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



The folks at Sangha have just launched a new Parents Self Serve Signup.

Just click on this Signup link and enter our School Code: 738PR1

How it works
Once you sign up on the self serve page, you will receive an email invitation from Sangha with easy instructions.
If you don't see the email invite, check other places it might be in your Junk, Spam, Social, Promotions, or other email Folders.
(If you've signed up before and haven't seen the invitation from Sangha, they've been sent out twice this Fall, so check those folders.)

Healty School

Healthy Schools Act AB2260

The Healthy Schools Act establishes requirements for school districts when pesticide applications are made at California public K-12 schools. To view the California Healthy School Act and the Integrated Pest Management Plan (new requirement) for Newark Unified School District, go to http://nusd.ca.schoolloop.com. Click on the quick link , Healthy Schools Act. This information is also available for viewing at your school’s 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.


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 in place; 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


LCAP Parent Feedback Survey


Newark Unified School District is seeking input from parents, students, and teachers

to help us shape our goals and priorities through 2019. Your feedback will provide

important information on how well we are doing in meeting our goals, and provide

us with direction on how we can improve.


Monday, November 9th through Friday, November 20th

The survey can be accessed online with: (a) a home computer, (b) a smart phone,

or (c) a computer set up at your child’s school office.

Find the survey at,

www.newarkunified.org or connect to the url below.



If you need assistance in completing this survey call

(510) 818-4202.


We look forward to reading your feedback,


Janet Handley; Director of Special Projects, Newark Unified School District

Newark Unified School District LCAP Advisory Committee


In 2013 - 2014, the state of California changed the way it funds school 

districts.  The new model, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), 

allows districts more freedom in how funds are spent but also required the 

development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that aligns 

spending district goals for student achievement.  

One key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of parents/guardians 

and staff in providing input and feedback.  Annually, the plan is updated and 

the committee will meet to review, revise and/or develop new goals.  NUSD is 

in the process of establishing the LCAP Advisory Committee.  

NUSD is seeking application for parents and teachers to participate on the 

advisory committee.  If you are interested in participating on this committee you 

must be available for meetings on the mornings of: 


January 21, March 8, April 13 and May 10. 


Apply online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQ3WVM9.   

The deadline for applying is December 8, 2015. The Board will review the 

applications on December 15, 2015.  If you are unable to access online, you can download an application under the 'Information For Families' on the right of this page or paper copies are available at school offices.

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Minimum Day’s for Parent/Teacher Conferences are November 12, 16, 17, 18 & 19. Please be sure your student pick up plans are in order for dismissal at 1:05 for all K to 6th grade students!




Important Attendance Information

When a student misses school without a valid reason (ex: illness or medical appointment with doctor’s note) the absence is considered unexcused, and the student is truant. If a student is absent, the parent must notify the school within three days to “clear the valid absence”; otherwise the absence is recorded unexcused.  Of course, as always, students who are ill should stay home ensuring they are fever free for 24 hours and are feeling well enough to focus on learning at school.

In the first 39 days of school, we have already collected over 180 unexcused absences here at Bunker.  That is far too many! The school year consists of 180 instructional days, of which our teachers spend an extensive amount of time preparing instruction to accommodate for the intense rigor of the common core state standards. Every day of instruction is important and makes a huge difference in the progress and learning of our students. Our office receives many calls from parents notifying us of student’s unexcused absences (ex: going out of town for a long weekend, or adding a day either before or after a school holiday.)  Although we are understanding that families have obligations and personal needs that often require time away from school, we ask you to stop and think about how quickly “just a day here or a couple days there” can add up in the bigger picture.  Even that 1 day out, has an impact on a child’s learning.

In education, school districts receive funding based on the number of students in chairs each day of school.  Funding is not received in the absence of a student. Bunker is responsible for the learning of about 550 students and if each student takes “just 1 extra day” that has a huge impact on not only individual student learning, but overall resources and programs available to the students within our community.

We thank you for thinking twice before taking that extra day off from school!


Walkathon Thank You

Our Walkathon was a great success. Thank you to all of you who came and participated in this family-oriented fundraiser.  A very special thank you to the parents and teachers who volunteered to make this event so special by dedicating their endless time so our Bunker community could get together and enjoy our 24th  Walkathon.


The Book Fair is Here!


The Book Fair is online until 11/14.  Visit our homepage for an even bigger selection of items than those available in the library.  Family and friends living out of the area can support the school too by shopping at our online Book Fair.  All orders ship to the school for free, 7-10 days after the 14th.

Please visit us in the library

  • Monday, Nov. 2nd – Friday, Nov. 6th, 8:30 – 3:00
  • Family Night:  Thursday, Nov. 5th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt while parents do some holiday shopping!


Before you visit the Book Fair, you might want to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child.  Using the app, you can scan a book's barcode to get the book's reading level, for example.  For more information, visit:  www.scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs


Viola Blythe Holiday Canned Food Drive has begun!

Bunker school will be collecting canned food again this year to support Viola Blythe. The Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark is a nonprofit, nonsectarian corporation organized to promote, support and advocate social and human services to any person who is in immediate need. This mission is accomplished by a variety of programs, including emergency food and clothing distribution, referrals to other agencies, special programs that address current community needs and holiday programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

From now until December 16, 2015, Bunker school will be collecting canned food (please be sure your canned food donations are not outdated) along with new, unwrapped toys for the holidays. Please send your donation to your child’s classroom. Our support helps this essential organization provide for our needy neighbors here in Newark all year around. Thank you in advance for your support.





Please remember to check the lost and found clothing hanging on the fence or rack by the cafeteria; it is full of your children’s LOST OR LEFT BEHIND CLOTHING! These lost items will be donated to Viola Blythe over the Winter Break so check early! THANKS SO MUCH.



LCAP Advisory Committee Applicants Wanted
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Information For Families

LCAP Advisory Committee Application
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Community Planning Session Information-Spanish
Permit to Administer Medication Form
Bunker Student/Parent Handbook
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Newark Library

Homework Express

Homework Express is a free afterschool location where students in grades K - 8 can get help with their homework questions. It is staffed by an adult coordinator and high school students, who are the homework helpers.

Drop-in Mondays - Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

from September 14, 2015 - May 26 2015. 


Closed on school holidays and teacher workdays. Closure dates for 2015-2016 school year:

October 12, 2015

November 11, 2015

December 21 - 31, 2015

January 18, 2016    

January 25, 2016

February 15, 2016

March 14, 2016      

March 28 - 31, 2016

For more information contact: Becky Machetta 510-284-0682 or Rmachetta@aclibrary.org

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.