The eMother’s day starts with checking the weather (http://www.weather.com) and the stock market (http://finance.yahoo.com). Because eMother is driving the field trip for her son’s 5th grade class today, she then goes on to Google Maps (http://maps.google.com) to get driving directions, and checks the traffic condition at 511 (http://www.511.org). Good, every thing looks perfect!
After she returns from the field trip, eMother does her regular check on how kids are doing in school on iParent (https://iparent.fmtusd.org/iparent). iParent is an online service provided by the participating school districts to keep parents updated with their children’s grades, discipline, attendance, and schedule at school. eMother is glad that Fremont Unified School District has it and she was one of the first parents to obtain the access code from her daughter’s school office to set up the account.
Kids are home! It’s homework time. eMother’s son has to write a biography report on an athlete and must read two books about the athlete. eMother knows exactly where to find the books. They go to the library’s website (http://www.aclibrary.org), search the catalog, and request a few titles to pick up at their closest local library. From the library’s website, they also check the Biography Resource Center database for additional information. eMother’s son also needs current data for his state report. The best place to go is check out America the Beautiful database from the library’s website. The numbers are right there at their fingertips! Now eMother’s daughter is stuck with math homework, but that’s okay, she can go to the library’s website and click on the “Live Homework Help” box to get immediate help from a live tutor. But she has another problem. Like many teenagers, eMother’s daughter procrastinates a lot. She has a 1500-word essay due in two days. She has to write about Jane Austen and her books. Unfortunately, one of the books is buried somewhere in the house. Luckily, eMother works at the library, she knows they can go to NetLibrary through their library website to retrieve an electronic copy. What a lifesaver! But what about the historical background and all other stuff? No problem, Cliff Notes are available at NetLibrary, and they can also be found on its website http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA. eMother also reminds her daughter to check out the Literature Resource Center database at their library’s website.
It’s April 8th already but eMother has been too busy to mail their property tax so she must do it before it’s too late. She quickly goes to the Alameda County’s website at http://www.acgov.org and clicks on the property tax link. With a pretty good amount to pay, she thinks the $3 ECheck Service fee is all worth it. Before she leaves the website, she remembers that she must pay her traffic ticket also. So she finds the link on acgov and takes care of another payment, one that she is not willing to pay but just wants to get it over with.
eMother’s sister calls to tell eMother that they are relocating to City of Fremont (http://www.ci.fremont.ca.us). How exciting! eMother immediately goes to Yahoo Real Estate (http://realestate.yahoo.com) and checks out housing information and the current house values in the area. She also searches the East Bay Real Estate Directory (http://www.eastbayrealestatedirectory.com) for East Bay multi-listing homes. After that, she goes to Fremont Police Department’s website (http://fremontpolice.org/index.html) to see if there are any sex offenders living near the houses her sister is interested in. Then she does some environmental search on EPA’s Where You Live page (http://www.epa.gov/epahome/whereyoulive.htm). Earthquake information is also very import, so eMother continues on to http://quake.abag.ca.gov to make sure those houses are not located in the earthquake fault zones. eMother’s sister also needs information about Fremont Unified School District (http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us) and wants to know how the schools are performing. Each individual school’s “report card” is available from the District’s website but from the California Department of Education’s website (http://www.cde.ca.gov), eMother gathers STAR Test results of more California schools. She knows her sister is very concerned about her children’s education.
~~ To be continued with health information, vacation planning, buying guides, and more.
* These are just some websites eMother uses to manage her family. If you know of any other good websites, please share them with us. Thank you!