverage event for parents only! Sign up now to bring join us and bring something to share.


9. NEW: Restaurant Night at Chipotle March 10: Help the team raise money and get full by joining us Tuesday March 10 from 4-8 PM at Chipotle on Pickett Road, right by the school. Be on the lookout for a flyer in an email later this month then stop by Chipotle for dinner March 10!


10. NEW: Parent Away-Regatta Info Session: Once the athletes are on the water, it’s time to start thinking about our away regatta schedule. We’ll hold our away regatta parent info session to answer all your questions Tuesday, March 11 from 7 to 9 PM in Woodson Cafeteria B. Our first ‘travel’ regatta is by invitation at St. Andrews School in Middletown, DE. The other away regattas are the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, PA and SRAA Nationals (pending qualification) in Camden, NJ. Learn more at the info session next month.


11. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

12. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • February 15, Boathouse Workday, 9 AM

  • February 24, On the water practice begins

  • February 28, Parent Social, 4003 Hunting Pines Court in Fairfax

  • March 4, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • March 10, Restaurant fundraiser at Chipotle

  • March 11, Away Regatta Parent Information Session

  • March 21, Polar Bear Regatta (Returning rowers only), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • March 28, St. Andrews Invitational Regatta, Middletown, DE

  • April 4, Walter Mess Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 11, Darryl Winslow Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 18, Ted Phoenix Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 25, Al Urquia Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 2, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 1), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 9, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 2), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 15-16, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • May 22-23, SRAA National Championships, Camden, NJ

Parent On-the-Water Meeting, Final Tag Days, Erg Sprints, Boathouse Workday and more

posted Feb 3, 2020, 2:06 PM by Anne Fernandez

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. Parent On-the-Water Meeting THIS WEEK

  2. Restaurant Fundraiser TODAY

  3. Practice Bus

  4. Carpool Plans

  5. Final Tag Day

  6. Boathouse Workday

  7. VASRA requirement

  8. Parent Social

  9. Keep in Touch

  10. Important Dates


Congrats to everyone who participated in the Erg Sprints at T.C. Williams High School on Saturday. We had 30 student-athletes and one coach participate! A great showing by Woodson Crew!  Some photos from the event can be found on our SmugMug Page here, and a few videos here.


1. REMINDER: Parent on-the-water orientation: Join us This Thursday February 6 from 7-9 PM in WT Woodson Cafeteria B. Winter conditioning is nearly over. Join us to learn what to expect from crew once the competitive regatta season starts. We will share important information for novice and returning parents alike. Board representatives, coaches and team captains will be on hand to answer questions. Membership will help you complete any outstanding registration requirements including Parent/Student Driver forms, emergency care forms and US Rowing Waivers that night.


2. REMINDER: Restaurant Fundraiser at Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall TONIGHT: Bring your hungry athlete to Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall after Winter Conditioning tonight, February 3 between 4 and 9 PM and mention Woodson Crew or bring this flyer to have a portion of the proceeds benefit the team. Tell your friends and come out for pizza, pasta and more. 


3. REMINDER: Practice Bus: If your student is a rider on the practice bus, you need to sign up for your chaperone duty. Sign up here as soon as you can commit to a day. There are still many openings that must be filled.


Also, if you are on the practice bus, but circumstances change and you don’t want to hold the seat, please let us know ASAP. There is a waitlist and it is likely your spot will be filled, but we want to be fair to our fellow crew families, so we want to fill seats in order of waitlist. Contact wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com to notify about a bus change.


4. REMINDER: Carpools: Although the bus taking students to crew practice at Sandy Run is completely full, students and their parents are organizing carpools to make sure everyone gets to the water safely. Join the carpool channel in the parent Slack to arrange rides for practices. (Not on Slack? Email to request an invitation now.)


5. REMINDER: Tag Days: Thank you to everyone for hitting the streets for Saturday’s Tag Day. The FINAL TAG DAY is scheduled for next Saturday, February 8. 


All rowers and coxswains — including novices — are required to participate in some part of Tag Days, so if you haven’t been able to get the required number of shifts, Saturday is your last chance. Please sign up now to fulfill your Tag Day requirement. Please contact WTW Crew volunteer chair Susan Burger if you have questions about Tag Days at wtwcrewvolunteer@gmail.com  


6. REMINDER: Boathouse Workday February 15: Please sign up now to volunteer for a boathouse workday to prepare for the on-the-water season to begin. We’ll need volunteers to put launches in the water, get shells rigged and cleaned, organize the cox shed and more. We’ll also need a parent with a pickup truck to help in getting fuel for the launches. We need athletes and parents to volunteer and make this workday a success. Sign up now.


