Bronco Bulletin

February 2017

Principal's Message

Dear Bernal Families,

I hope you have enjoyed the last few days of dry weather! January certainly was a rainy month, and we sure can use the water! A lot will be happening at Bernal Intermediate School during the month of February. The Science department is moving forward with its implementation of the new Next Generation Science Standards ( Part of that process will include several of Bernal’s science teachers reviewing potential new curriculum to use that will best meet Bernal’s teaching and learning needs in Science. Remember on Friday, February 3rd, Oak Grove School District will have its annual Cultural Arts Expo at Davis School (Edenvale Community Center) from 4-7 pm.

Our next school dance will take place on Friday, February 10, after school in the Forum at Bernal. Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 6. Our Jazz band will be performing this Saturday, February 4th, at the California Music Education Association. Our boys’ basketball season is quickly coming to an end. Coach Medina and Coach Jaimes did an awesome job coaching up the boys not only in areas of offense, defense and shooting, but also in responsibility, perseverance, grit and determination. We are proud of all of the coaches and players. A special shout out goes to all the students and parents who showed up to cheer on the players all season long!

February 20-24 there is no school due to the President’s Week vacation. Book your ski trip now! As a shorter month, February will come to an end soon. Be kind to others, waste no minutes complaining and make the most out of this month. Shout out to all groundhogs this month!

Dr. Jamal Splane

Bernal Principal

Sweet Rendezvous - Ongoing Fundraiser

Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 12-9pm

668 Blossom Hill Road

San Jose, CA

Bernal's Home & School Association has an ongoing fundraiser at Sweet Rendezvous. Go enjoy a sweet treat to support Bernal every 1st Thursday of each month all day long!

Open Daily 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Phone: (408) 225 – 5004

Oak Grove's Cultural Arts Expo

Friday, Feb. 3rd, 4-7pm

330 Branham Lane East

San Jose, CA

Oak Grove School District's Annual Cultural Arts Expo is this Friday, February 3rd, 4:00-7:00 pm. It will take place at the Edenvale Community Center, 330 Branham Lane East, San Jose CA 95111. We are excited to see what our talented artists from Oak Grove School District have created this year. There will be a display of visual and performing arts including singing, dancing, and musical performances by Oak Grove students. Food trucks will be present for you to enjoy! The event is free, but a $5 donation per family to support the arts will be greatly appreciated. Please be sure to attend!

February Spirit Days!

February 3rd - MUSIC DAY!

February 10th - Free Dress Day (8th grade panoramic picture and Valentine's Dance)

TUESDAY, February 14th - PINK & PURPLE DAY!

February 17th - RALLY DAY!! Wear your advisory rally color!

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Valentine's Dance

Friday, Feb. 10th, 2:45-5pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Oak Grove High School Visiting 8th Graders at Bernal

On Wednesday, February 15th, Oak Grove High School will be visiting Bernal to support 8th grade students with high school transition.

Koffee Klatch Celebration

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 6-7:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Thursday, February 16th

6:00 to 7:30 pm at Bernal Intermediate School

Please see the flyer below for more details.

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February Break - NO School

Monday, Feb. 20th, 8am to Friday, Feb. 24th, 3pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Robotics Club Opportunity!

Robotics Club for students grades 4-8

Dates: Tues 2/21, Wed 2/22, Thurs 2/23, Fri 2/24, Sat 2/25

Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm

Where: Edenvale Branch
101 Branham Lane East
San José, CA 95111

Contact: (408) 808-3036

Details: Valley Christian High School pupils from WarriorBorgs Team 3256 will support students in 4- 8 grade in understanding about several aspects of STEM. Students will enjoy building and learning about robots. In addition, they will learn several life skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and confidence.

Registration required. Space is limited to 20 participants.
NOTE: Registered students must agree to attend all the five days of the Robotic Club.

To arrange an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for library-sponsored events, please call 408-808-3036 or 408-808-8083 (TTY) at least 3 business days prior to the event.

Please see flyer below for more information. (detail flyer is posted on School Loop

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Honors Night at Bernal

Tuesday, Feb. 28th, 6pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Bernal staff will be honoring students who made the Honor Roll and Principal’s List

Schedule for Soccer & Volleyball Games

Soccer AND Volleyball start times 3:45pm

2/28 Davis @ Bernal

3/2 @ Herman

3/8 Girls VB only Jamboree @ Britton

3/9 Boys VB only Jamboree @ Britton

3/14 Solorsano @ Bernal

3/15 @ South Valley

3/21 Britton @ Bernal

3/28 @ Brownell

3/30 @ Murphy

4/11,12,13 Soccer & Volleyball playoffs @ TBA

Common Student Dress UPDATES

As the weather gets colder and wetter outside, updates have been made to the common student dress guidelines. The new updates allow for track pants to be worn in black, white, or grey, and jackets of all colors to be worn inside the classroom in order to stay warm. Please note, if the jacket is red or blue, that is the only red/blue item that the student can be wearing. No other articles, including backpacks, shoes, socks, etc. may be red/blue. You can find the entire Commong Student Dress slideshow attached here:

Career Day!!!

Wednesday, April 26th, 9am-2:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Bernal Intermediate will be hosting it's very first annual Career Day! This will be an opportunity for students to learn about a variety of career options that might be of interest to them. Stay tuned for more details!
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Annual Statewide Testing

Monday, May 1st, 8am to Friday, May 19th, 3pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Annual Statewide Testing at Bernal Intermediate

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP became the new state academic testing program two years ago. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. CAASPP includes computer-adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics as well as the new pilot test for science (CAST) in grades 5 and 8.

