Bronco Bulletin

March 2017 - Bernal Intermediate

Principal's Message

Dear Bernal Families:

March is already here! March is the month for many cool activities and events in our community: Opening day at Little League baseball fields all over town, college basketball madness, and St. Patrick's Day. There's also a lot going on this month at Bernal. Our 5th and next to last grading period begins; going from March 6th through April 14th. We are also excited to have our Home School Association Spring Book Fair, which begins March 13th and ends March 17th (it's a Buy One Get One FREE event). I want everyone to place on their calendar Bernal's second annual multicultural Festival, which will take place on Friday, April 14th from 4:30PM to 7:30 PM here at Bernal. We're adding an exciting twist to this year's festival and will be highlighting many of our student clubs that take place here at lunch and after school. I also would like to share how excited I am about a new bully reporting feature with added to our school loop webpage. When you go to (by the way, you should already have this webpage bookmarked to stay informed of what’s going on at Bernal), you will see on the top right-hand side, a way to electronically and anonymously submit a report of bullying that we can investigate on your student's behalf. Your student may also self-report through this method as well. We take our school climate and school safety very seriously and look forward to this additional measure of safety supporting all of our students and families moving forward. Don't forget to fill out your basketball brackets before this year’s NCAA basketball tournament begins and as always be safe and kind to one another and have a great month of March!

Jamal D. Splane, Principal

March Spirit Days

Friday 3/3 - Lazy Day

Friday 3/10 - Free Dress Day (Spring Pictures)

Friday 3/17 - Green Day (St. Patrick's Day)

Friday 3/24 - Fitness Day

Tuesday, March 28h - History Day! (Dress up in your period specific outfits to present your History Day project!)

Grades: Important Dates

Reporting Term #4

  • Grading Period: (January 18- March 3, 2017)
  • Grade Reports are mailed home as soon as Friday, March 10, 2017

Reporting Term #5

  • Grading Period: (March 6-April 14, 2017)

Making Choices 101 Student Group

Starts on 3/6/17

Please see flyer for more information:

Making Choices 101 Flyer

End of the Year Activity Letter

Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians and Students,

In anticipation of our upcoming 8th-grade privileges and graduation, the attached letter is being sent home next week with students to inform families of the school expectations regarding participation in these end of the year activities. Participation in the end-of-the-year activities is earned and is based on both academic requirements and positive student behavior. Any student that does not meet the graduation requirements will, unfortunately, not be allowed to participate in any of the end-of-the-year activities. Bernal would like to prevent circumstances from occurring that will result in the loss of 8th-grade privileges scheduled in May and June. The major activities that are planned for our students include the Eighth Grade field trip to Great America, the Eighth Grade Dance, and the Graduation Ceremony. Please read the attached letter, sign, and return the back page to your child's Advisory teacher.


Letters will be sent home during Advisory classes, but may also be found at the following link.

Spring Pictures

Friday, March 10th, 8-10am

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Students will be taking Spring pictures during their P.E. class.

Bernal's Book Fair

Monday, March 13th, 8am to Friday, March 17th, 3pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

BOGO - Buy One Get One FREE

Parents are invited to the book fair, with their children, March 13th - 17th after school from 2:30pm - 3:00pm in the Library

Students will also be able to visit the book fair during break and lunch times

We need parent volunteers to help run the book fair! Please click here to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Oak Grove School District Resource Fair

Saturday, March 18th, 11am-2pm

5035 Edenview Drive

San Jose, CA

You are invited to attend the Oak Grove School District Resource Fair aimed to serve and unite our school community! SJSU Social Work Interns will be hosting to connect families with health, mental health services, workshops, nutrition assistance, and more!

This will be a chance for community members (parents and students) to mingle with each other, attend workshops, connect with city personnel such as Council Member Sergio Jimenez, as well as a time to be voiced and heard! We hope that this event will make a positive impact for families in the neighborhoods we’re serving.

This event will take place at Caroline Davis Intermediate on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11AM to 2PM! Snacks and drinks will be provided!

More information will be provided to sign up for parent and student workshops as the event approaches.

I hope to see you there! Please see the flyer below for more information.

If you have any questions contact Trina Ramirez

(408) 227-0616 ext 302262

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History Day!!

Tuesday, March 28th, 8am-2:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Parents and family,

Please come watch our Bernal students teach you about historical figures who took a STAND! See the flyer below for more information.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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7th Grade Parent Comprehensive Sexual Health Education & HIV/STD Prevention Preview Night

Thursday, March 30th, 7pm

6578 Santa Teresa Boulevard

San Jose, CA

You are invited to examine our instructional materials at the Oak Grove District Office on Thursday, March 30th 2017, 7:00 pm.

