Broncos Bulletin

March 2020 - Bernal Intermediate

Bernal's BEAUTIFUL New Mural is Almost Finished!!!

Assistant Principal's Message

Welcome back to school. I hope that everyone had a great and restful February break. We are now in the home stretch of the 19-20 school year. Although it may be hard to believe, we are already halfway done with the year. We have already made some real memorable moments. From the jazz band, school rallies, and sporting events; our Bronco’s will have some great memories to recall. As we move forward, we need to remember that we are here to develop, grow, and shine as students and adults. To do this, it is very valuable to adopt a growth mindset. Remind yourself to teach kids from an early age that the brain is a muscle that can be strengthened with practice. This sends the message that kids can directly affect their intelligence, which may empower unmotivated teenagers.

People with a growth mindset, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. Sure they’re happy if they’re brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things—not Mozart, Darwin, or Michael Jordan—without years of passionate practice and learning.

Cleanliness Reminder

Why Is Hand Washing So Important?

It's a message worth repeating — hand washing is by far the best way to keep kids from getting sick and prevent the spread of germs.

What's the Best Way to Wash Hands?

Here's how to scrub those germs away. Teach this to your kids — or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold). Make sure the water isn't too hot for little hands.
  2. Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds. Antibacterial soap isn't a must — any soap will do.
  3. Make sure you get in between your fingers, on the backs of hands, and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don't forget the wrists!
  4. Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.

When Should We Wash Our Hands?

To stop the spread of germs in your family, make regular hand washing a rule for everyone. It's especially important:

  • before eating and cooking
  • after using the bathroom
  • after cleaning around the house
  • after touching animals, including family pets
  • before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives
  • after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)

Understanding your Generation Z Child - Counselor's Corner

Understanding your Generation Z Child

Generation Z (aka Gen Z, iGen, or centennials), refers to the generation that was born between 1996-2010, following millennials. This generation has been raised on the internet and social media, with some the oldest finishing college by 2020 and entering the workforce.

They want a good quality of life and career growth. They've grown with iPhones in hand, YouTube at their fingertips and instant access to the internet.

  • Nearly 60% of Gen Z is enrolled in college, making your campus the most uniquely diverse it has ever been.

This generation of students has re-conceptualized the world around them. More than previous generations, Gen Z has a particularly evolved outlook on learning, technology, economics, and work, four factors that heavily influence their education choices. As universities compete for the attention and attendance of this new generation, understanding what differentiates, motivates, and inspires Gen Z students is crucial.

By examining Gen Z’s views, assumptions and expectations about learning, technology, economics and work, you can better understand how your university can support and transform for this generation.

The Gen Z View of Learning

  • Students are the most influential group of educational trendsetters - they make decisions and relate to their educational paths in a highly analytical way.
  • Gen Zers are accustomed to free, easily accessible information that is both high-quality and up-to-date through services.
  • They rely on YouTube to become more knowledgeable and gain skills that will prepare them for the future - 85% of Gen Z watches at least one video each week to learn a new skill.
  • With so much information at their grasp, Gen Z is hyper cognitive and excels in more productive split-tasking, splitting time and attention between several tasks at once, continuously refocusing their attention from one task to the other. As a result, Gen Z’s average attention span is just 8 seconds. Time is a commodity and therefore needs to be spent as efficiently as possible.
  • Your Gen Z students are experts at finding and digesting information quickly and easily. They’re accustomed to instant, curated knowledge, and prefer self-learning, applied learning, and immersive educational experiences.

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Bernal's Buy One Get One Book Fair is around the corner!

Monday, March 9th through Friday, March 13th - BOOK FAIR!

The Book Fair will be open at break, lunch, and after school for students.

We need lots of parent volunteers to help make this happen! Please sign up using the link below to help make this book fair a success!

Upcoming Spirit Days!

March 6 - Throwback Day (dress up in a typical outfit for your favorite decade)

Tuesday, March 17th - Wear Green for St. Patty's Day!

March 20 - March Madness Day (wear college or basketball attire)

Important March Dates

Friday, March 6th - End of Term 4. Grades will be mailed home on Friday, March 13th

Saturday, March 7th - Super Saturday Academy Session!

Monday, March 9th - Friday, March 13th - Spring BOGO Book Fair!

Friday, March 13th - Spring Picture Day (flyers/payment information went home with students on 2/25)

Tuesday, March 17th - Home & School Association Meeting @ 7pm

Tuesday, March 24th - 8th Grade Panoramic Picture


We would like you to mark your calendar for a Mandatory Parent-Student meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. We will meet in the Bernal forum at 6:00 p.m.

ALL travelers must attend. Student travelers must be accompanied by a parent. At this meeting, we will be introducing teacher-chaperones, handing out finalized itineraries, announcing bus groups, giving hotel and flight information, lists of suggested clothing and items to pack, and discussing behavior guidelines which must be signed by both parent and student. The meeting usually lasts about an hour and a half. Bring a pen and a highlighter.

