Broncos Bulletin

November 2019 - Bernal Intermediate

Principal's Message

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to November! With the week of vacation this month for the Thanksgiving Holiday, it will be a short month. A lot is going on this month at Bernal. In athletics, girls’ basketball is in full swing. If you’re ever interested in seeing high caliber basketball being played, come out to see our lady Broncos in action! The Fall band concert was a huge success. As usual, Ms. Fennern has her jazz, concert, and beginning bands performing at a high level. Parents, teachers, staff and even children that were in attendance at the concert all have raved about how well the students’ played. Congrats to Ms. Fennern and her musicians!

Be sure to remind your student(s) about Bernal’s student clubs. They are operating in full capacity right now and if your student signed up for one or more student clubs, remind them to make sure they are keeping their commitment when they signed up and continue their attendance regularly!

We have finished our transition to our new ‘Parent Square’ parent notification system. Bernal parent and guardians’ contact information already on file has been seamless transitioned into our new program and you should be receiving communication already. Contact my office if you have any questions about Parent Square.

We are super excited about our new After School Academy beginning Monday, November 4. Program operates Monday through Friday, with hours from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Many parents have already signed up and/or inquired about the program. If you have additional questions, please contact my office.

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

Jamal D. Splane, Principal

Assistant Principal's Message

Welcome to November!

November is a month of taking time to reflect and express gratitude for those people and experiences that we’ve been blessed within our lives. Mid-month is kicked off with Veterans Day when we all stop for a moment to honor those men and women who’ve served our country. November can also be the start of the hectic holiday season that brings changes in school and family routines. Even the time of day and daytime changes as we “Fall back” for Daylight Savings! This season of change can often be challenging to navigate both at home and at school, but with a bit of patience and cooperative teamwork, we can support our kids by sticking to as many regular routines (like attending school!) as possible.

During the month of November, Bernal Intermediate will be having an active shooter drill. This Run Hide Defend drill includes a significant amount of training and preparation by students and staff in conjunction with law enforcement and other emergency responders. Since practicing the drill, Bernal Intermediate has continued to review safety procedures and protocols, assess building access points, and prepare for a response using Run, Hide, Defend, a nationally recognized model for responding to intruders in a school setting. As part of our ongoing efforts, the District holds drills throughout the school year with staff and age-appropriate training with students. The goal of any drill is to improve our ability to protect students. Students and staff are aware that the drill will be occurring and will review materials in their Advisory class.

Bernal After School Academy

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Starting November 4th, there will be a brand new FREE After-School Academy program for Bernal students. The program is Monday through Friday, 2:30-4:30 pm and runs through the 19-20 school year. The program will help students get support with their homework and allow them to participate in fun, outdoor activities! The first hour students will be working on iReady lessons and homework. The second hour students will participate in supervised physical activities. If you want to be a part of this awesome opportunity, make sure to fill out a permission slip and send it in by November 1st! Spots are limited to 30 students. If you want to secure your student's spot, please print, sign, and return the attached permission slip to Dr. Splane (electronically at or your student can return it to Dr. Splane in the office.

Contact Dr. Splane's office with questions at 408-578-5731 or

Counselor's Corner - Grade Calculations

Please be aware that THE END OF Term 2 is around the corner.

Term 2: 10/7/19-11/15/19

ALL Broncos should be knowledgeable of:

  • Grading Scale (Letter Grade, Points, Percentage)
  • Calculating TERM Grade Point Average (G.P.A)
  • Calculating SEMESTER GRADE & G.P.A
  • Awareness of SEMESTER – F grades

*Please see the attachment linked below*

Upcoming Spirit Days!

Friday, November 8th - Pajama Day!

Friday, November 15th - Sports Day!

Friday, November 22nd - Rally Day! Wear you rally color!

Important Dates

Friday, November 1st - Professional Development Day for Teachers - NO School for Students

Monday, November 11th - Veterans Day - NO School

Monday, November 25th - Friday, November 29th - Thanksgiving Break - NO School

Kona Ice Truck is coming!

The Kona Ice Truck is coming to Bernal on Friday, November 15th afterschool from 2:30-3:30pm!

Home & School Association Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 7-8:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Bernal Forum!

Contact our current HSA President, Candace Warner, at if you would like more information about the meeting or how to get involved!

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Have an Absence? Attend Bernal's Super Saturday!

Saturday, Nov. 16th, 8:15am-12:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

See details below!

11/16/19 Super Saturday Session

Have an absence? Please attend Bernal's Super Saturday Session on Saturday, November 16th 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, November 5th and must be returned by Tuesday, November 12th.

Students will participate in activities such as: arts & crafts, baking, Thanksgiving trivia, etc.

Students need to turn in their permission slip by Tuesday, November 12th 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. 11/14), but students will NOT be able to order a lunch if it's turned in late. They will need to bring their own lunch.

The pictures below are from out last session! Don't miss out on another Saturday of fun!

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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!

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, Bernal Intermediate will be having students benefit from Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater. Please see the attached Parent Guide for additional details.

If you do not want your student to participate in the Nightmare on Puberty Street live theatre production, please send a note to Bernal Intermediate office one week prior to assembly (no later than February 4, 2020).

Facebook Oculus Field Trip!

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Powering through the power outage!

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Halloween at bernal was a blast! Great costumes and awesome door decorations!

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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!

Girls Basketball Games

A Team Games: (7th - 3:30pm; 8th - 4:30pm)

Nov. 5th Herman @ Bernal

Nov. 7th Bernal @ Britton

Nov. 12th Bernal @ Davis

Nov. 14th Solorsano @ Bernal

Nov. 19th South Valley @ Bernal

Potential playoff games would be 12/3, 12/4, and/or 12/5.

B Team Games: (3:30 start time)

Nov. 7th Bernal @ Davis

Nov. 12th Davis @ Bernal

Nov. 19th Christopher @ Bernal (small gym)

Nov. 21st Davis @ Bernal

**HSA Donation Drive!**

Bernal's Home & School Association is accepting direct donations to help support Bernal students and teachers! The donations are even tax deductible!

Donate online today using THIS LINK or pick up a flyer and envelope in the front office if you'd prefer to donate with cash or a check.

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.