Broncos Bulletin

May 2019 - Bernal Intermediate

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy May! We’re coming down the home stretch. A few more weeks to go and your students will be staying up late and sleeping in all morning during the summer! As you know, we are beginning our state testing this month. Please remember to support your student getting enough sleep, a healthy breakfast, and daily encouragement to persist and perform their best throughout the testing period.

8th grade parents, a reminder, promotion ceremony takes place on June 13th at Oak Grove High School football field, 2:30 pm. Class that day ends at 10:30 am for all Bernal students, so you’ll have plenty of time for you and your student to get ready for the ceremony. Please do not hold your child out of school that day to prepare for the ceremony.

Next week is teacher appreciation week. If you feel inclined, don’t forget to reach out to your student’s teachers and let them know how much you appreciate them for all of the ways they have supported your student this school year!

That’s it for now. As always, take care of yourselves and each other!

Dr. Splane


HSA Needs Your Help for Teacher Appreciation Week at Bernal

Attention 8th Grade Parents!

End of the year expectation letter for 8th grade parents/students

Hello, 8th-Grade Parents:

On Friday, March 22nd I sent out the end-of-the-year expectation letter to all 8th-grade students. In anticipation of our upcoming 8th-grade privileges and promotion ceremony, this letter is to inform parents and students of the school expectations regarding participation in the end-of-the-year activities. 8th-grade promotion is based upon academic requirements and positive student behavior. Please review the letter below with your student.

Miles Garner

Assistant Principal

Reporting a Bullying Incident

As a reminder, if you witness or are involved in a bullying situation, please utilize the "Report a Bullying Incident" feature on Bernal's School Loop Homepage. You may report the information anonymously, but please remember that the more information provided, the better we can investigate the situation. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Garner.
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Testing @ Bernal April 29th - May 22nd

It's State Testing Time. Here are Some Tips to Help Your Prepare for the Test:

Before the Test Tips

1. Get a good night’s sleep and eat a high protein breakfast. Drink plenty of water.

2. Practice guided imagery, visualizations of succeeding on the test, mentally “going where the information is stored in your brain”, or breathing techniques.

3. Don’t study right before the test. Concentrate on being calm and mentally accessing the information you have already studied.

4. Eliminate negative thoughts or self-talk by replacing them with a positive affirmation, like “I am prepared for the test and I will do well” or “I've worked hard – I can do this.”

5. Ask your teacher if you can use a blank piece of scratch paper during the test (be sure to ask or it may look like you are cheating). Use the paper for “brain dumping” or “mind mapping” during the exam.

6. Make a decision to ignore students who finish the test before you. Research shows that students who finish early usually don’t score as well as those who take more time.

May Spirit Days

May 10- Slides Day

May 17- Rainbow Day

May 24- Sports Day

Attention 7th Grade Parents - Family Life Education Information

7th Grade Parents,

Bernal's 7th graders will begin Family Life instruction the week of May 6th.

If you do not want your child to participate in the comprehensive sexual health or HIV/AIDS prevention instructional program, please send a note to your child's Science teacher one week prior to beginning of instruction (no later than Friday, May 3rd).

Super Saturday!

Saturday, May 11th, 8:15am-12:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

See details below.

Super Saturday! - May 11th

Bernal will host our LAST Super Saturday Academy Session on Saturday, May 11th from 8:15am - 12:30pm! Attending the Super Saturday will allow students to make up one absence from this school year. Permission slips will be sent home on Tuesday, April 30th. I've attached a blank permission slip below for your convenience as well.

Students need to turn in their permission slip by Tuesday, May 7th and attend the full session so they can:

  • Earn 10 Bronco Bucks!

  • Be entered into a raffle to earn a pizza party for them and 5 friends!

  • Earn an In-n-Out certificate!

  • Be entered into a raffle to win a mile pass for P.E.!

Please email Allison Crawford at if you have any questions!

*Permission slips may be turned in late (by Thurs. 5/9), but students will NOT be able to order a lunch if it's turned in late. They will need to bring their own lunch.

