Contact Bunker

Colleen Gainey, Principal



Main Office Line:



To call in an absence:



Fax Number:



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.


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James L. Bunker is a California Distinguished School for 2014

James L. Bunker is a California Distinguished School for 2014
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Please mark your calendar for these events:


August 26

                6th grade back to school night, 6:00-7:30, please meet in cafeteria


September 1

                No School, Labor Day


September 3

                K-5th Grade Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30


September 10

                PTC meeting, 6:30 in Library


September 11

                Picture Day


September 20

                Newark Days Parade


September 26

                Last day for minimum days for Kindergarten students


Principal’s Message


Dear Bunker Families,


                Welcome to a brand new school year!  I hope the summer served as a time for adventure, relaxation, and quality family time.  All of us at James L. Bunker Elementary School are looking forward to making this a successful year for all of our students, and appreciate in advance your active support.

                We are proud of our staff and students as we continue to celebrate our California Distinguished School recognition this past spring.  It is such a delight to be recognized for the hard work and dedication by all.  This year presents many changes as we transition to the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  There are various curriculum, report card, and assessment changes that have come along with this new state adoption.  Our staff continues to grow in our knowledge and practice each day and I couldn’t be more proud of the optimism in this new endeavor.  Our goal is to provide each student with a challenging and rigorous instruction that is appropriate to his/her academic level and needs.  We believe every child can achieve academic success and are committed to ensure that takes place each day at school.

                I look forward to seeing you and visiting with you throughout this school year.  I encourage you to be involved with our fabulous Parent Teacher Club (PTC), as their support and community events helps to make Bunker a wonderful place to be each day. Here’s to a phenomenal school year ahead!


                                                                                                                                                Colleen Gainey




Back to School Night


6th Grade Classes ONLY (both parents and students)

Tuesday, August 26


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




K-5 Grade Classes (parents only)

Wednesday, September 3

6:00-7:30 pm

Everyone please meet in the Cafeteria at 6:00 pm



2014-2015 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 2014-2015 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. 5.




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 out.  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.



2014-2015 School Year National School Lunch Program Application Information


If you were approved for free or reduced lunch during the 2013/2014 school year, your child/ren’s status will be the same ONLY for the first 30 days of the new school year.  Please make sure you fill out completely the new application being sent home to you from your child/ren’s school and return it to a school. List all children and their schools on 1 application.  If you do not receive one you may pick one up at the office. To avoid any delays in processing, please remember the following:


  • Only ONE application per residence.  List ALL children living in the household (in school or not). You do NOT have to fill out another application if you have children at different schools.  List them all on 1 application.


  • List ALL adults living in the home and their GROSS monthly income per individual.


  • Income shown on application must be from August, 2014 or later.



If you qualify based on any assistance you receive you MUST provide the CASE #.  Simply writing, “YES” will delay processing. If you have any questions, please call Fay Barboza in Child Nutrition at 510-818-4283 and she will be happy to help.





Are you aware that we serve breakfast on a daily basis?  Monday through Friday, from 7:30-8:00 a.m., we serve a nutritious breakfast that is available to all of our students.  At $1.20 a breakfast, it is very affordable.  If your student receives free or reduced lunch, then your student is automatically able to receive breakfast FREE of charge without filling out any more forms!


Welcome to Science

Parents and Families,


     I'm looking forward to another year of Science here at Bunker.  I will be your child's lab teacher in

room 15.  My name is Mr. Blattel.   The Primary grades will come to the Science Lab once a week for

40 minutes, while the Upper grades will have two sessions for a total of 80 minutes each week.


     There is much to learn this year, so please stress the importance of doing your best.  Work that we

do in the lab should be turned in on time.  Missing assignments and absences can be a major

contributor to underachievement.


     Students also need to come to the Science Lab prepared and ready to learn.  Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders should bring sharpened pencils, science books, and a notebook.  Students will be doing both individual and group work, so proper behavior is to be expected.


     Science instruction will be built around the FOSS Program, utilizing kits and a hands on approach.

I will be coordinating science instruction with the regular classroom teacher.  The report card grade should be based on a combination on lab work and regular classroom  science work.



Thank you for your cooperation.


     Science donations are always welcome!

     Suggested items are:

          paper towels,     dry erase markers,     facial tissues,

          disinfecting wipes,   as well as any cash donations


You can contact me by my email





    Mr. B. Blattel

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

Full Day Kindergarten Information

Newark Unified School District

Educational Services Department





To:                  Elementary Sites                              

From:             Educational Services

Date:               June 9, 2014

Re:                   Full Day Kindergarten



On May 20, 2014, the Newark Board of Education voted to approve full day kindergarten beginning in the Fall of 2014. As a District, we are excited about the opportunities this will bring to Newark’s students. By extending the day, we are fully aware that there are considerations for our students both academically and developmentally. Kindergarten teachers and District Leadership will carefully plan this increased time so as to serve the best interest of our children.

One very important consideration will be to help transition our kindergarten students into a full day. For the purpose of a successful transition, the implementation schedule will be as follows:

From August 25th (First day of school) through September 26th, kindergarten students will come to school from 8:10-12:10 Monday through Friday. Beginning on September 29th, 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 new schedule. We look forward to this opportunity to better serve Newark’s kindergarten students.


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.

Today: 9/21/14

2014-2015 School Year Calendar

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Information For Families

Bunker Student/Parent Handbook
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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.