4th and 5th Grade Parent and Student Information Night (New Date!)

Zilker Elementary will be hosting a special information session for our 4th and 5th-grade parents and students. We understand that the transition to middle school can be both an exciting and anxious time for our students and families! The same can be said about the transition from 4th to 5th grade. Please make a plan to join AISD Elementary Counseling Coordinator Pam Martin, SEL Specialist Lynne Unruh, Zilker school counselor Elizabeth Vreeland, and me for an engaging and informative family night on Tuesday, March 27, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The evening will include information on topics such as student organization, social peer interactions/pressure, student-parent relationships, and homework and school stress.

This session will include information for both parents and students and a time for parent only questions. We will have Austin High School PALS who will lead the students in several activities during the parent question and discussion time. Since we will have a limited number of PALS helping us, we ask that younger siblings not attend if possible. Pizza will be provided so please click the link below to RSVP by noon on Monday, March 26, so we know how much pizza to order.


“Let’s Talk” – Parent Workshop on Tuesday, March 27 from 6-7 p.m.

Barton Hill’s Elementary has invited us to their parenting support workshop called “Let’s Talk” with Bethany Prescott.

We all hope to have relationships with our kids that include open communication. We yearn to be a safe place to land when our child is hurting and scared, and to be a chosen person to share with when they are delighted, proud, and joyful. As we parent our children out of childhood and into the pre-teen and adolescent years, these communication lines become even more important. In this workshop, we will discuss how to build healthy communication patterns in the elementary years that we will carry with us into adolescence and beyond.

To RSVP: visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-with-bethany-prescott-tickets-43752089678 and use password BHEPTA

Bethany Prescott, MA, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in south Austin. She specializes in parenting support, offering coaching to parents from pregnancy through having adult children. Bethany is also a mother of three herself, and a former BHE parent.

Kindergarten Registration 2018

Kindergarten Registration:

Online registration for the 2018-19 school year is open for all incoming kindergarten students! Please visit the following link for info on how to register your child for Kindergarten: https://www.austinisd.org/technology/parents-guardians/student-registration.

It is extremely helpful if your online registration is completed prior to Kindergarten Registration.  We strongly encourage all incoming kinder families to register online as soon as possible.  Having this information helps us with the planning process for the new school year.

Kindergarten Registration will be held on April 3, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Zilker library. This is an opportunity for you and your child to visit Zilker, take a tour, and turn in the necessary paperwork to complete enrollment. These documents include:

  • State issued birth certificate
  • Social security card (for your child)
  • Photo ID of parent
  • Proof of residence with a valid address (mortgage statement, rental agreement with all occupants listed, City of Austin utility bill)
  • Photo ID of parent
  • Current updated immunization record

We look forward to seeing you there!

Final Sale of Zilker Hoodies

Need to replace a lost Hoodie? Want to be prepared for the next cold spell? The PTA is selling Zilker Hoodies this Thursday and Friday morning in the front lobby of the school from 7:30-8am. Get one now before they are all sold out! Adults are selling for $15 and kids for $12!

3rd & 5th Grade Concert Celebrating Black History Month – Feb 6th

Please join us for the 3rd & 5th Grade “Freedom is Coming” Concert next Tuesday, February 6th! This music program will take place in the cafeteria from 8:30am-9:15am.

Final Sales of Zilker Hoodies

Need to replace a lost Hoodie? Want to be prepared for the next cold spell? The PTA is selling Zilker Hoodies this Thursday and Friday morning in the front lobby of the school from 7:30-8am. Get one now before they are all sold out! Adults are selling for $15 and kids for $12!

LivingTree Communications Taking Over At Zilker!

This is the last Zen! All communications will now be through LivingTree.   Please contact your room parent or teacher if you are having issues registering or logging in!


Once you have logged-in, you will see that all your family and classroom information has already been entered.  If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, don’t forget to download the free LivingTree App!  Here is a Quick Guide to get you started on using this new technology. Please feel free to ask your Room Parent if you have any issues and if you log-in and can’t see your class, contact the front office for the CODE that will allow you to join Zilker.

Here are some commonly asked questions:

How do I add or change my contact information?

In your account, click on ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’. Here you’ll be able to edit your profile name, address, phone number, etc. To allow certain contact information to be visible for other LivingTree contacts, check the pertinent box(es) at the top of the page. Be sure to save your changes before you exit. Contacts will see the information you’ve selected when they click on your name in their Directory.

How do I change my notification preferences?

In your account, click ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’ Scroll down to notification settings, and select or de-select the notification options according to your preference. Be sure to save your changes before you exit.

Can I sync with Outlook/Google Calendar/iCal?

Of course! LivingTree allows you to subscribe your LivingTree Calendar to popular calendars like the Mac, iPad, and iPhone Calendar, or Google Calendar, and Outlook. Once subscribed, all of your LivingTree events will automatically flow into your other calendar application. Take a look at the Calendar guide for instructions on how to do this – It’s easy peasy!

Does LivingTree have translation capability?

YES!!  Select your preferred language by clicking on ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’ in the upper-right corner of your account. Scroll to ‘Language’ and select your preference from the dropdown. If other members of your group have a different preferred language, the translate option will show up and you can translate the conversation! Feel free to post/comment in your preferred language as others will be able to translate your post in their account as well.

Can I message with my teacher or other parents privately?

Yes. Just use LivingTree’s direct messaging found in the Inbox section of your account. This functions similarly to email within LivingTree so that you can message privately to an individual or a small group. Just type a name in, and given they are connected to you in your LivingTree network, their names will show up. Select, type, and send! More details found here.

Can I search through posts in my Conversations feed?

You can search all Conversations content (including comments) by entering a key word in the search tool. You can also filter your Conversations feed by selecting Pinned, Files, Photos, Events, or search by user.

Can I edit a post I’ve already shared?

You can use the ‘reshare’ feature to edit a post you’ve already made. Click on the reshare (right-arrow) button on the original post, and make your desired changes in the light box that appears. Click ‘post’ to reshare. Note this is a new post. You can delete the original post if you want to remove it from everyone’s Conversations stream by clicking on the ‘x’ located in the upper-right corner of your original post.

Science Fair needs volunteers!

The Zilker Science Fair is THIS Thursday, January 18th!  We still in need of 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, short shift while you witness cool science experiments!