Upcoming Events

  • School resumes

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  • Italian Carnavale & Black History Month Celebration

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  • CEC special education meeting

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  • Reading Gala

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  • Parent Teacher Conferences

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Principal's Message

As usual, the last month has flown by and we are finding ourselves at the beginning of another fun month! Please refer to our calendar and check your child's backpack on a regular basis for invitations to our special events.     During February, we have a few celebrations. We will explore special events such as Valentine’s Day, the 100th day of school, and the Italian Carnivale with a variety of fun activities that will teach us all about the history and customs of this day. In honor of Black History Month, our Fifth grade students will have a special presentation to celebrate many African American leaders and innovators. This year, the 100th day of school lands on February 14th and we are excited about having our Kindergartners participate in a parade. Make sure to look out for 100th day of activities/homework which will help build on their math skills.  Research shows that there is a correlation between parent engagement and student achievement. As a result, we have been working hard on planning events for parents and families. We're hoping to see more parents attend our bimonthly parent workshops and family events such as the Celebration of Learning. This is when our students present their projects to their peers and visitors. It's preparing them for college where they are expected to research a topic and present their findings with peers. Our students are always eager to share their accomplishments and ideas, so please join us for the fun! Our school has partnered with the Italian National Olympic Committee and our students will be participating in the Italy Run on May 31st

The monthly calendar has all our event dates.  Mid-winter recess will be from February 16 - February 21. Classes will resume on Monday, February 24th. Please review the winter break packets for your children and make sure that they are completed. Have a safe and enjoyable break.

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