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Principal's Message

Dear YDMA Families, 

Many times, teacher (and principals) are asked by parents, "What can I do at home to help my child be successful at school?" My answer is quite simple, "Read with your child every day." Before, during, and after the reading, praise your child, direct a discussion about the story, ask questions, visualize the story, talk about the characters and their traits, share personal reactions, and relate the story to life experiences.  Most of all enjoy the story together and let your child see that reading is fun.  Cherish this special time together! 

Attendance is a critical component of student success. Ensuring that your child is here on time each day will allow them to learn and grow in multiple areas: academic, behavioral, and social/emotional.  When possible, please try to schedule appointments outside of the school day.  Also please monitor the use of technology at home.  Encourage your child to speak to you about anything unusual that they see online.  Our Character Education teacher, Ms. Wielingen will also speak to the students on cyber awareness.

I look forward to seeing every at our Parent-Teacher conferences, which will be held on Thursday, March 14th.  The sessions are from 1:00pm-3:00pm and then from 4:30pm- 7:30pm. 

Important Dates: 

  • Parent Teacher Conferences (Half-Day) dismissal is at 11:45am on Thursday, March 14th.
  • NYS ELA Assessment (Tuesday, April 2nd-Wednesday, April 3rd) 
  • NYS MATH Assessment (Wednesday, May 1st-Thursday, May 2nd) 


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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