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April 2019
Fall/Winter 2019-20 and Summer 2019 REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Check Out Our Amazing Course Offerings!
Fall/Winter 2019-2020 and Summer 2019 registration are OPEN NOW!
2019-2020 Schedule - CLICK HERE!

In accordance with our holiday schedule, Brain Power will not be holding classes from Saturday, April 20th to Monday, April 22nd for the Easter and Passover Holidays. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 23rd.

The Brain Power office will remain open during the Easter and Passover Holidays at the following times:
Saturday, April 20th: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, April 21st: CLOSED
Monday, April 22nd: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Andy Gong Wins Third Place in Ontario: Speaker's Idol 2019!

On March 28, two Brain Power Language Arts and Public Speaking students, Andy Gong and Lauren Koek, competed in Speaker's Idol 2019! Andy and Lauren were in the Top 5 in all of Ontario for the Grades 9-12 category! What an achievement!

Andy Gong placed 3rd in all of Ontario that evening with his amazing speech! Many Brain Power students and staff attended the event to cheer on Andy and Lauren!

We are so proud!

Maxwell He Wins
Judges' Choice Award

at Youth Speaker Slam 2019!
On April 14, Brain Power Public Speaking students Maxwell He and Serena Ge gave their speeches at the finals of Toronto's Youth Speaker Slam!

Maxwell won the highest honour: the Judges' Choice Award!   

He also was asked to join one of the judges on a speaking tour during 2019-2020 and will be paid for his upcoming work (on the subject of combating bullying in high schools).


Jacqueline Chan and Ariella Kogan
Take Part in Youth Homelessness Event

We are so proud of our Elementary students Jacqueline Chan and Ariella Kogan who took part in an event to raise awareness about youth homelessness on February 22.

Jacqueline and Ariella took part in this event with their class, as well as staff from 360ºkids, an organization that helps at-risk youth in York Region ( 

Thanks so much for sharing, Jacqueline and Ariella!

Brain Power is a Finalist in the
2019 Business Achievement Awards!
We're a finalist! Brain Power is proud to announce we've been named as a finalist in the Top Small Business in the City of Vaughan category at the Vaughan Chamber's Business Achievement Awards.

We can't wait to celebrate our business community and find out if we're a 2019 award winner! 
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky Judges at the
15th Annual Thornhill Debate Tournament!
Speaker Slam
On March 23, Brain Power's Founder and Director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, was a judge at the 15th Annual Thornhill Debate Tournament, which was organized by Brain Power Public Speaking students and alumni. Hundreds of students from across Toronto attended!
On March 26, Karine was a judge, alongside some top North American Public Speaking agents and coaches, for Toronto's premier Public Speaking event: Speaker Slam!  
What amazing events!
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky Keynote Speaker at
Operation Med School 2019!

Dr. Karine Rashkovsky is proud to be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Operation Med School Conference - The Future of Medicine. This is a one-day event for 500+ super-intelligent students aspiring to enter the field of medical science.

It will be held on May 5th at the Medical Science Building at U. of T. (all proceeds donated to Sick Kids).

For more information, check out our "Student Opportunities" section below, or go to their website at

Brain Power Supports
SickKids Foundations Glitter Fundraiser!

Brain Power is proud to be supporting the SickKids Foundations via the Glitter Fundraiser! Glitter is taking place on Saturday, April 27 at The Carlu in Toronto!

Tickets are available here:

"[E]veryone here will be raising funds to build a renewed, re-imagined SickKids – with cutting-edge operating suites, more room for families, and more room for the innovative technologies that will deliver better outcomes for kids."

We are also proud that one of Glitter organizers is a Brain Power alumna, Christina Yan (pictured)!

Congratulations, Christina, for being on the team of organizers for this monumental event!

Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent
NEW Summer Courses!
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - English (Grades 2-8)
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - Math (Grades 2-8)
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - Spatial Reasoning (Grades 5-8 OR 9+)

Want to train to have what it takes to be recruited by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) or other Ivy League schools? Take one or all of the "Training for Talent" programs at Brain Power this summer! Tailored specifically to your child, this program will train students (one-one or semi-private - your choice) for the Johns Hopkins CTY assessment test (SCAT) and similar Ivy League entrance examinations. It will also deepen your child's knowledge and strengthen his/her abilities in one or all of three subjects: Math, English, and/or Spatial Reasoning. 
*Brain Power is not officially affiliated with or endorsed by Johns Hopkins University or the Center for Talented Youth.
Did you know? Johns Hopkins University is very prestigious for more than its Center for Talented Youth. It is known to be a top-ranking (in the world) research university and it also excels in many scientific areas. Its biomedical engineering program as well as its medical school are ranked #1. Johns Hopkins University is ranked 5th best in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine.
For More Information on Johns Hopkins CTY - CLICK HERE!
Join Brain Power's FREE* Book Club!

