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May 2018
Brain Power Celebrates
Entrance Exam Success!
On April 28th Brain Power celebrated the success of our Entrance Exam Preparation students (pictured above) at making it into the schools and programs of their choice!

Nearly all of our students made it into UTS, IB, MaCS, TOPS, and other prestigious programs! 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SUCCESS!
Our wonderful photographer was Denis Lipman!
Check out his work at 
https://denislipman.myportfolio.com
Brain Power Math Olympiad
Awards Ceremony!
On April 28th we also held our Math Olympiad awards ceremony! 

Karine, Reuven, and Dr. Alex Maizlish were glad to present awards to this year's winners.
Winners received trophies and prizes!
Refreshments were enjoyed, and a great time was had by all!


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!
Our wonderful photographer was Denis Lipman!
Check out his work at 
https://denislipman.myportfolio.com
Brain Power Wins ClimateWise
Passion Into Practice Award - 2018!

Brain Power is honoured to have been selected as the winner of the ClimateWise Passion into Practice Award for 2018! 

The award is presented to a business that has demonstrated a holistic, integrated approach to embedding sustainability principles throughout their own operations, as well as the products or services they provide to customers and/or partners.

Brain Power will receive the award on May 31st at the 2018 ClimateWise Evening of Recognition at which our very own Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured left) will also be the MC!

Find Out More about the ClimateWise Network - CLICK HERE!
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky Honoured at
2018 Business Achievement Awards
City of Vaughan
Left to right: Jason Boulet, Dara Greaves, Rosanna Tsang, Fania and Reuven Rashkovsky, Karine Rashkovsky, Hannah Merchant, Katherine Griffin, Estee Zacks
Brain Power's Founder & Director Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured above and below) was honoured this month by the City of Vaughan. She was selected (by a panel of judges) as one of the city's three Top Entrepreneurs Under 40.

Congratulations, Karine!

A delegation of Brain Power staff attended the gala to celebrate this achievement!
Karine Rashkovsky (left), Karine and Rosanna Tsang (right)
AIM2Flouish Features Brain Power!
Brain Power is honoured to have been selected
to be featured by AIM2Flourish!


AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management — Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. Their mission is to change the story about business from best IN the world, to best FOR the world. On their website they feature newsworthy business innovators that are aligned with the UN Global Goals.
Read the AIM2Fourish Feature about Brain Power - CLICK HERE!
Visit the AIM2Flourish Website - CLICK HERE!
Registration Is Open!
Summer 2018 and Fall-Winter 2018-2019
Registration for Summer 2018 and Fall-Winter 2018-19 has begun!
Register soon! Spaces are limited!
Click Here for 2018-2019 Schedules!
Contact us at info@brainpower.ca or 905-303-5457
NEW Public Speaking Workshops!
Grades 6-8
1x per week for 4 weeks: Wednesdays, Aug. 1 - 22
1x per week for 10 weeks: Sundays, Oct. 14 - Dec. 16  OR  Mar. 3 - May 26

In these exciting workshops – led by a passionate instructor with a Ph.D in English from the University of Toronto and expertise in performance and oration (Dr. Dara Greaves, pictured left) – students will gain a thorough introduction to the art of public speaking. Providing an overview of the elements of oral presentation (e.g., tone of voice, body language, diction, rhetoric, and persuasion), the course will give students strategies for expressing themselves clearly, effectively, and convincingly. 

Encouraging youth to articulate their ideas on a range of social issues, each session will critically analyze an influential speech. Students will also develop, workshop, and perform their own speeches in in class!

Throughout the workshops, students will:

- Cultivate their communication and persuasion skills through exercises that enhance their written and verbal expression.
- Learn techniques for building confidence, remaining calm in front of audiences, and warming up before speeches and debates. 
- Engage in conversation and debate relating to important social issues.
- Analyze persuasive speeches.
- Benefit from the wisdom of guest speakers.

