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Principal's Message


Welcome back, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and has had a great start to the New Year! May 2020 bring you great health and much happiness. 

As we embark on a new year, we are looking forward to many exciting events at YDMA. At this point in our academic year, all students in grades K-5 will be assessed again through the use of the Fountas & Pinnell benchmark system. Teachers use the student data collected from this assessment to provide additional needed academic support and interventions for students. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to know how well your child is performing on this assessment and in other subject areas. Remember that you can stay linked to your child's academic progress through Class Dojo. The Class Dojo provides you the opportunity to view your child’s daily social and academic progress, attendance and upcoming events. This is a valuable resource for communication and should be monitored frequently. Progress reports are another way for you to monitor progress; they are sent home every 4 weeks. After reading the progress report, please sign and return to your child’s teacher.  If there are any comments or concerns, please be sure to write it on the comment section above the signature.

Please make sure that your child is reading at home on a daily basis. 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. Those specific skills are parts to achieve the whole. Reading increases our vocabulary and allows us to have experiences that we may not have in our own lives. Reading helps us to learn how to act in certain situations and causes us to look at our own behaviors in situations. Probably most importantly, reading makes us excited about a topic and incites us to read more to learn more. 

Lastly, don't forget to check your child's folder for any important documents that require your signature or information about upcoming events. We have parent workshops scheduled every month and would love to see more parents attend


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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School Leadership Team meeting information


September 26, 2019

October 22, 2019

November 26, 2019

December 17, 2019

January 21, 2020

February 25, 2020

March 17, 2020

April 28, 2020

May 19, 2020

June 23, 2020


Time:  4:30 pm

Parent Teacher Association/ Title 1 Parent Advisory Council

December 10, 2019

January 14, 2020

February 11,2020

March 10, 2020

April 14, 2020

May 5, 2020


Time: 8:30am & 5:30pm