Brain Power May Newsletter
May 2022
This month's newsletter includes:
  • Refer-a-Friend Deals: Amazing Deals When You Refer a Friend!
  • Summer & Fall/Winter Registration: On NOW! Register Soon!
  • New Workshops: Pre-IB & IB Transition, Admissions & Applications
  • Student Accomplishments & Awards: Amazing Success Stories!
  • Alumni News: Medical School and Marriages!
  • Brain Power Events: Exciting Educational Opportunities!
  • Staff News: Making a Difference in Education!
  • Student Opportunities: Contests, Competitions, Workshops
  • Alumni of the Month
  • ...and more! 
Refer-a-Friend Deals

Are Back at Brain Power!

Get Up to $250 Refund/Credit!* WOW!

Refer a friend and get up to
$250 refund/credit!*

Share your love of Brain Power through our amazing refer-a-friend deal!

1 Friend = $100.00
2 Friends = $150.00
3 Friends = $200.00
4 Friends = $250.00

*Terms and conditions apply.
Contact us for details:

Classes Now Available
in Vaughan AND Hamilton!

In-Person AND Virtual Classes Available!
Registration for our Summer 2022 session is ON NOW!
Classes now available in Vaughan AND Hamilton!

In-person and virtual options are available!


Check out our Summer 2022 schedule at the link below!
Language Arts
Math & Problem Solving
Public Speaking
Creative Writing
Mechanics of Writing
Science Research
Math Olympiad Prep.
Entrance Exam Prep.
Spatial Reasoning
Business & Finance
Please contact the office for in-person and online options
and more information:
Summer 2022 Schedule - CLICK HERE!
Registration on NOW

in Vaughan AND Hamilton!

In-Person AND Virtual Classes Available!
Registration for Fall/Winter 2022-23 is on NOW!

Classes now available in Vaughan AND Hamilton!

In-person and virtual options are available!

Check out our Fall/Winter 2022-23 schedule at the link below!
Fall/Winter 2022-23 Schedule - CLICK HERE!
Pre-IB and IB Transition Workshops
Admissions and Applications Workshop
In addition to our longstanding Entrance Exam Preparation workshops (Summer and Fall), Brain Power is now also offering workshops for those transitioning into Pre-IB (Grade 9) and IB (Grade 11) programmes, as well as a special Admissions and Applications Workshop (Grades 5-8) for those trying for a Canadian independent school (with or without an exam).

Our Pre-IB and IB Transition Workshops are designed to prepare students for the new demands of IB, as well as to help them understand the formal requirements and evaluation structure of the programme, so they can make a successful transition into either the Pre-IB (Grade 9) or the IB programme (Grade 11) in the fall.

Our Admissions and Applications Workshop (Grades 5-8) is designed to give students the confidence and clarity for successful admission to junior-high and high-school programs (such as University of Toronto Schools, Upper Canada College, Branksome Hall, Royal St. Georges Colleges, Bishop Strachan, and many more). We also help families review and understand ‘fit’ for various schools and programs, as well as build a schedule plan to complete open house visits and applications.

Our students are admitted at five times the average admission entry rate for their program of choice.  
Join us to take the first step to admission success!

Spaces Are Limited! Register Soon!

For More Info on Pre-IB/IB Transition - CLICK HERE!
For More Info on Admissions & Applications - CLICK HERE!
CV and Admission Consultation
with our CEO, Vanessa Iarocci
Seeking some one-on-one consultation about admissions to junior-high and high-school programs (such as University of Toronto Schools, Upper Canada College, Branksome Hall, and others)? 

In addition to our regular group workshops (see above), our CEO, Vanessa Iarocci, is also offering a limited number of CV and admission consultations on June 29 and 30 (at no charge!).

Book directly: 
Mahaara Bhimani Wins 6th Place
Speaker's Idol 2022 Finals
Brain Power Public Speaking student Mahaara Bhimani won 6th Place in the junior-high level in the Speaker's Idol 2022 finals!

What a great performance and what an amazing night of public speaking!

To See the Grand Finals - CLICK HERE!
Snapchat / SuitUp
Business Pitch Competition

Brain Power students participated in an innovative business pitch completion with SuitUp and Snapchat! What an amazing opportunity!

At Brain Power we know two of the cornerstones of great enrichment education are analyzing and creating. Business competitions like this challenge students to think on their feet, adopt a growth mindset and perfect their communication skills.

We are so proud of all the participants!

Brain Power's Annual Math Olympiad

On April 30, 2022, Brain Power hosted its Annual Brain Power Math Olympiad for students in Grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10!

We had students joining us in person and online, with the latter calling in from locations around the world! WOW!

We are so proud of all who participated!

Look out for the winners in our next newsletter!

Association for Bright Children Event

We were honoured to host members of the Association for Bright Children at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton.

