PTSO Parent Resources

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice, homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addition and overdose; and underage drinking. Information may be found by exploring the following resources:

Workshops and Resources to Benefit Parents, Teachers and/or Teens

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases, you must register if registration information is provided.

REVIVE Training Saves a Life – You Can, Too
Variety of dates and locations in June, July & August
Want to be prepared to save the life of someone who’s overdosing? REVIVE! makes naloxone (Narcan®) available to lay rescuers to reverse opioid overdoses.
Information and registration:

Support Groups for Youth

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 - 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St. No parents!

People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 - 8:00 pm The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church
Youth with disabilities age 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guests on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills.
Information: Diane Monnig 703 208-1119 x 118

Community of Solutions Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group 4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact: Jenny 703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm
Contact: Sharon 703 716-4646

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center 2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: 703-799-2882
D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm Contact: 571-490-1268

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse 703-246-2495

D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm Contact: 571-490-1268

JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group 1st Wed. of each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
Contact: Melissa at Cost: $15 per meeting.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month 7:30-9:00 pm
Contact: or ?703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group meets on the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact: or ?703-362-4985

OCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
Contact: or 202 215-5859

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group



Woodson PTSO: Family / Student / Teacher Enrichment Program Series

Coordinator: Monica Cameron

As part of the PTSO mission one of our objectives is to continue to offer programs to empower families, students, teachers and staff with useful, practical skills and resources to build and strengthen communication skills, resilience and reduce stressors at school and in the home. The PTSO, in collaboration with the Woodson Admin, has developed an Enrichment Series which consists of guest speakers, author visits, parent support groups, topic panels, and much more. Please let us know what topics you’d like to hear about that will best support your family.
Previous Family Enrichment Programs are available for your review:

Presented February 2015: “Authentic Success- Parenting for the Long Run” by Dr. Heather Tedesco for Woodson High School. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SLIDES

 As a parent, what does success mean to you? What does it look like for your child now and what will it look like at the age of 30? Character, resilience, true grit, self-control, responsibility and independence. How can parents support and grow those traits in our kids?

Presented November 17 & 18, 2014: “Assessing Your Child’s ‘Readiness to Launch’” by Dr. Heather Tedesco for Woodson High School. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SLIDES

Parent Talks with Psychologist, Dr. Heather Tedesco were well received by parents and staff at Woodson at the Monday & Tuesday events. Preparing kids to be responsible and productive adults beyond just high school is a full time effort. Whatever path they decide to take, we want them to be equipped with family values, coping skills and oh yes, at least know how to do their own laundry!
A few nuggets to ponder:

  1. Competence breeds Confidence and builds Self-Esteem
  2. What are your top three family values?
  3. Do you know your child’s coping mechanisms?

Woodson PTSO Staff Self-Care (in partnership with Heart & Soul Yoga and The Community of Solutions

Coordinator: Mary Beth Quick

The Community of Solutions and Heart & Soul Yoga began an initiative last school year (2015-206) providing Staff Self-Care Days to Woodson Teachers and Staff. Once a month during the lunch period, 11:20am-1:20pm, we invite a variety of wellness practitioners, offer a few minutes of yoga, mindfulness, chair massage, therapy dogs, healthy tips, “tastes” and tea, all with the intention of providing just a few minutes of “nourishment” for the WTW staff.  This has been tremendously successful and will now be a committee under the PTSO. 

We need volunteers to help set up (minimal), guide staff to the various offerings and help with clean up (minimal). This is a great way to volunteer with a small time commitment. Upcoming Staff Self-Care dates are: March 31, and June (specific date TBD); the time is 10:45-1:30. For more information or to volunteer, contact: Coordinator: Mary Beth Quick at


Frost-Woodson Special Services

Coordinator: Joanne Ladino

Frost-Woodson Special Services is a parent-student-teacher interest group, affiliated with both the Woodson PTSO and the Frost PTA, whose goal is to provide information and support to students receiving special education services and their families. Special education services comprise a range of supports, most typically delivered via an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 (accommodations) plan. As students progress through secondary education, and when planning for the transition to postsecondary life, our group provides essential assistance in helping identify resources and information. In addition to maintaining a Yahoo! group listserv, we work with parents and teachers at Woodson and its “feeder” schools to present special-interest programs and ensure families have easy access to information and services.

