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Hello Katimavik Hazeldean neighbors, friends, parents of Castlefrank and and Katimavik Schools, here are some updates on Katimavik Hazeldean Community News.

I would like to inform you on upcoming projects and festivities in our community so that you can enjoy them, make use out of them, be part of the great community we all live in, and prepare ourselves for some upcoming projects.
As you might have already received a newsletter in your mailbox, the City of Ottawa is constructing a new pump station and forcemain along Maple Grove Road, Terry Fox Drive, Katimavik Road and Eagleson Road. The newsletter states that the forcemain route on Katimavik Road includes rock that requires excavation. As a result, some construction work will be performed including blasting. The work will be conducted with an approved blasting plan that meets City of Ottawa requirements. Blasting is projected to begin the week of May 10, 2016 for approximately 18 weeks through to the end of September 2016. Blasting will not take place on Sundays and statutory holidays and the times of the operation is between 7 am- 10 pm. For more information: City Project Manager, Steven Stoddard, tel: 613 866-7023.

On a pleasant note, the community has some great events coming up. On Wednesday, June 8 2016 at Katimavik School,

Castlefrank Elementary School Council and Katimavik Elementary School Council have CES/KES Community Festival.

You can come and enjoy the fun, food and FREE entertainment!

BBQ by Katimavik Hazeldean Community Association on June 4 starts at 12:00 noon and goes till 3 pm at Castlefrank Elementary School and it includes oriental children games, musicians, and dancers…

Katimavik Hazeldean Community Association has also a Community Yard Sale on June 4 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at your houses!

I am involved in our community and would like to invite you to come, join and be a voice for the things that matter!

Have a happy spring and summer, get out and get involved in your community, wherever it may be…

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Here are some back to school tips for parents preparing their little ones:

1. If you are planning to shop for children, perhaps hit the Internet and look online for deals before you head out to the brick and motar stores. Check out sites like RetailMeNot for coupons, etc. For example you can save 30% off Old Navy and also when shopping online, choose retailers that offer such deals as free shipping, promo codes and discounts. (Note: Your kids do not need 10 outfits, just buy what you need. Figure out what they’ve outgrown, then determine what they need to fill in those gaps.)

2. Look for student discount – Some stores do offer discounts exclusively to students. Get a refurbished product – Bestbuy and Futureshop both sell refurbish laptops, sometimes one could save up to $100+ dollars for refurbished electronics.

3. Organize your home, especially where children spend their time mostly, a chaotic looking house won’t give peace to anybody including your children and their learning process might get affected negatively. Involve them in organizing their rooms, closets, toys, etc.

4. Go through the supplies you have left over from last year, and if there is enough perhaps even wait till first day of school when the supply list arrives and purchase accordingly.

5. If there is an open house at school, take your kids for a tour, get your children familiarized with the school again, to see their teachers and perhaps meet some new students during open house. If this is their first time to school, get them to meet their teacher, learn where their classroom will be and have your children play at the playground.

6. If your child will be taking the school bus, show them where the stop will be, walk with them to the bus stop and teach them the basics of looking for cars before crossing the road.

7. Practice your routine – A week or two before school starts, re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines, and get into habit of waking up early with the kids. Try to send your children to bed early, they may have gotten out of routine due to the summer holidays. Starting to re-establish the habit/routine before school starts will eliminate some of the anxiety of back to school. Talk with them about how they feel about going back to school. Address any concerns and monitor from the beginning of school year.

8. Help your kids to get their backpack ready, make it a fun activity for them, let them have input on what type of lunch bags and healthy snacks they may like to take to school and what types/colour of stationary to take to school. Telling them to organize their bags when they arrive at home or after dinner will make it habitual for the next day. Planning lunches weekly is a great idea…

9. Designate a good spot for your children to do their homework , a designated spot will help children to be encouraged to study when they come home, having them close by the kitchen would help you monitor, supervise and help them with their homework.

10. Make your lunches a night before, so that you won’t be rushing through the breakfast to make the lunches for your little ones. When one is rushed, this is the time we get lazy and just substitute unhealthy food choices for children. It is best to be organized and even have your children help you to make their lunches for school the night before. Involving children will give them a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.

Have a wonderful school year with lots of good memories and enjoy the last weeks of summer to the last drop!

Author: Nilay Ertemur




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How to find best schools in Ottawa

In Ottawa all schools have a location boundary where they serve their children/student that live within that boundary. Most elementary schools require a proof of residency within the boundary it serves (e.g utilities bills, rental agreement etc). The priority of the school is to serve the students within the boundary, thus those students have priority over others. There are of course exception to the case, where students get accepted due to their academic standing. Nevertheless, it becomes quite vital to find your home close to a good school, and I wanted to share some of the tips on how to find best schools in Ottawa.

Here are some tips on researching best schools in Ottawa and house/properties together in Ottawa.

