Giffen Memorial Elementary School
274 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 (click
here for directions)
Jasmine N. Brown, Principal
'We're Gonna Make It'
sixth-graders wrote, produced and starred in an
exceptional video for their moving-up ceremony on June
Click here to check it out on You Tube.
Here's the message as the students look ahead to middle
school and the next step in their academic journeys:
what the people say. We got it goin' on. No matter what
comes our way, we're gonna make it, we're gonna make it.
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
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
Monday, Oct. 27 -- Fall
Book Fair begins
Thursday, Oct. 30
- Fall Picture Day
Book Fair/Parent Day, 9 a.m.
Harvest Fest, 4 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 7
- School Spirit Day
First quarter ends
- Monday, Nov. 10
-- Staff professional development day,
no school for students
Tuesday, Nov. 11 --
Veterans Day, no school
Thursday, Nov. 13 -- Math
Night, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18 -- PTA meeting,
- Friday, Nov.
21 -- Parent-Teacher Conference
Day, no school for students
Monday, Nov. 24 --
Community Dinner/Honor Roll Recognition, 5
- Wednesday, Nov.
26 -- Thanksgiving Recess, no
- Thursday, Nov.
27 -- Thanksgiving Day, no
- Friday, Nov. 28
-- Thanksgiving Recess, no school
News and information
Bullying prevention focus of poster contest
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.
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.
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 475-6750 during the morning and provide a
written excuse when your child returns to school.