January 2018 - Bernal Intermediate
Dear Bernal Families:
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
I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with reflection, family, friends and lots of laugher. 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 your student 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, end of the semester is January 12th. Be sure your students are checking their grades on school loop so there will be no surprises at the end of the term. Have a great month of January!
Jamal Splane, Principal
Super Saturday Academy Session on January 20th
Bernal’s second Super Saturday Academy Session is on Saturday, January 20th 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 Thursday, January 11th, so be on the lookout for it!
Students need to turn in their permission slip by Friday, January 12th*(as there is no school on Monday 1/15 or Tuesday 1/16) and attend the full session on Saturday, January 20th 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 encourage your student to attend this Super Saturday Academy Session to participate in exciting experiments, hands-on activities, and/or engineering challenges, and so much more!
Mark your calendars for future Super Saturday sessions as well!
February 3rd, March 10th, April 28th, and May 19th
Please email Allison Crawford at email@example.com if you have any questions!
*Permission slips may be turned in late (by Thursday 1/18), but students will NOT be able to order a lunch if it's turned in late. They will need to bring their own lunch.
Super Saturday Session
Saturday, Jan. 20th, 8:15am-12:30pm
6610 San Ignacio Avenue
San Jose, CA
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Thursday, Jan. 11th, 7-8:30pm
6610 San Ignacio Avenue
San Jose, CA
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Big Band Bash!
Professional Band performing at Bernal!
The Big Band Bash is returning to Bernal on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6:30-9:00pm. Big Band Bash is the Bernal band program’s annual fundraising concert. Come enjoy a festival style concert with food and drinks while you listen to Bernal’s advanced bands playing jazz, rock, and latin tunes concluding with a performance by a professional big band.
This year the featured professional band will be Full Spectrum Jazz, a full 18 piece big band (performing at 7:45pm). The highly acclaimed Full Spectrum Jazz has delighted audiences with traditional and modern jazz since 1996. Performance styles range from laid-back Count Basie swing to poly-rhythmic modern Latin. Full Spectrum Jazz has a diverse catalog of exceptional music, including original compositions and venerable jazz standards.
Tickets are available for advance purchase from band students in January, or at the door. Donations of food and drink are requested. Contact Ms. Fennern for more information.
(408) 578-5731 ext 300245
January Sporting Events
Boys Basketball (A Team)
(start times:7th 3:30/ 8th 4:45- unless noted)
1/10 @ Bernal
1/11 @ Bernal
1/17 @ Davis
1/18 @ Bernal
1/23 @ Solorsano
1/25 @ South Valley 3:45/5:00 start times
1/30 @ Bernal
1/31 @ Herman
1/10 - Bernal @ Herman
1/17 - Herman @ Bernal
1/30 - Bernal @ Davis
Soccer and Volleyball - January 29th
Top 15 Bronco Buck Earners in December
Fawad A. - 96 points
Ryan H. - 53 points
Lizbeth V. - 52 points
Angel G. - 50 points
Purvaansh S. - 49 points
Crystal L. - 47 points
Eric D. - 46 points
Adrian S. - 46 points
Angel M. - 44 points
Carina J. - 43 points
Tatyana F. - 43 points
Ethan H. - 43 points
Alexandria C. - 40 points
Adrian G. - 40 points
Jae P. - 40 points
California Healthy Kids Survey
All 7th grade students will be participating in the California Healthy Kids Survey on Friday, January 19th in their science class. For more information about the survey please visit: http://chks.wested.org/. If you would prefer that your student NOT participate in the survey, please complete the form linked below (this will also sent home with all students during the week of Jan 8th) and have your student turn it in to his/her science teacher.
Santa Teresa High School Freshman Orientation and Parent Campus Tours
Attention Parents of 8th graders attending Santa Teresa High School next year!
Freshman Orientation Night at STHS:
When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6-8pm
Where: Santa Teresa High School Theater
Who should attend: All 8th students and their parents who are attending STHS next year.
Parent Campus Tours at STHS:
When: 2/1, 3/1, 4/19, 5/3, at 9:00am
Where: Santa Teresa Library
Who: PARENTS of 8th grades students who will be attending STHS next year. (NO students should attend, as they should be in school during this time)
If you'd like to RSVP or have any questions, please contact Elvin Jackson, the Parent Community Involvement Specialist for Santa Teresa at (408) 347- 6233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Grove High School Shadow Day
Oak Grove High School Cordially Invites You to Its
Monday, January 29th
9:30 - 11:35
All 8th grade students are encouraged to attend!
