Giffen Memorial Elementary School
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274 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 (click
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Phone: (518) 475-6650
Fax: (518) 475-6652
Jasmine N. Brown, Principal
Jason Rogers, Assistant Principal
Originally opened in 1960, Rev. John Giffen, M.D.,
Memorial Elementary School serves students from
prekindergarten through grade 6. Giffen underwent
significant improvements that were finished in summer
2009, including a renovated computer lab, new phone
connections, new air conditioning and new lighting in
the gym, cafeteria and auditorium. Giffen was the 11th
school to be completed as part of the district’s
sweeping plan to rebuild or renovate every elementary
and middle school by September 2010.
We are proud to be able to provide a range
and services to take care of our children's academic
needs as well as provide health and wellness services
on-site. These services include
mobile dental health services through our
partnership with the St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald
McDonald House, and
school-based health services through our partnership
with Whitney M. Young Jr., Health Services, in addition
to mental health and other wellness services on
School day begins:
School day ends:
care ends: 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5
Points of distinction
is an integral part of the community
Partnerships with numerous organizations and
Ethnically diverse student body
- Wednesday, Nov. 22 --
Parent Teacher Conference Day, no school
- Thursday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 24
-- Thanksgiving Recess, no school
- Tuesday, Nov. 28 --
Parent University: Restorative Justice, at
William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Dec. 5 --
Special education parent workshop, Harriet
Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet
Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Dec. 12 --
Winter Concert, 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Dec. 13 --
Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7
- Friday, Dec. 15 --
School Picture Re-Take Day
- Friday, Dec. 22 --
- Monday, Dec. 25-Monday, Jan. 1
-- Holiday Recess, no school
2017-18 news and
Welcome to the new school year!
Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.
The school day begins at 9:05 a.m.
The school day ends at 3:35 p.m.
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call
the school at (518) 475-6750 during the morning and provide a
written excuse when your child returns to school.