September 2008 Newsletter




More than 100 people have already registered for classes, which will begin on Friday, September 19th. You can sign up for as many classes as you like for an annual membership fee of $195. If you register and pay by September 1st you’ll save $10. Please note that your payment must be received by September 1st (if you mail your payment, the postmark must be September 1st or before).


How to Register:


If you haven’t already registered, go to our web site ( and click on the “Register” tab at the top. You’ll be asked to provide your contact information. If you were a La Causerie member last year, all you have to do is provide your email address and the rest of your contact information will be filled in automatically (be sure to update any information that has changed because this is what will appear in the Livret, our roster). Find the class or classes you’d like to register for in the Class Schedule and click on the “Enroll” button. Once you’ve selected your classes, click on the “Register” button below the Class Schedule.




The textbooks used for each class can be found by clicking on the “Books” tab at the top of the page. Be sure to double-check the ISBN number to make sure you’re ordering the correct edition.




Enrollment Party and Orientation


The annual Enrollment Party will be held on September 5th at Second Presbyterian Church at 55th and Brookside Boulevard from 2 – 4 p.m. If you haven’t already enrolled for classes, you can do so at the party. Our teachers will be there to answer your questions, provide placement advice and get to know you.  If you’ve already registered for classes, come for some social time.


Members are asked to bring a snack to share. Finger foods--savory or sweet--with an international flair are always welcome. We will provide drinks.  


If you have used La Causerie textbooks or other books related to our three languages that you would like to sell, you can bring them to the party where we’ll have a table set up for book sales.

Welcome to our New Teachers


Welcome to the new members of our faculty:




Patricia Siqueiros is a native speaker with nine years of experience teaching Spanish. She also has experience translating books, movies, and texts into Spanish. She has lived in Brazil and Canada, but is a native of Mexico. Patricia moved here last year with her husband who is a diplomat in the Mexican Embassy. Patricia will be teaching Spanish II.




Gabriella (Gaby) Chitwood is a native speaker who grew up in Livorno, Italy. She taught Italian at Brigham Young University and is currently studying for a combined Bachelor/Master Degree in Italian from Universitą di Pisa. She teaches at Johnson County Community College and also works with an international company that coaches individuals in foreign languages. Gaby will be teaching Italian III and IV Grammar and Conversation.


Emily Wilhite has a MA in Linguistics from the University of North Texas. She has taught Italian in a variety of settings for the past seven years, including Johnson County Community College. She is also fluent in Spanish and considers herself “intermediate” in French (so she will fit right in at La Causerie). Emily will be teaching Italian I and II.



We Want Your Feedback


Would you like to give your teachers and/or Board members feedback about your class experiences or suggestions for upcoming classes? You can email your comments to All comments directed to teachers will remain anonymous. This is your chance to express your opinions and help us improve your learning experience. If you are commenting on a particular class (i.e. “I wish our teacher would give us more homework”), please indicate the name of the class.  Use the website to identify class names and numbers. Call 816-361-5300 for more information on how to submit your feedback to us.


Film Fun


The XVII Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City will take place at the Rio Theatre (7204 W. 80th St., Overland Park, KS) on the following Saturdays:



The program each Saturday starts at 11:00 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $6.00 per person. Passes to the five films will be available for $25.00 the first day of the festival.


There are also several foreign films showing at area theaters, including three French films, Roman de Gare, Tell No One, and The Last Mistress. An evening (or afternoon) at the movie theater listening to native speakers is a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned in your classes!


Summer/Fall Calendar


September 1          Last day to register to receive $10.00 discount.

                              You must pay by this date to receive the discount.

September 5          Enrollment Party and Orientation for 2008-2009

September 19        CLASSES BEGIN

October 24             Fall Business Meeting

November 28         Thanksgiving Holiday – no classes


Executive Board Members 2008-2009


First person to call: Alicia Girardeau, assistant to the board. 


President                                          Dalene Bradford

1st Vice President (Membership Chair)    Judith Walter

2nd Vice President (Social Chair)            Jeff Piehler (co-chair)  

                                                      Carol Cowden (co-chair)

Secretary                                          Judy Pearlstein

Assistant Secretary (Newsletter)            Paula Kartus

Treasurer                                         Inez Pennington

Assistant Treasurer (Textbook Chair)      Joan Daniels