Brain Power October Newsletter
October 2021
This month's newsletter includes:
  • Student News: Parasmai Conjeevaram wins gold award in Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, Charlotte Wong selected to be a Scholastic Kids Press Kid Reporter, Mark Raspopov wins First Place in Spelling Bee of Canada, Ryan Deng is elected as Student Council Representative, Rishi Bhargava is chosen to be a Legislative Page
  • Alumni News: Krishna Basani wins SHAD Design Challenge at U. of Calgary
  • Staff News: Dr. Karine Rashkovsky will judge the In Focus art and writing contest
  • Brain Power Blog: "Historical Myths and Where to Find Them" by Dr. Adam Richter
  • Field Trips: Brain Power goes to see The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Check Out Our Fall Workshops: Scientific Research and Critical Thinking
  • Fall/Winter Registration: In-class and online options! Reserve your spot - many classes are full and near-full, so don't miss out!
  • Brain Power Opens Second Location: We will be offering in-person classes in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park in Winter 2022!
  • Student Opportunities: contests, competitions, workshops
  • Alumni of the Month
  • ...and more! 
Brain Power Opens SECOND Location
in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park

Brain Power is excited to announce that we will be offering classes in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) for Winter 2022 (January to June). MIP is “Canada’s premier research and innovation park.

We will be offering a range of in-person courses and workshops in Language ArtsMath, and Public Speaking (ranging from 4 to 21 lessons in length). 


If you refer a friend to our Hamilton location, you can get a discount on your fee payment (whether you are enrolled in Vaughan or Hamilton).

Refer a friend and get $50 off! 
Refer two friends and $100 off!
Refer three friends and get $150 off!
Refer four friends and get $200 off!
Refer five friends and get $250 off!

Registration for January-June classes is on NOW!

For More Information - CLICK HERE!

Parasmai Conjeevaram Wins Gold Award in
Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition!

We are proud to announce that Brain Power student Parasmai Conjeevaram won a Gold Award in the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021!

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
is a prestigious an international essay writing competition from the Royal Commonwealth Society for youth aged 18 and under!

This year a record-breaking 25,648 students entered the competition!

Charlotte Wong is Selected to be a
Scholastic Kids Press Kid Reporter!

Brain Power student Charlotte Wong has been selected to join Scholastic Kids Press as a Kid Reporter for the academic year 2021-2022.  She is the only Kid Reporter to represent Canada this year to report news to all children around the world.

Scholastic Kids Press is a group of talented Kid Reporters, ages 10–14, from aaround the world. Since 2000, these award-winning young journalists have reported "news for kids, by kids," covering politics, entertainment, the environment, sports, and more! THAT'S AMAZING!

Check out Charlotte’s Kid Reporter bio

Check back in because Charlotte's bio will be regularly updated throughout the year when her stories and news articles are published online.

Meet the other kid reporters:

Brain Power Alumna Krishna Basani Wins SHAD Design Challenge at U. of Calgary!
Brain Power alumna Krishna Basani's team won this year's SHAD Design Challenge at the University of Calgary!

They received the Best Application of Theme, Best Application of Science, Best Prototype and Best Overall awards for their design!


Mark Raspopov Wins First Place
in Spelling Bee of Canada!
For the second year in a row, Brain Power student Mark Raspopov is a champion in the Spelling Bee of Canada!

Last year, Mark won 1st Place in the Primary category. This year he continued his streak by winning 1st Place in the Elementary category!

Mark was interviewed by Markus Schwabehost of Morning North on CBC Radio 1, and new co-host  Jessica Pope, former CBC journalist and broadcaster

In his interview, Mark mentions that he uses the Wordly Wise books from his Brain Power Language Arts classes to help him prepare for competition!

Finals video on CBC News:

Ryan Deng is Elected
as Student Council Representative!
Brain Power student Ryan Deng was elected as one of the two Grade 9 Student Reps on his school's student council!

Ryan says some of the thanks for his speech's success goes to Brain Power (especially his Public Speaking classes!).

Rishi Bhargava Chosen
to be a Legislative Page
We are proud to announce that Brain Power student Rishi Bhargava has been chosen to be a Legislative Page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario! 

Each year 150 young students from across Ontario are rigorously selected to participate in Ontario's Legislative Page Program. This unique educational program for Ontario students provides an opportunity to experience the provincial legislature in action and forge new lifelong friendships with peers from all over the province!

The program is designed for outgoing, high-achieving, community-involved students who have demonstrated responsibility and leadership. Legislative Pages meet key parliamentary and political figures, and learn first-hand about Ontario’s Parliament and the legislative process.

While at Queen’s Park they also get paid during their term of duty!

Brain Power Students Visit the Theatre:
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

On October 17, Dr. Ana-Maria Jerca, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, several Brain Power students and their families (…and even one BP alumni) went on a theatre outing!

