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Click on the following links to view Mrs. Wong-Lee's letters to parents:


•  Principal's Newsletter to Parents - Sept 26, 2016 

•  September Elementary School Family Night

•  Fifth Grade Staffing Changes 


What's Happening At PS42


PS42M Designated as a Reward School for the 4th Straight Year!


PS42M is one of 110 New York City public schools identified as a Reward School by the NYS Education Department for the academic school year 2016-2017. Reward Schools are schools that either have high academic achievement or have made the most progress in the State and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. This is the fourth consecutive year PS42M has been recognized as a reward school. We want to thank our entire school community, including our school staff, students, and their families, for their part in achieving this distinction. Let's all continue to collaborate and work together towards future success!

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:

  • Be among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2014-15 school year.
  • Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.
  • Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

In addition, elementary and middle schools must demonstrate that more than 50 percent of students are making annual growth in ELA and math; and that more than 50 percent of the school’s lowest achieving students are also making gains. Each Reward School will receive a certificate of recognition from the Commissioner, and Title I schools may be eligible for a Reward School grant. 

For more details on the Reward School identification methodology, please visit:

The Reward Schools list is available on the State Education Department (SED) website at:


D.R.A. 2 Parent Workshop

Please join us for our series of Parent Workshops on Assessments. The first workshop will be on the D.R.A. 2 – Developmental Reading Assessment. The D.R.A. score will be the overall reading grade on the first marking period of your child’s report card. You are invited to watch a mock assessment where the teacher will assess a child using the D.R.A. Throughout the assessment, the teacher will stop to explain the focus of the specific component.


   •  Reading Engagement

   •  Oral Reading

   •  Comprehension

There will be two separate workshops, one for lower grades and one for upper:

Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Families 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

 8:20 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.



Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Families

Friday, September 23, 2016

 8:20 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.




Our school is excited to be partnering with SchoolCNXT to provide a platform to communicate with you on your mobile phone or tablet! This app is free and will provide school and classroom news, in-app text messaging, translation services, and more!

 You will be able to:

  • Send and receive messages to teachers and parents
  • “Like” school and classroom news items
  • RSVP to events
  • Stay connected to your child’s classroom and school!

On Wednesday, September 7th you will be receiving a text message on your mobile phone with a link to download the app. Please click the link and follow directions to create an account. This will be the best way to stay up-to-date about what is happening with your child’s school!

We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to communicating with you through SchoolCNXT.



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Other Recent Events

Yoga at PS42! Taught by teachers certified by Next Generation Yoga, a program designed specifically for kids



PS42M received a $3,500 grant from bestselling author James Patterson. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. PS42 was selected from more than 28,000 applicants for funding grants. Kudos to Mr. Eric Carbone, one of our 5th grade teachers, for applying for this grant on behalf of our school!

 James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March 2015 that Patterson would donate $1.5 million to save school libraries nationwide, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, as part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States. Due to the high demand for funding from school libraries nationwide, Patterson also recently announced that he will increase his donation by another $250,000, bringing his total donation to $1.75 million. All funds are being personally donated by Patterson.

 PS42 plans to use these funds to purchase books and resources that will reflect the rich immigration history of its student population and neighborhood.

 “With nearly half the population currently reading at or below the basic level, the United States is truly in the middle of a crisis,” says Patterson. “I’ve now read over a thousand letters from school librarians, teachers, and parents about the lack of resources at our country’s schools. How will children make it to high school without access to books? This is a huge problem- and we have to take action. I hope that education will become a major topic on Capitol Hill and in the upcoming presidential debates.”

 In the first-ever partnership of its kind, Patterson joined forces with Scholastic Reading Club to administer funding applications to their network of 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers. The first $500,000 of Patterson’s donation was awarded to 127 school libraries. PS42 was included in the final wave of grant recipients- better late than never! The full list of grant recipients is available online at

 “We’ve been deluged with an enormous number of requests for support from across the country,” said Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club. “More than anything else, school libraries are desperate for books to fill their shelves. James Patterson’s generosity underscores a great need, and, thanks to him, many children will be welcomed back to school with the books they need to discover a love of reading.”

 Any U.S. school with students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade is eligible for a grant. Patterson hopes that the high volume of requests and the publicity surrounding the donation will raise awareness for the problems facing school libraries today. To learn more, go to and follow #PattersonPledge on social media.


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