A goodbye letter from Ms. Neumann and Mr. Murray

Dear Parents, Guardians, and incredible BETA Minischool students,

It is hard to believe that two years have come and gone and unfortunately our time as the teachers in Minischool is coming to a close. With summer approaching so quickly, we are all awaiting time in the sun to rest, relax, and adjust to change. The students have earned a well-deserved break and we hope that they have the chance to find new interests, hobbies, passions, and interests in their experiences over the summer.

 Looking back on the past two years, we have faced many challenges in adjusting to daily life of teaching advanced learners, but not a day has gone by that we have not grown more as teachers and mentors. Each day, there are students who share their passion with us, and their gifts enrich our lives. We are very thankful for every moment and opportunity we have had in this program.

Finally, we would like to thank all the parents and guardians who have made this program the success it grew to be over the past two years. With your support chaperoning field trips, delivering workshops in the classroom in various specializations, and offering a sounding block to our experiences, we were able to focus our energy to learning. From donating foods and materials, to constant support, love, and encouragement for your children, this program grew to support our students in remarkable ways. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for helping us reach out to the brilliant minds of these students. Because of your help in this program, we were able to give them an opportunity to be challenged while finding purpose and passion in their unique abilities.

Though we are moving on to new positions in the District, please know that you can still reach out to us for any questions or updates. We would love to hear where our students end up in the future and where their curiosities have guided them. We wish our students the best of luck pursuing their dreams!

What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning. ~Chuck Grassley


Sam Murray Elixa Neumann
Humanities ~ 8/9 Scimatics ~ 8/9
sam.murray@burnabyschools.ca elixa.neumann@burnabyschools.ca


Pre-Departure Meeting: February 20th

My apologies, the livestream did not work as my microphone was muted. Please send me an email if you have any questions: Elixa.Neumann@burnabyschools.ca

Iceland Pre-Departure Meeting_February 20

Here is the updated powerpoint with corrections on weight for carry-on bags (22lbs) and 3 person rooming charts. 

If you have any concerns with the rooming, please come see me in person next week or send me an email.

Thank you!

Iceland Update!

Dear Iceland Travellers, Parents and Guardians,

It is crazy to believe that we will be leaving for Iceland in 2 months! With so little time left, we have arranged several upcoming meetings to ensure that every traveler is well prepared for our trip and that as many questions are answered as possible. I will be emailing any important updates to students Outlook emails, alongside the emails provided when students signed up for the EF Tour. Additional information, PowerPoints, and reminders of upcoming meetings can also be found at: https://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/beta-minischool/

Wednesday, January 23rd, 7:00 p.m.: Parent Meeting for Iceland Trip

  • Mandatory meeting for Parents whose children are attending the Iceland Field Trip. The meeting will take place in the learning commons at 7:00 p.m. We will cover pre-departure topics including packing, behavior expectations, emergencies, rooming, and more! Come with your questions.

Wednesday, February 6th, 11:40 a.m.: Student Luncheon for Iceland Trip

  • Mandatory lunch for students traveling to Iceland. Come meet your fellow travel companions and pick rooming arrangements.

Wednesday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m.: Parent and Student Meeting for Iceland Trip

  • Mandatory meeting for all parents and students who are attending the Iceland Field Trip. This meeting will take place in the learning commons at 7:00 pm. We will review the final trip information, itinerary, departure and return day schedules, introduce chaperones, and review essential travel information. Students will also receive their EF backpack and meet their designated chaperone for the trip!

Wednesday, March 6th, 11:40 a.m.: Student Luncheon for Iceland Trip

  • Mandatory lunch meeting for students traveling to Iceland. We will provide a pizza lunch!

These meetings are mandatory. If for some reason you are unable to attend, please contact Elixa Neumann at Elixa.Neumann@burnabyschools.ca. We will do our best to livestream the meetings for future viewing, should there be any additional questions.

Thank you very much,

Elixa Neumann


Reminder about Monday, October 22nd: Japanese Students Visiting

I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend. Grade 9’s who see this, please let your classmates know about the P1 timeline! Thank you in advance. 

On Monday, October 22nd, Minischool students will be student ambassadors to our incoming visiting Japanese Students. Here is the timeline: 

8:40: Check in with your Period 1 class. All grade 9 students should do attendance then go directly to the Learning Commons. Only designated grade 8 students will go to the learning commons on Monday. Ms. Neumann will inform which grade 8 students will be going. 

10:12: Take your student to your block 2 class. The teachers have all been contacted. Be sure to encourage them and help them with any barriers, such as seating and language. 

11:34: Return your buddy to the Learning Commons. 

12:35 – 1:10: Grade 9’s will be attending the cultural fair in the Learning Commons. 


Thank you for all of your help and support welcoming in the Japanese Students to Alpha Secondary School. 

Colonizing Outer Space Due Date

Hello Minischool 9,

I hope everyone has been working hard on their Colonizing Outer Space projects and you have all your logs well on their way. As we discussed in class, we will review progress on Wednesday October 17th with the proposed due date of Monday October 22nd. Please make sure you have any filming done soon so you have time to edit and also, be ready to present that morning (no later). If you have any concerns please see me. Thank you and best of luck! 


Mr. Murray