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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:

2017-18 School Supplies List

For those of you who didn’t pre-order your school supplies, here is the full list. Happy shopping!

School Supplies List 2017

Summer Library Newsletter

Check out the Summer reading edition of the Zilker Library newsletter! Find out about Dr. Cruz’s 5 Book Dive, suggested summer reading lists, e-book resources and what the Austin Public Library has going on this summer!

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