Also, please bring $55 in cash to pay for each traveler's baggage fees. These fees are not included in the trip price because we never know in advance which airlines we will be traveling with or what their fees will be. This year, we will be traveling with United ($25) and Alaska ($30). This money will be collected at our meeting and will be paid in a lump sum by the chaperone at the ticket counter. This greatly speeds up check in when you are traveling with a group of 149 people, as you can imagine!

Please make every effort to clear your calendar to attend this important mandatory meeting.

See you there,

Mrs. Phelps and Ms. Crawford

Have an Absence? Attend Bernal's Super Saturday!

Saturday, March 7th, 8:15am-12:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Save the date for our next Super Saturday Session on March 7th!

March 7th Super Saturday Session

Have an absence? Please attend Bernal's Super Saturday Session on SATURDAY, MARCH 7th from 8:15am - 12:30pm! Students will participate in fun St. Patrick's Day themed activities such as: St. Patty's BINGO, Roll a Rainbow, Potato Bowling, 4 Leaf Clover Hunt, Pot of Gold Coin Toss, Lucky Charm Challenge and 5 Line Limericks!

Permission slips will be sent home on Monday, February 24th and must be returned by Tuesday, March 3rd.

Attending the Super Saturday will allow students to make up one absence from this school year. Students need to turn in their permission slip by Tuesday, March 3rd 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!

*If a student turns in a permission slip late, they will NOT be able to order a lunch. They will need to bring their own snack/lunch.

ELAC Parent Meeting

Saturday, March 7th, 12-2pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Save the date for our next ELAC Meeting on Saturday, March 7th from 12pm-2pm in the Forum.

Bernal's English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) is for parents of English Learner students. We will be discussing:

  • ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California)
  • Oak Grove's reclassification process and criteria

We will be serving lunch and raffling a new Chromebooks for parents in attendance!

Spring Awards Night - Wednesday, March 11th

Instructions the Spring Awards Night event:

Upon arrival, please enter the big gym through the main entrance doors. Parents, please find a seat in the bleacher stands and students please sit in the designated area based on your GPA (academic growth & 3.00-3.49, 3.5-3.99, or 4.0). Please arrive 15 minutes prior to ceremony start time.

You are welcome to take pictures with Bernal Staff at the end of the event.

8th Grade parents and students, please remain outside of the gym until the 7th grade ceremony has ended.

We are proud of our students’ academic accomplishments. Your presence at Spring Awards Night will complete the recognition of your child’s excellent work and diligent efforts.

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HSA Meeting

Tuesday, March 17th, 7pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

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Sign up for Bernal's new Girls Coding Club!

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Soccer & Volleyball Games

SOCCER GAMES (start time 3:30pm)

  • Thursday, March 5th @ Solorsano
  • Tuesday, March 10th @ Brownell
  • Thursday, March 12th vs. Britton @ Morgan Hill Soccer Complex
  • Tuesday, March 17th @ South Valley
  • Thursday, March 19th @ Martin Murphy (Girls start 3:30pm; Boys start 4:30pm)
  • Playoff games (TBD) will be on 3/31, 4/1, 4/2

A VOLLEYBALL GAMES (Boys start 3:30pm; Girls start 4:30pm)

  • Thursday, March 5th Solorsano @ Bernal
  • Tuesday, March 10th Brownell @ Bernal
  • Thursday, March 12th @ Britton
  • Tuesday, March 17th South Valley @ Bernal
  • Thursday, March 19th @ Martin Murphy
  • Tuesday, March 24th @ Valley Christian
  • Playoff games (TBD) will be on 3/31, 4/1, 4/2

B VOLLEYBALL GAMES (start time 3:30pm)

  • Thursday, March 5th Davis @ Bernal
  • Tuesday, March 10th Herman @ Bernal
  • Tuesday, March 24th vs. Davis
  • Thursday, March 26th vs. Herman

Any questions, please see/email Ms. Johnson (

Summer Reading & Writing Skills Program

Please see the attached flyer below for Summer Reading and Writing Skills Programs available in San Jose and Milpitas.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-903-0162

Five Star Pizza Fundraiser EVERY THURSDAY!

Five Star Pizza has generously offered to do a WEEKLY fundraiser for Bernal on Thursdays! They will give Bernal 10% of ALL proceeds earned on Thursdays by Bernal supporters! This includes Dine in, Carry out, and even Delivery! Show the flyer below!

Would you like to have you're student's birthday announced on the marquee? See info below!

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Sign up to bring treats!


HSA has put together a sign up sheet if you would like to bring treats for our teachers during their staff meetings. Please use THIS LINK to sign up! Thank you!

Bernal Library Hours

The Bernal library will be open from 10:30am – 3:30pm Monday-Friday for the school year. Students are welcome to come in at lunch and after school to work on homework they have. Computers and printer are available for them to use for school work. It's also a great opportunity for them to use the time and space when they have group projects!

Questions About OGSD Bus Transportation?

Click HERE for more information about Oak Grove's General Education Bussing Transportation options.