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Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Prekindergarten-Grade 6

2019-20 school supplies lists


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 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

  • Friday, Sept. 6 -- First day of school

  • Friday, Sept. 13 -- PTA Parade and Hot Dog Social, 2:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- Dads Take Your Child to School Day

  • Monday, Sept. 23

    • PTA meeting, 5 p.m.

    • Open House, 5:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, Sept. 22 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park

    • 5K, 9:30 a.m.

    • Fun Run, 10:30 a.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 25 -- Parent University, Myers Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m.

  • Friday, Sept. 27 -- College Friday

  • Monday, Sept. 30 -- Rosh Hashana, no school

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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