Broncos Bulletin

December 2018 - Bernal Intermediate

Principal's Message

Dear Bernal Families,

The holiday season is upon us. It seems like it was just a few days ago at Bernal, we were welcoming new students and families on the first day of school; nervous seventh graders looking for their classrooms and lockers, as well as parents lined up at the office door, looking for the right room to take their student. Now a few months later, students and families have already made it to the third grading period, mastered the art of making sure PE clothes are washed over the weekend, remembering which Friday afternoon is the school dance, and memorizing what R2ISE behavior means.

This past week and into this week, Bernal Language Arts and Math departments began the second round of iReady assessments.

As a reminder, iReady is an interactive online learning program that helps students build essential skills in reading and mathematics. iReady starts with a diagnostic test that identifies the specific skills each student needs to develop and measures academic growth through the school year. It also provides students with personalized online instruction and gives teachers guidance on how they can best support the needs of students.

How can I help my child get the most out of iReady?

  • Speak with your child about how using i-Ready will help him or her prepare for class work.
  • Encourage your child to take each test question seriously.
  • Discuss your child’s results
  • Contact your child’s teacher about how often your child should practice at home, or with any other questions about i-Ready.

In closing, I’m appreciative of our community, our parents, teachers and staff and all of the hard work put in over the first few months of school. Parents, teachers and staff have worked hard in partnership and together at making sure Bernal students are successful and remain at the center of WHY we do what we do.

Have a great holiday season and as always, take care of yourselves and others.

Jamal D. Splane, Principal

Assistant Principal's Message

Hello Bernal Community:

I hope the Thanksgiving holiday was warm and full of special treats. As we move forward into the holiday season, I would like to give everyone a few reminders:

  1. Time change - It gets dark now around 5 pm so if you have students who are in sports, clubs, or will be waiting on our campus to be picked up, please have them wait at the front of the school. Be sure to provide adequate and timely transportation in the future as well.

  2. A friendly reminder to send your children to school with jackets and warm pants in order to stay warm outside during transition and break periods.

  3. Congratulations on traffic awareness, the traffic at Bernal is beginning to move swifter and be more efficient.

Bernal's 2018 State Testing Results are in

The 2018 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) data has been released. Please take a moment to read the attached letter (also linked here: Bernal's 2018 CAASPP Data) to find out how Bernal's students performed on the 2018 CAASPP.

Term 3/Semester 1 Grades

Term 3 (end of Semester 1) will end on Friday, January 18th.

Grades will be mailed home on Wednesday, January 23rd.

December Spirit Days

12/7 Twin Day

12/14 Pajama Day

12/21 ​Holiday Wear

Girls Basketball Playoff Game!

Our 8th grade Girls Basketball Team is headed to the playoffs!!! Come support them at their first playoff game!

Where: Bernal Intermediate

When: Tuesday, December 4th @ 3:30pm

Bernal's Winter Band Concert

Come enjoy performances by all of Bernal Band students at our annual Winter Band Concert!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Big Gym

Sweet Tomatoes Fundraiser

Wednesday, Dec. 19th 2018 at 11am-9pm

113 Bernal Road

San Jose, CA

Join Sweet Tomatoes in supporting Bernal Intermediate School's Home and School Association on Wednesday, December 19th ALL DAY!

Bring the attached flyer below and Sweet Tomatoes will donate 20% of your bill to support Bernal's HSA. Don't forget to purchase a beverage with your meal to make it count!


Winter Break - No School December 22 - January 6

Boys Basketball Games

Season Dates: 11/26 - 2/7

Boys "A" Basketball Games

12/17 Jamboree (7th grade at Bernal; 8th grade at Britton) 3:30-6:30

12/19 Piedmont at Bernal 3:30/4:45

12/20 Bernal at Rancho Milpitas 3:30/4:45

1/9 Bernal at Britton 3:45/5:00

1/10 Solorsano at Bernal 3:30/3:45

1/15 Bernal at Brownell 3:45/5:00

1/16 South Valley at Bernal 3:30/4:45

1/17 Davis at Bernal 3:30/4:45

1/23 Herman at Bernal 3:30/4:45

1/29 Bernal at Murphy 3:45/5:00

1/30 Bernal at Valley Christian 3:30/4:45

2/5-2/7 Playoffs TBD

Boys "B" Basketball Games

1/15 Davis @ Bernal

1/17 Bernal @ Davis

1/24 Bernal @ Herman

1/30 Herman @ Bernal

12/15 Super Saturday Academy Session

Bernal will host a Super Saturday Academy Session on Saturday, December 15th 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 Monday, December 3rd.

