10 Reasons To Join The PTA

Dozens of studies have shown that when parents get involved at school, children perform better. One of the easiest ways to get involved at Zilker is by joining our Parent Teacher Association. Here are 10 reasons why you should join:

#1: Your child benefits. When parents get connected to the school, children get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems. When you build a relationship with your child’s teachers, principal, and office staff, it is far easier to communicate about any problems (or victories) that occur throughout the year.

#2: You will be in the know. PTA members know what’s happening with the school, who’s involved, and usually plans many of the events.

#3: You’ll tap into a network. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, to build rapport and discuss issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences to make the school year better for everyone.

#4: You can be part of the solution. By getting involved at Zilker you can help make positive changes. Our PTA plays an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events.

#5: You can meet other parents. The common bond we share is that we care about creating the best possible educational experience at Zilker for our kids. We are neighbors and peers and as a result, many friendships are forged via this connection.

#6: Your child will feel a sense of pride. Being part of our PTA will, in most cases, make your kids proud of you. They may not admit it, but they will feel proud that their parents are involved in improving the school’s well-being.

#7: You can have fun while doing good. You will be hanging out with a great bunch of people whose common goal is to create the best school experience for our kids. Help plan fun events, socials and get-togethers the whole family can attend.

#8: It’s flexible. Not a lot of time? There are a variety of small ways parents can help and be involved. It only takes a little commitment to make a big difference.

#9: You can share your skills. Every parent has a skill set that they can bring to the PTA and Zilker, whether it’s from your career, hobbies or just commitment of time. Your child will beam, knowing you’re helping out.

#10: You can show that you care. By becoming a member of our PTA, you’ll be a role model and demonstrate to your child the importance you place on their education as well as on being involved in their world.

Please join the PTA this year and help make Zilker an even greater place for kids!  Click here to sign up:

ZPTA Preliminary Budget Update

Thank you to those who could attend the May 16th PTA meeting.  It is evident that we are a passionate group that wants the most for our kids. After the dust settled, I was able to meet with the Austin Council of PTAs that works directly with TXPTA.   We’ve had several conversations and I met face to face with their president and parliamentarian.  After my meetings with them, I’d like to announce to you that the votes regarding the preliminary budget passed 19 Yes to 18 no.  It was discovered that 3 votes were cast by  proxy.   According to Article IX, Section 4 of the TXPTA bylaws: “There shall be no proxy voting.” Therefore, this means that the  budget was approved by a simple majority vote.

This preliminary budget as presented provides for $15k for an Instructional Specialist, $5k for technology, $10k for Jabo’s Garden and $4k for Futura/Spanish for PreK & Kindergarten.   Please keep in mind that this budget is fluid and will continue to evolve.  As a PTA, we will be looking to the guidance of our next principal to continue supporting the school’s needs.
From this meeting, we heard many voices and the want for a Spanish program!  It’s our task to carry on the dialogue with the administration to determine how to continue with a Spanish and/or multi-cultural program at Zilker. And, though it wasn’t communicated clearly, the PTA board would still like to see some sort of program continue.  As we said in the meeting, we will work with the incoming administration in the upcoming school year to advocate for a program that works for both teachers and students.  There are many example of what that might look like and we’d like to work with all interested to help determine what those goals are inconjuction with the vision of our school leadership.    I’m eager to see champions arise for a multi-cultural or language program amongst our teachers, parents and administration.
We know diversity is important in our community, and we know as a PTA, we are supplementing what the district provides. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Vera Muniz to set up a time to discuss.
Thank you again for your time!
– Rachel Elder


Welcome Zilker’s New Principal!

Zilker’s Campus Advisory Council is excited to announce that our new principal will be introduced to the campus on Tuesday, May 23rd!   There will be an assembly for all students and any parents who want to attend at 8:15am in the cafeteria. Representatives from AISD will be there to make a formal introduction. He/she will then attend Kinder Camp in the library. A second, less formal, introduction will take place that evening at 6pm in the cafeteria.  We hope that you will be able to attend one or both meetings to give our new leader a very warm, Zilker welcome!

Pre-order 2017-18 school supplies!

You can now order a school-supply kit for your Zilker Panther. We’ve worked with the teachers to approve the lists. All you have to do is order online and then pick up your kits on Fri, Aug 18th.
  • The pricing is great and we make a tiny profit, enough to buy kits for economically disadvantaged kids.
  • And, we’re offering Special Ed kits for sale, which you can purchase and donate. Our Special Ed teachers need supplies, too, though they don’t have a home-room class to provide those supplies.
Go to www.shopttkits.com and enter 13655 for the acct#. Or, go to www.zilkerelem.org for a link to the online store. 

Deadline to order: June 16th
Pickup date: Friday, Aug 18th, at Meet the Teacher

PTA Meeting this Tuesday Morning

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16th at 7:50am is our last general PTA meeting of the year.  The PTA board will ask the general PTA membership to VOTE on approving the preliminary budget for the coming year.  The preliminary budget includes downgrading the Spanish program, funding for an instructional specialist and garden lead, technology and more.  Please join if you want your opinion to be counted!

Spring Teacher Potluck

***Share your thoughts in PTA Parent Survey***

Your input is requested for decisions regarding programs and projects at Zilker Elementary funded by the PTA for the 2017-2018 School Year. Please take the brief (2 minute) survey below by Wednesday, April 26, 2017.  All responses are anonymous and program/project considerations are dependent on available funding sources and needs of the school. Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

Parent Survey


PTA Parent Survey

Your input is requested for decisions regarding programs and projects at Zilker Elementary funded by the PTA for the 2017-2018 School Year. Please take the brief (2 minute) survey below by Wednesday, April 26, 2017.  All responses are anonymous and program/project considerations are dependent on available funding sources and needs of the school. Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

Click here to take survey 


***New Date for PTA Meeting and Elections!!!!

The date has been moved for April’s PTA meeting and board elections.  Please join the PTA on Wednesday, April 19th at 8am in the cafeteria to learn more about and vote on the nominated PTA board slated for next year.  Please adjust your calendars!


Seeking Audit Committee Members

Hello, Zilker Community,

As we near the end of the school year, the PTA is forming an audit committee to help us review our books and provide financial recommendations.  Having a background in accounting, finance or bookkeeping is helpful but not necessary.   The PTA needs at least three (3) people to volunteer in this role.  This is a great, short term commitment.  If you are intererested or have questions, please email Rachel Elder at rachelreit@hotmail.com.