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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

This school year has been a huge transition for everyone. We want to thank you for your continuous patience and understanding.  We will continue to work toward making this school year a successful one.

I recognize the circumstances that we are experiencing this school year. It is definitely not what we expected nor hoped for but will get through it as a team!  Our learning community understands that part of our children’s success relies heavily on the support offered both at school and at home. I am certain that our common responsibility and commitment for our children’s success will provide fruitful outcomes as the year progresses no matter the challenges. 

As part of our shared responsibility, our teachers and I ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that s/he: 

  1. Attends their scheduled meetings with teachers (virtually or in person) on their scheduled days and on time, ready for the day’s learning experiences. 
  2. Completes and submits assignments on time.  This helps assess their understanding and differentiates the instruction based on their needs.
  3. Consistently communicates with their teachers.  
  4. Shares school experiences with you to help monitor their learning and progress. 
  5. Has their camera turned on when directed by a teacher. 
  6. Logs on in a quiet, productive location free from distractions. Students should NOT be in bed or lying down when on a Zoom meeting. 
  7. Is assured that we all want them to be successful!  

We have planned a Family Learning session for Election Day, where parents/guardians and students will participate in some fun activities with us. Additionally, teachers will review expectations and answer any questions that you may have about hybrid or remote learning.  

Our community values the right to vote and understands how crucial it is this year! Therefore, we want to celebrate everyone that goes out to vote under the current circumstances. If you have mailed out your ballot or received your "I voted!" sticker, please take a selfie with your child and show your sticker or by your mailbox when you send off your ballot.  We will be creating a video or slide show celebrating the power of your vote!  If you haven't filled out a web permission slip please do so as soon as possible. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tyxJGEXvYUWFcQxC5fesB_OM0lpJVf9KqpS3k2_UKwxUNUw5Uk5JRlMyTFY4SFpMMzlZUEUxSTJQUi4uWe are unable to post your child's photo is this form if not filled out!

As always, feel free to reach out to me at dgomez5@schools.nycgov or on Class Dojo if you have any questions or concerns.

Happy November!


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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YDMA Votes

School Leadership Team meeting information

Dates: Every third Tuesday of the Month 

Meeting Date: November 17, 2020 

Time:  4:30 pm

SLT Minutes

Parent Teacher Association/ Title 1 Parent Advisory Council

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month. 

Next meeting: November 10, 2020

Time: 6:00pm.