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4th annual HMBCA Food Drive for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard is October 17th!

Barrhaven Food Cupboard LogoWhat: HMBCA's 4th Annual Food Drive for BFC
Where: Half Moon Bay Park, Cambrian Rd. Entrance
When: Saturday, October 17th, 2015, 10am-12pm

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we want to help the Barrhaven Food Cupboard replenish their stock after the busy holiday. On Saturday, October 17th, from 10am-12pm, we will be accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations at the Cambrian Rd. entrance to Half Moon Bay Park.

Our sponsor, moving company Two Men and a Truck Ottawa, has graciously donated boxes for the food, and their mascot Truckie will be there to greet the kids!

See you there!

About Barrhaven Food Cupboard (BFC)

The Barrhaven Food Cupboard is a community-led organization that provides food assistance to families in need in the Barrhaven area. BFC is managed and run 100 per cent by volunteers. All proceeds go directly to the approximately 115 families per month that use BFC for assistance. BFC is located at 3013 Jockvale Rd., in the Barrhaven United Church.

Sponsored by:

Two Men and a Truck Ottawa Movers

Half Moon Bay Public Elementary School Notice of Public Consultation Meeting

OCDSBLogoGrade, Program and Attendance Boundary for New Half Moon Bay Elementary School

Over the past few months a locally-formed working group, including a representative from the Half Moon Bay Community Association, has been meeting to discuss potential accommodation proposals associated with the September 2016 opening of a new elementary school in the Half Moon Bay area of South Nepean (3525 River Run Avenue).

A Public Consultation Meeting will be held to seek feedback on a proposed plan. Input will assist staff in developing their recommendations to the Board on:

  • the grade structure, program offering and attendance boundary for the new school;
  • the potential expansion of grade structures at Barrhaven Public School, Chapman Mills Public School, Jockvale Elementary School, and Mary Honeywell Elementary School to Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6;
  • the potential change to a 7 to 8 only grade structure at Cedarview Middle School;
  • potential attendance boundary revisions to help alleviate accommodation pressures at Mary Honeywell Elementary School; and
  • the potential introduction of a second Middle French Immersion (MFI) program in South Nepean.

Please plan to attend this important meeting:

Thursday October 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Chapman Mills Public School, Gymnasium
260 Leamington Way

At the meeting there will be a brief presentation by Board staff, followed by a Q&A session. Staff will be available to answer questions on an individual basis following the meeting. An information package providing details of the study and the proposals will be available at the meeting.

Read additional information about the new HMB school on the OCDSB website.

New Catholic Elementary School to open in Half Moon Bay South in Fall 2016

spencer-warrenA new Ottawa Catholic School Board JK-6 Half Moon Bay South Elementary School is scheduled to open in September 2016 confirmed OCSB Zone 4 Trustee Spencer Warren.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2015 at a site located at the intersection of River Mist Road and Soldats-Riendeau Street (2525 River Mist Rd.). Funding for this new school was approved by the Ministry of Education in January 2013.

The school hours have not yet been determined. Information related to this school's development will be posted on the OCSB website.

Half Moon Bay Public School Update

OCDSBLogoUpdate from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board related to the opening of a new elementary school for September 2016 in the Half Moon Bay Community, at the northeast corner of River Run Avenue and Riverboat Heights

A study working group made up of Principals, school council representatives, community association representatives, and Board Planning staff was formed in March 2015. Over the course of three meetings held this spring, good progress has been made on the following topics.

  • The group is focusing on a plan which would see the new building open as a dual-track English and Early French Immersion Program school serving students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The attendance area for the new school would include all of the Half Moon Bay Community and the Stonebridge West neighborhood (west of Jockvale Road).
  • A potential revision of future grade structures at Barrhaven Public School, Chapman Mills Public School, Jockvale Elementary School, and Mary Honeywell Elementary School to Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 is being examined. This would result in uniform JK to 6 grade structures for all elementary schools serving students in South Nepean.
  • Solutions to alleviate current and future accommodation pressures at Cedarview Middle School and Mary Honeywell Elementary School are also being discussed.
  • An examination of the possible introduction of a second Middle French Immersion Program site in South Nepean, to be located at either Barrhaven Public School or Jockvale Elementary School, and feeding to Cedarview Middle School, is taking place as well.

A Public Consultation Meeting to receive community input regarding the study and resulting proposals is tentatively scheduled to take place in October 2015. Final decisions for the study are scheduled to be made by Board in December 2015.

For further updates and information regarding the study, please visit the Quick Links section of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board website at and click on New Half Moon Bay Elementary School.

OC Transpo Morning Route Improvements Coming for Half Moon Bay

OCTranspo_red_smallCity Councillor Jan Harder and OC Transpo have announced improvements for Half Moon Bay residents for the morning commute.

Starting with the fall schedule change in September, all Route 177 buses from Half Moon Bay running Northbound will become a Route 95 at Barrhaven Centre. This means that riders who currently need to transfer to a 95 to get downtown will be able to stay on the same bus.

The fall schedule is currently being developed by OC Transpo and will reflect these changes.

While the afternoon rush will still require riders to transfer from a 95 to a 177, the HMBCA will continue to lobby for improved service for that period as well.