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Parents and volunteers serve a crucial role at Ortega by giving their time, talent and enthusiasm to make our school great!

There are many ways to volunteer. You can lead committees, coach sports, donate your professional services, provide classroom supplies, offer input at meetings, or chaperone on field trips. Every contribution, big or small, makes a positive impact on our school community and shows our children that we care about their education and believe it is important.

Get Involved

The Ortega Community consists of parents and teachers that work together to support and enrich our students' experience. We support everyone at the school by working to meet school needs through volunteering and fundraising.

Research shows that family involvement results in better grades, fewer discipline problems, and makes it easier to establish friendships with teachers and other parents. We promise that the time you give for the school will be worth your while and fun! Together, we can make a difference!

Stay Connected

Every parent or guardian is part of the PTO, not just those on the PTO Board. As part of the PTO we encourage you to come to PTO meetings to learn what is happening at your school and be part of our collective voice to advocate for our children.


Have Fun
PTO is an awesome way to meet other families and connect!  Attend events, share experiences, and enjoy spending time with your Ortega Otter community.

Elna Flynn Award

The Elna Flynn Outstanding Volunteer Awards are inspired by the life of Elna Flynn (1930-1987). Elna Flynn was the consummate Pacifica volunteer who spent her time in classrooms and served as president of the PTA at Portola School and of the Laguna Salada PTA Council, served on the 17th District PTA for San Mateo County, and was a founder of the Oceana Scholarship and Activities Foundation.

Each year all schools nominate an outstanding volunteer that has gone above and beyond in their time and effort.  Their motivation is to improve the educational and community-building aspects of our school environment.  The honoree is recognized and celebrated at an annual banquet in May.

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