Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Day

Tuesday, October 13 is Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Day. Zilker PTA is hosting a brunch for our 8 cafeteria staff on that morning in order to show our appreciation for all that they do to help make Zilker a great place for kids.


October 2015 Book Marks: Zilker Library Newsletter

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

Many thanks,

Rebecca Sharp

Zilker Librarian


Custodian Appreciation Day

Friday, October 2, is Custodian Appreciation Day. A big thank you to Jia, Arthur, Fernando, and Emilio for helping to make Zilker a great place for kids!

New Faculty Members for 2015-16!

Dear Zilker Families,

As many of you already know, we had six faculty/staff positions to fill for the coming year.  Five current employees are retiring or resigning to pursue other interests, and we added a second part-time reading specialist to our roster.  We have completed all interviews, we have recommended candidates for all positions, and Human Resources has offered the positions to our recommended candidates.  They have all accepted!  Join me, then, in welcoming the following individuals to Zilkerland for the 2015-2016 school year!

1st Grade–ESL… Lauren Booth (currently teaching 2nd grade in Virginia)

3rd Grade–bilingual… Scarlett Davis (recently completed her student teaching with Tracy Rakusin here at Zilker; graduating from UT later this month)

4th Grade–bilingual… Deirdre Nic Ruairi (currently teaching 3rd grade at Houston Elementary here in AISD; parent of two Zilker Panthers)

Special Education–SCORES… Jennifer Marshall (currently a SCORES teacher at Brooke Elementary in AISD)

Librarian… Rebecca Sharp (currently a librarian at an elementary school in Leander ISD; and guess what… she’s a Red Raider!  Go Tech!)

Reading Specialist / Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)… Meredith Dayon (currently a 5th grade teacher at Bryker Woods Elementary in AISD)

We are so happy to be fully staffed for next year and thrilled that these folks are joining our Zilker team!

–Randy Thomson, Principal

From the Librarian

Dear Zilker Families,

I am about to turn a page and start a new chapter in my life. Yes, I will be retiring at the end of this year. I have always said that I landed right the first time, as my entire library career of 32 years has been spent at Zilker. It is hard to imagine that I have been the librarian for almost 1/2 of Zilker’s 65 year existence!

This school means so much to me, both personally and professionally. Our children attended here, my husband was a past PTA president, and we have made many friends through parents and faculty. Being surrounded by such incredible teachers and administration through the years has made it a joy to come to work each day. Working with students has brought me special pleasure and it is my hope that I have instilled in them the desire to be lifelong learners. I feel privileged and honored to have spent my professional career with such fine children and their parents.

Please plan on joining your child(ren) during Track and Field Days on May 20th and 21st. I will be at the BOOKWOMAN BOOGIE station. I’d love to have you help me dance my way into retirement!

Zilker is a GREAT place for kids…and librarians, too!

Jackie Kraal

Track & Field Days – Snacks Needed!

Zilker Zlympics
Wednesday, May 20th, 8:00 – 10:30 am, Kindergarten-2nd Grades, 15 Stations of fun in the sun
Thursday, May 21st8:00-10:00 am, 3rd-5th Grades, 12 Stations including 2 water station

What to wear and bring:  Please send your child in appropriate attire.  Tennis shoes are needed to ensure your child’s safety while participating in the stations.  Please encourage them to wear light weight, light colored clothing, a hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle.  3rd-5th grade will want to bring a change of clothes to change into after Zlympics.
Concessions:   Concessions will be available on Wednesday and Thursday with a suggested donation for each item.  
There will be places for the Panthers to fill up their water bottles.

Each year the Physical Education Department runs a concession stand during Track and Field Day (Zlympics) to raise money to purchase additional PE equipment.  Please consult the list below to see which item your child can donate to make this year’s concession stand a success!  Thank you for your help in raising money for the PE program and keeping our students Zilker Strong!!!
Kindergarten:  Juice Boxes
1st grade:  Fruit Snacks* (raisins, fruit roll ups, fruit pouches)
2nd grade: Granola Bars*                                                                                                              
3rd grade: Crackers* (animal crackers, cheese crackers)                                                                         
4th grade:  Pretzels and Chex Mix*
5th grade: Bottled Wate
*All items must be individually packaged
Please send individually wrapped items starting May 13th with your child to deliver to Coach Supak
If you have any questions about the concession items please email Coach Supak at
Please come out and support your Panther, if possible.  Good sportsmanship is encouraged of all of our Panthers.

Zilker Zlympics Flyer-Snacks


See the attached for a special invitation to all of our fantastic volunteers at Zilker.  Join our faculty, staff, and administration for a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and we all appreciate YOU!  All you have to do is show up and eat!  Our class lunch schedule is also attached for your reference.  We hope to see you on the 29th!

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Invitation
Lunch Schedule

Marathon Kids – Pick Up Medals at Whole Foods

As many of you saw, the Marathon Kids Finisher celebration was cancelled due to rain on Saturday. Parents and families are encouraged to pick up Finisher Medals this Tuesday, March 3rd at any of the five local Whole Foods Markets between 3PM and 7PM.


Evelyn Constant, Zilker Spelling Bee Champ!

The Zilker Spelling Bee was a great success this past December. Students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade took turns spelling a wide variety of challenging words. Evelyn Constant (3rd Grade) was Zilker’s Spelling Bee Champ for this school year (runner-up Daniel Balic), and she will be competing in the Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 21st. We are so proud of her as she represents Zilker in this academic competition. It will be held at 2:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd., Austin, Texas 78746… WAY TO GO, EVELYN!


Bike Rodeo!

Mark your calendars!  On February 5th, Zilker Elementary will be hosting a Bike Rodeo at 3 pm on the basketball court as part of Family Night & Book Fair!  Children need their bike & helmet to participate! Bike safety & other skills will be reviewed, presented by Safe Routes to School & organized by Coach Supak.  For more information email Coach Supak at   We hope to see lots of you there!

Bike Rodeo Flyer