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
Jared Fox, Assistant 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
Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23
-- Winter Recess, no school
Wednesday, Feb. 28 -- Black
History Celebration, 2 p.m.
Friday, March 2 -- Deadline
to apply for the 2018-19 prekindergarten lottery
Wednesday, March 7
- Science Night, 5 p.m.
All-City Chorus Concert, Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9 -- Meet the
Wednesday, March 14
prekindergarten and magnet
elementary school lotteries, Thomas O'Brien
Academy of Science and Technolgy (TOAST),
- Prekindergarten Parent
University, 5-7 p.m.
Monday, March 19 --
Registration begins for students selected in the
2018-19 prekindergarten and magnet-elementary
Tuesday, March 20 -- Spring
Wednesday, March 21 --
All-City Band Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers
Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23 -- College
- Saturday, March 24 --
New York State School Music Association
Festival, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle
School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 27 -- Autism
Spectrum Fair, Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7
p.m. (open to all Capital Region families living
with autism spectrum disorder)
- Wednesday, March 28 --
All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett
Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, March 30 --
Good Friday, no school
- Monday, April 2-Friday, April 6
-- Spring Recess, no school
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.