And if it’s your first time visiting Sandy Run, stick around for a tour of the site (conditions permitting) to be prepared to cheer on the team when regatta season begins in March.


7. REMINDER: VASRA Requirement: Every family has a requirement to help support our parent organization, VASRA, which helps make our regattas possible. Look for a sign-up genius with volunteer opportunities around each regatta of our season. If you’re interested in learning how to do some of the set-up tasks — the most important work to make these events a success — you can get trained on becoming a ‘river rat’ on Saturday, February 15th. Learn more at vasra.org


8. NEW: Parent Social: Get to know the fellow parents of Woodson Crew before the season gets under way. We’re grateful to the McCarthy family for hosting this event Friday, February 28 from 7 to 10 pm at their home, 4003 Hunting Pines Court in Fairfax. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with the coaches as well as other crew Parents (both seasoned and new!). This year, we’ll be raffling off some FUNdraising items including passes for Flight trampoline park, Pev’s Paintball and the Cave Gaming Center. This is a heavy appetizer & dessert, BYO-adult beverage event for parents only! Sign up now to bring join us and bring something to share.


9. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

10. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • February 3, WTW Restaurant Fundraiser at Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall

  • February 5, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • February 6, Parent on-the-water meeting

  • February 8, Tag Day

  • February 15, Boathouse Workday, 9 AM

  • February 24, On the water practice begins

  • February 28, Parent Social 

  • March 4, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • March 21, Polar Bear Regatta (Returning rowers only), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • March 28, St. Andrews Invitational Regatta, Middletown, DC

  • April 4, Walter Mess Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 11, Darryl Winslow Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 18, Ted Phoenix Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 25, Al Urquia Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 2, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 1), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 9, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 2), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 15-16, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • May 22-23, SRAA National Championships, Camden, NJ

Parent On-the-Water Meeting, Tag Days, Erg Sprints, Boathouse Workday and more

posted Jan 27, 2020, 1:36 PM by Anne Fernandez

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. Parent On-the-Water Meeting

  2. Winter Conditioning

  3. Carpool Plans

  4. Boathouse Workday

  5. Tag Day

  6. Restaurant Fundraiser

  7. Parent Social

  8. Keep in Touch

  9. Important Dates


1. REMINDER: Parent on-the-water orientation: Join us Thursday February 6 from 7-9 PM in WT Woodson Cafeteria B. Winter conditioning is nearly over. Join us to learn what to expect from crew once the competitive regatta season starts. We will share important information for novice and returning parents alike. Board representatives, coaches and team captains will be on hand to answer questions. Membership will help you complete any outstanding registration requirements including Parent/Student Driver forms, emergency care forms and US Rowing Waivers that night.


2. REMINDER: Winter Conditioning: Although students are not in school today and tomorrow, winter conditioning is still happening. Athletes should report at the usual time both days. 


3. REMINDER: Carpools: Although the bus taking students to crew practice at Sandy Run is completely full, students and their parents are organizing carpools to make sure everyone gets to the water safely. Join the carpool channel in the parent Slack to arrange rides for practices. (Not on Slack? Email to request an invitation now.)


If you are on the practice bus, but circumstances change and you want to be removed from the bus, don’t fret! There is a waitlist so it is likely your spot will be filled, but to be fair to families, we want to fill seats in order of waitlist.  Remember, all practice bus participants must have their bus transportation agreement sent to wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com ASAP.  It was due by January 21, 2020!  Do not delay on sending it! Also don’t forget to sign up for your chaperone duty.  Sign up here: Practice Bus Chaperone Sign Up there are still many openings that must be filled.


4. REMINDER: Tag Days: Thank you to everyone for making a go of Saturday’s soggy Tag Day. Right now we have a Tag Day scheduled for the next two Saturdays, February 1 and February 8. If we have a great turnout next week, we may be able to drop the final Tag Day. 


