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Local Restaurants Helping Out

Zilker Elementary receives a lot of support from our local restaurants throughout the year.  This past week in particular, we’d like to give thanks for:
  • Rudy’s break tacos, Snooze‘s pancakes, Moonlight Bakery‘s pastries and Starbucks‘ coffee that was provided for our Teacher Breakfast on Monday and also the Teacher Luncheon on Friday.
  • Thundercloud Subs‘ salads and subs and Rockin’ Tomato‘s pizza that was provided for the teachers/staff that welcomed our families at Meet the Teacher Day on Friday.
Thank you for the donations to our school! We are very lucky to have such great Zilker community partners.

Mark your calendars-> Class List and Meet your teacher

Summer is almost over!  Class list will be posted on Thursday, August 17th at noon.  Please stop by the front of the school to find out your classroom teacher/classmates. 

Meet the Teacher will be on Friday, August 18th from 11:30am-1pm.  You can stop by to meet your teacher, check out your classroom and drop off your school supplies. 

You can sign up for PTA memberships and purchase school t-shirts/hoodies as well in the front of the school from 11:30am-1pm. 

For school supply kits, they will be available for pick up at 11:30-1pm near the cafeteria. 




Pre-K and Kindergarten Playdate-> Saturday, August 19th @ 9am

Hello Pre-K and Kindergarten parents!

We know first day jitters can be a little overwhelming for our kids, especially when they might not know anyone in their classroom and/or school.  Please join us on Saturday, August 19th from 9am-11am at the Zilker Playground (near the library) to meet your fellow classmates.  This is a great opportunity to meet Zilker families in a relaxing setting.  All kids/grades welcome to attend as well.



School Clean Up -> Thursday, August 17th @ 9am

Mark your calendars for school clean up this Thursday, August 17th @ 9am!  We will meet at Jabo’s Garden, so please bring sunscreen, hats, water and adult/kid gloves to help get our school presentable for the first day of school!  See you there!


Shakespeare Club after school at Zilker

Shakespeare After School at Zilker

Taught by former Zilker parent Clayton Stromberger, director of UT’s Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach Program for Youth, Shakespeare after school at Zilker will be Mondays (Sept 18 – Dec 4) from 3-4pm at Zilker. For students in grades 3-5. No acting experience necessary. End of session performance for friends and family. Cost: $150 for ten classes.

If interested in registering your child, contact Clayton at

Zilker – Shakespeare After School

Jabo’s Garden




HISTORY: Nearly a decade ago, Jerry “Jabo” Dean, a retired UT Music Professor, began volunteering his time to garden with his grandson’s Zilker Elementary kindergarten class. Jabo has been gardening with every kindergarten class since then.

In 2014, the owners/chefs at Odd Duck approached the school and offered to help expand the garden. Odd Duck is deeply committed to supporting and serving locally sourced food and wanted to pass along its passion for food and sustainable farming to a new generation. Thus was born Jabo’s Garden at Zilker Elementary.

MISSION: The mission of Jabo’s Garden is to create and sustain an organic edible garden and landscape that is fully integrated into the school’s culture, curriculum and food program. Our aim is to give students a place to learn about and experience the connections between their actions, their health, their community, their environment and of course, their tastebuds.

GOALS:  To promote healthy eating and physical activity.  To support and enhance all areas of study by creating an outdoor learning space and an integrated gardening curriculum.  To be an example of sustainable environmental practices and the foundation for a greater environmental education for our students, faculty, families and community.


There are many ways to help!

•Open volunteer hours, when you can help care for our garden: TBD  (No experience needed. Come for as long or as short as you like.)
•Garden committee meetings:  TBD*
•Family volunteer hours: TBD, 10:00-2:00*
*these times can change depending on other school events, weather, or holidays.  Check the garden bulletin board for the official calendar.

You can also ask your teacher if they want help running a weekly garden project. And you can help prepare and serve our veggies or lead craft projects at special events.

To learn more about PEAS, our garden partner, go to

Garden Cleanup: Thu, Aug 17, at 9am

Check our calendar for more dates.

School website:
Zilker Elementary Facebook page
Zilker Elementary Newsletter (ZEN)
Garden bulletin board
Twitter: jabosgarden
Instagram: @zilkerjabos
Garden email list: if you’d like to join the list, contact Dita at


School News

Hello Zilker Elementary Families,

Here are some school-related updates to get you all back in the swing of things.


It is my pleasure to announce Hannah Hallmark as the new assistant principal of Zilker Elementary.  Hannah has been a teacher in AISD for the past eleven years where she taught Spanish at O’Henry Middle School. During her career in education,  Hannah has made it a priority to build strong relationships with all members of the school community and ensure her instruction supports the social, emotional, and academic development of each child. We are pleased to have her join our team at Zilker.


Congratulations to grade teacher, Tammy Thompson, who will be joining Baldwin Elementary as the new full-time assistant principal.  We are excited for her as she begins this new adventure in her career and wish her the very best in her new position. 

We have already started the process of finding a new third grade teacher and will work diligently to ensure a smooth transition in the process.    


Austin ISD is calling for a bond election to be held on November 7 of this year. The district will be conducting community meetings from August through November to ensure that you are informed and that your opinions are heard. For more information about the bond, go to:

To find out more about how this Bond will impact Zilker Elementary and the rest of the Austin Vertical Team specifically, click on the “View 2017 Bond Projects by School and Facility” button on the landing page.  


August 7-10 New Student Registration

August 18 Meet the Teacher 11:30 am -1pm

August 21 First Day of School!

Enjoy the rest of the summer! And, don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you need anything from me.


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: