Giffen Memorial Elementary School
for our 2018-19 school supply list
274 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 (click
here for directions)
Phone: (518) 475-6650
Fax: (518) 475-6652
Jasmine N. Brown, Principal
Jared Fox, Assistant Principal
Jason Rogers, Assistant Principal
School day begins:
School day ends:
care ends: 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5
- Thursday, Sept. 6 --
First day of school
- Monday, Sept. 10 -- No
school, Rosh Hashana
- Friday, Sept. 14 --
Community Parade, 2:30 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 17 --
Open House, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 19 --
No school, Yom Kippur
- Sunday, Sept 23
- Falcon 5K,
Washington Park, 9:30 a.m.
- Fun Run,
Washington Park, 10:30 a.m.
- Friday, Sept. 28
-- College Friday
2018-19 news and
- Stay tuned for exciting news
about the 2018-19 school year!
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
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.