News and Events

There's always something new going on at Mary A. Otondo Elementary. Stop by this page often for more information on special events and awards as well as informational articles!

New Crosswalk Information

Below you will find the new state statute (law) regarding crosswalks. Please remember that the speed limit for the entire length of Otondo Drive past both Mary A. Otondo and Castle Dome is 15 miles per hour. The parking lot speed is five miles per hour.

  • 28-797. School crossings: civil penalty: assessment: definition
    F. A vehicle shall not proceed at a speed of more than fifteen miles per hour between the portable signs placed on the highway indicating that there shall be no passing, that school is in session, and that the driver shall stop when children are in the crosswalk.

Spring Pictures

Don’t forget that spring pictures are coming up on Wednesday, February 28. Smile for the camera!

Appointments with Teachers

We are asking parents and guardians to schedule appointments/conferences with teachers at times that do not interfere with instructional time. Thank you!

Lion King

The Mary A. Otondo drama club, under the direction of Mrs. Van Voorst, presents Lion King on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets are $4.00 each. We look forward to performing for you!

Early Release/Dismissal

Please remember that school releases each Monday at 2:10 p.m. Please make sure your child’s teacher knows how your child is to leave campus each day. If your routine is to change, please notify the school no later than 40 minutes prior to dismissal time.

Attendance

Your child’s attendance is extremely important. Students cannot learn when they are not at school. State law states that it is the responsibility of the parent to have their child at school and on time. Just a reminder that if you take your child out of school before 2:10 p.m. (before 1:02 p.m. on Mondays), we will consider it a half day. After 2:10 p.m. it will be a tardy. Please note that we have many parents signing their children out early. Please allow your children to complete the school day. It is very disrupting to your child, the remaining students, teacher, and the teaching learning process. Thank you!

2nd Grade Christmas Program

Please join us for our 2nd Grade Christmas program on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there.

Penguin Patch Gift Shoppe

The Penguin Patch is right around the corner! Your student can come and shop for family and friends on Monday, December 11 through Friday December 15 in the Mesa room. We will help them wrap and tag the gifts. Keep your eyes open for the flyer and envelope for more information! Thank you from your P.T.O.!

Pets at School

Please refrain from bringing pets or animals to school unless you have made prior arrangements with school administration for special occasions here at Otondo. This is for safety and liability reasons.

Book Fair

Our fall book fair begins on Monday, November 13 at 8:15 a.m. and concludes on Friday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. Each class receives a scheduled time to attend the book fair during the week. Please check with your child’s teacher for their date and time. Children are only allowed at the book fair before and after school, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a parent or guardian present. We welcome parent volunteers to come help us out! If you’re interested, please e-mail us. Thank you!

Otondo Special Olympics

The 36 member Otondo Special Olympics Play Unified Team is playing in the district-wide soccer tournament on Friday, November 17 at the Yuma Valley Park, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The park is located at 362 West 24th Street in Yuma. You are invited to attend and we hope to see you there!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are on Tuesday, October 10 through Friday, October 13. We will release students at 1:00 p.m. on all four days. Please work with your child’s teacher to schedule time for your child’s conference. It is so important for us to work together to ensure your child's success!

Fall Festival

Our fall festival is on Saturday, October 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring the entire family, and help our PTO raise funds to support our school. There will be a trick-or-treat hall, a mini-haunted classroom, games, cake walk, dunk tank, petting zoo, face painting, jumpers, and more! We look forward to seeing you there!

Cafeteria Reminders

All parents/guardians wishing to have lunch with their children must sign in at the office and obtain a visitors badge before entering the cafeteria. Parents may sit with their child at a table in the center of the cafeteria. We do not allow your child to have classmates sit and eat with them during lunch.  This is meant to be a special time for you to spend with your child. Please do not share your lunch items with other students. At the end of the lunch period, parents may not follow students to the playground. Please remember to check out from the office prior to exiting the building. This is for student safety and liability.

Early Release

Please note that school releases every Monday at 2:10 p.m. Please make sure you make arrangements for your child’s dismissal. Thank you!  

Attendance

Your child’s attendance is extremely important. Students cannot learn when they are not at school. State law states that it is the responsibility of the parent to have their child at school and on time. Just a reminder that if you take your child out of school before 2:10 p.m. we will consider it a half day. After 2:10 p.m. it will be a tardy. Special note: We have many parents signing their children out early. Please allow your children to complete the school day! It is very disrupting to the remaining students, teacher, and the teaching-learning process. 

Bus Information

Transportation has worked very hard to make bus assignments for over 350 students at our school. It is very important that if for some reason your student needs to make a change from how they normally ride the bus (parent will pick up, ride a different bus, change of address, etc.), the parent needs to write a note each time to the teacher. Without a written note from the parent, we will place the student on the assigned bus as usual. We cannot place your child on a different bus unless you contact transportation at (928) 502.8840 to make arrangements through them.

Safety Reminder

Please slow down on Otondo Dr. and in our parking lots! We want to keep all our students, staff, and visitors safe. 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is going on now for the 2017-2018 school year! Please tell your friends and neighbors. Please visit our school office or contact us for information at (928) 502.8500.

First Day of School

Mark your calendars for the first day of the 2017-18 school year, August 7!