Please see the flyer posted on School Loop for more information.


Friday, March 31st, 8am-3pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Reminder: There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 31st.

Strengthening Families Program

Tuesday, April 4th, 5:30-8:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Are you interested in having a happy family, strong bonds of love & respect, well-behaved kids, a joyful marriage relationship, and kids kept safe from alcohol & drugs?...The Strengthening Families Program offers all that and more!

All families are welcome!
Please register with a school counselor (Tara Reed or Martha Bejar).

Click here to see the flyer for more information.

When: Tuesday, April 4th

Cost: FREE

Program Schedule: 12 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.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Multicultural Fest & Club Night

Friday, May 12th, 4:30-6:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Career Day!

Wednesday, April 26th, 8am-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. Six, 40-minute sessions with students. All careers welcome! Hands-on demonstrations encouraged. Breakfast and lunch provided to the presenters.

If you are interested in presenting please fill out the survey so we can contact you with more information.

If you are interested in donating food and drinks for our presenters, please email Ms. Bylsma at

Safety reminder

This is a reminder to please drive safely in our neighbor! Students ride bikes, skateboards, and scooters to school, and not all streets have crosswalks. When the streets are wet, the danger increases for all students moving my foot. Please remember to drive slowly and keep an eye out for students at all times. Respect crosswalks, do not make u-turns in front of the school, and do not pull into the staff-only parking lot (it is reserved for school bus routes in the morning). Thank you for keeping everyone safe as the make their way to and from school!

Report a Bullying Incident

Bernal students, parents, staff, and community members can now report any bullying incidents online on our School Loop page.

The reports can be made anonymously, but the reporter must provide sufficient evidence to justify the commencement of an investigation. Formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on an anonymous complaint. The more information provided, the better!

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Facts and Information about Suicide: Adolescents & Young Adults


* Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults.

* Young males are much more likely to commit suicide than their female peers.

*American Indian/Alaskan Native male adolescents have the highest suicide rate.

*The suicide rates for young adult males have fallen sharply in the past decade.

*Female adolescents are more likely to attempt suicide than their male peers.

1. In 2003, 4,232 adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 took their own lives, resulting in a suicide rate of 6.8 per 100,000. Suicide accounted for 11.2% of all deaths for adolescents and young adults, making it the third leading cause of death for this age group after motor vehicle accidents and homicide.

2. In 2003, the rate of suicide increased ten-fold between early adolescence (ages 10-14) and young adulthood (ages 20-24). Suicide rates continue to increase in adulthood until age 49, decrease between ages 50-74, then increase again at age 75.

3. Adolescent and young adult males ages 10-24 have a consistently higher suicide rate than their female peers, averaging more than five times the rate of same-age females. This is a long-standing trend: from 1981 to 2003, 84.1% of 10- to 24-year-olds who committed suicide were male.

4. Among adolescents and young adults ages 10-24, American Indian/Alaskan Native, non-Hispanics have the highest suicide rate.

5. Suicide rates for older adolescents and young adult males ages 15- 24 have decreased since peaking in the early 1990s. By contrast, the rate (per 100,000) for adolescent males ages 10-14, while relatively low, increased slightly from 1.2 in 1981 to 1.7 in 2003. Rates for all females ages 10-24 decreased during the same period.

6. Female Hispanic students are more likely to attempt suicide than all other students. The suicide attempt rate varies by race/ ethnicity: attempts are slightly higher for Hispanic students (11.3%) than for Black NH and White-NH students (7.6% and 7.3%, respectively). Hispanic students have reported higher rates of suicide attempts than Black-NH and White-NH students since data collection began in 1991.

Resource Links: From CA Department of Education

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools

Fact Sheet on Suicide: Adolescents and Youth Adults

Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Center for Suicide Prevention Training Resource Center

Annual Statewide Testing

Monday, May 1st, 8am to Friday, May 19th, 2:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

See details below.

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

Please take a moment to read the Parent Notification Letter. The letters are provided in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. This letter will also be sent out via School Loop on 3/3/17.

Support Needed: Bernal Staff Member Affected by Historic Flooding

The historic flooding in San Jose has affected one of our own family members in the Oak Grove School District and Bernal Intermediate School communities. As families do in times of crisis, we are coming together to support someone in need. Juanita Wilson, beloved instructional aide at Bernal has had her home and belongings devastated as a result of the recent flooding. She was only able to quickly grab a small bag of belongings before having to be evacuated by the San Jose Fire Department's rescue team. Her apartment is no longer habitable, and her clothing, furniture and other belongings were destroyed due to the rushing water.