Fraser Institute

1. Go to Fraser Institute to research for schools that are ranked according to their academic success levels in Ontario, Ottawa. ( Although a school’s rating is a good indicator, a child’s success is not just based on school but it is also about parent’s involvement, motivation levels, etc.

Fraser Institute is a Canadian public policy think tank, they are an organization that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as public, social and education policy etc. Every year they provide a report card for all the schools, the 2014 can be downloaded from

Ottawa Carleton School Board for Public School

2. Go to Ottawa Carleton School Board for Public School

Find out where the school you have chosen is by google map and to find out the boundaries that it serves by going to Ottawa Carleton School Board web site. The Ottawa Carleton School board provides a school location app that allows one to type in their home address and it tells you which schools are within the boundary.

They also provide boundary maps for the schools in pdf format.

Ottawa Catholic School Board

3. Go to Ottawa Catholic School Board

If you are looking for catholic schools then the Catholic School Board also provides a boundary map and a location web application to find what school the address has access to

Find an Agent

4. Find an agent to help you locate the houses within those boundaries

Feel free to contact me and I will be able to help you with locating a house within those boundaries for you, I have personally been through research and process of finding a good school for my two children so I know what it takes to find a house you love and within the school that you wish your children to attend. Good luck in finding the best schools in Ottawa!

Best schools in Ottawa

Fraser Institute Elementary school (Ottawa, Kanata, Orleans)

Elementary School Name City Ratings
Ahlul Bayt Islamic Ottawa 9.5
St George Ottawa 8.7
Elmdale Ottawa 8.7
Broadview Ottawa 8.3
Abraar Ottawa 8.2
Adrienne Clarkson Ottawa 8.2
Georges-Étienne-Cartier Ottawa 8.2
Édouard-Bond Ottawa 7.9
Mutchmor Ottawa 7.9
Woodroffe Avenue Ottawa 7.9
McMaster Ottawa 7.8
Michaëlle-Jean Ottawa 7.8
Rockcliffe Park Ottawa 7.8
Notre-Dame-des-Champs Ottawa 7.7
First Avenue Ottawa 7.6
Hopewell Avenue Ottawa 7.6
Lamoureux Ottawa 7.5
St Bernard Ottawa 7.5
Devonshire Ottawa 7.4
Francojeunesse Ottawa 7.4
St Marguerite d'Youville Ottawa 7.4
Vincent Massey Ottawa 7.4
Bernard-Grandmaître Ottawa 7.3
Churchill Alternative Ottawa 7.3
Hilson Avenue Ottawa 7.3
Sainte-Geneviève Ottawa 7.2
Terre-des-Jeunes Ottawa 7.1
Séraphin-Marion Ottawa 7.0
Charlotte Lemieux Ottawa 6.9
D. Roy Kennedy Ottawa 6.9
Regina Street Ottawa 6.9
Saint-François-d'Assise Ottawa 6.7
Farley Mowat Ottawa 6.6
St Daniel Ottawa 6.6
St Thomas More Ottawa 6.6
Manor Park Ottawa 6.5
Our Lady of Victory Ottawa 6.4
Sainte-Kateri Ottawa 6.4
Severn Avenue Ottawa 6.3
Our Lady of Fatima Ottawa 6.2
St Anthony Ottawa 6.2
Corpus Christi Ottawa 6.1
Holy Cross Ottawa 6.1
W. Erskine Johnston Kanata 8.9
Stephen Leacock Kanata 8.8
Kanata Kanata 8.6
St. Gabriel Kanata 8.5
Georges Vanier Kanata 8.4
Roger-Saint-Denis Kanata 8.0
St Anne Kanata 8.0
Elisabeth-Bruyère Kanata 7.9
Jack Donohue Kanata 7.8
Roch Carrier Kanata 7.8
South March Kanata 7.7
Kanata Nord Kanata 7.6
St Isidore Kanata 7.0
St James Kanata 7.0
Holy Redeemer Kanata 6.9
St Martin de Porres Kanata 6.9
Maurice-Lapointe Kanata 6.8
W.O. Mitchell Kanata 6.7
John Young Kanata 6.6
Roland Michener Kanata 6.3
Bridlewood Kanata 5.9
La Source Orléans 8.9
L'Étoile-de-l'Est Orléans 8.3
Convent Glen Orléans 8.2
Arc-en-ciel Orléans 8.1
Saint-Joseph d'Orléans Orléans 7.9
Jeanne-Sauvé Orléans 7.8
l'Odyssée Orléans 7.8
Des Sentiers Orléans 7.3
Le Prélude Orléans 7.3
Maple Ridge Orléans 7.1
St Clare Orléans 7.1
St Francis of Assisi Orléans 7.1
Divine Infant Orléans 7.0
Our Lady of Wisdom Orléans 6.7
Trillium Orléans 6.5
Avalon Orléans 6.3
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Orléans 6.3
Alain-Fortin Orléans 5.8
Dunning-Foubert Orléans 5.8
Chapel Hill Orléans 5.0
des Pionniers Orléans 4.1

Author: Nilay Ertemur

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