1. Check out the details on our awesome book club events below!
2. Register for your choices in person at the front office or by phone (905-303-5457) or email at
3. Pick up a copy of the book at a bookstore or your local/school library!
4. Have a great time finishing the book before we meet!
5. Join us for an exciting discussion of the book and/or a performance.

* Events that include a performance may also have a charge for ticket prices. See details in the event descriptions below.
Alumni of the Month:
Boris Vorobyov

Currently: Owner of Power Homes Group Corp. (Home Inspection Company)

Awards/Achievements: CPI (Certified Professional Inspector), CMI (Certified Master Inspector)

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power provided me with the additional support and knowledge not available in my regular day-school. My teachers at Brain Power were very accommodating and would do their best to help every student succeed. During elementary and high school I tried various other tutoring and enrichment schools, but none of them provided the attention and care that Brain Power did.

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
For More Information on the Competiton - CLICK HERE!
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
The Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth (CTY) gifted and talented summer programs offer bright students the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program.
For More Details - CLICK HERE!

The Youth Summer Program (YSP) was established in 2008 and every summer students from across North America and around the world are offered an exclusive glimpse into the world of Medicine and Law. A unique modular-based format provides students with a diverse set of subject areas and flexibility. Students participate in the exploration of the respective fields, career opportunities, and what they should be thinking about and doing in high school to prepare themselves for post-secondary admission and education.

For More Details - CLICK HERE!
"The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is a group of young Canadians who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. Listening to young people about issues that matter to them is an important commitment of the government. As Minister of Youth, the Prime Minister wants to hear directly from young people. The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is one mechanism to support this dialogue."

"Youth Council members meet both online and in person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to their peers, their community, and their country. They interact with each other outside of meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities, and to talk with their peers about issues that matter most to them. There may also be opportunities to engage with local and national organizations, meet with policy makers and decision-makers like Cabinet Ministers, and attend public events."
Prime Minister's Youth Council - CLICK HERE!
Interested in Gifted Testing?
Make an Appointment with Nanci Goldman
Gifted testing provides information on a child's abilities and exceptionalities and results may be utilized for certain advanced-placement academic programs in various private and public schools.

Brain Power can help by connecting you with our in-house specialist Nanci Goldman (pictured left). 

Nanci has over 15 years of experience as a Psychoeducational Consultant in the public school board.  In this setting, she provides consultation and comprehensive assessment of children/adolescents with diverse needs (e.g. intellectual, academic, social, emotional, behavioural).  
Nanci completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.  She is registered in the area of school psychology with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. 
Contact us at or (905) 303-5457
Math Homework at Brain Power:
A Recipe for Academic Growth
  • We believe in encouraging children to develop a “growth mindset” that views challenges as “energizing rather than intimidating” because “they offer opportunities to learn” (Dweck 2015).
  • This requires that students are challenged, and that means getting stuck on certain questions, getting certain questions incorrect, and returning to rethink certain questions more than once.
  • This is why we deliberately split our homework questions between those that:
    • Give students an opportunity to reiterate and reinforce skills and techniques that they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
    • Challenge students to use their creative thinking to tackle problems that go a bit beyond what they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
  • If students get a homework question incorrect, they should reattempt (but not resubmit) it before the next class. (Parents should not feel obligated to “step in” to explain the problem to their child.)
  • In the next class, the instructor will review all of the homework questions, taking extra time to explain those that students found particularly challenging.
  • Not only does this approach encourage children’s academic growth, but it also bolsters their self-reliance, resilience, creativity, and flexibility in the face of intellectual challenges.
More information on developing a "growth mindset" in children:

Dweck, Carol S. “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.” Scientific American. (Jan. 1, 2015).
Post, Gail. “A life lesson for gifted children: failure.” Gifted Challenges. (Aug. 9, 2013)
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