School Site Council Meeting

Thursday, May 16th, 6-7pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

In Library

Home & School Association Meeting

Thursday, May 16th, 7pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Please join us in the Bernal forum area for the MOST important HSA meeting of the year! We will recap the HSA's doings from this school year and look ahead at our future goals. This meeting will also be used to VOTE in the new board members for the 2019-2020 school year. We are losing our Secretary and Vice President to high school this year. Please invite any incoming parents. A pizza dinner will be served!

Koffee Klatch Meeting

Wednesday, May 22nd, 6pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

In Library

8th Grade Great America Trip

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Bernal Intermediate will host the annual eighth grade activity on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Great America Park. This activity is considered to be one of the highlights of graduation festivities.

All students desiring to participate in this event should complete and return the permission slip with $50.00 (cash only—NO checks) to their Advisory teacher before Friday, May 24th. The $50.00 will cover the cost for admission to the park and bus transportation. Students with season passes need to complete a permission slip, indicate on the form that they have a pass, and return the form and $16.00 for transportation. (There will be no refunds to students who are absent on the day of the trip, miss the event due to disciplinary action, owe two or more hours of detention, or to students who are not eligible to graduate.)

Thank you for helping us ensure available bus space and group rates for tickets by submitting forms and money no later than Friday May 24th. Bus reservations and permission slips will NOT be accepted after Friday, May 24th.

Permission slips were sent home on Tuesday, April 30th during Advisory. Please see the copy of the permission slip attached below, if needed.

Bernal's 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Thursday, June 13th, 2:30pm

285 Blossom Hill Road

San Jose, CA

Bernal's 8th grade Promotion Ceremony will be held at Oak Grove High School on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 2:30pm (students must arrive by 2pm). ALL students are required to attend school that day.

All students (7th & 8th) will be dismissed from school early on Thursday, June 13th at 10:30am.

Bernal's Got Talent Sign Ups

Bernal's Talent Show is coming up! It will be held on Tuesday, June 11th. If you're interested in showing the school one of your talents, please sign up for the tryouts using the link below.

The tryouts are at lunch in the big gym the week of May 13- 17th.

Attention 7th Grade Parents/Students interested in the Washington D.C. Trip 2020

There will be a parent information night for the 2020 Washington D.C. Trip on Tuesday, May 7th at 6pm in the Bernal Library!

If you have any questions please email Mrs. Phelps & Ms. Crawford at

Scoliosis Screening Information

Hello Parents of 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys,

On Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th all seventh grade girls and eighth grade boys will be screened for Scoliosis. Attached is an information flyer about Scoliosis and the importance of having a screening. If you choose not to have your student screened please return the Opt Out School Letter (attached on post here) by Friday, May 3rd.

Thank you,

Heather Paolini

Health Office

Help Support Bernal's Science & Engineering Students!

Your Input is Needed: Summer Ideas/Programs for our EL Students

STHS Cheer & Dance Team Information

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Congratulations to our Boys Soccer Team and Coach Mueller on a great season!

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Congratulations to Bernal students who have been reclassified as English Proficient!

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Bernal's 3rd Annual Career Day was a huge success! Thank you to all of the presenters!

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Another successful rally!!!

Track and Field Information

Track and Field Meets:

Wednesday, May 1st - @ Valley Christian High School 3:15pm

Wednesday, May 8th - @ Live Oak High School 3:30pm

Thursday, May 16th - League Finals Meet for Qualifiers @ Overfelt High School 3:15pm

Thursday, May 23rd - Section Finals for Qualifiers @ Mt. Pleasant High School 3:15pm

Please check the attached calendar below for all practice dates and track meet dates.

Check our School Loop page for more information:

Top 11 Bronco Buck Earners in April!

Congratulations to the following students for being the top 11 earners of Bronco Bucks during April! Keep showing RISE behavior to earn your Bronco Bucks! :-)

1. Miguel R. - 123 pts

2. Giulian R. - 92 pts

3. Sarah C. - 90 pts

4. Bianca F. - 90 pts

5. Eli A. - 90 pts

6. Ben L. - 90 pts

7. Diego M. - 90 pts

8. Salvador M. - 75 pts

9. Natalie B. - 75 pts

10. Melanie G. - 73 pts

11. Elijah B. - 73 pts

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