Hello from Mrs. Hughes

I am pleased to finally announce that I have been officially hired as the full time music teacher here at Zilker!!! I am overjoyed at the opportunity to work with such exceptional students, faculty, and parents. Thank you to everyone for your patience and support while I studied and passed my Music Content Exam.

There have been many questions as to this year’s plans and I’ve done my best to keep the wonderful traditions to which you have become accustomed. We will be performing Monster Mash, Purple People Eaters, and Hall of the Mountain King on Tuesday, October 31 outside on the basketball court at 2:30 pm.

Auditions for the Zilker Panther Choir (for Grades 3, 4, 5)  are taking place before/during/after school Monday, October 30 – Friday, November 3. There is more detailed information and a sign-up sheet posted on the purple Choir bulletin board located outside the main Music Room 101. Please contact me with any additional questions. Daniella.Hughes@austinisd.org / Class Phone: 512-841-0721 Planning Time: Monday-Friday 11:05-11:50 am

 

Volunteers Needed for BookPeople Family Shopping Night!!

The Zilker PTA’s 9th annual BookPeople Family Shopping Night will be on Wednesday, November 8, 5-8pm.

For those of you new to Zilker, this is a fun evening that kids and families very much look forward to. Volunteers bring cookies and milk, teachers and staff read books to the kids, families shop, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the school.

If you’d like to volunteer to bring milk or cookies, or to help out during the event, please use the following Signup Genius link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44a9a62ca7f58-bookpeople

For more information, please contact Katherine Smith, Katherine.smagula@gmail.com

 

 

Halloween and Parent Principal Coffee

Dear Zilker Families,

This Tuesday, October 31, we will celebrate Halloween at Zilker with our annual campus-wide Moster-Mash dance on the covered basketball court.  We invite you all to join us in this Zilker tradition from 2:30-2:57.  We hope to see you there!

Also, students are welcome to wear their costumes on Halloween, but we do ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Toy weapons of any kind are not permitted
  • Excessively gory or scary costumes are not permitted
  • Your child’s costume should not interfere with their school day. (i.e. – make sure they are able to get their costume on & off to go to the bathroom, wear proper footwear for PE & recess, etc)

Thank you for helping us ensure Halloween is fun and safe for all of our Zilker Panthers.

Parent Principal Coffee

Our next Parent Principal Coffee will be in the Zilker library this Friday, November 3, at 7:45.  O’Henry Middle School Principal, Marlo Malott, will be there to share information about the programs and opportunites offered at O’Henry, and answer any questions you may have about middle school.  We hope you will be able to join us.

Thank you,

Alicia Hill

 

 

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.

 

Zamboree This Saturday!

Hooray, it’s finally here! Our kids’ favorite event, Zamboree is this Saturday, October 28th. Here are all the details:

  • Zamboree is October 2812-3pm
  • Wristbands ($20), T-shirts ($15-$20) and raffle tickets ($5/each or 5 for $20) are on sale Monday on Zilker website or through PTA Wed 10/25 – Fri 10/27 7:20am -8:00am in front lobby. Cash/debit/credit accepted
  • Donate a baked good for Zamboree’s Cake Walk. Bring to the teacher’s lounge Friday or to the cafeteria Saturday during Zamboree
  • Raffle prizes include: Alamo Drafthouse, Photo Booth Party, BAM Academy, Kendra Scott, Golf Lessons and Blazer Tag
  • Looking for volunteers still. We need someone as a PTA runner 1pm-2pm in addition to booth/set up/clean up slots. Please contact vera.vera.muniz@gmail.com or kalynntupa@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed for BookPeople Family Shopping Night!!

The Zilker PTA’s 9th annual BookPeople Family Shopping Night will be on Wednesday, November 8, 5-8pm.

For those of you new to Zilker, this is a fun evening that kids and families very much look forward to. Volunteers bring cookies and milk, teachers and staff read books to the kids, families shop, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the school.

If you’d like to volunteer to bring milk or cookies, or to help out during the event, please use the following Signup Genius link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44a9a62ca7f58-bookpeople

For more information, please contact Katherine Smith (katherine.smagula@gmail.com).

 

 

NEW Sticky Fingers Cooking Session Begins Nov. 6th!

Sticky Fingers Cooking at Zilker Elementary!

Mondays, 3:00-4:00pm, 6 classes beginning Nov. 6, ending Dec. 18 (no class 11/20)

Register at https://stickyfingerscooking.com/school-programs/texas/zilker-elementary-fall-ii-2017

Let your child release their inner chef! Students will prepare and eat healthy global inspired recipes all while learning to cook in a fun, engaging and real world way! Our chefs will teach kitchen skills associated with our weekly recipes, along with cooking terminology, new foods, and fun nutrition facts. We will practice measurements, use a wide array of cooking utensils, while always preparing the freshest ingredients! Full recipes will be created each class with our AWESOME master chef Sticky Fingers Cooking instructors. Our on-line recipe collection is included as well for each chef for future family cooking fun!

Sticky Fingers Cooking FLYER Fall Session II 2017

After School Robotics

New robots for session II and introducing pneumatics robots (air powered robots)

American Robotics Academy aims to excite, inspire and motivate children about the importance of robotics technology. Our hands-on classes offer an introduction to the fundamentals of engineering design, helping children understand “how things work.” Held in a friendly, sports-like atmosphere, students work in age-appropriate teams and learn how to design, build and test remote-controlled miniature robots. We use simple, motorized machines – all made from LEGO® bricks! – to demonstrate mechanical movements and other effects.

 

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