All rowers and coxswains — including novices — are required to participate in some part of Tag Days. Returning rowers need to attend four Tag Day shifts and novice rowers must attend three shifts. Please sign up now to fulfill your Tag Day requirement. Please contact WTW Crew volunteer chair Susan Burger if you have questions about Tag Days at wtwcrewvolunteer@gmail.com  


5. REMINDER: Restaurant Fundraiser at Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall: Bring your hungry athlete to Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall after Winter Conditioning Monday February 3 between 4 and 9 PM and mention Woodson Crew or bring this flyer to have a portion of the proceeds benefit the team. Tell your friends and come out for pizza, pasta and more. 


6. REMINDER: Boathouse Workday February 15: Please sign up now to volunteer for a boathouse workday to prepare for the on-the-water season to begin. We’ll need volunteers to put launches in the water, get shells rigged and cleaned, organize the cox shed and more. We’ll also need a parent with a pickup truck to help in getting fuel for the launches. We need athletes and parents to volunteer and make this workday a success. Sign up now.


And if it’s your first time visiting Sandy Run, stick around for a tour of the site to be prepared to cheer on the team when regatta season begins in March.


7. REMINDER: Every family has a requirement to help support our parent organization, VASRA, which helps make our regattas possible. A great way to help is by volunteering during one of the VASRA workdays, preparing the course and grounds at Sandy Run for our regatta season. Sign up now to volunteer!


8. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

9. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • February 1, Tag Day

  • February 1, Erg Sprints

  • February 3, WTW Restaurant Fundraiser at Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall

  • February 5, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • February 6, Parent on-the-water meeting

  • February 8, Tag Day (if needed)

  • February 15, Boathouse Workday, 9 AM

  • February 24, On the water practice begins

  • February 28, Save the Date - Parent Social (Details and sign-up here)

  • March 4, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • March 21, Polar Bear Regatta (Returning rowers only), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • March 28, St. Andrews Invitational, Middletown, DE

  • April 4, Walter Mess Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 11, Darryl Winslow Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 18, Ted Phoenix Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • April 25, Al Urquia Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 2, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 1), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 9, Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship (Day 2), Sandy Run Regional Park

  • May 15-16, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.

Uniform Store Closes Today, Tag Days, Erg Sprints, Parent On-The-Water Meeting, Boathouse Workday and more

posted Jan 23, 2020, 8:10 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. Last Day to Order Uniforms - January 20!

  2. Practice Bus Is Full

  3. Tag Days

  4. Restaurant Fundraiser

  5. Erg Sprints

  6. Boathouse Workday

  7. Parent On-the-Water Meeting

  8. VASRA Workday

  9. Keep in Touch

  10. Important Dates



1. REMINDER: TODAY Is the LAST DAY to Buy a New Uniform: The WTW Crew Team uniform store closes tonight at midnight. Visit  https://wtwcrew.itemorder.com/sale to order now. Again, orders must be placed by today, January 20, 2020.


Mandatory items for purchase are the Unisuit and Cold Weather Training Top. Unis and tops are gender-specific, so make sure you order the correct gender uni and top for your rower. Optional items are also available such as a Visor, a Stevenson weathershirt, and wind pants. The weathershirt is monogrammable for an extra charge of $6.


Members of the men’s team who have unisuits and Cold Weather Training Tops from previous years that fit are not required to buy new ones. However, all women rowers will need to buy a new Unisuit and a Cold Weather Training Top because the style of both has changed this year.


Uniforms will be delivered to the Uniform/Spirit Wear Chair and will be distributed upon arrival.


Again, today is the deadline to order! So get your order in today!


2. REMINDER: Practice Bus and Carpools: For those who signed up for the after-school bus to crew practice at Sandy Run, please be sure to send the completed bus transportation agreement as soon as possible. You are only guaranteed a seat on the bus if you’ve completed the agreement in addition to your already submitted payment. Please be sure to have your form in by tomorrow, January 21st.


If you are on the practice bus, but circumstances change and you want to be removed from the bus, don’t fret! There is a waitlist so it is likely your spot will be filled, but needs to be filled in order of waitlist.  Please email wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com with any questions and to get on the waitlist for the bus. 


Carpool anyone? Families have already begun organizing carpools to practice. Join the carpool channel in the parent Slack to arrange rides for practices. (Not on Slack? Email to request an invitation now.)


3. REMINDER: Tag Days: The next Tag Day is this Saturday, January 25. All rowers and coxswains — including novices — are required to participate in some part of Tag Days. Returning rowers need to attend four Tag Day shifts and novice rowers must attend three shifts. Please sign up now to fulfill your Tag Day requirement. After January 25, the remaining Tag Days are February 1 and 8 (if needed). 


