August 2013


We hope all of you are continuing to enjoy the wonderful summer months but also hope that you are beginning to think about the start of the new year at La Causerie. 



Start Date


Classes will begin September 13, 2013 at 9 am at the Second Presbyterian Church, Brookside and 55th Streets.




You may enroll at anytime beginning August 2, 2013 by using the web site.   Please be ambassadors for La Causerie by spreading the word about the organization and by encouraging your friends to join. 




In order to meet our projected budget obligations, we found it necessary to increase the class fee slightly.  The professionally taught classes at La Causerie continue to be the most reasonable in the area.   The rate for the 32 week 2013-2014 school year is $280.00 or about $8.75 a week.  To register online, you may submit your payment by either using PayPal or by check. There is a discount rate of $270 if we receive payment by September 1, 2013.  Please keep in mind there is an $8.75 fee for using PayPal. 


100-Year Celebration Continues


One of our members, Monaem Elhawari, donated his time and energy to organizing a fall foreign film festival at the Tivoli to continue the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of La Causerie.   Watch for details about the festival in the September newsletter.  


Two New Classes


Based on student feedback La Causerie is making additions to our schedule in both French and Spanish.


French Assisted Study Hall


The French teachers will offer a French study hall at 12:15.   Ms. Barbara Shaw and Ms. Shannon Tumanut will provide more details to the French students.   


Spanish Conversation Classes


Ms. Paula Mitre, and Ms. Graciela Diaz will be offering Spanish conversation sessions at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.   You may want to consider these new classes as you enroll.   We heard from many of you that Spanish conversation classes would be welcome, so based on the requests we are offering two opportunities this year.   Please select only one conversation class. Class size will be limited to 12 students.




If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our                        wonderful board assistant, Amanda Hassett, or any of the board members.  You may contact us by phone at 816-301-4110.   



Executive Board Members 2013-2014


President: Judy Pearlstein,

1st Vice President (Membership Chair) Sharon Barb-O’Connor,

2nd Vice President (Social Chair):

Secretary: Laura Clouse,

Assistant Secretary (Newsletter): Gail Clair,

Treasurer: Martha Hogerty,

Assistant Treasurer: Margot Patterson,


Board Assistant: Amanda Hassett,


PLEASE- Pass the word along to your friends at La Causerie who may have missed seeing this transmission.