Giffen Memorial Elementary School
274 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 (click
here for directions)
Jasmine N. Brown, Principal
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
Tuesday, Dec. 3 -- District
Spelling Bee, Hackett Middle School, 10
- Friday, Dec. 6 --
- Tuesday, Dec. 10 -- PTA
meeting, 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 13 --
Second-quarter interim marking period ends
- Tuesday, Dec. 17 --
Technology Night, 5-6 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 19 --
Winter Concert, 5:30 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 20 --
- Monday, Dec. 23-Friday, Jan. 3
- Tuesday, Jan. 14 -- PTA
meeting, 4:30 p.m.
- Monday, Jan. 20 --
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school
- Thursday, Jan. 23 --
Talent Show, 6 p.m.
- Friday, Jan. 24 --
Second quarter ends
- Friday, Jan. 31 --
Superintendent's Conference Day, no school
News and information
New community centers bolster students and
families -- The
City School District of Albany has partnered with
the State University of New York’s Office of the
Education Pipeline and the Boys and Girls Clubs of
Albany to provide new after-school programs for 400
students, including more than 60 from Giffen
Memorial Elementary School. (MORE)
Top teachers get Golden Apples -- The
City School District of Albany celebrated 15 top teachers Oct. 23 at
the 2013 Golden Apple Awards.
District launches new monthly TV program
The City School District
of Albany is launching a new monthly television
program on Channel Albany/Channel 18, one of the
city’s new public-access channels. The first edition
of “Capital Education” airs Tuesday, Oct. 15, at
7:30 p.m. (MORE)
Giffen in the news --
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
Ph.D., and teacher Thomas Faulkner, the school's
Golden Apple Award winner for 2013, were
a Sept. 22 Times
about Academic Intervention Services for schools
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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.