Together they enjoyed Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario.

Students in Intermediate and Senior Language Arts have been studying Oscar Wilde at Brain Power. What a treat to enjoy this comic masterpiece together and take in some live theatre!

Post-show, we all congregated outdoors under the stars to deliberate the deeper takeaways from the play. We indulged in wonderful conversation that included, but was not limited to: Wildean wit, Wilde’s characters’ names and “authenticity,” and whether true virtue and wickedness appear in the play.

What a FANTASTIC evening!

Brain Power Students Learn About Success
with Canadian Olympian Sarah Wells!

On October 1, Brain Power made it possible for over 60 of our wonderful students to attend an incredible online leadership and success workshop ("Re-define Success") by Canadian olympian (and Amazing Race star) Sarah Wells!

Brain Power always strives to go above and beyond our amazing enrichment programs, working to create community and provide incredible extra-curricular opportunities like this for our students.

Our students went away VERY inspired!


Dr. Karine Rashkovsky Judges
In Focus Art and Writing Contest

Brain Power is committed to supporting youth and non-profits - we are here to have a positive impact on children's lives.

This year, the Founder and Director of Brain Power, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, will volunteer her time to judge essays for the In Focus art and writing contest!

Obviously, Karine won't be judging Brain Power students, but she encourages them to sign up for the competition!

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Check Out Our New Blog Post!

Our amazing instructors have advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including Education, English, History, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Linguistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Creative Writing, Neuroscience, Bioengineering and more.

Our blog is a way for us to share our insights, passions, and tips on making the most of your academic journey!

“Historical Myths and Where to Find Them”

This month's enlightening blog entry is by our wonderful Language Arts instructor, Dr. Adam Richter!

Adam discusses the dangerous prevalence of historical myths and how “what you believe about the history of your country, your community, your profession” has the power “to shape how you view the world.”

Check Out Our Blog - CLICK HERE!
Join Us for this Amazing Fall Workshop!
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
New Newsletter from Scientia Initiative -
a Science Youth Journal! A must-read!

Check out the latest newsletter from the Scientia initiative: CLICK HERE!

Brain Power instructor Maryam Mahjoob co-founded the Scientia Initiative with her peer, Amelia Yuan.

The Scientia Initiative was created to connect youth with current research findings in a variety of academic fields,


Alumni of the Month:
Viviana Santa

University: Ivey Business School at Western University

Success: 2016 Athlete of the Year in her Swimming Club; 2017 Top 6 in the Province for her swim solo and Top 10 in the Province for her swim team routine.

Thoughts on Brain Power: Through Brain Power, I became more confident in myself and in my work. The open environment and positive attitudes gave me the courage to try new things and challenge myself. Brain Power enhanced my confidence and taught me how to think outside the box and come up with new ideas that help me stand out. I learned many valuable lessons that not only helped me in school but also in life.

To See More of Our Alumni - CLICK HERE!
Fall/Winter 2021-22
Registration is NOW on!
In-Person AND Virtual Classes Available!
Registration for our Fall/Winter 2021-22 session is NOW on!
In-person and virtual options are available - it's YOUR choice!

Check out our schedule of exciting offerings at the link below!

Please contact the office for in-person and online options
and more information:

Fall/Winter 2021-22 Schedule - CLICK HERE!
Contests & Opportunities
The Canadian Mathematical Gray Jay Competition (CMGC) is a Canadian math competition open to students with questions based primarily on the Grade 5-8 curriculum.

Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Where: Online/Paper-Based (Brain Power is offering online proctoring - see below.)

IMPORTANT: Students must be proctored by a certified teacher (who is not a relative). 
Brain Power is offering our math instructor Olivia Epelbaum to proctor for our students.

Who is eligible? There are no grade eligibility requirements for the CMGC. However, the competition is aimed at Grades 5-8. Any grade can write the competition, but students in Grades 9 and above are considered unofficial. Students in Grades 8 and below are official if all other eligibility criteria are met.

How to sign up? Please email to secure a spot in the competition. Karine will send you practice help and more information upon signing up!

Deadline to sign up: Monday, November 15th, 2021

Fee: $10 per student (provide e-transfer to:

The purpose of the In Focus art and writing contest is to “promote awareness of vision problems individuals in developing countries may face on a daily basis” and “encourage youth to express their creativity, individuality, and talents on a global level!"

AGES: 10-18
DEADLINE: November 20, 2021
For More Information - CLICK HERE!

Each year Polar Expressions holds two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. 

Poetry Deadline: November 26, 2021
Short-Story Deadline: December 3, 2021

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Young Voices Magazine
Young Voices Magazine, Toronto Public Library's magazine of creative writing and visual art, is full of writing and art created and selected by Toronto youth age 12-19.

You can submit your art, photography, comics, stories, poems and writing.

Submissions are accepted year-round.
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
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