Brain Power September Newsletter
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Welcome To An Amazing Year At Brain Power!

We are excited about the 2016/17 academic year! 
We have lots of fun and educational events planned for this year, from field trips, to guest speakers, book clubs, contests and lots more, so be sure to stay tuned to our monthly newsletters. We also love showcasing our students' successes and achievements, so lookout for yourself or your child in our monthly Star Student features. 

We are looking forward to an exhilarating year with you all. 

Happy learning!

-The Brain Power Team 
Free Book Club!
Book Club is free for all Brain Power Students! Our monthly events will be hosted by Brain Power teachers and guests. Students are encouraged to participate in order to foster a love of reading, analyzing, and discussing great literature. 

How it works:

Step 1) Check out our book list (newsletter and bulletin board)
Step 2) Choose which month(s) you'd like to join us for our Book Club event (if you are not sure of the age recommendation of a listed book, please inquire at the Brain Power office)
Step 3) Sign up at the Brain Power office for the Book Club event dates you'd like to join 
Step 4) Get your book from the library (or purchase it) and read it before the Book Club event date
Step 5) Fall in love with reading and discussing amazing literature! 
Don't miss out on any of these amazing field trips! Space is limited. Sign up at the office. 
Some of our awesome Language Arts staff preparing for another incredible year at Brain Power!
Congratulations Cora!
Brain Power student, Cora deserves our congratulations for her outstanding achievements of success! 

Check out her amazing victories below:


Mathematica (Euler):
1st place in school
3rd place in Canada (2nd highest score)
1st place in Canada as school

Math Olympiads
Runner up and top 2% score 

Top 5 

Certificate of Distinction
Certificate of High Achievement 
1st in school

Congratulations Andrew!
Brain Power student, Andrew Zhou, deserves our congratulations for his outstanding achievement of winning a bronze medal at the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, 2016.
Way To Go Katya!
Brain Power student, Katya Katsnelson was invited to the prestigious United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York to help assist in video production for Big Data University.

United Nations launched this summit to bring leaders from all around the world to focus their attention on 17 goals that they aspire to achieve. Katya was chosen to visit the United Nations Headquarters as well as sit in on a conference which many world leaders attended, including Angela Merkel and the pope! Big Data University launched its support towards the global goals in a secluded party in Turtle Bay, an elite neighbourhood. Many Kairos society members attended and Katya assisted in filming their interviews. As her visit to New York approached an end, she  attended a private party for the global goals summit, invitees of which included many of the big companies that support the causes discussed at the summit. Katya got to meet and network with many of the CEO’s of these big companies and exchange business cards! She recounts that her most memorable moment was being introduced to Megan J Smith, the U.S Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President; Katya spent quite some time talking to Megan about her own business ventures and future wishes. Katya tells us: "This visit to New York was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I am so thankful I got to take part in, I will never forget the people I’ve met and the places I was able to go."  Brain Power is so proud of you, Katya!
FREE EVENT FOR PARENTS: Coming Up @ Brain Power In October 2016 

Beyond Intelligence: Secrets

for Raising Happily Productive Kids


by Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster



8:00pm–9:30pmrdSunday, Oct. 23



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What Are the Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids?


In this presentation, Dr. Joanne Foster reveals seven key secrets for going beyond intelligence, in order to help children and teenagers thrive. She discusses how to attune to your child’s personality and changing needs; provide multi-sensory stimulation and learning opportunities; foster intelligence; nurture creativity; cultivate a growth mindset; strive for balance; and respond to what’s central to your child’s well-being. She pays close attention to the implications for busy parents, and provides lots of practical take-home strategies. There will also be a question and answer period, and plenty of time to chat.

Joanne Foster, EdD

Joanne is co-author of the award-winning Being Smart about Gifted Education (2009). She is a leading authority on high-level development with over 30 years experience. She has taught educational psychology and has been the gifted education liaison at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, for 12 years. She consults to teachers, conducts parent forums, serves on advisory committees, and speaks at conferences across North America. Dr. Foster also wrote “ABCs of Being Smart,” a series of feature columns for the National Association for Gifted Children’s magazine Parenting for High Potential, and her column “Fostering Kids’ Success” appears at The Creativity Post. Her most recent book is Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination (2015).

