Whether you're on your way to the library or stopping by City Hall, chances are you're driving by St. John Vianney School, located in the heart of Brookfield. This blog will provide insight into life and education at SJV, a 4K-8 educational anchor in Brookfield since 1957.
Four times a year, parent volunteers at SJV coordinate teacher luncheons to honor and thank the SJV school and parish staff.
"We entrust our teachers with our children every day. They teach them, care for them, pray with them and help us raise them to be good humans," said Cami Adel, one of the event coordinators. "This luncheon is such a small gesture in comparison with all of their efforts."
A core group of ten parents, led my Cami Adel and Amy DiPiazza, volunteer to help shop, set up, prepare food, serve and clean up during the quarterly event that usually hosts between 50-60 teachers and staff. Several additional families supply the food and other items that help make the event a success.
Each luncheon has a theme such as "Farmer's Market," that featured bourbon glazed pork tenderloin with mustard sauce and a "Fat Tuesday" theme that treated staff to delicacies including pulled chicken and vegetable jambalaya.
Last week's "Fall Harvest" luncheon included scrumptious dishes such as homemade chicken or vegetable pot pie, roasted green beans, fall green salad with maple dressing and pecans, apple crumble, pumpkin bars, caramel apple pie and spiced cherry cider.
To those of us who are less kitchen oriented and think baked chicken breasts with steamed broccoli and rice is a culinary masterpiece, the luncheon may sound like a monumental amount of work - and it is. But "we love to do this for [the teachers and staff]," said Cami Adel.
The luncheon provides an enjoyable, relaxing and delicious break in an otherwise busy day. "I am always so overwhelmed by the generosity bestowed upon us with our teacher luncheons. The food and fellowship always seem to hit the spot," said Jill Fischer, the Assistant Principal and a Language Arts and Religion teacher at SJV.
"I feel very blessed to have such a strong Home and School Association here at SJV," added SJV's Spanish teacher Linda Moss. "I appreciate that our school's parents continue to provide us with their time, talent and support."