This disaster has weakened her spirit and resolve. She doesn't know where to begin in order to rebuild. Please consider giving to help Juanita. We all can attest to how caring, hardworking and selfless she is toward Bernal students and families in need. All donations will go toward helping Juanita get back on her feet. The donation link is below. Thank you in advance.

Congratulations to 8th grader Sebastine A. for receiving the 'every student succeeding' award for bernal intermediate

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Bernal Activities: Sports, Clubs, Rally

Bernal's First Rally! 2/17/17

Cultural Arts Expo 2017

The Bernal artists were one of the highlights from the Cultural Arts Show this year! There were over 20 artists who had artwork featured at the Edenvale Community Center on Friday, February 3rd. The projects that were featured were: Zentangle Mandalas, Oil Pastel Flowers, Amate Bark Paintings, Pop Art Pets and Portraits, and Paper Molas. It was great to share our artwork with the community and to see the families who came out to enjoy the arts and entertainment! Ask your artists to see if their artwork was featured at the show! All artists can pick up their artwork from Mrs. Parsons any day at lunch or after school so you can enjoy their artwork at home.
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Middle Stage Drama Festival

Saturday, February 18th Mrs. Jackson and the Drama Club students competed at the Middle Stage Drama Festival. There were 29 schools, over 300 kids, 147 monologues. Two Bernal students earned gold medals for their monologue, one duet earned a gold medal and all of the rest of our duets picked up silver medals. We even won a silver medal for singing! Everyone had a great time competing and meeting other like-minded kids.

Pictured below:

Quoc-Bao N., Ms. Jackson, Ria I., Haylie N., Addison O., Liz D., Savannah F., Avani K., Skye M., Trinity M.

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Bernal's Roller Hockey Team

Congratulations to Bernal's Roller Hockey Team for winning the Winter Championship!

Max E., Luke M., Nico C., Zachary C., Joshua C.

Playing on Bernal through free-agency: Joshiro L. and Kentaro L.

Not photographed: Grayson B.

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Bernal's Very first powderpuff team! Record: 1-0

Paige W., Sophie Y., Abby N., Savannah B., Mr. Beaulieu, Orie P., Leivey M., Montze N., Breena B., Liza T., Dana T., Julissa C., Mia B., Kyra L., Isabel M.
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Schedule for Soccer and Volleyball PRACTICES & Games

Soccer AND Volleyball GAMES

3/1 Davis @ Bernal

3/2 @ Herman

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

*Note: Girls Volleyball games start at 3:45pm and Boys Volleyball games start soon after around 4:30pm.

*Note: The school will provide a one way bus for athletes to away games. Players must make arrangements to be picked up after the games.


Boys Volleyball:

Mondays - Thursdays 2:45pm - 3:45pm


Mon. 3/13 - no boys volleyball practice

Mon. 3/27 - no boys volleyball practice

Boys Soccer:

Mondays - Thursdays 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Girls Soccer:

Mondays - Thursdays 2:45pm - 3:45pm


Mon. 3/27 - no girls soccer practice

Girls Volleyball:

Mondays - Thursdays 3:45pm - 5:00pm

B Volleyball Practice and Game schedule

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Children's Health Council (CHC) Free Services



Wednesday, March 8 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Social Emotional Learning for Life Success

Presented by Head of Sand Hill School Cindy Lopez and Christine Wang, TMHI

Register here.


Monday, March 13 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Not All Screen Time is Bad: Technology in 21st Century Schools

Schools are now challenged to replace the computer lab with a paperless environment that prepares students for adult computer literacy. Learn what to look for in technology programs in schools, strategies for developing executive functioning skills in students and how to make instruction more interactive and engaging using computers. Presented by a Compass High School teaching team with Rachel Wylde, Lura Milner, and Josie Porcella

Register here.


Wednesday, March 22 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dyslexia, LD and Anxiety

Presented by Robert Hendren, DO, UCSF School of Medicine

Register here.


Monday, March 27 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Parenting in the Age of Social Media

Do you wonder how to teach your child responsibility and ethics online, how to ensure they are aware of their actions, and how to best parent them in the digital age?

Presented by Erica Pelavin LCSW, PhD and Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet LCSW, PPSC of My Digital Tat2

Register here.

Wednesday, April 5| 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Demystifying the IEP Process

Presented by Chris Harris, MEd, Head of EBC School

Register here.