Sign Up Today at Brain Power    OR     Call 905-303-5457
Sign Up Now for High-School Preparation!
Check Out Our New Summer Workshop!
Science Research 101
NEW Robotics, Coding, & Aerospace
Offerings for 2018-19!
Robotics, Coding, & Aerospace Engineering - Grades 1-3 (Tuesdays 5 - 6pm)
1 hour per week, 24 weeks total

Robotics, Coding, & Aerospace Engineering - Grades 3-5 (Wednesdays 3:45-4:45 pm)
1 hour per week, 24 weeks total


[This is in addition to our Robotics offerings on Saturdays for Grades 1-3 and 4-6, providing students with more options.]

Brain Power is pleased to announce the addition of another two sections of Robotics, Coding, and Aerospace for 2018-19! These condensed courses will be held for 1 hour per week for a total of 24 weeks (at a reduced price).


If you have any questions, contact our office at 905-303-5457.
For More Information on Robotics, Coding, & Aerospace Engineering Courses - CLICK HERE!
Alumni of the Month:
Delaram Dara
Education: Life Sciences at U ofT, Bachelor of Science; Medical School hopeful!

Awards and Scholarship: The Roy Alvin Hope Scholarship, The James Morrow Scholarship, Dean's List Scholar Certificate, The Joel Verwege Award, 3rd place in STEM Fellowship Journal’s Big Data Challenge

Thoughts on Brain Power: I want to thank my teachers at Brain Power as this was one of the few places where they truly cared about my success and supported me even when our regular class hours were done. One of the most valuable lessons I learned at Brain Power was how important it is to be able to articulate one’s thoughts, as a major change in meaning arises by just making a minor change in words. 
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CONTESTS & OPPORTUNITIES
Ivy League Opportunities
for High-School Students!
(click the images or links below for information)
Harvard Summer School - CLICK HERE!
Yale Young Global Scholars - CLICK HERE!
U of T Youth Summer Programs - CLICK HERE!
Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Vaughan's Social Innovation Challenge
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
The Schwartz/Reisman Centre 2018 Kids Triathlon is quickly approaching! Due to high demand they are already over 50% sold out! Don't miss out on what is expected to be their biggest and best Triathlon yet!

FUN THINGS TO EXPECT IN 2018: 

• Their BEST and most filled up Race-Kit Goodie Bag yet 
• More Bouncy Castles and FREE Activities than in 2017 
• Return of the TigerPaw Petting Zoo 
• A new Mystery Character appearance 
• FREE Snacks, Swag & other Surprises!


Please click on the button below to learn more about the event and to register.
For More Information and Registration - CLICK HERE
For More on the Aristotle Contest - CLICK HERE!
Prime Minister's Youth Council
"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!
We made the news!
Check us out in Bullfrog Power's newsletter: 
https://www.bullfrogpower.com/brain-power-an-innovative-after-school-program-in-vaughan-becomes-bullfrogpowered/
Brain Power supports clean, green electricity
with Bullfrog Power®
At Brain Power, we recognize the importance of addressing our environmental impact. We are excited to announce we’re taking a big step to reduce the carbon emissions footprint of our business by choosing 100% green electricity for our company with Bullfrog Power.

“Brain Power has made the environment an essential part of our commitment to sustainability,” said Karine Rashkovsky, Founder and Director, Brain Power Enrichment. “That is why we are proud to be partnering with Bullfrog Power to support clean, renewable electricity for our business location."

Across Canada, Bullfrog’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities, with at least 50% sourced directly from this region. Bullfrog ensures the electricity going onto the grid on our behalf is from green sources, displacing energy from polluting sources.

As Bullfrog Power uses its customers’ support to provide funding to new green energy projects, our green energy purchase is also helping provide critical financial support to new renewable energy projects in our region and across Canada. Learn more about Bullfrog’s support for community-based green energy projects by visiting 
bullfrogpower.com/greenenergy.


We are proud to be choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power!

To learn more about Bullfrog Power, visit their website at
bullfrogpower.com.
Brain Power Joins
ClimateWise Business Network
Brain Power is proud to announce that it has joined the ClimateWise buisness network!

ClimateWise is a local network of environment-minded businesses and organizations in and around York Region. They provide members with tools and expertise to transition to a low-carbon economy.
Check out the ClimateWise Business Network - 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).
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids1/
 
Post, Gail. “A life lesson for gifted children: failure.” Gifted Challenges. (Aug. 9, 2013)
https://giftedchallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/08/a-life-lesson-for-gifted-children.html
SCHEDULES
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