Science Fair needs volunteers!

The Zilker Science Fair is THIS Thursday, January 18th!  We still in need of volunteers to make it run smoothly.  Volunteers will meet up in the gym and help escort kids to and from their classroom to the gym to present their project.  Please sign up for a fun, short shift while you witness cool science experiments!


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!

Coming Next Week….Our New Communication Tool, LivingTree!

Next week we will be launching LivingTree, our new communication and collaboration platform! In a single place, you’ll receive school and class information and have the capability to engage in two way sharing within your class communities. LivingTree will allow us to notify one another, privately message, share photos and media, manage volunteering and more – all in a single, private place for our school.

Called Facebook for schools, here are a few of the features you will be able to use on LivingTree:

  • Conversations: Two way sharing between teachers and parents of Messages, Photos, Files, and Links (communicate to individuals or the whole class)
  • School & Class Calendars: Including RSVP, Reminders, and Notices. You may incorporate the Zilker Calendar into your personal calendar as well in Outlook, iCal, Google or Webcal
  • Volunteer management: Sign Ups, Reminders, More!
  • Communications from Zilker’s principal, teachers, classroom parents and the PTA all in one spot!
  • Besides classroom sharing, we’ll also be setting up specific groups – ie.  PTA, After School program, etc.
  • Instant translation to 100+ languages
  • Web + Native Mobile Apps (iPhone, Android)
  • Setup Instant Alerts, SMS and Push Notifications

Keep an eye out for next week’s ZEN, for your invitation to register!

Thank You Zilker Community!

The Zilker Fund ended 2017 on a high note.  Thanks to you, our amazing Zilker Community and SMILE 360, the Zilker Fund exceeded it’s goal this year!  We are excited to announce that from August-December 2017, we raised $36,000 for our school to promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.  We’ll share more on what that means soon!

We couldn’t have done this without the generous support of our families.  Special thanks to Adam Garner, Joi Jones and Fair Aleshire for helping the Zilker Fund go above and beyond.  And a very big thank you to the Ip Family and SMILE 360 for their matching gift that bolstered our ability to support the school.

Way to go Zilker!  Congratulations!

-Rachel Elder, Zilker Fund Chair



Coming This January….The Answer To Our Communication Wishes!

Dear Zilker Parents,

Right now you are receiving information from our school in many different ways. Sometimes it may be confusing on where to go to look up what. Was it in the ZEN email, was it on the school website, was it sent from the classroom parent or from the teacher…. We have been searching for the best way to strengthen and simplify our communication process and have found what we believe is the best tool to do this. It’s called Living Tree.

Living Tree is a social media platform that has been compared to a Facebook for schools. Many top schools are already using it, including our Principal, Ms. Hill’s last school Doss Elementary. Everything that the PTA, Teachers and Principal send out will be in one place – from school events to homework assignments to volunteer opportunities. Plus you will be able to communicate back within your own groups, like to other parents in your kid’s class.

We will be rolling out this new communication tool in mid to late January and will be providing materials and training to help everyone in the parent community (no matter how technical you are) to adopt this new technology. And don’t worry, during the transition period we will keep the other communications going while everyone gets used to Living Tree.

More information will be coming! In the meantime, here is a link to their website and I have attached a flyer as well.

– Bobbi Jayasuriya, PTA Communications Committee Chair


SMILE 360 Offers our Zilker Elementary a Matching Campaign!


Donate to the Zilker Fund between now and December 31st and your donation to Zilker will be matched!  Vincent & Lindsey Ip, Zilker parents and owners of SMILE 360 have generously created a $5,000 match goal, for the Zilker Community.  Every dollar raised between now and the end of the year will be matched, dollar for dollar up to $5,000.  So, make your donation today! It will be doubled: $5 is now $10 / $50 is now $100 / $100 is now $200. Every amount helps Zilker Elementary School provide its students with innovative programs like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math).

Want to know more about how your gift will help our children?  Take a look at our  Zilker Fund video, featuring so many of our wonderful panthers.  We hope you’ll give today! TOGETHER, we all make Zilker a great place for OUR kids!

Zilker Fund: Donate Today in HONOR of YOUR STUDENT!

Donate in Honor of YOUR Child!
All funds raised support your student –
and all students at Zilker Elementary School.

Give today so you can skip weekend fundraising tasks like hosting bake sales and reading magazines you never wanted to subscribe to in the first place. Thanks in advance for your support!


I am donating…

___ $15 instead of selling cupcakes with my kids outside when it’s hot and I’m sweating.

___ $25 to avoid hitting up my friends, family, and coworkers for money.

___ $50 to skip running, swimming or jumping in any activity ending in “thon.”

___ $75 in place of spending money on fancy clothes for an elegant fundraiser gala.

___ $100 because it’s hard work going door-to-door on the weekends.

$ _______ because I am extremely grateful that all I have to do is fill out the form in my Thursday Folder!


Zilker Fund Reception: An Evening with Ms. Hill

Please Join us for an evening of light refreshments with Principal Hill to learn more about the Zilker Fund and why your support is important!   Thursday, November 9th from 7-9pm.  See the invitation for more information or reach out to Rachel @

– Zilker Fund

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!


Support the Zilker Fund: Full STEAM Ahead!

What’s better than selling cookies and magazines to support your school?  The Zilker Fund!  This no hassle fundraiser allows you to make a gift that is right for you.  Your donation goes directly to your child(ren)’s school and benefits all students.  Consider a monthly donation or a one-time gift to give our kids the tools they need to be 21st century learners and the pioneers of tomorrow.  Our kids are worth it!  So skip the gimmicks and give because TOGETHER, we make Zilker a GREAT place for OUR kids.