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World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day


Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.


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In honor of World Read Aloud Day, I want to share a very special book with you that was enthusiastically recommended to me by one of our very own first grade teachers, Ms. Devera!


A few years ago, I enrolled in the School Smarts Parent Academy pilot program taught by Ms. Devera here at Skyline Elementary School, which discussed the importance of parent involvement for children and their schools. It is because of her dedication and this program that I advocate being active and involved at school and in my children’s education. During one of the sessions, Ms. Devera introduced us to The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. This book is easily one of the most valuable parenting books I have ever read, and encourages me to want to read more to my children. Reading aloud is a wonderful gift that you can give to your child. It will inspire them to become lifelong, avid readers and improve their literacy skills.


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So get a copy of the book and celebrate World Read Aloud Day with your child today! ~ {md}

The 50 Children's Books That Should Be In Every Family Library

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I loved to read as a child and I still try to make time to read every day as an adult. So I will be sharing articles and information about books often on this blog! You may be familiar with some of the books on this list or you may have even read a few yourself! My personal favorite growing up was Charlotte’s Web! In fact, it is one of the first books I recall being able to read on my own and I remember re-reading it over and over again! It is a wonderful story about friendship and also listed in the treasury of books in Jim Trelease’s The Read Aloud Handbook that I mentioned on World Read Aloud Day.


The Cat In The Hat is a book that both of my kids have found to be fun and easy to read because of the silly rhymes. In fact, Dr. Seuss wrote many of his books to be read by children to themselves. If you have ever seen a logo on a book with the words “I Can Read It All By Myself” it means the book should be read by the child and not to the child. Since next week is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, ask your child to read one of Dr. Seuss' classic books to you!


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Lunch Box Options

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Hi Skyline Parents, in case you're interested, here are some lunch box options that are great for kids! 
If you're looking for a new lunch box, it should be leak-proof, hard-sided to survive drops, easy to clean, easy for your child to open, and a bonus if it's insulated to keep foods cold or warm until lunch time. Oh, and somewhat stylish and cool if you want to convince your child to use it! The following products are also BPA-free. I've done all the research for you, so all you have to do now is decide on a lunch box and start making some awesome lunches for your child!
Bento boxes may be the best choice for kids who want a variety of foods for lunch. They are similar to traditional Japanese bento boxes which have multiple compartments to keep foods separate. My personal recommendation from experience is the Bentgo Kids Lunch Box (available at or It meets all the criteria above, with a durable outer cover, and a removable inner tray which is microwave- and dishwasher-safe. This has kept my daughter's food intact everyday and I can easily fit a full-size sandwich (cut in half and stacked) in the largest compartment. For cold lunches, I can prep the night before and toss the Bentgo in the fridge overnight. Plus, if you sign up for their free e-book or post an Amazon review, they will send you a free compartment tray! Recommended for ages 3-7. Available in purple, blue or green. 
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A similar bento box option is Yumbox which is marketed for kids and adults. The Yumbox Panino contains a 4-tray insert or the Yumbox contains a 6-tray insert (recommended for toddlers - age 8) and you can mix and match their trays and inserts. Yumbox also sells an insulated cooler bag that fits the Yumbox lunch box and stores it flat. Available on or in a plethora of descriptive colors: bijoux purple, espace blue, parisian pink, rocket red, pomme green, frutti blue. 
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Pottery Barn Kids sells the Spencer Bento Box Container and a multitude of other lunch storage options including stainless steel or clear containers. Available at
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For older children, or if you're looking for a non-leak-proof, all-in-one bento box option, I recommend the Bentgo All-In-One Stackable Lunch Box. It is sleek and easy to transport and my older child has been using this for several years. It also comes with built-in plastic silverware and you can purchase additional accessories if you need a leak-proof cup, sauce container or an insulated bag. Available in green, blue, purple or grey. They are also offering a free Bentgo lunch box just for signing up for their e-book! That's like 2 lunch boxes for the price of one! Now mom or dad can take one to work too! Also, if you're searching for an eco-friendly container for salad, they recently unveiled their Bentgo Salad which, if you ask me, looks super cool and makes salad look more appealing! Available on or
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For warm lunches, the THERMOS brand has been around for decades and I highly recommend their THERMOS Foogo insulated food jars for keeping foods at the right temperature. The THERMOS Foogo version has an ergonomically designed lid with a rubber grip which makes it easier for smaller hands to open independently and the scratch-proof base will survive drops. (The older THERMOS version (not marked Foogo) does not have a rubber grip.) This double wall vacuum insulated jar keeps food cold for 7 hours and warm for 5 hours. I pack my daughter's lunch at 7:00am and it is still warm at 11:45am! Available in a variety of color and character options everywhere THERMOS is sold including Target. Pro Tip: Do NOT tighten the lids too tight, as kids (and adults) often have difficulty unscrewing the lid! 
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For beverages, Nalgene makes several bottle options. The best leak-proof bottle for kids is Nalgene On The Fly (OTF). At 12 ounces, it is easy to clean, easy to open/close and is available in several colors and designs everywhere Nalgene is sold including Target or at (free shipping with $10 minimum purchase). 
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Parents, I understand that packing lunch for your child can be a nightmare, so these recommendations are all-in-one containers that can easily be reused over and over again, saving you money and the environment. Did you know that ziploc/plastic bags have an enormous impact on the environment and can take approximately 400 years to biodegrade? A reusable all-in-one lunch box will also save your child time during lunch from having to open several, difficult containers, and thereby, allowing them more time to enjoy your well-planned meal and eat a variety of foods. Then, this will hopefully also save you time in the evenings when it's time to wash your child's lunch box. 
I'll be adding more information about planning easy, healthy lunches, so please come back and check my blog soon!
~ {md}