Some of the questions we answered for parents included:

  • What do bright children need to thrive?
  • What does enrichment education deliver?
  • How we can advocate for and ensure bright children receive access to acceleration opportunities they deserve?

While their parents were busy with our faculty, kids were treated to a session on cultural capital - learning more about thinking in a global context!

Thanks to the Association for Bright Children for joining us. We look forward to a continued dialogue about how we can all support future change makers in Canada!

Emma Fung and Roy Mei Awarded in the 
Mathematical Gray Jay Competition

Brain Power students Emma Fung and Roy Mei were awarded in the 2021 Canadian Mathematical Gray Jay Competition!

Emma won a Gold Medal, and Roy made it to the Honour Roll! 



Brain Power Alumni
Accepted to Medical School
Brain Power alumni Maryam Mahjoob, Denesh Kumar, and Michal Moshkovich have all been accepted to medical school!

What wonderful news!

Jacqueline Poenaru Accepted to
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Brain Power student Jaqueline Poenaru has been accepted into the John Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth (CTY) - Advanced Level!


Jacqueline has joined us for admission preparation, language arts and public speaking programs! We love having her as part of our community.


Brain Power Alumni Marriage!
Ariel Rodov and Reut Polovitzky
Brain Power wishes to congratulate two of our alumni on their recent marriage!

Ariel Rodov attended Ryerson University for Computer Engineering, and he is now a software engineer at At-Bay. 

Reut Polovitsky attended York University and the University of Toronto for Economics and Project Management, and she is now a Data and Innovation Specialist at Remotion.
Two New PhD Math Instructors
Join the Brain Power Team
Brain Power welcomes aboard two NEW PhD-level math instructors:
Dr. Zhen Wang and Dr. Susanna Spektor! 

Dr. Zhen Wang earned her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, a globally leading math program in North America. Zhen has tutored over 20 undergraduate-level university courses during her doctoral studies and taught Calculus I, II, III, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations after graduation. She enjoys teaching and supporting her students through their academic journey and brings with her extensive knowledge and passion for math!

Dr. Susanna Spektor received her two PhDs from the Department of Mathematics at the Dnipro State University and the University of Alberta. Throughout her teaching career, she has had opportunities to interact with students at all stages of life, from grade school to college, at the university level and post-degree, in classroom, online, and one-on-one settings. The insights she has gained into how students learn have helped her to make the teacher that she is.


Dr. Adam Richter is Our NEW
Student Achievement and Extracurricular Advisor
Starting this September, our very own Dr. Adam Richter will be stepping into the role of Student Achievement and Extracurricular Advisor! 

In this role, Adam will not only be leading our exciting March Break and seasonal programming, but he will also make sure that Brain Power students have the opportunity to participate and succeed in the many amazing extracurricular opportunities that are available out there!

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
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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:
Michael Mityushkin

Education: Laurier & Waterloo U. (Business & Computer Science)

Achievements: President’s Gold Scholarship from Laurier ($5000), President’s Award Scholarship from Waterloo ($2000)

Thoughts on Brain Power: The course material went so far beyond anything we would learn in school and gave us practical knowledge that will aid me in many different aspects of my life. Overall, Brain Power helped me develop a more analytical mindset.  I also appreciate what amazing teachers Dr. Karine Rashkovsky and the rest of the Brain Power staff are, and how they are always able to make lessons so interesting and engaging.

To See More of Our Alumni - CLICK HERE!
Contests & Opportunities
Future Lawyers Conference

Thinking of a career in law?

Future Lawyers is a federally registered, not-for-profit organization that aims to educate youth on the journey of a legal career.

This year, we are holding our annual conference on June 30th with a focus on revealing the behind-the-scenes of being a lawyer, allowing YOU to network and learn from law practitioners and admissions officers on how to be successful in a future legal career!

Date & Time: 1:00 - 6:00 PM ET on June 30th, 2022
Location: Virtually, on Zoom
Cost: FREE

Register now on Eventbrite:

For more information please check out their website
at or follow their social media
SIMCC International STEM Contests

The Singapore International Mastery Challenge Center (SIMCC) has made several international STEM contests available to Canadian students! 

Vanda International Science Competition:
Dr. CT Informatics: CLICK HERE
For General Information - CLICK HERE!
Winchester Poetry Prize 2022

The 2022 Winchester Poetry Prize competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.*


First Prize: £1,000
2nd Prize: £500 
3rd Prize: £250

Deadline: July 31, 2022

* There is an entry fee per poem.

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Tom Howard / Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre

MARGARET REID PRIZE: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
Deadline: September 30, 2022
*There is an entry fee.
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Write the World
Monthly Writing Competitions
Each month Write the World holds a new writing competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Competitions encourage you to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres and share your work with a sea of eager readers.

June's competition is on food writing.

Competition Opens: Mon., June 6
Submit for Expert Review: Mon., June 13
Final Entries Due: Tue., June 21
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
A writing contest for kids ages 8-12.
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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