Broncos Bulletin

April 2019 - Bernal Intermediate

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the month of April. Spring has arrived and the flowers are beginning to bloom. In April, our students will begin taking their State Assessments in English Language Arts, Math and Science (8th grade). Please speak with your student about how they are preparing for success on the tests within their classes. Also, remember that school attendance, although always important, is exceptionally important during state testing time. Please plan trips, Dr.’s appointments and other matters around the school day over the next month or so. Please also ensure that your students are getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy breakfast before school each day. Please see Bernal's testing calendar linked here.

Grading term: a reminder that the end of the grading term is April 19. Please have your student (and you should be checking also) check their grades in School Loop regularly. Email your student’s teachers if you have a question about a particular grade or assignment. If that proves unsuccessful and you haven’t resolved your question, you can contact your student’s academic counselor (also through School Loop). Finally, if you still feel you have not resolved the matter, you can contact my office and I would be happy to help.

That’s all for this month. As always, take care of yourselves and each other.

Jamal Splane, Principal

Attention 8th Grade Parents!

End of the year expectation letter for 8th grade parents/students

Hello, 8th-Grade Parents:

On Friday, March 22nd I sent out the end-of-the-year expectation letter to all 8th-grade students. In anticipation of our upcoming 8th-grade privileges and promotion ceremony, this letter is to inform parents and students of the school expectations regarding participation in the end-of-the-year activities. 8th-grade promotion is based upon academic requirements and positive student behavior. Please review the letter below with your student.

Miles Garner

Assistant Principal

The Eraser Challenge - Be Aware

Students at Bernal Intermediate are not using pencils solely for taking notes. Some students are rubbing their arms with pencil erasers until their skin is scarred. I also found out that kids were sharing erasers to complete the challenge. The Eraser Challenge is a dare game that involves rubbing a rubber eraser against one’s skin while reciting the English alphabet. I want all parents to be aware of skin scars and/or abrasions on their child’s arms and hands. Infection and/or long term scarring may occur if a student continues to play this game.

Mr. Garner

Assistant Principal

Oak Grove School District Recognizes Bernal Intermediate as a 2019 California Distinguished School

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Home & School Association Meeting

Thursday, April 11th, 7-8:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Come join Bernal HSA's April meeting in the Library on Thursday, April 11th from 7-8:30pm.

Pure Tea Fundraiser

Friday, April 12th, 11am-10pm

6195 Santa Teresa Boulevard

San Jose, CA

No flyer needed, just mention "Bernal" when ordering!

Super Saturday!

Saturday, April 13th, 8:15am-12:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

See details below.

Super Saturday! - April 13th - Spring Cupcake Decorating Contest

Bernal will host our second to last Super Saturday Academy Session on Saturday, April 13th from 8:15am - 12:30pm! Students will be participating in a Spring-Themed Cupcake Baking and Decorating Contest (see more info in picture below)! Attending the Super Saturday will allow students to make up one absence from this school year. Permission slips were sent home on Tuesday, April 2nd! I've attached a blank permission slip below for your convenience as well.

Students need to turn in their permission slip by Tuesday, April 9th 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. 4/11), but students will NOT be able to order a lunch if it's turned in late. They will need to bring their own lunch.

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April Spirit WEEK leading up to the Rally!

We will be have a WEEK OF SPIRIT leading up to the Wednesday, April 17th Rally!

Wednesday 4/10 - Hawaiian Day

Thursday 4/11 - Meme Day

Friday 4/12 - Pajama Day

Monday 4/15 - Mix Match Day

Tuesday 4/16 - Tie Dye Day

Wednesday 4/17 - RALLY DAY! Wear your rally color!

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Term 5 Ends April 19th

Term 5 is ending on Friday, April 19th.

Progress Reports will be mailed home by Friday, May 3rd.

Sign up to be a presenter at Bernal's Career Day on Wed., April 17, 2019!

Soccer and Volleyball Games

4/2 Bernal at Britton 3:30 (Soccer Only)

4/2 Britton at Bernal 3:30 (Girls Volleyball Only)

4/9-411 Playoffs TBD

Track and Field Information

Track and Field Meets:

Wednesday, May 1st - @ Valley Christian High School 3:15pm

Wednesday, May 8th - @ Live Oak High School 3:30pm

Thursday, May 16th - Section Finals Meet for Qualifiers (Time & Location TBD)

Thursday, May 23rd - League Finals for Qualifiers @ Mt. Pleasant High School 3:15pm

Please check the attached calendar below for all practice dates and track meet dates.

Check our School Loop page for more information:

Attention Washington D.C. Travellers!

If you are attending the Washington D.C. Trip in April, please save these following upcoming dates for important mandatory meetings:

Thursday, 4/4 at Lunch: Rules for the Road 1 (Location: see below; students only)

Thursday, 4/11 Lunch: Rules for the Road 2 (Location: see below; students only)

Thursday, 4/18 Lunch: Rules for the Road 3 (Location: see below; students only)


Crawford's Bus - Room 113 (leadership room)

Phelps' Bus - Library

Russell's Bus - Room 219 (Ms. Miguel's room)

Statewide Testing Notification

California students take several mandated statewide tests. These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and educators with information about how well students are learning and becoming college and career ready. The test results may be used for local, state, and federal accountability purposes. Please read the attached letters and Bernal's testing schedule for more information. Bernal's testing schedule is attached below as well as linked here.

Top 10 Bronco Buck Earners in March!

Congratulations to the following students for being the top 10 earners of Bronco Bucks during March! Keep showing RISE behavior to earn your Bronco Bucks! :-)

1) Miguel R. - 240 points

2) Timothy T. - 127 points

3) Alice N. - 119 points

4) Joseph L. - 105 points

5) Marco L. - 105 points

6) Daniel G. - 105 points

7) Daniel C. - 105 points

8) Safiya A. - 105 points

9) Adrina A. - 100 points

10) Nathan L - 99 points

Partners in Reading - San Jose Public Library

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