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December 2018
Summer Registration Opens January 5th!
Check Out Our Amazing Course Offerings!
Every July and August, Brain Power offers dynamic educational summer courses in Language Arts, Math and Problem Solving, Grammar and Writing, Public Speaking, Science, French, and Entrance Exam Preparation (UTS, IB, SSAT, MaCS, TOPS, HMST)!


*To see our schedule in full size, click on the schedule below (and scroll down the page).
Summer Course Descriptions - CLICK HERE!
For information, contact us at or (905) 303-5457
Interview Preparation - UTS Stage 2 and More
Registration Open Now!
Here are some of our successful Entrance Exam Preparation students from 2017-18! We trained them for various gifted school entrance exams – IB, SSAT, MACS, TOPS, UTS — and all were accepted!
Our Interview Preparation class begins in early January for students in Grades 6 and 8 who are applying to UTS and/or other schools that require interviews. 

During our training sessions, we address ALL aspects of the UTS Stage 2 interviews (and more). We have mock interviews and practice drills on which students receive feedback. We have UTS alumni and past exam proctors as special guests. We share helpful tips and discuss intense improvement plans tailored specifically and individually for your child. Parents are invited to attend along with their child(ren).

For information, contact us at or (905) 303-5457
2018 Grand Slam
Public Speaking Competition
Pictured above (left to right): Brain Power alumni Nicole Rayskin, Brain Power Instructor Patrick de Belen, Founder & Director Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, Brain Power student Slava Samokhina, Brain Power alumni Erik Fridman, and Brain Power alumni Jane Illiaranova.

On November 28, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky's Public Speaking classes attended the 2018 Grand Slam, an inspirational public speaking competition hosted by Speaker Slam! The event was held at Jane Mallett Theatre in Toronto, and it was absolutely incredible! What a fantastic lineup of inspirational speakers and infectious energy!

Our students were impressed, and some were even inspired to take the stage themselves for the "Spontaneous Passion" portion of the evening , while the judges were making their decisions on the top three professional speakers!

We had nearly 50 Public Speaking students (and some parents and siblings) join us as well as several Brain Power Public Speaking alumni (see image above): Jane Illiaranova, Slava Samokhina, Nicole Rayskin, and Erik Fridman!

What a fabulous and memorable experience!

For More on Speaker Slam - CLICK HERE!
Mia Tran Wins 1st Place
in FIRST LEGO League Competition!

Brain Power student Mia Tran was part of a team that won 1st place in Toronto and the GTA in the FIRST LEGO League international robotics competition earlier this month! 

There were 34 teams from across Toronto who became eligible to compete. The teams were given a set of "missions" that they had to complete using a LEGO Mindstorms robot without any outside assistance. Mia's team came in first and is heading to the provincial competition this January! 

Good luck in the provincial competition!

Check Out Our New March Break Workshops!

Secrets of Science
Science Research 101
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:
Natalie Nova

Currently: Studying Cognitive Science at the School of Computing at Queens University

Achievements: On the honour roll for all of high school, received a $6000 scholarship to Queens, captain of the volleyball team

Thoughts on Brain Power: 

Brain Power helped me grow not only as a student but as a person. It showed me how to love school and find interest in subjects I would have never been exposed to without it. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the professors, the staff, and the friends I made! 
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
For More Information on the Competiton - CLICK HERE!
Richmond Hill Public Library Arts Contest

The Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL) Arts Contest is the community's opportunity to recognize and celebrate the talent of its creative teens.

The annual contest and celebration showcases the written, poetic, visual and photographic art of high school students who live and/or study in Richmond Hill.  

The competition is open to high-school students (Grade 9-12) that live or go to school in Richmond Hill.

For More Information on the RHPL Arts Contest - 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!
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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