Contact Bunker

Colleen Gainey, Principal



Main Office Line:



To call in an absence:



Fax Number:



Child Care Facility:


K Enrollment

Kindergarten enrollment begins on Tuesday, March 10. For more information see the "Parent Info" tab.


The 1st day of school for the 15-16 school year is August 27, 2015.


PTC Website

Bunker PTC now has it's own website. Please click below to keep up with the PTC events!



All visitors to the Bunker School Campus must stop by the office and sign in during the school day!  This is for your child’s safety as well as yours.  In case of an emergency situation all need to be accounted for.  The sign-in binder is in the office on the counter along with our 'Apple' visitor stickers.  If you need to get something to your child, let the office staff help you.  We will contact your child’s teacher to get the item to them.  Please do not disturb the classroom while they are in session.


If your child misses school, it is very important to either call or send a note indicating why your child was out.  Parents/Guardians will have three (3) school days to clear an absence. If proper verification is not provided within three (3) school days, the absence will be recorded as unexcused (NUSD AR 5113) and can not be changed.

7th Grade Shots

Requirements for entrance to 7th grade:

1.  The 3rd shot for Hep B

2.  Tdap Immunization – (Whooping cough shot)

3.  Proof of Immunization for both of these shots.

Rules from the junior high:


If you have any questions,

please call the Jr. High

at 510-818-3005.

“To prevent delayed enrollment/class placement at the Jr. High, families should begin contacting their physicians prior to the end of the 2014-2015 school year for vaccine and/or verification of injection.  Bunker 6th graders can turn in the updated immunization records to Sandra in the Bunker office.”

Safety First

Students, if you ride your bike to school, please walk your bike on the sidewalk if there are many cars driving on the street. We want you to be safe as you come to school each day.


In the interest of preserving instructional time, we do not interrupt classes for deliveries or messages during class.  However, we realize that there are times that parents need to get a missing class assignment or lunch to their children.


We have a plan for lunches already; our campus monitors take the lunch to the cafeteria and deliver them to the students at lunch time.


For those other items (homework, backpacks, etc.) that you would appreciate being delivered to your child, we will place the item in your child’s teacher’s mailbox for them to pick up at recess or lunch.


Thank you for your understanding and helping us to make sure that instruction can go on uninterrupted during the day here at Bunker.


cougar 6.png

James L. Bunker is a California Distinguished School for 2014

James L. Bunker is a California Distinguished School for 2014
Bunker Elementary School Bunker Elemetary Bunker Newark School Web Photos 166.jpg Newark School Web Photos 167.jpg Newark School Web Photos 173.jpg Newark School Web Photos 200.jpg Newark School Web Photos 164.jpg


BDR Newsletter.jpg



Young Author Books are due Thursday, February 19th


If your student has decided to create a Young Author book, that’s wonderful!  Students may turn in the book to their teacher, or directly to me in the library, anytime between now and Feb. 19th, at the latest.  Please, no crayon drawings if possible.  Crayon really gums up the copy machine.  Please do not staple the book together.   It will be bound and returned to you at one of the Bunker Publishing Events:


  • Thursday, March 12th, 6:00pm, in the library, for 4th – 6th grades
  • Thursday, March 26th, 6:00pm, in the multipurpose room, for K – 3rd grades
  • Newark Library Event for 4th – 6th grade level winners:  TBA


I’m looking forward to seeing all of our Young Authors’ creations !


Viola Blythe Canned Food and Toy Drive


Thank you to all our families for your generous donations to our annual toy and canned food drive.  Your generosity and compassion made it possible for many families to celebrate the holidays in traditional ways even though their lives have been impacted by unforeseen challenges.



Principals/President Award Meetings


It is that time of year for our 6th grade students who are interested in applying for the Principals or Presidents Award to begin the process. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 29, 2015. All the meetings are during lunch time, 11:45-12:10, in room 25.

Please download and print the Principal/President Award Packet under “information for Families” to the right on this page and bring it with you to each and every meeting.


