Upcoming Events

  • Holiday Show

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  • Mental Health 101 Workshop with Dept. Of Health

    Shackola Symons (Thrive NYC and Dept. of Health) 

    shows us ways to unwind and destress.  

    Tactics to use at home with your children. 

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  • Spirit Day: Pajama Day

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • Celebration of Learning

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • Winter Recess

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Principal's Message


 During this Holiday season, we focus on the life skill of kindness. In November, we discuss the value of giving thanks, to support a positive, appreciative and healthy approach to living. While December, no surprise, is all about giving to others. Time will fly over these busy holiday months and we are making the most of our learning time to support student cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. This is done consistently analyzing student tasks and assessments, modifying our instructional lessons to meet individual student needs, and collaboratively (often with our dedicated parents) preparing unique learning experiences for the beautiful children in our care. This month is exciting for everyone, but we must all remain focus on our instructional goals!
As we end 2019, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the Young Diplomats Magnet Academy and to the belief in a public-school education. It was great seeing many of you during our Parent-Teacher Conferences, and for those who were unable to make the meeting, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher to meet with them.
The success we have experienced since the opening of the school year owes a great deal to parents/caregivers and families like yours. I wish you a restful winter break and hope you enjoy this time with your child. For the New Year, I wish your health and happiness and hope the winter recess provides time for you and your scholar(s) to do things you might not be able to accomplish when school is in session. Please note that school will be closed after December 20th and will resume on January 2nd.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from our Young Diplomats Magnet Academy Family to yours.


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 2019-2020 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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Our school leadership team meets every third Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm.  

I hope to see you all there.