Upcoming Events

  • Mid-Winter Recess (No School )

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  • School Resumes

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  • SLT Meeting

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Principal's Message

As usual, the last month has flown by and we are finding ourselves at the beginning of another fun month! Please refer to our calendar and check your child's backpack on a regular basis for invitations to our special events. 

During February, we have a few celebrations.  We will explore special events such as the Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day and the 100th Day of School with a variety of fun activities that will teach us all about the history and customs of these special days.  This year, the 100th day of school lands on February 14th and we are excited about partnering with the other school in our building to have our Kindergartners participate in a building wide parade.  Make sure to look out for the 100th day of activities/homework which will help build on their math skills.  

Research shows that there is a correlation between parent engagement and student achievement.  As a result, we have been working really hard on planning event for parents and families.  We're hoping to see more parents attend our bi-weekly/monthly "Breakfast Club" and family events such as the Celebration of Learning.  This is when our students present their projects to their peers and visitors.  It's preparing them for college where they will be expected to research a topic and present their findings with peers.  Our students are always eager to share their accomplishments and ideas, so please join us for the fun!  The monthly calendar has all of our event dates. 

Mid-winter recess will be from February 18- February 22.  Classes will resume on Monday, February 25th.  Please review the winter break packets for your children and make sure that they are completed.  Have a safe and enjoyable break! 

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 2018-2019 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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 Dates:  1-22-18, 2-19-18, 3-19-18

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