Thank you,

Mrs. Vilkins and Mrs. Nguyen



Bunkers Annual Spellathon is Coming!


In order to instill in our pupils the excitement and enjoyment of being a successful speller we are going to conduct a Spellathon which will begin January 13 and end on February 6 ( round 1). Our Spell-a-thon is a unique way of reviewing those words that children should master at their grade level as well as raising money for their class and school.  Students find sponsors to support them from their families, friends and neighbors - no door to door soliciting is allowed please. 


We urge you to support our efforts by encouraging your child to study the spelling list of words he/she will receive.  This is an important fundraiser for our school because all the money raised goes directly to support the classrooms. 



Open Enrollment (Intra-District Transfer) Requests for the 2015-2016 School Year

If you would like to have your child attend a different elementary school for the 2015-2016 school year, you will need to complete an Open Enrollment (Intra-District Transfer) Request form. These forms can be picked up at the office of the school your child is currently attending, the district website, or at the front desk of the District Office. Space is always limited so it is extremely important to fill out and turn in the form as quickly as possible. All Open Enrollment (Intra-District Transfer) Requests should be turned in to the District Office between January 5, and January 30, 2015. Students who have been overflowed to a different school will need to complete an Open Enrollment (Intra-District Transfer) Request form if they wish to remain at their current school. If you have any questions, the school office should be able to help you. Thank you.

Cold and flu season information for NUSD Nurse


October 3, 2014


Dear Parents,


As we enter the cold and flu season, we want to make sure that you have the information and support you need around children who may become ill.  The single most important prevention strategy is to encourage hand washing.  Seasonal flu vaccine is already available from your doctor or local pharmacy.


Students should continue to come to school, as long as they are not sick and do not have flu symptoms.  Flu-like symptoms include: 


•   Coughs                                •   headaches                           •   diarrhea

•   fevers above 100°                 •   nausea                                 •   body aches

•   sore throat                           •   vomiting


All individuals with an influenza-like illness or symptoms should remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen).


We also wanted to provide a quick update about Enterovirus-D68, which you’ve probably heard about on the news:


  • Enterovirus-D68 is a virus that causes respiratory illness and is circulating in Northern California.  The Public Health Department is working with local hospitals to identify and conduct testing on children hospitalized with serious respiratory infections.
  • Enterovirus-D68 causes symptoms that are similar to the symptoms of a cold or flu, such as cough, sneezing, runny nose, body aches, or fever, but in this outbreak, many children do NOT have a fever.
  • Enterovirus-D68 is thought to spread from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or contaminates a surface with their respiratory secretions.  Enteroviruses in general can slo be spread in the stool.
  • Hand hygiene with soap and water is preferred as alcohol-based hand sanitizers have limited effectiveness against enteroviruses.


It is important to teach your children how to reduce the risk of getting the flu and how to protect others from becoming infected.  If we all practice good hygiene, health officials believe we can limit the spread of flu in our schools and child care centers.


Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our pupils and our schools healthy.  If you have questions, please contact the District Nurse, Agnes Lopez at 818-4146 or your healthcare provider.  You can also check the website (http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html or http://www.acphd.org/enterovirus.aspx ) for updates.



Agnes Lopez, R.N.                                                       

District Nurse                           

Newark Unified School District                                      


How Do I Use The Phone?

In the office we have many children who ask or need to call their parents for various reasons.  It is shocking to us how many students are confused at how to use the phone, and many do not even know their phone number. Due to our cell phone dependent society, we admit ourselves that we have very few numbers stored in our memory banks as they are just a click away in our “contact list.”

In taking a step back from this situation, we really feel that this is a safety issue for our students when away from school and don’t have their handy emergency card to pull from. 

Please help your child with the following things so we can make sure we keep them safe at all times:

  • Let your students know where they can reach you at different times of the day
  • Have them memorize a minimum of 3 key phone numbers where they can reach their parents, trusted family member of caregiver. *Make sure the numbers the kids know are also listed on the blue emergency cards
  • Practice dialing numbers on a phone vs. just finding the name in a contact list (land line vs. cell phone is best)

Thank you for your help and support with this very important matter. 

