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:

For more information, please contact Katherine Smith (



Zilker Fund Reception: An Evening with Ms. Hill

Please Join us for an evening of light refreshments with Principal Hill to learn more about the Zilker Fund and why your support is important!   Thursday, November 9th from 7-9pm.  See the invitation for more information or reach out to Rachel @

– Zilker Fund

Support the Zilker Fund: Full STEAM Ahead!

What’s better than selling cookies and magazines to support your school?  The Zilker Fund!  This no hassle fundraiser allows you to make a gift that is right for you.  Your donation goes directly to your child(ren)’s school and benefits all students.  Consider a monthly donation or a one-time gift to give our kids the tools they need to be 21st century learners and the pioneers of tomorrow.  Our kids are worth it!  So skip the gimmicks and give because TOGETHER, we make Zilker a GREAT place for OUR kids.


Monarchs Are Coming To Zilker!

Our school has received a grant from the National Wildlife Federation, and we are so excited to announce that we will be building a monarch garden! This will take place in the grassy area between the kindergarten and 5th grade hallways. In order to ensure the success of this habitat, we need your help! At this time, we are in need of the following items:

  • large, broken-down cardboard
  • gardening soil
  • pebble rock
  • water hoses
  • 4 inch river rock
  • 2 foot by 4 foot large stone boulders
  • gardening tools/watering cans

If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them in as soon as possible to Miss Phillips’ room 401! (If they are large, we can find a spot in the garden to store them.)

Please join us Saturday, October 14 from 8:00am- 11:00am, when we will be breaking ground and prepping our habitat site! We are in the beginning stages of this amazing project, and as we get farther in our planning, more information will be available. Stayed tuned for updates! If you have any questions, feel free to contact or Thank you for the support!

Zilker is a great place for butterflies!–

Zamboree Poster Contest

Zilker Kids’ favorite event of the year is coming up!  Mark your calendars for our annual Zamboree on Saturday, Oct. 28th!  We are holding a poster contest this year, so if your kids like art/drawing (and who doesn’t), make sure they enter!  Here are the details:

  • Pick up an entry form in the office
  • turn in to your teacher or the office
  • we will choose 3 designs to be featured as flyers around campus
  • deadline is Wednesday, 10/11


Mark your calendars for ZFiesta!

Please bring lawn chairs, blankets and money to buy food and goodies!  It is going to be a fun event!!

Full STEAM Ahead!

Support the Zilker Fund!  Zilker is a GREAT place for kids – but we need YOU to join us on this educational adventure as we bring more STEAM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) to Zilker. Think about a simple monthly sustaining gift or a one-time donation to ensure we bring the latest tools in education to each grade. Your contribution will make a lasting impact on each individual student and help them become the visionaries of tomorrow. 



Zilker’s Essentials Drive

In light of the devastation that occurred from Hurricane Harvey, Zilker is having an “Essentials” Drive to help the families who have suffered so much loss. The items listed below are those that are needed immediately to help families displaced by flooding. Collection begins on Tuesday, September 5th and will end on September 20th. Please drop off donations to the bins located around the school (main office, outside of Ms. Vreeland’s office, Ms. Peter’s room (5th), Ms. Devore’s (4th) and Ms. Booth’s (3rd). All donations will be sent to the Central Texas Food Bank.

Zilker is a community that cares, and more than ever, we want to help these families in need. Thank you so much for anything you are able to donate.

Items for Children
Baby food packets
New or gently used books

“Ready to Eat” Food Items
Pop top canned meat and fish
Squeeze jelly
Peanut butter
Packaged foods

Hand sanitizer

*Mrs. Wynn’s class (blue portable A2) is also collecting socks, small games/activities/toys until September 8th*

Also needed– boxes/bins to pack the donations as they come in

How You Can Get Amazon To Donate To Our School

One of the easiest ways you can help support our school programs this year is by switching all your Amazon shopping to Amazon Smile. Simply by going to the website, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Zilker PTA! There’s no extra cost to you.
On your first visit to this website, it will prompt you to choose the charity of your choice. Our school is listed as “PTA Texas Congress 896 Zilker Elementary PTA.”  Choose this option and you are done.
So whenever you want to buy on Amazon, just remember to go to and start shopping!

Peter Brown Author Visit: August 31st!

The talented Peter Brown will be visiting Kindergarten through 3rd grade on Thursday, August 31st at 8:30 am! Mr. Brown has illustrated the hilarious bestselling book Creepy Carrots and his newest release, Creepy Pair of Underwear.

Students may purchase copies of Creepy Pair of Underwear and Creepy Carrots prior to the event to be signed and personalized by Mr. Brown!

Order form is here and can be returned to Mrs. Sharp in the library with cash (exact amount) or check (made out to BookPeople) or ordered online. Come by the library to get more information!

We are so excited to host Peter Brown at Zilker! View the S’more HERE for more information!