Upcoming Events

  • Picture Day

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  • PTA Meeting

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  • Evening PTA meeting

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  • Parent Teacher Conference

    Two Sessions to come and meet your child's teachers: 

    First Session: 1-3pm 

    Second Session: 4:30pm-7:30pm 

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  • Harves Feast

    Young Diplomats Magnet Academy comes together as a family and has a large Harvest meal with our students.  

    Food is donated by Trinity Church and is also made by many of our amazing families. 

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Principal's Message

Even though the weather keeps changing on us and the leaves are falling with brilliant colors to decorate our school grounds, the academic process here at the YDMA is staying constant. The teachers and scholars have established their routines and procedures for classroom instruction. November is an important time for all of us to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon us. I am certainly thankful for the many blessing in my life, which includes working with the amazing scholars, parent/caregivers, teachers, and support staff at Young Diplomats Magnet Academy.

 This month is our first Parent-Teacher Conference on Thursday November 14, 2019. Teachers will be sending out a form with time slots to choose from. Make sure to fill it out and send back with your child. Please check homework assignments that are sent in a packet on a weekly basis. It is my expectation for staff members to ensure that our students are working with rigorous assignments in all core subjects and that each student is engaged in meaningful teaching and learning that ignites innovation.

 Top Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed at Young Diplomats Magnet Academy: Ensure that your child is at school before 8:10 a.m., ready and prepared to be an active learner. Ensure that your child is reading daily and responding to the literature whether it's orally or in written format. Ensure that your child knows his or her addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts for his or her grade level. Ensure that your child is speaking and writing in complete sentences using academic language learned daily from school.  Talk with your child daily about what he or she is learning. Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher about your child’s performance. Be sure to keep up with the Class Dojo for up to date information regarding your child's daily performance.

 I'm looking forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher conferences!



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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Our school leadership team meets every third Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm.  

I hope to see you all there.