Introducing a New Musical Event – Holiday Lights Around the World!

Save the night, December 7th, for Holiday Lights Around the World, a musical celebration of holiday traditions near and far. Singing performances by students in the cafeteria, a drum circle in the gymnasium, and a hallway packed with cookies and sweets inspired by different cultures. A food truck will be on campus to make dinner easy at this hectic time of year. Plan to join us with your family from 6-8PM. Let there be light!

We are also looking for volunteers for that night. If you can lend a hand, please email Jamie at If you haven’t volunteered yet, here’s your chance! We are looking for drummers, kid herders, a cookie crew, setup and take-down, and decorating. As well, the PTA is looking for someone with audio/video knowledge who can help out at our concerts, to ensure the kids can be heard.

2017 Zilker’s Got Talent

Black History Month Concert

Please join us  Thursday, February 23th at 9am and/or 6pm for a Black History Musical Tribute in the cafeteria.




Monster Mash

Come join the whole school for Zilker’s annual Halloween tradition and dance the “Monster Mash” on the covered basketball court!  Monster Mash is Monday, Oct 31st from 2:30pm-2:57pm.

Students may wear costumes on Halloween to school, but please remember that toy weapons of any kind are not permitted.  Please also refrain from sending your child to school in a costume that might be excessively gory or frightening for our younger students. Please also consider that your child’s costume should not interfere with their school day. (i.e. – make sure they are able to get their costume on & off to go to the bathroom, wear proper footwear for PE & recess, etc).
It is a very fun day and event!  Hope to see you there!



Arts in Education Committee Meeting

The next Arts in Education Committee Meeting is Wednesday, March 2nd from 5-6pm at Odd Duck. We will be planning out the rest of the school year and discussing transitioning to the new Chair person… Could that be you? Are you creative, musically inclined or just enthusiastic about the Arts? Do you love our little school? Want to really impress your kids? If so, come join us! There is a limited number of seats, so please email Tricia Dew at if you would like to come. Also, this is not sponsored by PTA, so bring your wallet if you want to enjoy some yummy snacks. Hope to see you there!

Arts in Education Happenings

November 30 – The holiday tree is a beloved tradition at Zilker! It is festive, colorful and meant to honor any and all cultures in our community. We will be putting up the holiday tree and decorations in the lobby after school on Monday. We will also be working on the bulletin board behind the tree. If anyone has anything special regarding their family’s holiday tradition and would like it featured on the tree or on the bulletin board, please bring it to the office this week.

December 2 – The Arts in Education committee meeting will be held on Wednesday at 3pm in the teacher’s lounge. Our focus is to get a set-up and tear-down plan in place for the Festival of Lights Holiday Sing Along, which is on Friday, December 11th. This is one of Arts in Ed’s biggest events and it is a lot of fun. We will need volunteers to hang lights and decorations every afternoon the week of the event and especially the day of the event. We also need extension cords and a generator. Lots of extension cords! Please contact Tricia Dew, the Arts in Ed chair (, if you are able to lend some time or any of the aforementioned items. Be sure to label your items so we can get them back to you.

December 11 – Ms. Garcia and our Panther Choir will be visiting some local businesses on the annual Panther Caroling Tour during the day.

Later that evening…
A favorite Zilker tradition, The Festival of Lights Holiday Sing Along, is Friday, December 11th from 6-8pm.
Ms. Garcia has been working with all the grades on some wonderful holiday classics, as well as some beautiful cultural holiday music from around the world. It will be fun, festive and fabulous! This performance will be outside on the front lawn, so dress warmly if it’s chilly! In the case of inclement weather, we will move the performance inside to the cafeteria.

Food vendors and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. We will have a cookie-sharing table, as well, so please bring some cookies to share! The cookie table will be located on the deck in the front of the school. Santa will also be making an appearance, so make sure your phones/cameras are charged and ready!

Lastly, we will need some volunteers that evening to help with some of the stations and getting the kids on and off the risers, as well as helping to decorate the front lawn prior to the performance. If you can help for a short shift, please contact Jennifer Caudle, our PTA volunteer coordinator (, or Tricia Dew, our Arts in Education Chair ( Be sure to check the program schedule beforehand, so you don’t sign up when your child is performing. Happy Holidays!
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Author Barry Wolverton to Visit with 5th Grade in the Zilker Library!

Author Barry Wolverton will be visiting Zilker on Friday, October 9th at 9 am in the library. He will visit with 5th grade and read exerpts from his books, speak about what it’s like to be a writer and answering questions about both. Afterwards, he will have some time to sign copies of his books, Neversink and The Vanishing Island. We look forward to hosting him at Zilker!

For more information, view the online flyer here:

Author Visit Flyer and Order Form

Coach Supak’s Run Club

This year, we will begin run club starting Wednesday, October 7th.  We will be meeting at 7:15-7:35 in the gym. Coach Supak will escort the K and first students to class after it is over. Run club will be held every Wednesday when school is in session.  Thank you for helping keep our Panthers fit and active.  Kindest Regards, Coach Supak


Marathon Kids Kickoff Celebration

Austin Marathon Kids Kickoff Ceremony


Saturday, October 17th, 2015 10:00AM


UT Mike Myers Stadiumthe

707 Clyde Littlefield Dr

Austin, TX 78705


To show all of Austin our Panther Pride.  This year Marathon Kids is sponsored by Nike and has been totally revamped.

Marathon Kids Kickoff flyer

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Zilker’s Got Talent!

We need volunteers to help set up and to assist with performers during our upcoming Zilker’s Got Talent on Thursday, 4/9/15 and Friday, 4/10/15.  Please click to sign up for a shift!  If you have any questions, please email me at  Thanks!