Holiday Attendance

Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.


Fall Potluck this Tuesday! Teacher & Staff Appreciation

Please bring a contribution by 10am this Tuesday, Nov. 14th to the teacher’s lounge. Let’s show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them!
Pre K – Sides
1st – Main Courses (pasta, meat, casseroles)
3rd – Salads
5th – Desserts and Drinks
*These are guidelines only – any contribution is welcome!
We have some staff that are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free so a variety of foods will be a huge hit! Cheers!



Teacher & Staff Appreciation Potluck!

It’s time to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them with our annual fall potluck! The fall teacher and staff potluck will be November 14th in the teacher’s lounge. Please bring your contribution by 10am on the Tuesday, the 14th:
Pre K – Sides
1st – Main Courses (pasta, meat, casseroles)
3rd – Salads
5th – Desserts and Drinks
*These are guidelines only – any contribution is welcome!
We have some staff that are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free so a variety of foods will be a huge hit! Cheers!


News and Appreciation from Mr. Aziz

Dearest friends and families at Zilker,

It has been such an honor to have been a part of this community these past thirteen years as teacher, parent, and assistant principal. What a beautiful, amazing campus we have, full of creativity, thoughtfulness, caring, and fun. It’s been a joy to work with all of you in building and extending our Zilker traditions together over the years.

My news today is that I have been asked to become the interim principal of Joslin Elementary, another amazing school just a couple of miles away on Manchaca Road. I am excited to begin this new chapter in my life as an educator, but I will certainly miss serving you and our young Panthers at Zilker!

I plan to still be around as a Zilker dad, so I’ll still enjoy seeing you and collaborating with you to continue making Zilker such a great place for kids. Thank you so much for all your tremendous kindness and support over the years. I have learned and laughed and enjoyed this time so much with all of you. May it continue in like fashion now and in the days ahead!

With love and admiration,
Patrick Aziz

AISD Names Alicia Hill as Principal of Zilker Elementary

Dear Zilker Elementary School Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff,

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Ms. Alicia Hill as the Principal of Zilker Elementary School. Ms. Hill currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Doss Elementary School, where she has evidenced her focus on children and the priority she places on establishing strong relationships with students and families. She fully embraces the spirit of the whole-child initiative while providing the instructional leadership that Zilker has enjoyed and which will continue the strong academic performance of Zilker.

During her 15-plus years with the Austin Independent School District, Ms. Hill has taught on three elementary campuses, grades ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade. She has earned her Early Childhood certification and is a Master Reading Teacher. She served as Science Summer School Principal as well.

Ms. Hill is honored to be named the Principal of Zilker Elementary School. She has or will attend several events on the Zilker campus today, May 23, and there will be various other opportunities to meet and get to know Ms. Hill as your new principal for 2017-18. Thank you for welcoming her and thank you for your strong support of Zilker and your students. Ms. Hill is looking forwarding to meeting you and to serving as your principal.


Sandra Creswell, Associate Superintendent for Area 1 Schools

Information from Coach Cohn:

The last First Friday Dance Party will happen on Friday, May 5th in the gym at 7:25.  Be there!!!

The last Run Club with happen on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:15.  Meet on the track!

We have finished 3rd through 5th grade Fitnessgram assessments.  You can email me for the results or ask your children, they did a super job!

Enjoy your summer, Play Hard & Eat Well!


Coach Cohn

Principal Hiring Committee

Hello Zilker Parents,
If you are interested in being a parent member of the hiring committee for our new principal, please come to the next CAC meeting on Tuesday, April 11th at 3:15pm in the library.

We are looking for two candidates who have a strong understanding of the Zilker culture and community. Be prepared to share your reasons as to why you think you are qualified to serve on the committee. The CAC will vote at the end of the meeting and present the candidates to the Associate Superintendent on April 12th.

A few things to keep in mind:

• If you work for AISD you are unable to serve on the hiring committee. (Sorry, this is a district rule.)

• You must be available all day April 18th from 7:45am to 4:30pm.

Please email me at if you have any questions.


Andrée Chalaron

CAC Parent Co-Chair


Zilker Run Club

Coach Cohn will start Run Club on Wednesday, Oct. 5!  It will be 7:15-7:30am every Wednesday, weather permitting.  These miles will count toward your marathons!
Coach Cohn will also host a dance party the first Friday of every month in the cafeteria!  Make sure to join in the FUN!


November issue of Book Marks, the Zilker Library newsletter

Take a few minutes to read over the November edition of Book Marks, the Zilker Library Newsletter! The digital newsletter can be viewed HERE.

Many thanks,

Rebecca Sharp

Zilker Librarian