LivingTree Communications Taking Over At Zilker!

This is the last Zen! All communications will now be through LivingTree.   Please contact your room parent or teacher if you are having issues registering or logging in!

Once you have logged-in, you will see that all your family and classroom information has already been entered.  If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, don’t forget to download the free LivingTree App!  Here is a Quick Guide to get you started on using this new technology. Please feel free to ask your Room Parent if you have any issues and if you log-in and can’t see your class, contact the front office for the CODE that will allow you to join Zilker.

Here are some commonly asked questions:

How do I add or change my contact information?

In your account, click on ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’. Here you’ll be able to edit your profile name, address, phone number, etc. To allow certain contact information to be visible for other LivingTree contacts, check the pertinent box(es) at the top of the page. Be sure to save your changes before you exit. Contacts will see the information you’ve selected when they click on your name in their Directory.

How do I change my notification preferences?

In your account, click ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’ Scroll down to notification settings, and select or de-select the notification options according to your preference. Be sure to save your changes before you exit.

Can I sync with Outlook/Google Calendar/iCal?

Of course! LivingTree allows you to subscribe your LivingTree Calendar to popular calendars like the Mac, iPad, and iPhone Calendar, or Google Calendar, and Outlook. Once subscribed, all of your LivingTree events will automatically flow into your other calendar application. Take a look at the Calendar guide for instructions on how to do this – It’s easy peasy!

Does LivingTree have translation capability?

YES!!  Select your preferred language by clicking on ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’ in the upper-right corner of your account. Scroll to ‘Language’ and select your preference from the dropdown. If other members of your group have a different preferred language, the translate option will show up and you can translate the conversation! Feel free to post/comment in your preferred language as others will be able to translate your post in their account as well.

Can I message with my teacher or other parents privately?

Yes. Just use LivingTree’s direct messaging found in the Inbox section of your account. This functions similarly to email within LivingTree so that you can message privately to an individual or a small group. Just type a name in, and given they are connected to you in your LivingTree network, their names will show up. Select, type, and send! More details found here.

Can I search through posts in my Conversations feed?

You can search all Conversations content (including comments) by entering a key word in the search tool. You can also filter your Conversations feed by selecting Pinned, Files, Photos, Events, or search by user.

Can I edit a post I’ve already shared?

You can use the ‘reshare’ feature to edit a post you’ve already made. Click on the reshare (right-arrow) button on the original post, and make your desired changes in the light box that appears. Click ‘post’ to reshare. Note this is a new post. You can delete the original post if you want to remove it from everyone’s Conversations stream by clicking on the ‘x’ located in the upper-right corner of your original post.

Start Using Our Communication Tool Today!

Zilker Elementary uses LivingTree: a communication and collaboration platform designed from a parent perspective, to connect all the people who work together to raise and teach our kids in one safe place.

If you are a new family to the school, please register at: At the beginning of each school year, we add each family to their new classroom groups where you’ll be able to see posts from your teachers, PTA, administration as well as communicate with fellow parents.

If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, don’t forget to download the free LivingTree App!  Here is a Quick Guide to get you started on using this new technology. As well, here is a link to some commonly asked questions. Please feel free to ask your Room Parent if you have any issues.

We’re very excited to open a virtual window to the classroom and engage our school community – please register and familiarize yourself with the features. Happy posting and engaging to us all!

Zilker Dyslexia Parent Group Meeting Details

Plesae join us for our next Zilker Dyslexia Parent Group meeting on December 7th at 7:45 AM in Ms. Kuhn’s room.


Season of Giving Holiday Program

Zilker’s Season of Giving Program

Zilker Elementary will have our annual Season of Giving bulletin board displayed next to the office.  This bulletin board helps families in the community during the holiday season.

Here’s how it works:

  1. If you would like to participate in the Season of Giving, take a winter shape off of the bulletin board. (board will be up near the office on Friday, November 17th)
  2. Each shape on the bulletin board represents one wish list item, or one gift for a child or adult.  The shape will have the family number, age, gender, and item.
  3. If you would like to purchase 1 gift for a child, take 1 shape. 3 gifts? Take 3 shapes…
  4. Next, buy and wrap the item(s) and secure the winter shape on the outside of the wrapped item.
  5. Bring the wrapped gifts to Mrs. Vreeland’s room by Wednesday, December 13th.
  6. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Vreeland, the school counselor.

Thank you so much for helping children in the community!


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 vegatarian, vegan and gluten-free so a variety of foods will be a huge hit! Cheers!


Zilker Dyslexia Parent Group Meeting Details


Please join us for a Zilker Dyslexia Parent Meeting Thursday 11/2 7:50 am in room 403 (Ms. Kuhn’s room). All welcome! We will go until about 8:30/8:45am.


Wellness Week 2017

October 23-27th is Wellness Week at Zilker!  This is a week to focus on making healthy choies for our brains and bodies.  Coach Cohn and Coach Stephenson will discuss the importance of making positive and healthy choices throughout the week.  We will also do mindfulness activities at lunch and in our classrooms.  By participating in Wellness Week spirit days, we pledge to focus on making positive choices for our future!  

Spirit Days

A ZFiesta Community Thank You!

We are so thankful for the huge Zilker community turn out for ZFiesta!  It really made for a special evening!  We also want to thank our Zilker neighboring businesses who helped make our event possible.  Remedy Urgent Care handed out travel size hand sanitizer, Mr. Natural offered delicious agua frescas, Sazon served yummy food and Flavorlicious provided the sugar high with shaved ice.  The wonderful entertainment came from Go Dance- Westgate location, St. Edward’s Ballet Folkloric and, of course, Ms. Hallmark and Ms. Irizarry with bilingual story time.  Thank you to Zilker’s amazing administration and staff for graciously helping with set up and clean up too!  We are already looking forward to next year!


Interested in Mentoring?

Are you interested in mentoring a student at Zilker, or do you know someone who might be? We would love to have you join us!

When: during a student’s lunch period (30 minutes) once/week

Why: Research indicates that youth participating in mentoring relationships…

  • Experience positive academic returns including better attendance, better attitudes towards school, and an increased likelihood of going on to higher education
  • Have more positive social attitudes and relationships

If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Vreeland for more info.  Thanks!


Dyslexia Parent Group; Upcoming Dyslexia Conference

Did you know that Zilker Elementary has a Dyslexia Parent group?

We do and our mission is to connect with parents and caregivers of children with dyslexia as well as community members who want to support our effort to ensure our kids have the tools and resources they need to be successful in school and beyond. We meet every few months to share ideas and best practices, and periodically invite guest speakers and experts in the field of dyslexia and education. Click here to join our group and see the attached flyer to learn more about dyslexia:

Upcoming Zilker Parent Dyslexia Group Meetings:

  • Thursday, November 2nd at 7:50 am in room 403
  • Thursday, December 7th at 7:50 am in room 403

Register for the FREE Central Texas Dyslexia Conference:

Thursday, October 19th, 7:45 to 3:30

AISD Performing Arts Center

1925 East 51st Street

Austin, TX 78723


This year’s theme “Unlocking the Dyslexic Advantage”

Learn more at

Dyslexia Flyer