Students need to turn in their permission slip by Monday, December 10th 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 Thursday 12/13) if there's still room to participate, but students will NOT be able to order a lunch if it's turned in late. They will need to bring their own lunch.

Congratulations to Ms. Jahn for Earning an OGSD Communication Vision Award

Sherry Jahn – 8th Grade ELA Teacher Teaching is all about communication - listening, speaking, reading, presenting and writing. Sherry Jahn, an experienced teacher, has honed and developed her communication skills with deep thought and care over time. She takes very seriously those students entrusted in her care. Sherry is excellent at listening to what her students say and don’t say. She takes the time to sit with every one of her over 150 students and interviews them about their personal interests, strengths, and goals. Sherry is able to adapt her method of communication to all students regardless of ability or learning style. She is able to "read" her students and adapt to the needs of the each child. Students have a voice and choice in the learning process in her classroom, and regardless of their current skill, they are provided avenues to advance and accelerate to a higher level over time. In addition, frequently, parents call, email, or join meetings on site, and Sherry demonstrates a high level of skill communicating either in person or in writing, to all adults, including her colleagues and parents. We are proud to recognize Ms. Jahn for her commitment and dedication to her students. Congratulations!

California Healthy Kids Survey

Attention 7th grade parents:

All 7th grade students will be participating in the California Healthy Kids Survey on Friday, January 18th in their science class. For more information about the survey please visit: 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 first week of December) and have your student turn it in to his/her science teacher.

CHKS Passive Consent Form English

CHKS Passive Consent Form Spanish

Bernal's First Rally of '18-'19 was a Success!!!

Big picture

OGSD's Annual 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 1, 2019, 4:00-7:00 pm on 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, is 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 10 am and 4 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019. We need help with mounting artwork on to display boards before the show and take down after the show on Friday, Feb. 1.

Please contact:

Raji Musinipally at or call 408-227-8300, ext. 100263 or

Denise Cook at or call 408-227-8300, ext. 100279

Free Healthy Food for your Family

Big picture

Top 10 Bronco Buck Earners in November!

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

1. David C. - 364 points

2. Dayna L. - 242 points

3. Jett C. - 242 points

4. Mariela M. - 75 points

5. Aaditya S. - 67 points

6. Kawehionalani P. - 62 points

7. Lexi R. - 62 points

8. Gwen C. - 62 points

9. Rodolfo A. - 60 points

10. Brandon N. - 56 points

From Bernal's Counseling Corner: Panic Attacks and Anxiety

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety disorders cause extreme fear and worry, and changes in a child's behavior, sleep, eating, or mood.

What Are the Kinds of Anxiety Disorders?

Different anxiety disorders can affect kids and teens. They include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD causes kids to worry almost every day — and over lots of things. Kids with GAD worry over things that most kids worry about, like homework, tests, or making mistakes.

But with GAD, kids worry more, and more often, about these things. Kids with GAD also worry over things parents might not expect would cause worry. For example, they might worry about recess, lunchtime, birthday parties, playtime with friends, or riding the school bus. Kids with GAD may also worry about war, weather, or the future. Or about loved ones, safety, illness, or getting hurt.

Having GAD can make it hard for kids to focus in school. Because with GAD, there is almost always a worry on a kid's mind. GAD makes it hard for kids to relax and have fun, eat well, or fall asleep at night. They may miss many days of school because worry makes them feel sick, afraid, or tired.

Some kids with GAD keep worries to themselves. Others talk about their worries with a parent or teacher. They might ask over and over whether something they worry about will happen. But it's hard for them to feel OK, no matter what a parent says.

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD). It's normal for babies and very young kids to feel anxious the first times they are apart from their parent. But soon they get used to being with a grandparent, babysitter, or teacher. And they start to feel at home at daycare or school.

But when kids don't outgrow the fear of being apart from a parent, it's called separation anxiety disorder. Even as they get older, kids with SAD feel very anxious about being away from their parent or away from home. They may miss many days of school. They may say they feel too sick or upset to go. They may cling to a parent, cry, or refuse to go to school, sleepovers, playdates, or other activities without their parent. At home, they may have trouble falling asleep or sleeping alone. They may avoid being in a room at home if their parent isn't close by.

Social phobia (social anxiety disorder). With social phobia, kids to feel too afraid of what others will think or say. They are always afraid they might do or say something embarrassing. They worry they might sound or look weird. They don't like to be the center of attention. They don't want others to notice them, so they might avoid raising their hand in class. If they get called on in class, they may freeze or panic and can't answer. With social phobia, a class presentation or a group activity with classmates can cause extreme fear.