Please contact WTW Crew volunteer chair Susan Burger if you have questions about Tag Days at wtwcrewvolunteer@gmail.com  


4. NEW: Restaurant Fundraiser at Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall: Bring your hungry athlete to Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall after Winter Conditioning Monday February 3 between 4 and 9 PM and mention Woodson Crew or bring this flyer to have a portion of the proceeds benefit the team. Tell your friends and come out for pizza, pasta and more. 


5. REMINDER: 35th Annual Erg Sprints at T.C. Williams. Registration is open for one of the largest indoor rowing competitions for 18 and under rowers in the country, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at T.C. Williams High School. Athletes do not have to qualify to enter and all ages and levels of experience are welcome. If you are unsure what event to enter have your athlete contact their coach.


Get more information and register at www.ErgSprints.com


6. REMINDER: Boathouse Workday February 15: Please sign up now to volunteer for a boathouse workday to prepare for the on-the-water season to begin. We’ll need volunteers to put launches in the water, get shells rigged and cleaned, organize the cox shed and more. We’ll also need a parent with a pickup truck to help in getting fuel for the launches. We need athletes and parents to volunteer and make this workday a success. Sign up now.


And if it’s your first time visiting Sandy Run, stick around for a tour of the site to be prepared to cheer on the team when regatta season begins in March.


7. SAVE THE DATE: Parent on-the-water orientation: Join us February 6 from 7-9 PM in WT Woodson Cafeteria B. Winter conditioning is nearly over. Join us to learn what to expect from crew once the competitive regatta season starts. We will share important information for novice and returning parents alike. Board representatives, coaches, and team captains will be on hand to answer questions. Membership will have blank Parent/Student Driver forms and help parents sign US Rowing Waivers that night.


8. NEW: VASRA Workday Orientation February 15: VASRA, our parent organization, prepares the course at Sandy Run, operates concessions and manages all the people and resources to make our regattas possible. Parents have a requirement to volunteer for VASRA duties to ensure that every season is a success. The first VASRA workday of the season will be February 15, and there is an afternoon session beginning at 1 PM. This is a great way to learn what is required of the ‘river rats’ volunteer corps which prepares and maintains the buoys, starting dock and finish line for our regattas. Visit VASRA.org to learn more.


9. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

10. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • January 25, Tag Day

  • February 1, Tag Day

  • February 1, Erg Sprints

  • February 3, WTW Restaurant Fundraiser at Mamma Lucia in Fair City Mall

  • February 5, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • February 6, Parent on-the-water meeting, 7-9 PM, Woodson Cafeteria B

  • February 8, Tag Day (if needed)

  • February 15, Boathouse Workday, 9 AM

  • February 15, VASRA Workday, 1 PM

  • February 24, On the water practice begins

  • February 28, Save the Date - Parent Social (Details forthcoming)

  • March 4, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

Uniform Store Open, Tag Days, Erg Sprints, Parent On-The-Water Meeting, Boathouse Workday and more

posted Jan 14, 2020, 12:21 PM by Anne Fernandez

Good morning,


In this email (details below):


  1. Uniform Store is Open

  2. Practice Bus Is Full

  3. Tag Days

  4. Erg Sprints

  5. Boathouse Workday

  6. Parent On-the-Water Meeting

  7. VASRA Workday

  8. Keep in Touch

  9. Important Dates


Thanks to everyone who helped make the first pre-season pasta dinner a success, and a special thank you to the Michelson Family for hosting the event.


1. NEW: Uniform Store Is Open: The WTW Crew Team uniform store is now open at https://wtwcrew.itemorder.com/sale. Orders must be placed by January 20, 2020.


Mandatory items for purchase are the Unisuit and Cold Weather Training Top. Unis and tops are gender-specific, so make sure you order the correct gender uni and top for your rower. Optional items are also available such as a Visor, a Stevenson weathershirt, and wind pants. The weathershirt is monogrammable for an extra charge of $6.


Members of the men’s team who have unisuits and Cold Weather Training Tops from previous years that fit are not required to buy new ones. However, all women rowers will need to buy a new Unisuit and a Cold Weather Training Top because the style of both has changed this year.


Contact Uniform/Spirit wear chair Monica Perry at wtwcrewsportswear@gmail.com if you’re not sure what size to order for your athlete and would like to set up a time to try on some of the sample uniforms.


