Upcoming Events

  • No School- Memorial Day

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • Spirit Day Theme: 80's Day

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • Eid Al Fitr (No school)

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • Chancellors Day (No School for Students)

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • Field Day

    PS242 (03M242) - Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
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Principal's Message


With the change in the weather, we are seeing some overall changes in the students. Behavior is a little looser, homework is being missed and overall students appear to be ready for a summer vacation. The YDMA community members and I have talked with students reminding them that we are looking for their best behavior in the classrooms, playground, bus, and all areas of their school day. We expect all students so behave in a respectful and safe manner, while staying focused on learning. We are proud of them and their accomplishments and encourage students to finish their school year doing their best!

I want to give a huge thank you to those parents/caregivers who completed the School Survey. The responses from this survey are used to establish priorities for the school, such as how we can improve communication to parents/caregivers, enrich the existing curriculum and ensuring that the learning environments are inclusive for all students.

A reminder that the standardized Math test will be administered on Wednesday May 1st and Thursday, May 2nd. Please make sure that your child gets plenty of rest and has a healthy breakfast on those days.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone during our last Parent-Teacher night on May 15th from 4:30pm-7:30pm. This is a time to check in with your child's teacher about their progress.

I also want to encourage all of you to begin purchasing tickets for the school carnival, that is being held on May 18th from 10am-4:00pm. I hope to see you all there!


Feel free to contact me with any questions at dgomez5@schools.nyc.gov.


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