Contact Bunker

Mrs. Colleen Gainey, Principal



Main Office Line:



To call in an absence:



Fax Number:



Child Care Facility:


Office Hours

Monday to Thursday




Sangha App


With the new parent app you can stay connected with Bunker school and class messages, calendars and events. Please use the link below to sign up!



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.


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 2015-2016 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.


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James L. Bunker is a California Distinguished School for 2014

James L. Bunker is a California Distinguished School for 2014

Traffic Safety - seguridad vial

As we begin the school year, Newark Police Department will begin citing drivers whenever necessary to encourage compliance of traffic laws and to reinforce that safety of our children is a priority.

There have been multiple incidents endangering children even a child being struck and several near misses.  Please remember that children’s cognitive abilities are still developing and they lack training and experience in traffic safety.  

Keys to avoid receiving a citation:

  • Drive Slow
  • Do not make illegal U-turns
  • Have car seats for children
  • Have seat belts on all passengers
  • Make a “full-stop” at stop signs

Putting our children at risk is not worth the few minutes you may save by rushing and breaking these suggestions.  Newark Unified School District and the Newark Police Department want to keep everyone safe.

Safety reminders for children walking to school:

  • Walk, don’t run across the street
  • Look left, look right and left again
  • Obey Walk/Wait signals
  • Do not cross at mid-block locations
  • Use crosswalks

Safety reminders for children biking to school:

  • Always wear a properly fastened and fitted helmet
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Ride in the same direction as motor vehicles
  • Check traffic when changing lanes, crossing streets or turning
  • Use hand signals
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Back to School Night


6th Grade Classes ONLY (both parents and students)

Tuesday, September 1st  


6th grade families, please meet in the Cafeteria at 6:00 pm




K-5 Grade Classes (parents only)

Wednesday, September 2nd

Back to School Night, Grades K-5

    6:00-6:30 Round 1 –K to 2nd

     6:45-7:00 with Mrs. Gainey in Cafeteria

        7:00-7:30 Round 2 -3rd to 5th




2015-2016 Bunker Elementary School Handbooks


Please read through the Bunker School Handbook carefully to be become aware of any changes that might have been made to former policies and procedures. Our 2015-2016 Bunker Elementary School Handbook is available online at http://bunker-nusd-ca.schoolloop.com . A limited amount of printed copies are available in our office for those families without computer access. All students will be given copies of the Bunker Handbook Signature Page to bring home during the first week of school.  In signing this page, both parent and student confirm that they each have read through and understand the contents of the Handbook.


Thank you for taking the time as a family to read and review the contents of the Handbook and to return the Bunker Handbook Signature Page to school by Friday, Sept. 4th .




Did you know????


facebook accounts


….are only for participants 13 years old or older.  This is a facebook policy designed to protect your child.



Bunker School Site Council


The purpose of our School Site Council (SSC) is to advise the principal on matters related to the education needs and goals, opinions and attitude of stakeholders, and method to improve communication.  Five school staff members and five parents make up the SSC.  The council has the additional responsibility of helping to develop our school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).  Elections for members are held in September each year.  Please consider offering to serve on this important advisory body at Bunker when our “recruitment” flyer comes home with your child/children.




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


If your child has a medical appointment we ask that you schedule the appointment after school.  If this cannot be avoided, in order to make the tardy an excused tardy, please ask the medical office to provide you with a slip indicating your child was at a medical appointment.  Newark Unified Administrative Regulation 5113 does state, “When a student has had 10 absences in the school year for illness, any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician.”  If a doctor’s note is not provided following the 10th illness the absences will be recorded as unexcused.




Calling in your child’s daily absences is very, very important.  Please call Miss Sandra at 818-3103 to report your student’s absence.  This number has voicemail so a message can be left at any time day or night.  Absences should be called in each day as soon as possible but no later than 9:30 a.m.  When doing so, please leave the following information:


  • Please say your child’s name clearly.  Spelling the first and last name is very helpful.
  • Teacher’s name and room number.
  • Reason for the absence, ie:  illness, dental or doctor appointment, out of town, etc.
  • Please leave a call back number for any questions the office may have.


It is a parent’s responsibility to do this with each absence.  You will receive a courtesy automated phone call each day your child is absent to inform you of your child’s absences if it has not been excused. Please call Bunker School to clear an absence if you receive an automated call.



Parking Lot Safety Rules



  • Pull all the way forward.  If you are the first car, you can be up as far as the end of the cafeteria building by the fire hydrant water source
  • Pull around the bus and into the open spaces along the curb in front of the bus.
  • Pull into a parking space if you are planning on getting out of your car to walk your child to their line



  • Get out of your car to assist your child, please call one of us over to help your child out of the car
  • Let your child out in traffic
  • Park your car curbside, you must remain in your car at all times during drop off and pick up by the curb
  • Make a left turn out of the parking lot
  • Drop off children in the passing lane of the parking lot or in the street
  • Block the parking for our special education busses




Newark Unified School District offers before and after school child care at Bunker Elementary School. For more information please call (510) 818-4138 or (510) 818-4223, or stop by the Child Care office located at 5715 Musick Ave. on the Musick School campus Room #24.


Kindergarten Schedule for Fall

Newark Unified School District

Educational Services Department





In May of 2014, the Board of Education in Newark Unified School District voted to implement a full day kindergarten. The increased time with our kindergarten students has proven to be invaluable. One very important consideration that was addressed last year was the transitional period for our students. It is important for us to continue this practice as we take into consideration our youngest learners academic, social, and developmental needs. For the purpose of successful transition, the implementation schedule for full day kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year will be as follows:

From August 27th (First day of school) through September 18th, kindergarten students will come to school from 8:10-12:10 Monday through Friday. Beginning on September 21st, kindergarten students will come to school from 8:10-2:32 Monday through Thursday and 8:10-1:05 on Fridays. This transition time will allow the teachers to build routines with their students, get to know each student’s strengths and needs, and assess students after school.

Thank you for your patience as we implement this schedule. We look forward to this continued opportunity to better serve Newark’s kindergarten students.


Transitional Kindergarten
Kennedy, Snow and Lincoln Transitional Kindergarten students will attend LINCOLN

Bunker, Milani and Musick Transitional Kindergarten students will attend MUSICK

Graham and Schilling Transitional Kindergarten students will attend SC... Continue
Posted by: Liz Warren
Published: 8/19/15

The Kindergarten Readiness Act (SB 1381) changed the required age to enter kindergarten. To enroll in Kindergarten:

For the 2015–16 school year, children must turn five by September 1st

   We will accept Kindergarten registration pa... Continue
Posted by: Liz Warren
Published: 3/1/15


Newark Unified School District Calendars

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Information For Families

Bunker Student/Parent Handbook
Bunker Student/Parent Handbook-Spanish
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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.