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March 2018
Brain Power Students in the
Speakers Idol 2018 Finals!
Four of our very own Brain Power Public Speaking students made it to the semi-finals and/or finals in Ontario's Speakers Idol Competition!
Congratulations, Tian Shi (semi-finals),
Cora (finals), Sam (finals), and Diviya (finals)!

(see images below)
The finals will be held on Tuesday, March 27th at Toronto Centre for the Arts!!

In 2017 Brain Power student Caroline Cui came in 2nd in Ontario in the competition.

To see Caroline, Sam, Cora, and Diviya speaking on stage,
click this button (and scroll down the page):
Katherine Gotovsky
Wins Loran Scholarship!

We are excited to congratulate former Brain Power student Katherine Gotovsky on being awarded a prestigious Loran Scholarship! 

Katherine was one of 34 students, and one of only 6 in the GTA, selected from a pool of 5,000 for the scholarship valued at $100,000 over the four years of a university education! 

Katherine recently featured in an article in the Toronto Star on the award (see below), which notes that the selection criteria for the scholarship focus not only on academic achievement, but on "courage, grit, and personal autonomy."  

We are so proud of you, Katherine!
To Read the Toronto Star Article on Katherine - CLICK HERE!
Brain Power Students'
Entrance Exam Successes!
Congratulations to our students who earned acceptance to
special programs/schools this year!
Evan Woo - MaCS, TOPS, and UTS
Andrew Ko - UTS and UCC
Jason Tian - UTS and UCC
Andrew – UTS and UCC
William Zhou – UTS
Angad Khattra – UTS
Tianyi Li – UTS
Sabina Joneja - UTS
Sherry Tse - UTS
Vanessa Poiana – UTS
Evan Woo – UTS
Matthew Witz-Tsofin – UCC
Owen Liu – UCC
Daniel Bondarev – IB, AP, and MaCS
Vanessa Poiana -  IB, TOPS, MaCS
Kaltrina Cani – IB and AP
Jennifer Peter - IB and MaCS
Jaya Sinha – IB and The York School ($15,000 scholarship!)
Viona Salimpour -  IB and TMS
Stephan Leznikov - IB
Jessica Kay – IB
Richard Miao - IB
James Aliev - IB
Elena Yang - IB
Kelvin Ji - IB
Cristian Diaconu - IB
Andrey Mikheev – IB
Carolyn Zhu - IB
Daniel Luchian  – IB
Erin Voitcu - IB
Pauline Barinova – IB
Enming Yang – IB
Sean Huang - IB
Andrey Gubarev - IB
Angela Teoderascu - IB
Ryan Yang - IB
Ellie Rebarbar - IB
Erin Lau - IB
Edward Papiev - IB
Alex Balaci –IB
Ronel Buzer - IB
Daniel Bondarev - IB
Andrey Gubarev – IB
Serena Ge - IB
Jason You - IB
Austin Wang – IB
Andreea Murariu – IB
Remington Zhu - IB
Victor Yakauleu - IB and HMST
Erica Samareanu - TOPS
Eva Illion - TOPS
Saesha Kukreja - TOPS
Eric Shim - TOPS and MaCS
Evan Woo - TOPS and MaCS
Vlada Gerasimenko - MACS and HMST
Quentin Fan-Chiang - MaCS
Steven Guikal – MaCS
Anna Noble Glube - MaCS
Yuna Chong - MaCS
Tracy Wang –  MaCS
Joshua Chee - HMST
Brain Power will be having an exclusive party
for successful candidates on April 28th! 
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky Nominated for
2018 Business Achievement Awards
City of Vaughan
Brain Power's director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured left), has been nominated for a 2018 Business Achievement Award for the city of Vaughan in the Young Entrepreneur Under 40 category!

The awards are presented by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, and the awards dinner will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. 

We are proud of you, Karine!
Brain Power Featured in Dolce Magazine

Brain Power is featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Dolce, a "lifestyle publication featuring stories of success, philanthropy, fashion and culture."

In the article, Brain Power's director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, says our mission is "to provide unique curriculum, world-class teaching and experiential learning opportunities, all while exceeding current educational standards and promoting a social conscience."

Read the article by clicking here.
Read the Dolce article on Brain Power - CLICK HERE!
Brain Power's
Math Olympiad WINNERS - 2018!

On Sunday, February 24, we held the 2018 Brain Power Math Olympiad!

This year's winners are listed below, and they will receive their awards at a special celebration!

Grades 5 - 6

1st Place - Victor Banica
2nd Place - Ana-Maria Bangala and Jonathan Huang
3rd Place - Joanne Kim, Annie Deng, and Matth
ew Tong
Grades 7 - 8

1st Place - Terry Wang and Serena Ge
2nd Place - Adam Rzhersky and Ana Mocanu
3rd Place - Matthew Witz-Tsofin

Grades 9+

1st Place - Hirad Meshkar
2nd Place - Ariel Popov
3rd Place - Anthony Qin

Brain Power will be having an exclusive party and awards ceremony for the winners on April 28th! 
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 or 905-303-5457
Check Out Our New Summer Workshop!
Science Research 101
Alumni of the Month:
Christina Yan
Current degree: Biomedical Computing at Queen's University

Accomplishments: Poster Award (Top 5%) SPIE Medical Imaging 2017, a medical imaging and computer-assisted surgery conference; First author & presenter of research on ultrasound-based scoliosis measurement and computer-aided surgery; IEEE Student Project Competition for analysis on a lumpectomy navigation system; Software Development internship at IBM in Cloud Computing; QHacks 2018 Indico API winner; Former competitive figure skater, top 15 in Canada
Thoughts on Brain Power: Taking classes at Brain Power always challenged me to think outside of the box, and tremendously improved my English and Public Speaking skills. Every class was unique with many insightful takeaways thanks to their inspiring instructors who have such a strong passion for teaching.
Follow Brain Power on Social Media!
Facebook and Instagram
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!
Operation Med School
For More on Operation Med School Toronto - CLICK HERE!
For More on the Aristotle Contest - CLICK HERE!
Alice Munro National Short Story Contest
Alice Munro National Short Story 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:
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

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

To learn more about Bullfrog Power, visit their website at
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).
Post, Gail. “A life lesson for gifted children: failure.” Gifted Challenges. (Aug. 9, 2013)
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