Easy Recipes: Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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Cilantro and lime is one of my favorite combinations. I especially love cilantro lime rice! If you're not ready to go back to Chipotle yet or if you're looking for a super easy substitute for rice that still looks like rice and tastes good, you'll want to try this! My kids love it! And it is gluten free and vegan friendly! All you need to do is throw some cauliflower in a blender or food processor and process until it resembles rice. Then, toss it in a pan with some garlic, and mix in cilantro and lime juice, and you're done in about 20 minutes!



- 1 head of cauliflower or 1 bag of cauliflower florets

- 1 lime

- 2 cloves of garlic

- chopped cilantro



1. Place cauliflower florets in blender or food processor and process until it resembles rice. If using a cauliflower head, remove the leaves and cut into florets.

2. Mince garlic and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add cauliflower to the pan and stir until garlic is cooked (about another 5-7 minutes).

3. Mix with cilantro and lime juice.

4. Enjoy!


Let me know how you like it! ~ {md}

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SMC Alerts


SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations. You can set alerts to send emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages to your:

- email accounts

- cell phones, smart phones, tablets

- voice messages to landline phones (home and work)


SMC ALERT is free. (Your carrier may charge you a fee to receive alerts on your wireless device.) SMC Alert is available in all cities and towns in San Mateo County. Please read the FAQs for more information.


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Skyhawk Parent Blog

Skyhawk Parent Blog

Hello Skyline Parents!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! It is an honor for me to curate the Skyhawk Parent Blog again this year and share all these exciting events and activities with the Skyline Elementary School community. I hope you continue to find this blog to be a helpful resource. 

As a parent myself, I am constantly searching for new and fun activities for my kids to experience. More importantly, I understand the challenges in finding activities that are inexpensive and within a reasonable budget which is why many of the posts on this blog highlight free or low-cost events. Please continue to check back frequently as I will be updating the blog often! 

Upcoming Events

Mon 3/4 - Fri 3/8 8:00am - 2:00pm Scholastic Dino-Mite Book Fair

DINO-MITE Book Fair: Stomp, Chomp, and Read!

Skyline's Big Lift Little Library is Here!


The Big Lift Little Library has arrived at Skyline Library! Please come and take a book or donate one! We welcome new or gently used books. Skyline Library will be open for parents and siblings at 8:30am. 

