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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October 3              Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30 am in Library


October 6              SSC meeting in Library, 2:50-3:50


October 7              PTC meeting, 6:30-8:00


October 9              ELAC meeting, 1:30-2:30 in room 28 CHANGE OF TIME


October 10            Walk-a-thon, 1:15-4:30


October 13            No School-Columbus Day


October 20            6th grade fundraiser, ‘Take Over' at Round Table Pizza onThornton, 5:00-9:00


October 21            Hot Dog BBQ Day at Bunker


October 31            Halloween Parade, 8:30 am on blacktop


Principal’s Message


Dear Bunker Families,


One good parent is worth one thousand school masters. ~ Chinese Proverb

Administrators and teachers everywhere recognize the important contributions parents make toward a child’s success in school.  There is no question about it- success at school begins at home.  Parents are the single most important variable in a child’s schooling.  Parents model both a silent and spoken language in front of their children daily.  They have taught their children values through how they spend their time and money.


One of the most important components of a good school is the partnership between the school and the parents who work together for the best interest of children.  The close partnership between home and school is one of the exceptional strengths of Bunker School.


Bunker has a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working parents.  Throughout the year parents have the opportunity to develop that partnership in a wide variety of ways.  Parents join the PTC, volunteer in the classroom, help at the Walkathon, are a member of School Site Council meetings, read to their children and help in many other ways.  It is important to your children that you are involved in their education.  It’s a way to let your child know that you think his or her school is important.


I appreciate all of our families here at Bunker, value their uniqueness, and am honored to be a part of the partnership toward student success.   I am looking forward to another great school year this year as we are adjusting to new challenges and experiences together. 


                                                                                                Best Wishes,

                                                                                                Colleen Gainey





Our 2014-2015 School Site Council


Elections were held in late September for our 2014-2015 School Site Council.  Thank you to all the wonderful parents who were in the running to fill the three open seats. New members Ruth Dalton, Paul Matharu and Shinae Moon will join our returning parent members Elizabeth Huffmaster, Joyce Jiawan and Lucir Schlickmann. Our current staff SSC members are Colleen Gainey and Paula Clevenger who will be joined by our new members Robin Kawabata, Binal Mistry, Cheri Villa and Dorene Kotake.  Our first meeting will be held on Mon., Oct. 6 from 2:50-3:50 pm in room 28. The public is welcome.



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                                      


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The Halloween parade will be Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. STUDENTS SHOULD WEAR THEIR COSTUMES TO SCHOOL, as the parade will begin immediately following the morning announcements at 8:20. Teachers will not have time to assist with make-up or any other aspect of your student’s costume so please be sure your student is “parade ready” when arriving at school. Students will sit on the blacktop and each grade level will parade, one at a time, in front of all the grade levels. This way every student will see each other’s costumes and have an audience to parade in front of.



  • Students will be changing out of their costumes after the parade so please send a bag to school for their costumes; students must be able to change by themselves. Teachers will not be able to help.
  • DO NOT congregate in the courtyards or in the direct line of the parade
  • Please be sure your child’s costume is in good taste- no blood or gore, this could scare the younger children!



  • NO WEAPONS OR FACSIMILES OF WEAPONS (guns, swords, daggers, etc.)
  • No electronic devices -i.e. boom boxes, radios, CD players
  • No wheeled transportation-scooters, roller blades, wheelies, roller skates, etc.


Thank you for your cooperation and have a safe Halloween!

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


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: 10/21/14

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Information For Families

Cold and flu season update-Spanish
Bunker Student/Parent Handbook
All Notes

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.