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October 2019
Cultural Capital & World Affairs Workshop
Led by Dr. Karine Rashkovsky & Dr. Cassandra Chapman on October 25th or November 2nd at 7:00 pm. Students in Grades 6-8 will learn how to utilize knowledge of current events to perform better in essays, interviews, and entrance exams in this intensive workshop. Register via Email or Phone (905) 303-5457. 
Brain Power Fall Book Club
The Lives Of Animals
Join us for Fall Book Club at Brain Power!
  • Book: The Lives Of Animals
  • Author: J.M. Coetzee
  • Cost: FREE for Brain Power Students (Gr. 7-12)
  • When: Saturday, Nov 30th (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
The discussion will be led by Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, Director of Brain Power, and Maureen Hutchison, Field Educator for Ethical Choices Program. Students will discuss what can be learned from Coetzee's style and the book's interesting themes. Space is limited, so contact to register now!
TOPS Entrance Exam Science Workshop
Trying out for TOPS this fall? Brain Power has a valuable TOPS Science  Workshop!

This workshop will review key science concepts for students who are preparing for the science portion of TOPS high school entrance exams and want extra practice, support, and tips for success. Students will explore topics in Grade 9 Space, Circuits, Chemistry, and other material typically on the exam.

Space is limited, so contact to register now!
Student Presentations
"Through The Valley"
Intermediate 1 students presented their research from the sci-fi story we have been reading ("Through the Valley") earlier this month -- and they did an incredible job. Some of the kids got ridiculously creative and recreated the valley (setting of the story) using Minecraft and Lego!
Applications for SHAD 2020 are now open!
Shad Canada is a STEAM and entrepreneurship program for students in Grades 10 and 11. The month-long program includes a real-world design challenge that asks students to work on issues such as food security, water management, and waste. This is an amazing resume-building experience that many Brain Power students have been accepted to. Please reach out to us if you would like any help or advice on the application!
For More Information on SHAD: CLICK HERE!
The Yale Young Global Scholars is an unparalleled academic and leadership program at Yale University. The program empowers the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding and inspire creative action across all borders. This is an amazing opportunity for Brain Power students, and we are happy to support you on your application!
For More Information on YYGS: CLICK HERE!
The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) will be held on November 7th. It can be written at schools or University Writing Centres throughout Canada. This is a great way to test your math skills and have fun!
For More Information on COMC: CLICK HERE!
STUDENT WRITING CONTEST! Hosted by World in Focus, In Focus is an international writing and art contest for youth from the ages of 10 to 18. The contest is dedicated to raising awareness on vision and eye care. Having held the first In Focus contest in 2017, the World in Focus team has since received over 400 masterpieces from 50+ different countries. Once again, the WiF team is so excited to see all of the incoming submissions this year. Good luck and happy submitting!
Submissions open: September 8 – November 8, 2019
For More Information: CLICK HERE!
The annual Spelling Bee hosted by the Youth and  Parents Association of Markham for Grades 1 to 8 will take place on November 16th and 17th at the Markham Civic Centre. Students are teamed with others in their grade and spell words from a study manual provided by YPAM. The overall experience is designed to promote self-confidence along with language skills and related cognitive benefits. Good luck to all participating. 
For More Information: CLICK HERE!
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky
Selected 2019 Inspiring Leader
We are proud to announce that Dr. Karine Rashkovsky was selected by City MOGULS as a leader and entrepreneur on a mission to make an impact and change the ways in which we do business. She is providing solutions to our city’s problems and discovering how to improve the lives of people by creating innovative companies like Brain Power. On November 7th Karine will be inspiring the next generation of leaders to give back by helping raise funds to improve youth's access to primary health care services in addition to mental health and addiction counseling.
Proceeds from this event will support youth at Covenant House Toronto.
To donate and find more information - CLICK HERE!
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky
at Girl Expo and Create Conference

Brain Power's director and founder, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, will be a guest speaker at Girl Expo Canada 2019! This amazing event takes place on Sunday, October 20!

"Girl Expo Canada is a one day extravaganza for girls ages 5-12 to celebrate all they are, can do and can become. This one day event will empower girls to discover their potential through workshops, activities, guest speakers and entertainment."

For More Info on Girl Expo - CLICK HERE!
Karine  will also be speaking at the Create Conference in Markham Nov 22-24

Create is open to high-school students and promises to be an amazing leadership experience!
For More Info on Create - CLICK HERE!
Alumni of the Month:
Carson Lau

Education: University of Toronto, St. George (Engineering)

Awards/Achievements: Duke of Edinburgh (Silver Level), The Barry McKague Award for Community Service

Thoughts on Brain Power:  I very much enjoyed my time at Brain Power, and I still remember all the great memories I had to this day! Brain Power certainly helped improve my public speaking skills, allowing me to feel more comfortable speaking to a larger audience. Being able to present my ideas clearly and professionally helped build my confidence when I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the ESRI Canada's Conference to over 1000 professionals.

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. 
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