Interested in visiting Oak Grove High School? Want to know what a day in the life of a freshman is like? Curious about our programs?
Well, search no further... Oak Grove offers eighth grade students the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a student. Sit in on classes, meet faculty and staff, tour the campus, and yes, even experience a real high school day.
To sign up for Shadow Day contact Ms. Cabrera at
408-347-6556 or email email@example.com. Se habla Español.
Strengthening Families Program
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum that helps prevent teen substance abuse and other problem behaviors while improving parent/child relationships. Advent Group Ministries is offering this free program designed for parents and their children ages 6 to 11 or 12 to 17*. After a complimentary family meal, parents and youth meet in separate groups for one hour then come back together to practice the skills they’ve learned. Sessions are highly interactive and include role-playing, discussions, learning games and family projects.
When: Every Thursday beginning January 11th (11 weeks total)
Where: Bernal Cafeteria/Forum
Program Schedule: 11 weeks
5:30—6:30 pm: A complimentary family dinner is part of the weekly program.
6:30—7:30 pm: Families view a short video. Parents and children then break into separate groups to discuss the video.
7:30—8:30 pm: Parents and children come back together to practice the skills they’ve learned.
Register: For more information, or to register your family for SFP, please contact Rocio Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org
- January 11th
- January 18th
- January 25th
Students who attend with their families, will receive 30 BRONCO BUCKS for each session attended!
Making Choices 101
Giving kids the confidence and skills they need to grow into happy, healthy adults.
What is Choice Making 101?
Choice Making 101 is a comprehensive, evidence based drug and violence prevention program designed to mitigate risk factors and build protection against problem behaviors. Choice Making 101 is a framework of social and emotional skills that develops goal-setting, decision-making, and effective communication skills. Choice Making 101 also builds additional skills for peer pressure refusal, pro-social bonding, conflict resolution, and media literacy.
Choice Making 101 interactive cooperative learning design promotes a spirited and engaging learning environment. Games, role-plays, and thought-provoking activities bring the skills and concepts to life through a practical application approach that integrates well within the classroom environment.
Interested in reading more? Read the complete flyer attached below. The group will meet on Fridays during 3rd period beginning on 1/26/18.
If you are interested in your student participating in this group, complete the permission slip and turn it into your student's counselor:
Last name A-L: Ms. Bejar
Last name M-Z: Ms. Reed
OGSD Cultural Arts Expo
We are happy to announce that the annual Oak Grove School District Cultural Arts Expo is just around the corner. Be sure to mark Friday, February 2nd, 4:00-7:00 pmon your calendar. 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!
Parent Volunteers needed! We would like the parent community to support the district in putting together this fantastic show. Please give us 2 hours of your time between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, February 1st . We need help with mounting artwork onto the display boards before the show and take down after the show on Friday, Feb. 2nd. Please contact Raji Musinipally at email@example.com or call 408- 227-8300, ext. 100263 to help
The launch date for the California School Dashboard is set to be released the week of December 4th with updated data forschools and districts. The Dashboard is a website that shows how local agencies and schools are performing on the multiple indicators included in CA’s new school accountability system. It was created to give parents and the public abetter idea of what is happening in our schools and districts and to identify schools and districts that need extra help.The Dashboard is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law passed in 2013. For more detailed information, click here: Getting to Know the California School Dashboard
California Science Test (CAST)
The California Science Test or CAST is part of the state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. The CAST will be field tested in 2017‒18 and be operational in 2018‒19. The CAASPP System is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do. It also indicates whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school.
Click this link or download the pdf below to get more information about the CAST.
Fundraiser Prize...Limo Lunch!
Bernal's First Rally of 2017-2018
Academic Excellence Opportunities at Bernal Intermediate
Get Affordable Internet Access at Home
Apply to get affordable internet access at home:
Volunteers Needed for Noon Duty & After School Crosswalk Support!
We need the help of community members to ensure our students are safe during lunch and after school. Please see Mrs. Berg if you would like to learn more and to sign up!