SMCL's Big Lift Little Libraries are popping up all over the County! Look for Big Lift Little Libraries in places where children and families could use a great book -- places where families hang out, places where they have to wait in lines, places where reading and books are great activities.

Little Libraries are a "take a book, return a book" way for communities to share books and a love of reading. A Little Library is simply a box of books where anyone can borrow a book (or two) and bring back another to share. The Big Lift is an effort of the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council focused on increasing countywide reading proficiency of 3rd grade students from 58% to 80% by 2020.

The goals of the Big Lift Little Libraries are:

  • to encourage a culture of reading in San Mateo County,
  • to increase access to books for children and families at the point of need,
  • to involve all of the county in The Big Lift, and
  • to help create resident support for The Big Lift initiative.
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Michael's Kids Club



4925 Junipero Serra Blvd

Colma, CA 94014

(650) 992-7271

Barnes & Noble Special Events


Barnes & Noble

The Shops At Tanforan

1150 El Camino Real Space 277
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 871-2530 

Serramonte Kids Club


Color Me Mine Daly City

Color Me Mine is a walk-in Paint-It-Yourself Ceramics Studio for painters of all ages, whether you are looking for a fun party idea, want to make a truly unique gift, or just want to have some fun with family & friends.




What is Kids Night Out?
It's an opportunity for your kids to hang out with other kids, paint ceramics, watch a movie, enjoy ice cream and play B.I.N.G.O.

KNO is for kids who are age 5 and up. 

KNO is for KIDS ONLY. Parents should drop off their kids between 5:45 and 6:15, and then pick them up at 9:00 pm. We don't allow parents at our KNO because it isn't conducive to kids mingling, sitting with other kids and making friends. Every other hour we are open is available for parents and kids to create together.... just not during these 3 hours. If your child cannot handle being without his or her parent during KNO we ask that you choose any other time to paint in our studio and spend some quality time with them.

We really want to make this fun for the kids and a place where they can hang with other kids.

So leave your kids with us, and we'll show 'em a good time! And you get 3 hours of whatever-you-want time!

Many of our KNO's are themed. We have preselected bisque from which the kids can choose. On occasion, there might be opportunity for upgrades to different items.

And YES, it is cheaper than a babysitter!


My daughter painted her own ceramic candy tray and it turned out wonderfully!


Color Me Mine

445 Westlake Shopping Center

Daly City, CA 94014

(650) 756-2706

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks



The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents' Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

Attention 4th Graders! Check Out Every Kid In A Park


Every Kid In A Park is a #LetsMove program that gives 4th graders and their families FREE access to the nation's parks. See America's natural wonders and historic sites for free.

Marvel at the St. Louis Arch, the Florida Keys, and the Frederick Douglass house. Listen to wolves howl. Walk in dinosaur tracks. Look up into the inky night sky, and reach for the stars!

These sites belong to all of us — including you.

President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.

Click here for more information.

FREE Museum Admission

Attention Skyline Parents! These museums offer FREE admission days! Be sure to arrive early as these days are usually crowded and admission may be limited due to full capacity.




- Sat 9/22/18 10am-5pm Free Community Day

- Sat 10/21/18 10am-5pm Free Community Day


California Academy of Sciences


- Sun 2/11/18 11am-5pm Quarterly Free Sundays




- Sun 6/10/18 10am-5pm Free Community Day


Asian Art Museum


First Sunday of every month 10am-5pm


de Young Museum


First Tuesday of every month 9:30am-5:15pm

FREE Museum Passes for Peninsula Library Cardholders

Skyline Parents: Take advantage of these free or discounted museum passes to popular attractions including the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium.


Please note: Popular attractions sell out fast so make your reservations ASAP!



Discover & Go is an exciting service providing library cardholders with free passes to local museums and cultural institutions. A first of its kind, Discover & Go provides access to passes that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the Library. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date – no returns required and no possibility of overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and conveniently print out a museum pass.


Library cardholders can reserve up to two passes at a time from a growing list of destinations.


For Daly City Library cardholders, click here.

For South San Francisco Library cardholders, click here.


You will need your library card number to log-in. Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number registered on your library card account.

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