Bernal students will take the test between May 1st - 19th. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at

Following the spring 2017 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information. This test is based on the Common Core State Standards and involves different types of test questions than the previous STAR tests. This year is the pilot year for the science test (CAST), therefore there will be no scores reported for this pilot test this school year. If you would like to exempt your student(s) from CAASPP, a letter must be submitted to the principal.

If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page at

OGSD is Recruiting Classified Substitutes!

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Congratulations to Charlie Masuda, Recent Recipient of the OGSD Vision Award!

Bernal Speech Therapist, Charlene “Charlie” Masuda, must do the job of about 5 people for Bernal. She's a go-to case manager for staff about how to best support the academic and behavioral needs of special education students (as a psychologist would do). She's a confidant; someone staff can turn to for a warm shoulder to lean on, or a smile and affirmation things will turn out just fine (as a counselor would do). She's a tough-minded coach who helps guide and direct the young would-be superstars on the Bernal B-basketball team (as a coach would do). She reassures parents of students with disabilities that their children's needs will be accounted for and supported in a way that makes parents smile and say to themselves "I wish I could take you with me to high school, Miss Masuda!" Congratulations Charlie, we love and appreciate you for all you do for our students!

Parent Tips of the Month: Managing Behavior Problems at Home

One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behavior on the part of children. Whether they’re refusing to put on their shoes, going to school, or just following every day directions, you can find yourself at a loss for an effective way to respond.

For parents at their wits end, behavioral therapy techniques can provide a roadmap to calmer, more consistent ways to manage problem behaviors problems and offers a chance to help children develop gain the developmental skills they need to regulate their own behaviors.

Relate: How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

ABC’s of behavior management at home

To understand and respond effectively to problematic behavior, you have to think about what came before it, as well as what comes after it. There are three important aspects to any given behavior:

  • Antecedents: Preceding factors that make a behavior more or less likely to occur. Another, more familiar term for this is triggers. Learning and anticipating antecedents is an extremely helpful tool in preventing misbehavior.
  • Behaviors: The specific actions you are trying to encourage or discourage.
  • Consequences: The results that naturally or logically follow a behavior. Consequences — positive or negative — affect the likelihood of a behavior recurring. And the more immediate the consequence, the more powerful it is.

Define behaviors

The first step in a good behavior management plan is to identify target behaviors. The first step in a good behavior management plan is to identify target behaviors. These behaviors should be specific (so everyone is clear on what is expected), observable, and measurable (so everyone can agree whether or not the behavior happened).

An example of poorly defined behavior is “acting up,” or “being good.” A well-defined behavior would be running around the room (bad) or starting homework on time (good).

Antecedents, the good and the bad

Antecedents come in many forms. Some prop up bad behavior, others are helpful tools that help parents manage potentially problematic behaviors before they begin and bolster good behavior.

Antecedents to AVOID:

  • Assuming expectations are understood: Don’t assume kids know what is expected of them — spell it out! Demands change from situation to situation and when children are unsure of what they are supposed to be doing, they’re more likely to misbehave.
  • Calling things out from a distance: Be sure to tell children important instructions face-to-face. Things yelled from a distance are less likely to be remembered and understood.
  • Transitioning without warning: Transitions can be hard for kids, especially in the middle of something they are enjoying. Having warning gives children the chance to find a good stopping place for an activity and makes the transition less fraught.
  • Asking rapid-fire questions, or giving a series of instructions: Delivering a series of questions or instructions at children limits the likelihood that they will hear, answer questions, remember the tasks, and do what they’ve been instructed to do.

Antecedents to EMBRACE:

Here are some antecedents that can bolster good behavior:

  • Be aware of the situation: Consider and manage environmental and emotional factors — hunger, fatigue, anxiety or distractions can all make it much more difficult for children to reign in their behavior.
  • Adjust the environment: When it’s homework time, for instance, remove distractions like video screens and toys, provide a snacks, establish an organized place for kids to work and make sure to schedule some breaks — attention isn’t infinite.
  • Make expectations clear: You’ll get better cooperation if both you and your child are clear on what’s expected. Sit down with him and present the information verbally. Even if he “should” know what is expected, clarifying expectations at the outset of a task helps head off misunderstandings down the line.
  • Provide countdowns for transitions: Whenever possible, prepare children for an upcoming transition. Let them know when there are, say, 10 minutes remaining before they must come to dinner or start their homework. Then, remind them, when there are say, 2 minutes, left. Just as important as issuing the countdown is actually making the transition at the stated time.
  • Let kids have a choice: As kids grow up, it’s important they have a say in their own scheduling. Giving a structured choice — “Do you want to take a shower after dinner or before?” — can help them feel empowered and encourage them to become more self-regulating.

Creating effective consequences

Not all consequences are created equal. Some are an excellent way to create structure and help kids understand the difference between acceptable behaviors and unacceptable behaviors while others have the potential to do more harm than good. As a parent having a strong understanding of how to intelligently and consistently use consequences can make all the difference.

Resource: Child Mind Institute

Teaching and Learning Approaches: Behaviorism, Cognitivism and Social Constructivism

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Helping Your Student Set SMART Goals:

Can you believe it? Second Semester is already upon us! We are proud of all the work students did to work toward their academic goals during the first semester. However, if not all of those goals were met, many parents wonder how they can help students set goals to be successful and meet promotion requirements for the end of the school year. Although it can be tempting to set lofty and broad goals, research shows setting SMART goals is the best way for people in any sector to see the biggest results. Please watch the video (below) to learn more about SMART goals, and use the optional worksheet to plan out goals as a family. You might be surprised at how quickly you will see progress!

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Santa Teresa Public Library Book Sale!

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