Uniforms will be delivered to the Uniform/Spirit Wear Chair and will be distributed upon arrival.


Again, the deadline to order is January 20, 2020! So get your order in today!


2. REMINDER: Practice Bus and Carpools: For those who signed up for the after-school bus to crew practice at Sandy Run, please be sure to send the completed bus transportation agreement as soon as possible. You are only guaranteed a seat on the bus if you’ve completed the agreement in addition to your already submitted payment. Please be sure to have your form in by January 21st.


If you are on the practice bus, but circumstances change and you want to be removed from the bus, don’t fret! There is a waitlist so it is likely your spot will be filled, but needs to be filled in order of waitlist.  Please email wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com with any questions and to get on the waitlist for the bus. 


Carpool anyone? Families might want to consider carpooling, whether they hope to get off the practice bus waitlist or not. Be sure to head over to the carpool channel in the parent Slack to arrange rides for practices. (Not on Slack? Email to request an invitation now.)


3. REMINDER: Tag Days: The next Tag Day is Saturday, January 25. All rowers and coxswains — including novices — are required to participate in some part of Tag Days. Returning rowers need to attend four Tag Day shifts and novice rowers must attend three shifts. Please sign up now to fulfill your Tag Day requirement. After January 25, the remaining Tag Days are February 1 and 8. 


Please contact WTW Crew volunteer chair Susan Burger if you have questions about Tag Days at wtwcrewvolunteer@gmail.com  


4. REMINDER: 35th Annual Erg Sprints at T.C. Williams. Registration is open for one of the largest indoor rowing competitions for 18 and under rowers in the country, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at T.C. Williams High School. Athletes do not have to qualify to enter and all ages and levels of experience are welcome. As Coach Tylander reminded families, “if your child has any interest in rowing in college this is the best way to get the attention of college coaches. Doing a 2000m erg test is almost always unpleasant, but it stinks a little bit less if you do it with several hundred people cheering for you. If you are unsure what event to enter have your athlete contact their coach.”


Get more information and register at www.ErgSprints.com


5. NEW: Boathouse Workday February 15: Please sign up now to volunteer for a boathouse workday to prepare for the on-the-water season to begin. We’ll need volunteers to put launches in the water, get shells rigged and cleaned, organize the cox shed and more. We’ll also need a parent with a pickup truck to help in getting fuel for the launches. We need athletes and parents to volunteer and make this workday a success. Sign up now.


And if it’s your first time visiting Sandy Run, stick around for a tour of the site to be prepared to cheer on the team when regatta season begins in March.


6. SAVE THE DATE: Parent on-the-water orientation: Join us February 6 from 7-9 PM in WT Woodson Cafeteria B. Winter conditioning is nearly over. Join us to learn what to expect from crew once the competitive regatta season starts. We will share important information for novice and returning parents alike. Board representatives, coaches, and team captains will be on hand to answer questions. Membership will have blank Parent/Student Driver forms and help parents sign US Rowing Waivers that night.


7. NEW: VASRA Workday Orientation February 15: VASRA, our parent organization, prepares the course at Sandy Run, operates concessions and manages all the people and resources to make our regattas possible. Parents have a requirement to volunteer for VASRA duties to ensure that every season is a success. The first VASRA workday of the season will be February 15, and there is an afternoon session beginning at 1 PM. This is a great way to learn what is required of the ‘river rats’ volunteer corps which prepares and maintains the buoys, starting dock and finish line for our regattas. Visit VASRA.org to learn more.


8. KEEP IN TOUCH: There are lots of ways to keep up with Woodson Crew. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter @WoodsonCrew for all the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @wtwoodsoncrew. We also communicate with families through the messaging app Slack. If you aren’t on, contact the WTW Crew Communications VP and request an invite. And here’s a guide to getting on Slack once you do.

 

9. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • January 25, Tag Day

  • February 1, Tag Day

  • February 1, Erg Sprints

  • February 5, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

  • February 6, Parent on-the-water meeting

  • February 8, Tag Day (if needed)

  • February 15, Boathouse Workday, 9 AM

  • February 15, VASRA Workday, 1 PM

  • February 24, On the water practice begins

  • February 28, Save the Date - Parent Social (Details forthcoming)

  • March 4, WTW Crew Boosters Board Meeting, Room C-123, Woodson High School

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