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May 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 Sunday, May 19 to Thursday, May 23 for the Victoria Day holidays. Classes resume on Saturday, May 25.

The Brain Power office will be closed on May 19 and 20.
The Brain Power office will be open 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm on May 21, 22, and 23. 
Ken Shibata
Wins Silver Medal at Toronto Science Fair!

We are so proud of Intermediate 1 student Ken Shibata (pictured with his linear motor train) who recently won a Silver Medal at the Toronto Science Fair on April 6!

Toronto Science Fair (TSF) is the organization responsible for the Regional Science Fair for Toronto. TSF seeks to offer a top quality science fair experience for all students in Toronto from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Some of the gold medal winners there will be able to go on to compete in the Canada-Wide Science Fair in May.


Dorian Kang
Wins Ontario Chess Challenge (OCC)!

Intermediate 1 student Dorian Kang is the 2019 Ontario Chess Challenge (OCC) Final Grade 7 Champion! He will represent Ontario Grade 7 at the 2019 Canadian Chess Challenge (CCC) in Vancouver during the May long weekend!

Wow! We love that our students are involved in so many extra-curricular activities. 

Andrey Gubarev
Accepted to Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

Brain Power Public Speaking and Senior 1 student Andrey Gubarev has been accepted into the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth! He made it after gruelling preparation and tests. He will be studying Advanced Biology with Johns Hopkins University this summer and neuroscience next year! 

Are you also interested in attending Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth? Join our Ivy League Prep - Training for Talent program (private or semi-private lessons)! For more information, see below.

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. 
Check Out Our Summer Programs - CLICK HERE!
*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!
Evelyn Beilin
Wins Honourable Mention in Model UN

Brain Power student Evelyn Beilin recently participated in Model UN and won an Honourable Mention Award!

That's so great, Evelyn! For the Model UN, Evelyn was on the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC). In that committee, she was the French delegate, representing France on the topic of girls' education. She worked with other delegates from other countries in the UN to determine how they could find resolutions to this problem.  


Amy Bagrin and Sofia Khiavi Support the
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
We are so proud of Brain Power students Amy Bagrin and Sophia Khiavi! They are working to raise funds for the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO). 

"Childhood cancer is the most prevalent cause of disease-related mortality among children in Canada over the age of one year, according to POGO. Founded in 1983, POGO has worked as a close liaison to the Ontario Ministry of Health in an attempt to better educate the public in regards to this devastating burden placed on the families of childhood cancer patients."

To find out more or make a donation,
Brain Power Supports
Ryerson University's Hackathon!

Brain Power alumni Johnny Libenzon is running Ryerson University's amazing Hackathon, which is taking place this weekend! We're proud of you, Johnny!

Brain Power is proud to be supporting RU Hacks, which is taking place at Ryerson University this Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19! If you are an undergraduate or graduate student aged 18+, you are eligible to attend!

Check it out:

"RU Hacks is a unique hackathon at Ryerson University, located at the heart of downtown Toronto. This year will be our third RU Hacks and we hope you will be here to join us for 36 hours of creativity. Meet new people, learn new skills and have fun while showcasing your talents."

Many Brain Power students are volunteering at the event as well!

More information here:

Brain Power in the Top 3 at the
2019 Business Achievement Awards!
Brain Power has been deemed a top business in Vaughan for 2019 at the Chamber of Commerce Awards last week. Our Founder and Director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured), attended the ceremony.

Brain Power is thrilled to have made it to Top 3 in the City of Vaughan two years in a row now! We feel privileged to be part of this community!
Alumni of the Month:
Danielle Tsirulnikov

Currently: Attending McMaster University (Bachelor of Health Science) 

Achievements: Dean's Honour List; shadowed an orthopaedic surgeon; worked with an orthopaedic surgeon in developing an app for medical students to prepare them for their boards exam.

Thoughts on Brain Power: I loved my time at Brain Power. I took all of the courses I could take there, ranging from math to language to university prep. Brain Power allowed me to keep my brain sharp and stay ahead of the school curriculum. We explored extremely interesting topics in the language courses that we never even came close to touching in high school.

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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