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Principal's Message

Welcome to 2020-2021!
As we plan for a new year like no other that we have seen in the past, our goal will still be to ensure that our students are engaged and receive quality instruction through hybrid and/or remote instruction. 
Spring of 2020 challenged all of us to find a new normal for learning and connected us in new ways. What I most appreciate about the YDMA family is how even under circumstances we have never experienced we are still a learning and caring community. Our current conditions might not be normal, but our learning will not only continue, it will also thrive.

We are looking forward to many exciting events at YDMA. At this point of our academic year, all students in grades K-5 will be assessed again using the Fountas & Pinnell benchmark system. Teachers use the student data collected from this assessment to provide additional needed academic support and interventions for students. Your child’s teacher will be sharing the data to let you know how your child performed on this assessment and in other subject areas. Remember that you can stay linked to your child's academic progress through Class Dojo and Google Classroom. These platforms are valuable resource for communication and should be monitored frequently.  

Please make sure that your child is reading at home daily. Reading is a highly complex task; it is sometimes looked at as a set of skills. We need the phonetic and sight word skills in order to be able to read fluently. Reading increases our vocabulary and allows us to have experiences that we may not have in our own lives. Most importantly, reading makes us excited about a topic and incites us to read more to learn more.  Be sure to use MyON at home which is our online library that provides your child with many different genre books at their grade level.   

Lastly, don't forget to check your child's Google Classroom for any upcoming projects and daily homework assignments. Homework assignments should not be perceived as punitive or a time filler. The assignments help assess your child’s learning instead of assessing their efforts. It helps us see if they really understand the work or concepts being taught, which gives us data to differentiate instruction and better meet individual student needs. Therefore, it is crucial that parents support with the homework assignments and not do it for their child.

May 2021 bring you great health and much happiness!   

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 

Meeting Date: December  15, 2020 

Time:  4:30 pm

Parent Teacher Association/ Title 1 Parent Advisory Council

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month. 

Next meeting: November 10, 2020

Time: 6:00pm.