Parents and volunteers serve a crucial role at Ortega by giving of their time, talent and treasure to make our school great!
Our volunteers get involved at every level. Some lead committees, coach sports, or donate their professional services while others 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.
The Ortega Community consists of parents and teachers that work together to support and enrich all our students. We support school staff, help promote student self-esteem, and assist in efforts to solve school needs through volunteers and fundraising.
Research shows that students whose parents are involved in their education have better grades and fewer discipline problems. Involvement at the school also 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!
The PTO is our collective voice to advocate for our school and stay up to date with what is happening at school. You are a part of the PTO and we encourage you to come to PTO meetings and learn what is happening at your school and what activities are benefiting your child on a day to day basis.
PTO is an awesome way to meet other families and connect! Attend events, share experiences, and enjoy spending time with your Ortega Otter community.
Research shows that when parents are involved in their children's education, the children are more likely to:
earn better grades
score higher on tests
pass their classes
attend school regularly
have better social skills
show improved behavior
be more positive in their attitude toward school
complete homework assignments
graduate and continue their education
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.