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Mission: Ortega Elementary PTO creates an active, cohesive community of families, faculty and staff at Ortega Elementary School. This organization works to achieve the visions and goals developed for Ortega Elementary School through the support of the enrichment and recognition programs.

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Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! We’re excited to reunite with returning families and get to know our newest Otters. The mission of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to promote open communication and understanding between families and staff at Ortega Elementary to create an environment where teachers can do their best work and students can do their best learning. 


The PTO is collectively every parent or guardian of an Ortega student and all teachers and professional staff. The PTO is an independent organization. This allows us to keep all funds that we raise in house for our school and its programs. This is especially important in Pacifica School District, one of the lowest funded districts on the Peninsula. Through your generosity of donations, we are able to offer enrichment classes like Garden Science Class and Art Class to our children; reimburse teachers for money they spend to create dynamic and exciting learning environments; and host activities like movie nights, the talent show, field day, school assemblies, and more!


We encourage you to become as involved as possible at Ortega this school year. All are welcome at our monthly PTO Meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM via GoogleMeet or in person. There are many ways to get involved at Ortega. From Drop off Attendant in the AM to Color Walk volunteer on a Friday, Room Parent planning at home in the evenings to Popsicle Sales on Wednesday afternoon, there’s a volunteer opportunity to fit every schedule.


Every hour and every dollar that you donate to Ortega is appreciated and essential. Collectively, the programs that the PTO funds cost between $250-300 per student. This year, our fundraising goal is at least $100,000 to continue offering these programs and activities. If we raise more, we can do more for our students. We hope your involvement helps us reach our goals for students and also deepens your connection to the Ortega community.


For more information and all the latest news about Ortega events, activities, and fundraising

opportunities, be sure you are on the email list for Otter Town News (visit to sign up or use the QR code on the second page of this packet). And please join us at Back to School Night on August 31st when the PTO will lay out its plans, including the proposed budget for the 2023-24 school year, to make this school year “Otterly Amazing”!

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