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Giffen Memorial Elementary

Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Prekindergarten-Grade 6

 

274 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 (click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6650

Fax: 475-6652

Website: http://giffenmemorialelementaryschool.weebly.com/index.html

 

Jasmine N. Brown, Principal

E-mail: jbrown@albany.k12.ny.us

 

About Giffen

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 is 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 of programs 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 premises.

 

School times

  • Building opens: 8:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins: 8:30 a.m.

  • School day begins: 9:05 a.m.

  • School day ends: 3:35 p.m.

  • After-school child care ends: 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. Friday

Points of distinction

  • School is an integral part of the community

  • Partnerships with numerous organizations and agencies.

  • Ethnically diverse student body

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 -- Black History Assembly, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 27 -- College Friday
  • Monday, March 2 -- Read Across America Week begins
  • Tuesday, March 3 -- Prekindergarten and magnet-elementary school lotteries, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), 10  a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4 -- All-City Chorus Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 6
    • School Spirit Day
    • Third-quarter interim marking period ends
  • Monday, March 9 -- Prekindergarten registration begins
  • Tuesday, March 10 -- PTA meeting/school-based budget presentation II, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11 -- All-City Band Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17 -- PTA meeting, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21 -- New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Festival, Hackett Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 24 -- Spring Picture Day
  • Wednesday, March 25 -- All-City Strings Concert, Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27 -- College Friday
  • Thursday, April 2 -- Third quarter ends
  • Friday, April 3 -- Good Friday, no school
  • Monday, April 6-Friday, April 10 -- Spring Recess, no school
  • Tuesday, April 14 -- New York state English language arts (ELA) exam, grades 3-6
  • Wednesday, April 15 -- New York state English language arts (ELA) exam, grades 3-6
  • Thursday, April 16 -- New York state English language arts (ELA) exam, grades 3-6
  • Monday, April 20 -- General registration begins for prekindergarten and kindergarten
  • Wednesday, April 22 -- New York state math exams, grades 3-6
  • Thursday, April 23 -- New York state math exams, grades 3-6
  • Friday, April 24 -- New York state math exams, grades 3-6

News and information

  • Bullying prevention focus of poster contest -- During the next month, fourth- and fifth-graders in the City School District of Albany will have the opportunity to show off their bully-prevention smarts and their artistic skills in a poster contest. And the winning work will be featured on a billboard on I-90. (MORE)

  • Free breakfast, lunch for all district students -- All City School District of Albany students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day at their school during the 2014-15 school year.(MORE)

  • Click here to visit the City School District of Albany Photo Gallery.

School times

  • 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.

Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school at 475-6750 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.

 

 

 
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