Bunker office


Attention Parents!

An electronic version of our School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available on Newark Unified School District's website hereIn addition, a paper copy is available in our school office for your review.


2014-2015 School Year Calendar

3 Crayons.jpg
3 Crayons.jpg

Information For Families

Permit to Administer Medication Form
Pedidos de Open Enrollment (Transferencia dentro del) Distrito para el Año escolar 2015-2016
President/Principal Award 2014-2015
Bunker Handbook-Spanish
Cold and flu season update-Spanish
Bunker Student/Parent Handbook
All Notes

Newark Library

Newark Library Announces Change in Hours Beginning January 5, 2015


The Newark Library is pleased to announce new hours of service. Beginning January 5, 2015 the Library will be open Mondays rather than Fridays in order to better serve the residents of Newark.


Our new hours mean that we will be able to offer more programs to serve the school-age youth in our Homework Help Center, Homework Express.  Homework Express will be expanding its hours to include Monday programs in February.  Also, being open at noon on Mondays and Tuesdays will allow for more quiet study time for the public.


Newark Library is located at 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue in Newark. Its friendly staff may be reached by phone at 510-284-0675. The hours of operation are:


  • Monday:              12:00 PM – 8:00PM
  • Tuesday:             12:00 PM – 8:00PM
  • Wednesday:      10:00 AM – 6:00PM
  • Thursday:           10:00 AM – 6:00PM
  • Friday:                 Closed
  • Saturday:            10:00 AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday:               Closed 


Information on the Library is also available on the Library’s website at www.aclibrary.org.


The Alameda County Library is proud to serve over 546,000 residents.  The Library circulates over 6.7 million items annually, with more than 2.3 million visitors to our website and over 2.5 million visitors walking through our doors.



The Newark Police Department has launched a new Community Notification Service called “Nixle” to help improve communication with people who live, work, and visit our community. The system provides a quick, efficient, and secure way to get neighborhood-level information out to community members who subscribe to the system. Through www.nixle.com, the department will be able to send text message (SMS) and e-mail alerts to subscribers. Notifications might be considered in the following instances:

  • A young child or adult with Alzheimer’s disease walks away from their home. The alert can include a picture of the child or vulnerable adult with a map identifying the area at which they were last seen.
  • A public safety emergency requires people to stay in or remain away from their homes. A Nixle alert can let residents with a registered address in the affected neighborhood know what’s happening, allowing residents to take a proactive role in their own safety.
  • A serious injury or fatal crash in which traffic investigators close down the intersection for several hours during the morning commute. This situation might warrant a notification to subscribers who live or work in the area, encouraging them to select a different route to work.
  • Other uses: Large-scale public works projects, traffic safety implications around large fire scenes, community events such as parades, fireworks, picnics, etc., details about a case of H1N1 (“swine flu”) in the area, city council meeting information, utility outage advisories/boil orders.

The information can be viewed at www.nixle.com but for notifications individuals must register. To register, visit http://local.nixle.com/newark-police-department-ca.

Tips for Going to and From School

* Develop a buddy system for walking to and from school.

* Students should never walk alone.

* Always walk in groups with at least two or three other students.

If possible, parents should walk their children to school.

* Students never take shortcuts or cut through alleys or across

vacant lots.

* Students should try to avoid walking near abandoned houses.

Never enter or play near abandoned houses.

* Students should report anyone suspicious to school

personnel or the police.

* Parents and neighbors should turn on porch lights and

other outdoor Lights before dawn and at dusk.

* Students should be on time, everyday.

* Parents can talk to neighbors and local businesses

on the child's route to school and ask them if it is okay for

the child to stay there in case of an emergency.

* Parents should be sure children know their home phone

number and address, parents’ work and pager number and

The number of another trusted adult.Put a card with this

information in their backpack. Make sure

each child has Change for a phone call or carries a telephone

calling card.

* If a parent works late, have children call as soon as they

arrive at home after school.

* Organize a “conditional carpool” of friends who live near you.