Social phobia can cause kids and teens to avoid school or friends. They may feel sick or tired before or during school. They may complain of other body sensations that go with anxiety too. For example, they may feel their heart racing or feel short of breath. They may feel jumpy and feel they can't sit still. They may feel their face get hot or blush. They may feel shaky or lightheaded.

Selective mutism (SM). This extreme form of social phobia causes kids to be so afraid they don't talk. Kids and teens with SM can talk. And they do talk at home or with their closest people. But they refuse to talk at all at school, with friends, or in other places where they have this fear.

Specific phobia. It's normal for young kids to feel scared of the dark, monsters, big animals, or loud noises like thunder or fireworks. Most of the time, when kids feel afraid, adults can help them feel safe and calm again. But a phobia is a more intense, more extreme, and longer lasting fear of a specific thing. With a phobia, a child dreads the thing they fear and tries to avoid it. If they are near what they fear, they feel terrified and are hard to comfort.

With a specific phobia, kids may have an extreme fear of things like animals, spiders, needles or shots, blood, throwing up, thunderstorms, people in costumes, or the dark. A phobia causes kids to avoid going places where they think they might see the thing they fear. For example, a kid with a phobia of dogs may not go to a friend's house, to a park, or to a party because dogs might be there.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety?

A parent or teacher may see signs that a child or teen is anxious. For example, a kid might cling, miss school, or cry. They might act scared or upset, or refuse to talk or do things. Kids and teens with anxiety also feel symptoms that others can't see. It can make them feel afraid, worried, or nervous.

It can affect their body too. They might feel shaky, jittery, or short of breath. They may feel "butterflies" in their stomach, a hot face, clammy hands, dry mouth, or a racing heart.

These symptoms of anxiety are the result of the "fight or flight" response. This is the body's normal response to danger. It triggers the release of natural chemicals in the body. These chemicals prepare us to deal with a real danger. They affect heart rate, breathing, muscles, nerves, and digestion. This response is meant to protect us from danger. But with anxiety disorders, the "fight or flight" response is overactive. It happens even when there is no real danger.

What Causes Anxiety Disorders?

Several things play a role in causing the overactive "fight or flight" that happens with anxiety disorders. They include:

Genetics. A child who has a family member with an anxiety disorder is more likely to have one too. Kids may inherit genes that make them prone to anxiety.

Brain chemistry. Genes help direct the way brain chemicals (called neurotransmitters) work. If specific brain chemicals are in short supply, or not working well, it can cause anxiety.

Life situations. Things that happen in a child's life can be stressful and difficult to cope with. Loss, serious illness, death of a loved one, violence, or abuse can lead some kids to become anxious.

Learned behaviors. Growing up in a family where others are fearful or anxious also can "teach" a child to be afraid too.

How Are Anxiety Disorders Diagnosed?

Anxiety disorders can be diagnosed by a trained therapist. They talk with you and your child, ask questions, and listen carefully. They'll ask how and when the child's anxiety and fears happen most. That helps them diagnose the specific anxiety disorder the child has.

A child or teen with symptoms of anxiety should also have a regular health checkup. This helps make sure no other health problem is causing the symptoms.

How Are Anxiety Disorders Treated?

Most often, anxiety disorders are treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This is a type of talk therapy that helps families, kids, and teens learn to manage worry, fear, and anxiety.

CBT teaches kids that what they think and do affects how they feel. In CBT, kids learn that when they avoid what they fear, the fear stays strong. They learn that when they face a fear, the fear gets weak and goes away.


  • Parents learn how to best respond when a child is anxious. They learn how to help kids face fears.
  • Kids learn coping skills so they can face fear and worry less.

The therapist helps kids practice, and gives support and praise as they try. Over time, kids learn to face fears and feel better. They learn to get used to situations they're afraid of. They feel proud of what they've learned. And without so many worries, they can focus on other things — like school, activities, and fun. Sometimes, medicines are also used to help treat anxiety.

How Can I Help My Child?

If your child has an anxiety disorder, here are some ways you can help:

  • Find a trained therapist and take your child to all the therapy appointments.
  • Talk often with the therapist, and ask how you can best help your child.
  • Help your child face fears. Ask the therapist how you can help your child practice at home. Praise your child for efforts to cope with fears and worry.
  • Help kids talk about feelings. Listen, and let them know you understand, love, and accept them. A caring relationship with you helps your child build inner strengths.
  • Encourage your child to take small steps forward. Don't let your child give up or avoid what they're afraid of. Help them take small positive steps forward.
  • Be patient. It takes a while for therapy to work and for kids to feel better.

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD

Big picture

Get Affordable Internet Access at Home

Apply to get affordable internet access at home:

Missed Our Previous Newsletters?

Check our Bernal's previous newsletters HERE.