January 2022 - Bernal Intermediate
Dear Bernal Community,
I thought I would start this month’s newsletter with a new year’s quote:
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source - a Sower of Dreams - just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. Sarah Ban Breathnach That quote keeps with the positive growth mindset we have at Bernal.
I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with reflection, family, friends and lots of laughter. The new year is upon us and our teachers and staff have returned to work fully refreshed, vibrant and renewed in their commitment and dedication to create an enriching and fulfilling learning environment for our students every single day. Our second round of benchmark testing was completed before the holiday and our teachers and instructional support staff will be spending more time analyzing the results and recalibrating their instructional goals with your students, based on the results.
A final reminder, the end of the semester is January 14th. Be sure your students are checking their grades on the Infinite Campus parent portal so there will be no surprises at the end of the term. Encourage your student to inquire directly with their teacher either in person or through email if they have a question about one of their grades. Having your student develop this skill of working directly with their teachers on grade-related questions will prepare them for high school and beyond.
Have a great month of January!
Ms. Unck, Principal
The Scoop with Smith
We hope that you and your family got the rest you needed over the break and had the opportunity to connect with those you love. Time is flying fast as first semester ends on January 14. It is hard to believe that we have been together in person for half the school year. As we move towards the second half, students' health and safety are still our priority.
When students return after the break, we will have a virtual RISE assembly on Monday, January 3 during Advisory and repeat it on Friday, January 7 so that our students review our expectations of respect, responsibility, integrity, safety, and excellence. Before the holiday break, we had several students reporting that other students are touching others or touching each other inappropriately, whether they are joking around or not. Students reported behaviors of being slapped on the behind, pants being pulled down, or being touched in the private areas over their clothes. Some students told the alleged offender to stop and some did not say anything at all. We will do a presentation on the difference between harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual battery/assault. It will include possible consequences for the behavior which may include parent contact, referral to law enforcement, suspension, and recommendation for expulsion depending on the severity of the behavior. Here are definitions/explanations:
The following amounts to “harassment” under California law:
Assault- intentionally attempting to cause harmful or offensive contact. Example: Someone swings a fist at you, or throws an object at you, with the intention of hitting you, but miss.
Battery- intentional harmful or offensive contact. Example: Someone swings a fist at you, or throws an object at you, with the intention of hitting you, and they are successful.
Credible threat of violence- a statement or action that reasonably places you in fear for your safety, or the safety of your immediate family. Example: “If you ever call the cops on me again I’m going to kill you”
Stalking- a series of repeated actions that are meant to put you in fear for your safety, or the safety of your immediate family. Example: Someone continually follows you, watches you, makes repeated and unwanted contact with you (via internet, email, phone, fax or other methods of communication), with the purpose of making you feel scared.
Repeated actions that seriously alarm, annoy, or harass you, that serve no legitimate purpose and cause you extreme emotional distress. Example: Getting 50 unwanted and upsetting text messages, emails and/or phone calls from the same person within a week for no reason.
Examples of sexual harassment include:
Unwelcome flirtations, sexual slurs, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, sexually degrading descriptions, or graphic verbal comments about someone's body
Sexual jokes, stories, drawings, pictures/photos, videos, gestures, spreading sexual rumors, or showing sexually suggestive objects
Purposefully cornering/blocking of normal movement, or limiting someone's access to the classroom, restroom, locker room, etc.
Sexual battery/assault- the touching of another person's private parts, clothed or not clothed (any sexual organ: groin, buttocks, or breasts), without that person's consent.
Please have conversations with your children about these behaviors and emphasize that joking about touching others is not appropriate, especially at school. We cannot do this important work without your involvement and support.
So, what's the scoop? Well, let me tell you...
Tyson Amir's Poetry for the People program just for Bernal. He is the author of Black Boy Poems. This program is open to ALL Bernal students.Students must register using this link - www.fsmei.org/bernal. Video - https://youtu.be/pFmoYKWpcAA For more information, click on www.fsmei.org. Next Friday meetings in January at 2:40 PM in room 102: January 14 and 21.
- Boys A Basketball games are from December 16-January 27. Boys B Basketball games are from January 6-25.
- Girls and Boys Soccer and Volleyball Tryouts are January 17 and 18. Practice starts the week of January 24.
- Spirit Days - January 14 is Twin Day and January 28 is Anything But a Backpack Day.
- No school from December 20-31(Christmas/Winter Break) and school resumes on January 3. No school on January 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday) and January 18 (in-service day for teachers).
- Please make sure your child is following the dress code. Crop/midriff tops, pajama pants, Crocs, and slides are not appropriate to wear at school.
- All students must wear their student ID badges every day at school. If a student does not have an ID, one will be reprinted and the reprint fee is $5.
- Tardies - Students who are tardy to advisory period at least twice a week will receive detention. Students who are tardy to any one class three or more times will receive community service. Being on time to class and staying for the entire period will increase student learning and build stronger relationships among students and teachers.
We appreciate your support and partnership. Go, Broncos!
Counseling Corner Events
1/3 - School resumres
1/14 - Term 3 & Semester 1 Ends
1/4 - Twin Day
1/17 - No School
1/18 - No School
1/19 - Term 4 Begins
1/28 - Anything but a backpack (item must not be huge)
2/4 - Head to toe one color
2/14 - Red/Pink/White
2/17 Couch Potato Day
2/18 - No School
2/21-2/25 - No School
Ms. Brown's Counseling Corner
It's 2022! One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to bake. I try to bake something new I have never tried before. But the thing I look forward to the most each holiday is receiving a big tin circular container from my mom filled with sugar cookies shaped in trees and stars, snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies. But my favorite item in the box is my mom's Nanaimo Bars. She learned of these delicious no bake bars on a trip to Canada and I would love to share this yummy goodness with you!
