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Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Prekindergarten-Grade 6

Click here to read the latest issue of 'Gator Gazette,' Giffen's quarterly newsletter

 

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

Phone: (518) 475-6650

Fax: (518) 475-6652

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

 

Jasmine N. Brown, Principal

Email: jbrown@albany.k12.ny.us

Jared Fox, Assistant Principal

Email: jfox1@albany.k12.ny.us

Jason Rogers, Assistant Principal

Email: jrogers@albany.k12.ny.us

 

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

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, June 25
    • Grade 6 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
    • Early dismissal, 12:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26
    • Early dismissal, 12:50 p.m.
    • Last day of school
  • Monday, July 8-Friday, Aug 9 -- Elementary summer enrichment for students who have been notified, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included, and so is transportation.

2018-19 news and information

  • Giffen takes on Harlem Wizards -- Staffers from Giffen and two other elementary schools faced off against the Harlem Wizards on Tuesday at a basketball fundraiser to support a field trip to Philadelphia for sixth-grade leaders from the schools. The 14-member team from Albany School of Humanities, Giffen and Pine Hills Elementary School took on the Wizards, a group of elite former college and pro basketball players. The Wizards showed astounding skill on the court as they charmed, pumped up and amused the audience and their Albany rivals (which included Former Falcon basketball players Anitra Arrington and Jenna Kindlon). Kids got plenty of time on the court, as well. The teams played in the Giffen gym. Click here to see a Facebook photo collection from the game. (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now.”)

  • Spring 'clap-in' -- There's no better way to start the school day than with jazz music, dancing, high-fives, hugs and cheering (lots of it). Check out photos from the event here.

  • Giffen gems make third-quarter honor roll -- Forty-one high-achieving students were recognized April 17 at Giffen Memorial Elementary School’s third-quarter Honor Roll Celebration. Making honor roll at Giffen is more than getting good grades (3s and 4s for students in kindergarten-grade 5 and an average of above 85% for students in grade 6). Those who earn honor-roll status also practice the three Bs: Be safe, be respectful and be responsible. Check out photos from the ceremony here.

  • Breathing lessons at Giffen -- Using paper bags, plastic bags and straws, first-graders in Kim Cirigliano’s and Kara Handerhan’s class at Giffen Memorial Elementary School made themselves a set of lungs on Monday as part of a lesson about breathing and asthma. Leading the lessons were our community partners from Whitney M. Jr. Health Center. They and nursing students from Russell Sage College also provided helping hands to students as they created personal paper-bag respiratory systems. Check out some photos from the lesson!

  • World Wednesday explores culture exchanges -- Every Wednesday is World Wednesday in Emily Crisorio’s kindergarten at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, and that means the class learns about a different country’s culture from English-as-a-new-language teacher Teresa Bashant. On April 3, students learned about Japan and made crafts that showed off their knowledge. Click here to see Facebook photographs from the fun.

  • Doors celebrate Black History Month -- One of the ways Giffen Memorial Elementary School celebrated Black History Month: a door-decorating contest with an African-American history theme. Teachers and students were challenged to create a door that reflects accomplished African-American inventors, musicians, sports figures, writers, civil rights leaders … the list goes on. Judges have their work cut out for them as they consider which of the 37 doors is their favorite. The winning class will be treated to a soul food lunch from Allie B’s. Check out a sampling of their efforts, which were being judged Feb. 28. May the best door win!

  • Artist-engineers make music with trash -- After reading “The Sounds of Trash,” second-graders in Rebecca Bustelos' class at Giffen Memorial Elementary School on Feb. 4 designed, created and performed with their own musical instruments made out of household trash. Learn more here.

  • Giffen spelling bee -- Congrats to Timiya Tune, the sixth grader who won the school spelling bee and will represent Giffen at the district spelling bee. Check out a photo album from the spelling bee. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."

  • Harvest Fest a success! -- There was a little something for everyone Nov. 1 at the Harvest Festival at Giffen Memorial Elementary School – science experiments, dancing and a DJ, a book fair and of course food! Thanks to our community partners at Regeneron, who helped kids with science experiments, provided winter hats, gloves and scarves, and donated several small robots to the school. Click here to see some Facebook photos from Harvest Fest. (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now.)

  • Playground Upgrade Complete -- Community partners, volunteers and Albany Schools staff installed fun, new structures at Giffen on Oct. 29. Check out a photo album from the build. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now.
  • ENL night -- Staff and community partners gathered to support Albany families on Oct. 17 at ENL night. Check out a photo album from the evening.You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."
  • "Faculty vs. Parents basketball -- It's a 30-38 tie! Check out a photo album from the Oct. 12 game.You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."

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 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 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.

 

Absence from school
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.

 

 

 
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