During the last school year, we hosted a successful parent program on transitions (elementary to middle, middle to high school), designed to help parents support their students in each different environment.  Our listserv featured postings or messages about local conferences, workshops, and webinars for teachers, parents, and students; tips on preparing for school-year and summer transitions; self-advocacy training for students; and links to county, state, and federal resources, disability law, and news stories about students with disabilities, special education demographics, and postsecondary possibilities.

Our listserv files grew to include articles on ADHD and learning disabilities, parent resources, College Board/ACT testing accommodations, postsecondary transition, and material geared to help student self-determination and self-advocacy.

Membership in the Yahoo! group listserv is confidential; postings are public; files are accessible to members only. Visit the listserv at to view representative postings or to join the listserv.

The PTSO really wishes we had someone to take this very meaningful position.  Please contact Raquel Bishop at with any questions.


Woodson Coordinator: Heather Davies

Attention TEENS: We are a part of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County and work to create peer-to-peer education programs for elementary, middle and high schools about substance abuse and making healthy choices. Work with other high school leaders committed to keeping their schools and youth  safe and drug free, participate in monthly meetings, interact with local business leaders, policy makers, health care providers and law enforcement.
For more information, go to: Unified Prevention Coalition Youth Council web site.


Are you aware of Virginia’s Underage Drinking Laws? Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. It’s against the law.



Community of Solutions,
Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

Heather Davies
Valerie Flowe
Mary Beth Quick

CoS is a volunteer group of parents, teens, school administration, mental health professionals and other concerned citizens from Fairfax County who share a common interest: helping our teens live happy, healthy lives.

Here are some of the actions CoS is currently focusing on:

  • Building Resilience – incorporating mindfulness into the classroom, after-school yoga for students
  • Student/Teacher Forum – initiated by a Woodson high school student in an effort to build bridges of communication between students and school staff
  • Host Staff Self-Care Days – for stress-relief and to show appreciation for teachers and administration
  • Self-Advocacy – focus on strategies for communicating this valuable life-skill to students
  • Education – that focuses on teen wellness, mental illness and reducing stigma
  • Positive approaches to Homework and AP Classes – examines the academic research, stress factors and solutions implemented throughout Fairfax County
  • Promote Positive Messaging – to teens via social media and other visual means
  • Advocacy – working at the school, county and state level to support improved teen mental health services

Other CoS Impact/Actions/Solutions:

  • Advocated for the implementation of a crisis line app
  • Encouraged students and teachers to become certified in Mental Health First Aid
  • Host a monthly National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) support group at Woodson HS
  • Facilitated eliminating homework during school holidays.
  • Created mental health and wellness resource magnets for student lockers

Learn More. Get Involved. Make a Difference.
Join our FaceBook page to hear about upcoming meetings and to participate in the discussions. Sign up for our mailing list to receive email notifications about upcoming meetings and related community events.






Woodson Coordinator: Heather Davies

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)builds better lives for those affected by mental illness. There are two Fairfax County NAMI NOVa meetings that specific for family of youth:
    Location: Woodson High School (Library), 9525 Main St., Fairfax, VA
    (focus: parents of youth)
    Meets: 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Contact: Heather at
    703-978-0248 or

    Location: Prince of Peach Lutheran Church, Room #24, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA
    (focus: parents of youth)
    Meets: 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Contact: Heather at 703-978-0248 or

FCPS Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center of the Fairfax County Public Schools promotes parent awareness of the services provided by the Fairfax County Public Schools for children with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities and their families. The Center encourages parent participation in the educational decision-making process and provides seminars, training programs, and information to foster the parent/professional partnership.



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