Film Kids – After School Moviemaking!

If you’re a 4th or 5th grader who likes making movies then join Film Kids, an after-school club that meets on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:45 and starts on January 24th. We pitch, plan, film and act in original movies that show in a film festival at the end of each semester. Snacks and equipment are provided and everyone gets a DVD of their work. Call 512-567-0778, check out the attached flyer or e-mail Brian Cox at for questions and registration (17 weeks, $410 – payment plans available). Go to to see us in action!

Film Kids Spring 2018 Flyer

Parent Survey

Zilker Parents & Families,

As the district continues to strive for excellence in preparing our students for academic success, we encourage parents to offer feedback by completing the AISD Parent Survey. Your opinions are important and will be taken into consideration as we strive to serve our students better.

Within the next few weeks, please complete the paper survey that the school provides you. As an alternative, the survey will be available on the district’s website:

Once available, the results of the survey will be distributed to campus principals, district administrators, and the Board of Trustees. Our community also can view the results when the reports are posted to the AISD website by the end of June.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, you may contact the AISD Department of Research and Evaluation at 512-414-1724.

Thank you for taking the time to help us understand our strengths and opportunities for improvement.



Padres y familias del Zilker:

A medida que el distrito continúa con sus esfuerzos para alcanzar la excelencia en la preparación de los estudiantes para que logren el éxito académico, animamos a los padres de familia a dar sus opiniones llenando la Encuesta para Padres de Familia del AISD. Sus opiniones son importantes y se considerarán en el trabajo que realizamos para servir mejor a nuestros estudiantes.

Durante las próximas semanas, les pedimos que por favor completen la encuesta impresa que la escuela les ha proporcionado. Como alternativa, la encuesta también estará disponible en el sitio de Internet del distrito:

Una vez que tengamos los resultados de la encuesta, éstos se distribuirán a los directores de los planteles, administradores del distrito y a la Mesa Directiva. La comunidad también podrá ver los resultados en el sitio de Internet del distrito cuando los informes se publiquen a finales de junio.

Si tienen alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la encuesta, pueden comunicarse con el Departamento de Investigación y Evaluación del AISD al (512) 414-1724.

Gracias por tomar el tiempo para ayudarnos a entender mejor nuestras fortalezas y las oportunidades que tenemos para mejorar.

Zilker Science Fair – Volunteers Needed!

The Zilker Science Fair is coming up on Thursday, January 18th!  We need 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 shift while you get to witness cool science experiments!


Mark your calendars- Zilker’s first STEAM night!

Zilker will have it’s first STEAM night on Thursday, January 18th from 5:30p-6:30p to coincide with our Science Fair!  Each grade level will have a science, techology, art or math activity.  Most activities will be in the cafeteria, some will be in the computer lab.  The Science Fair will be in the gym, so it will be open for viewing from 3p-6p.  See you there!


Upcoming Events

Dear Zilker Families:

I hope you all have had a nice weekend and are ready for a full week back at school.  We have a lot going on right now, so I wanted to share a few important dates for you to keep in mind.

Benchmark Testing:

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes will be taking district benchmark tests this month. Benchmark tests are provided by the district and allow us an opportunity to see how our students are progressing academically.
District benchmark tests also provide our teachers with data that are used to guide instruction and specifically, to assist in determining which students are in need of additional interventions. Parents will receive benchmark data prior to the end of the semester. The benchmark testing dates are as follows:

January 10

5th Reading

January 11

5th Math

January 16

5th Science

January 23

3rd and 4th Reading

January 24

3rd and 4th Math


Science Fair and STEAM Night

Who: All student and families from Pre-K to 5th

What: Science, Math, Art, Technology, and Engineering Activities

When: Thursday, January 18th, 5:30

Where: Gym, Cafeteria, and Computer Lab

Why: In conjunction with the Science Fair, the Zilker Faculty would like to share the many great STEAM activities we are doing with our students! Please join us!

A Message From Fullmore Magnet Program:

Happy New Year from the Fulmore Magnet Program!

We are mailing to invite everyone to attend our Evening of Wonder Campus Showcase on Tuesday, January 9th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. We will have an opening session in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. and release for the Open House at about 5:50 p.m. Families coming in after that time will find volunteers at the entrance areas with programs to direct you to our classroom exhibits and performances.


Alicia Hill






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!

Zilker Panther Choir

The Zilker Panther Choir will begin rehearsals this Tuesday, January 9, 2016 from 3:00-4:00 pm in the music room. This rehearsal is for all current members.

Any 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade student interested in joining will need to audition during music class this week Monday-Friday January 8-12. Morning audition time slots are available only for students absent during their music classes from 7:15-7:45 am. Please have at least one minute of any song pepared to sing at your audition and have Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm free in your calendar to attend all future rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hughes.



4th and 5th Grade String Camp held at Austin High

Is your student interested in playing with the orchestra in Middle School? Come to Austin High on Saturday, January 20th and let your student try out a violin, viola, cello, or bass for the day. Teaching and demonstration will be followed by a mini concert.

2018 Winter Camp Poster for 4th and 5th grade Orchestra Camp
Camp Registration Form
String Camp Schedule

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



Come Draw with Young Rembrandts!

Young Rembrandts is now enrolling for its afterschool drawing classes. This session’s ALL-NEW lessons will include a colorful pop art dog, a unicorn, an art history lesson on Mikalene Thomas and more. See flyer for more info or to register, please visit

Young Rembrandts Spring 1 2018 Afterschool Drawing Classes