FOR THE BASE:
- ½ cup/115 grams unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into pieces
- ¼ cup/50 grams granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups/235 grams graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup/85 grams unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup/50 grams finely chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans (or a mixture)
FOR THE BUTTERCREAM:
- ¼ cup/60 grams unsalted butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons custard powder, such as Bird’s
- 2 cups/245 grams confectioners’ (icing) sugar
FOR THE CHOCOLATE TOPPING:
- 4 ounces/115 grams semisweet chocolate, broken into 1/2-inch (1 1/4-centimeter) pieces
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)
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- Line an 8-by-8-inch (20-by-20-centimeter) metal baking pan with parchment, allowing parchment to overhang by about 2 inches (5 centimeters) on two sides.
- Prepare the base: In a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water, whisk butter with granulated sugar, egg, cocoa powder and vanilla until melted. Continue whisking until mixture thickens slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Stir in crumbs, coconut and nuts until the mixture is well combined and resembles wet sand.
- Transfer mixture to the parchment-lined pan and use your fingers to press it into an even layer. Transfer pan to the refrigerator to chill until firm, at least 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the buttercream: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add heavy cream and custard powder and mix until combined, scraping sides and bottom of the work bowl as needed. Add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and mix on low until incorporated. Add remaining confectioners’ sugar and mix on low until combined, scraping the bottom of the bowl as needed, then mix on medium-high speed until smooth, light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove pan from refrigerator. Dollop the buttercream on top of the base layer then gently spread it evenly on top using an offset spatula. Transfer pan to the refrigerator to chill until buttercream is set, about 30 minutes.
- Prepare the topping: In a small, heavy saucepan or a double boiler, heat the chocolate and butter over low, stirring often, until melted and evenly combined, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Take pan from refrigerator and pour chocolate on top of buttercream layer. Working quickly and carefully, spread the chocolate evenly over the buttercream using an offset spatula. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, if using.
- Return pan to refrigerator and chill until chocolate hardens, about 25 minutes.
- To serve the bars: Lift excess parchment to remove Nanaimo square from the pan. Cut into 16 2-inch (5-centimeter) squares. Store bars in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Bring to room temperature before serving. Store remaining bars in the refrigerator for a few days, or wrap well and freeze.
Check out Bernal's Counseling Team Website for:
- Distance Learning Schedule
- Grading Info
- Office Staff
- Classes (Teams, PE, Electives, CORE)
- Counselor's Bio's
- Reflections with Ms. Reed
- Resources (Counseling, Emergency, Homework/Tutoring, Tech Support, etc)
Mr. Reza's Counselor Corner
Hello Bernal Community!
Happy New Year!
With every passing year, it is always a great opportunity to reflect upon what once was, but also look ahead to all the wonderful moments yet to come. And in this year 2022, we all have the chance to move forward with renewed spirits and aspirations. Though the past two years have been difficult and demanding on all of us, let's remind ourselves of all the blessings we have in our lives. Whether that be the family or guardians that support us, a pet that comforts us, a teacher or coach that's always there for us, or a friend that is there to cheer us up, etc., let's use the practice of reflection and appreciation of life to ground us to maintain our humility.
I also want to express my deepest appreciation and love to the entire Bernal community that has guided and supported me through my time here. I look forward to continue supporting all of the children of Bernal and working in tandem with all the staff and families.
And always remember:
You’ll be great today
You’ll be great tomorrow
We are Bernal!
Take care, & Go Broncos!!!
Intermediate Students now have two new APPS for their use.
- ParentSquare & StudentSquare allows you to gets updates and posts from the school as well as communicate with the school, teacher and students. You can download the app or sign in via (SOS).
- Infinite Campus is what you will use to see your grades, attendance, missing assignments and the class schedule. Again you can signin via Single Sign-on (SOS) or download the APP.
- GMAIL allows students to email their teachers and counselors to ask questions. Please encourage your student to email from their GMAIL to their teachers @ogsd.net email.
To access the Infinite Campus/Campus Parent click the link below:
Issues logging in? Email email@example.com
Chromebook tech support
How to access Clever and iReady from home
Mental Health, Social-Emotional Learning & Wellness Resources
Oak Grove School District offers free mental health resources for students and families enrolled in our schools. Each school site has a team of mental health professionals who can support your child with regard to mental health and social-emotional well being.
If You Need Immediate Assistance Please Contact
County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health
Provides a 24/7 centralized entry point for individuals seeking behavioral health services in Santa Clara County. Phone: (800) 704-0900
Crisis Text Line
Text RENEW to 741741
Suicide and Crisis Hotline 24/7
Phone: (855) 278-4204
Care Solace Network of Care
Phone: (800) 704-0900
Visit the Oak Grove assistance page at www.caresolace.com/site/oakgrovesd
Provides 24/7 mental health referrals for children ages 0-5 and their families.
Uplift Family Services Mobile Crisis Program
A team provides 24-hour intervention to children and teens in the community who are in acute psychological crisis.
Phone: (408) 379-9085
In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.