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Year Round Events


Movie Nights are a great way to get together and enjoy a movie with friends, family, and your Otter community. Past shows have included animated films, comedies, Disney movies, and other family friendly flicks. These fun events are open to the entire Pacifica community! 


While construction of the new turf field is happening, outdoor movies will be held on the basketball courts near the TK/Kindergarten playground. Bring your chairs and blankets to spread out and enjoy the outdoor movie environment. Snacks, drinks, and Ortega gear are available for purchase. Indoor movies are held in our Multipurpose Room.

Girl Eating Popsicle


Every Wednesday, our Otters ecstatically line up after school to purchase $1 popsicles from our volunteer parents. This Ortega tradition actually raises funds for the Ortega PTO’s art, garden program, and library support but it is such a beloved part of our school’s weekly rhythm that we are listing it as a “School Event”!


Ortega's Ice Cream Socials are held throughout the year on the south side of campus. These fun after-school events are thrown to bring the community together for a casual outdoor school party. You scream, I scream, Ortega screams for ice cream!

Fall Events
Color Bombs


Color Walk & Roll is like a normal walk-a-thon, but with more flair and color! As students pass by various checkpoints, they will be showered with color from parents participating at the color stations. The non-toxic powder contains corn starch, baking soda and food dye. 

Winter Events


Read-A-Thon is an annual event to celebrate literacy while raising money for Ortega. Students ask friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor their reading efforts throughout the month of March.


This fundraiser encourages children to pick up a book and read! Prizes are given to the students in each grade that read the most minutes in the given time frame.

Spring Events
Dancers in Shadow


Ortega has talent! All students are welcome to perform in this spring variety show. Practices begin in early January and the performance happens in March. Dancing, singing, magic, comedy, musical instruments - there is no end to the talent Ortega students display during the talent show. 


There are 2 performances: a morning show held during school and an evening show for family and friends.


Ortega's Silent Auction & Raffle is a great way to support your school and score some one-of-a-kind auction items. Past items have included hand made ceramics, gift certificates, class passes, sports tickets, and tickets to Bay Area attractions, just to name a few.  

Generous local businesses donate items that are either bid on during a silent auction or raffled off. The Silent Auction & Raffle takes place during Ortega’s Open House. If you own a local business and would like to donate something - reach out to our fundraising team at

Carnival Booths


The school throws a fun filled carnival with games, bounce areas, food and music. The whole Pacifica community is invited to attend the yearly carnival.


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