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The Lure of Kids’ Extracurricular Activities:  The Impact, and Answers to Parents’ Questions

By Joanne Foster, EdD.
New Courses Starting Soon! Public Speaking and Cultural Capital

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Public Speaking and Improv: Confidence through Comedy!

  Brain Power’s junior public speaking and improv program integrates activities designed to develop oral communication skills and a greater self-awareness of voice and body language, and covers the basics of improv comedy. While the course will be filled with enriching activities and laughter, the goals of the course are to build confidence, public speaking skills, listening skills, and leadership.  These invaluable skills will help young people in their presentations, school work, interpersonal relationships, interviews, and, eventually, the workforce.  

Brain Power’s improv classes are taught by our in-house improv specialist and Ivy League graduate, Sarah M. Alexander. Sarah is an experienced public speaker who has delivered addresses/speeches at universities and conferences across North and Central America. Sarah is giddy to share her wealth of improv skills and knowledge she gained studying and performing at the world’s best improv theatres, including The Second City (Toronto), Upright Citizens Brigade
(Los Angeles), and iOWest (Los Angeles).


Students are welcome to register for one or both sessions:
(Classes open to students aged 10+)

Fall Session:                     Spring Session:

Sunday, Nov. 6:  10:00am-12:00pm            Sunday, April 2:  10:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 13:  10:00am-12:00pm           Sunday, April 9:  10:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 20:  10:00am-12:00pm           Sunday, April 23:  10:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 27:  10:00am-12:00pm           Sunday, April 30:  10:00am-12:00pm

Please contact Brain Power Administrative Office at 905-886-6721 or to register!
News: Cambridge University invited our very own Professor Jason Boulet to present on classic Victorian poet, Swinburne, in the UK
Jason is an expert on Swinburne and has published numerous times on this subject in such publications as Victorian Poetry and the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies.  We are so proud to have Jason's brilliance a part of Brain Power. Congratulations, Jason!
Star Students: David Gurevich & Alan Topash and The FACET News Project!

Brain Power junior-high (13 year olds!!!) students WOW us with their new Startup!  Here's an interview with these bright young minds:

What's this new venture you're in? We are making a news/blog website that informs people of the latest tech news, providing them with an insightful opinion on the topic. Our slogan is "Keeping people in the loop of all the facets of technology". 

How did you get into this project? Alan texted David asking if he wanted to make a tech news website. David said, "Yeah sure!" A few days later, FACET News began. In all seriousness, though, this idea had been shared between us for a while.

How has Brain Power helped you get to where you are now? Before I joined Brain Power, I had very little confidence in what I wrote, and frequently got writer's block. Brain Power has not only taught me to be more confident in my writing but also to think more about what I write. Make deeper connections, and among other things, write about what people are interested in.

What do you love most about it and what's the most challenging aspect? The fact that we can write articles and state our opinion, and that there are actually people reading our content is an extremely rewarding feeling. Sometimes, though, there are as few as 15 people reading our content a day and it is very hard to be consistent when you think that sometimes, nobody is reading your content. I recently read an article about how 95% of all blogs are abandoned after 4 months. We have recently hit our 4-month "milestone" and we have no plan to quit.

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? (goals of this project) The first thought that came to mind was expanding to other forms of media. We are planning on launching a YouTube channel where we cover some of our more interesting news. In 5 years we'll be 18, and in terms of running a business, you can't do much at 18, but we definitely plan on possibly hiring more authors, and even turning this "project" into a full-time job.

What advice do you have for other students who wish to be innovators? Just go through with it. What do you have to lose? The internet is amazing and provides everybody with the tools they need to succeed. The only thing stopping you from doing what you want, is yourself and time. Utilize the tools that you have and make something great.

Check them out: (Twitter) (Facebook)

Brain Power's Robotics & Coding students design catapults out of Lego. Wow!
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