Main Office Line:
To call in an absence:
Registration for Kindergarten and new 1st to 6th grade students for fall will begin on Tuesday, March 11. Please see registration requirements under the Parent Information tab for further information.
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.
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:
NO SHOTS – NO SCHOOL
If you have any questions,
please call the Jr. High
“To prevent delayed enrollment/class placement at the Jr. High, families should begin contacting their physicians prior to the end of the 2013-2014 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.”
The Newark Unified School District is offering child care for all our Newark families.
We have six sites with Lead 2 directors offering their services at: Bunker (Maryann Alam); Kennedy (Kay Burt); Lincoln (Kathy Knight); Milani (Mary Garcia); Musick (Margarita Moreno); and Snow (Luz Chamberlain).
We have different options for parents to enroll their children; from kindergarten to 6th grade, from prepaid drop off (twice monthly maximum) to 6, 12, 20, 30 and 40 hours monthly. We also have alternative payment program referral contact information from 4C’s, Child Care Links, and Child, Family and Community Services.
We have safe classrooms offering your children the opportunity to do their home work, play and socialize with other friends, eat healthy snacks, and be relaxed after a long day of school.
We are always looking for more families to serve in our Newark Community.
Child Care Coordinator
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.
James L. Bunker Elementary School
Flu Notice from NUSD
As you may know, the H1N1 flu has been circulating throughout the state of California and it is likely we will see an increase in flu cases spreading from child to child.
Your child should continue to come to school, as long as they are not sick and do not have flu symptoms such as fevers above 100, nausea or vomiting.
All individuals with an influenza-like illness or symptoms should remain home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
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:
Thank you for your help and support with this very important matter.
SSC meeting, 2:50 in Library
Young Authors Book Binding for 4-6 grades, 8:30-12:30 in Library
No school, teacher work day
Kindergarten registration for fall begins today
PTC meeting, 6:30 in Library
Young Author Celebration, 4-6 grades, 6:30 in Cafeteria
ELAC meeting, 8:30-9:30 in Library
Spring Picture Day
Young Author Celebration, K-3 grades, 6:30 in Cafeteria
Talent Show, 6:00-7:00 in Cafeteria
SSC meeting, 2:50 in Library
PTC meeting, 6:30 in Library
Spring Break, no school!
Dear Bunker Families~
It has been absolutely wonderful returning to this fabulous second home of mine---greeting so many of you after my brief absence, waving at you in the front parking lot, visiting about changes in your families, and laughing with you at the delightful antics our children will always be known for!
We are thrilled about the activities that will take place while I am visiting as Guest Principal over the next two months:
Life at Bunker is ALWAYS bustling…but springtime is a time when life truly flourishes and thrives, isn’t it? I look forward to enjoying this special time with each and every one of you!
Mrs. Gainey Had Her Baby!
Have you heard? In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, February 19, Mr. and Mrs. Gainey welcomed 7lb. 5 oz. healthy new daughter Olivia Ruth into their lives. Mom, dad, and baby are all enjoying their new life together. Mrs. Gainey plans to return to Bunker after Spring Break.
Our 2014 Bunker Spelling Bee
Our Bunker Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, February 26 with sixteen 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students participating. The selected students were the two students from each classroom who had previously won the second round “Spellathon” in their individual classrooms during the month of February.
We congratulate Alice Kwon (Ms. Jones’ class) who won first place, and Aadesh Judge (Ms. Nguyen’s class) who won second place and applaud the efforts of ALL of our students who participated in this annual event.
Our 2013-2014 School Site Council
Our School Site Council met on Monday, March 3 to review our updated Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). This plan was updated to include new carryover funding in our EIA-LEP categorical funds for the 2012 through 2014 school years.
Our next Site Council meeting will take place on Monday, April 7, 2014. Please feel free to join us at this meeting in the school library at 2:50 pm.
Visits to School
Should you find yourself in need of a restroom visit while you are at Bunker, we would like to invite you to use the MUCH NICER restroom in the office.
Our student bathrooms are for STUDENTS ONLY.
If you would like to visit the cafeteria and have lunch with your child, we ask that you first stop and sign in the office and get a visitor’s badge. We must stop any visitor on campus without a badge on and redirect them to the office for proper sign-in. Our students’ safety is of the utmost importance to all of us at Bunker.
Emergency Contact Information
If there are changes to your phone numbers, address or email address PLEASE come into the office an update your child/ren’s emergency card. It is of the utmost importance for us to be able to contact you if an emergency or illness should occur during the school day.
ABSENCES AND TARDIES
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.
Music for Minors II
Music for Minors II is a nonprofit with the mission of nurturing the love and literacy of music in children’s classrooms and lives since 1988. Music classes have begun at Bunker School and joyous children’s voices can be heard in the hallways and at recess all over the school. Our volunteer music docents are: Kathy Garfinkle/1st grade, Aaretha Cromwell/2nd grade, Michelle Pimentel/3rd grade, Kathie Lee Chappell/4th grade and Dawn Sawyer in Special Day Class. For further information or to volunteer as a docent aide in your child’s classroom contact Michelle Pimentel at 510-449-9908 or Kathy Garfinkle at 510-489-4779.
BUNKER'S SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT CARD
Intra-District Transfer Requests for the 2014-2015 School Year
If you would like to have your child attend a different elementary school for the 2014-2015 school year, you will need to complete an Intra-District Transfer Request form. These forms can be picked up at the office of the school your child is currently attending. Space is always limited so it is extremely important to fill out and turn in the form as quickly as possible. All Intra-District Transfer Requests should be turned in to your child’s current school office after March 11, and before before March 28, 2014. If you have any questions, the school office should be able to help you. Thank you.
Pedidos de Transferencia dentro del Distrito para el Año escolar 2014-2015
Si usted quisiera que su hijo/a asista a una diferente escuela primaria para el año escolar 2014-2015, tiene que llenar un formulario de Pedido de transferencia dentro del distrito (Intra-District Transfer Request.) Se puede obtener un formulario en la oficina de la escuela a la cual su hijo/a asiste actualmente. Hay espacio limitado así que es muy importante llenar y entregar el formulario lo más pronto. Se debe entregar todos los pedidos de transferencia dentro del distrito a la oficina de la escuela actual de su hijo después del 11 de marzo y antes del 28 de marzo 2014. La oficina escolar puede ayudarlo con cualquier pregunta que tenga. Gracias.
Information For Families
NJHS Coffee with the Principal
Newark Jr. High is hosting
Coffee with the Principal
Please attend if you can to meet Mr. Neal and learn more about NJHS!
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:
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
* 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
* 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.