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October 2016 Newsletter
FREE EVENT FOR PARENTS: Coming Up @ Brain Power - this Sunday - October 23rd at 8pm! 

         Beyond Intelligence: Secrets

for Raising Happily Productive Kids


Sunday, Oct. 23rd @ 8:00-9:30pm


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What Are the Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids?


In this presentation, Dr. Joanne Foster reveals seven key secrets for going beyond intelligence, in order to help children and teenagers thrive. She discusses how to attune to your child’s personality and changing needs; provide multi-sensory stimulation and learning opportunities; foster intelligence; nurture creativity; cultivate a growth mindset; strive for balance; and respond to what’s central to your child’s well-being. She pays close attention to the implications for busy parents, and provides lots of practical take-home strategies. There will also be a question and answer period, and plenty of time to chat.

Joanne Foster, EdD
Joanne is co-author of the award-winning Being Smart about Gifted Education (2009). She is a leading authority on high-level development with over 30 years experience. She has taught educational psychology and has been the gifted education liaison at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, for 12 years. She consults to teachers, conducts parent forums, serves on advisory committees, and speaks at conferences across North America. Dr. Foster also wrote “ABCs of Being Smart,” a series of feature columns for the National Association for Gifted Children’s magazine Parenting for High Potential, and her column “Fostering Kids’ Success” appears at The Creativity Post. Her most recent book is Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination (2015).

Free Book Club!
Book Club is free for all Brain Power Students! Our monthly events will be hosted by Brain Power teachers and guests. Students are encouraged to participate in order to foster a love of reading, analyzing, and discussing great literature. 
How it works:

Step 1) Check out our book list (newsletter and bulletin board)
Step 2) Choose which month(s) you'd like to join us for our Book Club event (if you are not sure of the age recommendation of a listed book, please inquire at the Brain Power office)
Step 3) Sign up at the Brain Power office for the Book Club event dates you'd like to join 
Step 4) Get your book from the library (or purchase it) and read it before the Book Club event date
Step 5) Fall in love with reading and discussing amazing literature! 
Don't miss out on any of these amazing field trips! Space is limited. Sign up at the office. 
A Note of Congratulations! 
Congratulations Karine!
Brain Power director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, was a key note speaker in Limmud FSU's fall conference. Congratulations, Karine, on a big turn-out to your talk on "Re-examining Education and Success" - we love the feedback attendees keep sending us!…/karine-rashkovsky-2/
Another congratulations to Dr. Karine Rashkovsky on the Order of Vaughan 2016 nomination, for her contributions in education to the city. Nomination support provided by the former Chairman and CEO of York Region, Mr. Bill Fisch, and York University Professor, Faculty of Education, Dr. Sandra Schecter. Kudos!
Alumni of the Month: Tonia Maltsev!
My name is Tonia Maltsev and I am a proud Brain Power alumni!
I am now a second year student at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. My major is General Management with concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behaviour.

I had an amazing experience at Brain Power and I am convinced it has played an immense role in the way I have developed as a person. Brain power taught me the invaluable lesson of understanding and believing that I can pursue anything I put my mind to. Brain Power has not only helped me with math an English (which allowed me to excel in school and get accustomed to being ahead of the class, a habit that I carry with me to this day), but also shaped the way I think and look at the world around me. I have become a much more analytical and curious person.  Thanks to Brain Power, I am also very proud of my public speaking skills and I have become much more comfortable speaking in front of an audience.

The highlight of my classes at BP was not the course material or the method of teaching but it was the enthusiasm that Karine and the other teachers at BP had. Karine inspired me every time I walked into class and encouraged my love for learning. I have always viewed Karine as my biggest role model and more of a life mentor rather than just a teacher.

Finally, at BP I truly believe I have found a family of sorts that I can always look to for help and advice, something that is rare to come across.

Tonia! We are proud of you! 
Intermediate 1 Language Arts Students: presenting their geographical representations (of the complex setting in literature from class readings)! 
New Courses Starting Soon!
Public Speaking and Cultural Capital

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Public Speaking and Improv: Confidence through Comedy!

  Brain Power’s junior public speaking and improv program integrates activities designed to develop oral communication skills and a greater self-awareness of voice and body language, and covers the basics of improv comedy. While the course will be filled with enriching activities and laughter, the goals of the course are to build confidence, public speaking skills, listening skills, and leadership.  These invaluable skills will help young people in their presentations, school work, interpersonal relationships, interviews, and, eventually, the workforce.  

Brain Power’s improv classes are taught by our in-house improv specialist and Ivy League graduate, Sarah M. Alexander. Sarah is an experienced public speaker who has delivered addresses/speeches at universities and conferences across North and Central America. Sarah is giddy to share her wealth of improv skills and knowledge she gained studying and performing at the world’s best improv theatres, including The Second City (Toronto), Upright Citizens Brigade
(Los Angeles), and iOWest (Los Angeles).


Students are welcome to register for one or both sessions:
(Classes open to students aged 10+)

Fall Session:                     Spring Session:

Sunday, Nov. 6:  10:00am-12:00pm            Sunday, April 2:  10:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 13:  10:00am-12:00pm           Sunday, April 9:  10:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 20:  10:00am-12:00pm           Sunday, April 23:  10:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 27:  10:00am-12:00pm           Sunday, April 30:  10:00am-12:00pm

Please contact Brain Power Administrative Office at 905-886-6721 or to register!
Essay Competition for High School Students!  Brain Power students - we are here to help you with your submissions. See your teacher(s) for assistance.
Brain Power's Holiday Schedule

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