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

posted Jan 27, 2020, 1:36 PM by Anne Fernandez   [ updated Jan 27, 2020, 1:36 PM by WTW Crew Webmaster ]

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.