Colleen Gainey, Principal
Main Office Line:
To call in an absence:
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:
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 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.”
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 is a California Distinguished School for 2014
We are thankful!
As we take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:
We appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving holiday. We also hope you will keep in mind that school is closed on November 24, 2014 and reopens Monday, December 1, 2014.
We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra time off during the Thanksgiving holiday. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.
January 5 Back to school after winter break
January 12 SSC meeting, room 28 at 2:50
January 13 Spellathon begins
January 14 ELAC meeting, 1:30-2:30 in room 28
PTC Meeting in Library, 6:30
January 19 No school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 29 Spell-a-thon sponsor sheets due
Principal/Presidential award meeting, room 25, 11:45-12:10
January 30 Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30 am in Library
February 2-6 Spellathon Week
February 9 No school in honor of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday
February 10 Spellathon sponsor sheets returned to students
February 12 Principal/Presidential award meeting, room 25, 11:45-12:10
February 16 No school, Presidents’ Day
February 19 Young Authors Celebration for 4-6 graders, 6:00-7:00 in Library
February 25 Spelling Bee, 8:30 am in Cafeteria
February 26 Young Authors Celebration for K-3 graders, 6:00-7:00 in Library
February 27 Spellathon pledge money due today
Young Author Books are due Thursday, February 19th
If your student has decided to create a Young Author book, that’s wonderful! Students may turn in the book to their teacher, or directly to me in the library, anytime between now and Feb. 19th, at the latest. Please, no crayon drawings if possible. Crayon really gums up the copy machine. Please do not staple the book together. It will be bound and returned to you at one of the Bunker Publishing Events:
I’m looking forward to seeing all of our Young Authors’ creations !
Viola Blythe Canned Food and Toy Drive
Thank you to all our families for your generous donations to our annual toy and canned food drive. Your generosity and compassion made it possible for many families to celebrate the holidays in traditional ways even though their lives have been impacted by unforeseen challenges.
Principals/President Award Meetings
It is that time of year for our 6th grade students who are interested in applying for the Principals or Presidents Award to begin the process. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 29, 2015. All the meetings are during lunch time, 11:45-12:10, in room 25.
Please download and print the Principal/President Award Packet under “information for Families” to the right on this page and bring it with you to each and every meeting.
Mrs. Vilkins and Mrs. Nguyen
Bunkers Annual Spellathon is Coming!
In order to instill in our pupils the excitement and enjoyment of being a successful speller we are going to conduct a Spellathon which will begin February 13 and end on February 6 ( round 1). Our Spell-a-thon is a unique way of reviewing those words that children should master at their grade level as well as raising money for their class and school. Students find sponsors to support them from their families, friends and neighbors - no door to door soliciting is allowed please.
We urge you to support our efforts by encouraging your child to study the spelling list of words he/she will receive. This is an important fundraiser for our school because all the money raised goes directly to support the classrooms.
Open Enrollment (Intra-District Transfer) Requests for the 2015-2016 School Year
If you would like to have your child attend a different elementary school for the 2015-2016 school year, you will need to complete an Open Enrollment (Intra-District Transfer) Request form. These forms can be picked up at the office of the school your child is currently attending, the district website, or at the front desk of the District Office. Space is always limited so it is extremely important to fill out and turn in the form as quickly as possible. All Open Enrollment (Intra-District Transfer) Requests should be turned in to the District Office between January 5, and January 30, 2015. Students who have been overflowed to a different school will need to complete an Open Enrollment (Intra-District Transfer) Request form if they wish to remain at their current school. If you have any questions, the school office should be able to help you. Thank you.
Cold and flu season information for NUSD Nurse
October 3, 2014
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:
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.
Newark Unified School District
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.
BUNKER'S SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT CARD
2014-2015 School Year Calendar
Information For Families
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.