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    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy


    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • PTA Meeting

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • School Leadership Team Meeting

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • PTA Meeting

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
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Principal's Message

Warmer weather is finally here and so is, to a large degree, a return to normalcy!  We are excited to welcome back more students into blended learning! Although we are breathing a sigh of relief from Covid restrictions, we want to emphasize the importance of adhering to the health guidelines. In order to help ensure the safety of all members in our learning community, we ask that students continue to wear their masks, wash their hands, and maintain social distancing.     

Please look out for the most recent progress reports, which were sent home on April 23rd.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress report, please make sure to schedule a date and time to meet with your child’s teacher.  

Chancellor Porter has introduced Summer Rising for all students.  The Summer Rising program will be held at our school and will be completely in person.  The children will have academic classes in the morning from 8 AM- 12 PM, and from 12 PM- 5:30 PM, they will join our school’s community -based organization, Catholic Charities for extracurricular activities. If interested, you should apply for the summer program online by clicking on this link SummerRising (nyc.gov).  

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact myself via email at dgomez5@schools.nyc.gov or on class dojo. Thank you so much for your continued support and wishing you and your family good health and safety. 

From the Parent Coordinator

As we gear up for another exciting school year, I'm excited to assure you that my purpose here at P.S. 242 is to serve as a helpful source to our families.   Coming into the 2020-2021 school year; I encourage all parents to communicate creative ideas and concerns that many of us have regarding your child’s education. My role in partnership with the principal is to facilitate support networks and workshops of interest for you.

Parent Involvement

Our students’ progress continues to be successful when parents are involved. Each child that walks through the halls of YDMA are supported by a team of educators dedicated to inspire their minds. We strive to provide every student, with the tools needed to have a positive and enriching future. For a successful school year, active parents are key to strengthening the school’s progress, our families and your child’s education.

 Parent Workshops

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs…To help support and assist parents in balancing family life, a monthly calendar and newsletter will be given out with all upcoming events that are scheduled for the month. We ask that all parents come to the workshops.


If there’s a workshop that might interest your or you have concerns that you need assistance in. Please feel free to contact me. I’m available to assist from Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:00pm. You can also reach me by phone (212)678-2908 ext. 111 or by email cortega2@schools.nyc.gov

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School Leadership Team meeting information

Dates: Every third Tuesday of the Month 

Next Meeting: May 18, 2021

Time:  4:30 pm

Parent Teacher Association/ Title 1 Parent Advisory Council

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month. 

Next meeting: May 11, 2021 

Time: 6:00pm.