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  • Senior Awards Breakfast

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  • Fifth Grade Events

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  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Graduation

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  • Last Day of School

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Principal's Message


 Can it be that it is the end of the school year? It has been a pleasure watching the children at Young Diplomats Magnet Academy flourish before our eyes. They are wonderful children

who are excited about learning. Thank you for all you do to support your child’s education. A strong partnership between home and school fosters great success for our children.

Believe it or not, we are already planning for the 2019-2020 school year. Part of the planning process includes class placement for next year. The Young Diplomats Magnet Academy team plays an integral part in placing children and we discussed the best educational setting for each child. We examine academic factors, social skills, class composition, and special services. As you can imagine, it is an involved process. Letters will be sent over the summer, naming your child’s teacher for the new school year along with a supplies list

The month of June, staff and students are busy with teaching, learning, assessments, and exciting events such as our annual Art Gala, Field Day, field trips, as well as end of the year school events and celebrations. Please see the calendar of events in this newsletter for specific times/dates that pertain to your child’s grade level. Our annual Field Day will be held on Friday, June 7th throughout the day.  We are extremely excited to announce that all of our students will have artwork displayed at local art  gallery.  This year, our annual Art Gala will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from 2:30 – 6:00 pm at the Raw Space which is located at 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. BLVD. 

Make sure to look out for a letter indicating your child’s reading level, so that they can continue to build on their literacy skills over the summer. We look forward to seeing all of you in September for another successful school year! Students return to school on Thursday, September 5th. Please enjoy the change of pace that the summer brings. Have a happy, relaxing, and safe summer with your children

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

4-16-18, 5-21-18, 6-18-18

Time: 4:30-6:30pm