From The Director

It is time for our annual PCK BOARD ELECTION. Every year, on the third Tuesday of April, we conduct board elections. This year, three of our seven board member seats are up, and we have five very interested candidates for you to consider. All PCK parents/guardians are eligible to vote for up to three candidates, and all voting will be done electronically. Board members represent the PCK parent community, and they work hard on behalf of the entire school.  

You will find Letters of Intent to run, with brief candidate bios, in today’s newsletter. I encourage all PCK parents to review the candidates so that you are prepared to cast your votes next Tuesday. Voting will begin at 7 a.m., and run through 7 p.m. that evening. This is a big commitment for any parent volunteer, and I commend each of our five candidates for their desire to contribute to the success of PCK through their willingness to serve on the board. All parents will receive an email from PCK with a link to our online voting system on Tuesday morning.

Finally, I would be terribly remiss if I did not mention the significant contributions of our three outgoing board members: Keri Dermer, President, Nick Vuolo, Vice President, and Kevin Warr. They have worked tirelessly for the past three years to help us solve our facility constraint issues. In collaboration with both previous and remaining board members, we now have a beautiful new building, gym and sports field for our students thanks to their collective hard work. I am always amazed and humbled by the time, effort and sacrifices of parent volunteers like these. On behalf of the entire staff and community, a heartfelt thanks to Keri, Nick and Kevin.

Don’t forget to vote next Tuesday.

Thank you,

Mrs. Aplin

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Meet Our Candidates

Next Tuesday, April 17, we will hold elections for three open positions on our Board. Please take a moment to learn about these candidates so you are ready to cast your vote next Tuesday.

Tricia Calandra
Hi, I am Tricia Calandra, and mom to Luke (2nd grade) and Samantha (preschool). My husband, Mike, and I sought out PCK after a neighbor, also a PCK family, approached us when our son was an infant. I was so very deprived of sleep at the time and could hardly remember what my day entailed, let alone think about elementary school, years away. Today, I am so thankful for the suggestion. We are in awe of the educational and character program set forth by the administration.

My son enjoyed preschool at PCK and I jumped in with two feet volunteering. I spent his preschool years volunteering in and out of the classroom. As he entered Kindergarten, I started working with PTA, volunteering in the classroom and the library. At the end of Kindergarten, I became President of PTA, a role I have enjoyed for the last two years. I’ve learned so much about the school, the teachers and staff, and the families that form our very special community. Our PTA team hosted numerous events over my term and I’ve had the privilege to get to know so many of you. It has been great fun and as my term ends, I think, how can I best contribute moving forward? The Board of Directors seems like a natural progression and an opportunity to use my business background, along with all I have learned in the last years as PTA President.

I am an architect and interior designer by trade, who has spent much time working on adaptive reuse projects. I own a company that provides design, construction and property management services. I enjoy directing all aspects of project development, from inception to completion. Prior to creating this company, I was an executive at a real estate development corporation, heading up design and project management.  A few recent honors:

  • Award for Downtown Excellence, Office of the Governor, 2015
  • Global Award for Excellence, Urban Land Institute, 2015
  • Visionary Leader of the Year, CREW, 2013

I hope to bring the same level of service to the Board of Directors. By far, I consider my family my first and primary job. Our children’s education is paramount – PCK is a fabulous school and community. As a candidate for a member of the Board of Directors, my hope is to maintain the current excellence and look to the future innovations that will ensure its continued place as a leading educational establishment.


Loy Engelhardt
My wife and I have been Parker residents for more than twelve years and my son has attended PCK for the past four school years. Over that time, my family and I have had the opportunity to attend numerous events such as holiday concerts, school plays, Fall Festival, and the Annual Spring Gala. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer in my son’s classroom as well as assisting with events such as field trips and the annual hearing & vision screenings.

I am a technology professional that has had the privilege of leading culturally diverse teams of 4 to 150 in size located across three countries. Over the course of my career, I developed several skills that would be of benefit to the Board which include:

  • Developing and delivering new hire training as well as annual on-going professional development to a global audience of 300+.
  • Defining and implementing global knowledge and collaboration portals.
  • Developing an analytic solution for mathematical assessments for a school district in Arizona.
  • Responsibility for a $40M budget which required collaboration with various stakeholders to identify as well as track capital and operational line items.

I grew up in Northern Arizona and received my bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Northern Arizona University. I began my career developing software for a county government, a school district, and a telecommunications company. For the past 22 years, I have sold software and supported companies around the world.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and traveling.

We have considered ourselves lucky to be part of the PCK family and I would be honored to serve on the board.


Sarah LaGrange
My name is Sarah LaGrange and I would be honored to serve as a member of the PCK Board of Directors.  

I have eighteen years of experience as a public school educator. I hold a BA in Behavioral Science and a MA in Administration and Supervision, Principal’s License.  

I began my teaching career in Aurora Public Schools where I served as a primary teacher and reading specialist. I was on the Leadership team and served as a model classroom teacher. I then had the opportunity to transfer to the Cherry Creek School District where I taught third grade, first grade and kindergarten. I held the position of Teacher Liaison where my responsibilities were to provide a bridge of communication between parents and school representatives who were serving students with individualized needs. I currently teach all grade levels at Cherry Creek High School as an elective teacher. I am also a Professional Learning Community Facilitator.  

I have two children at PCK. My oldest daughter was fortunate to be accepted in first grade, while my youngest daughter has been enrolled in PCK since preschool.

I am passionate about the success of kids. I have a strong desire to build relationships that allow kids to excel academically, as well as physically, mentally and emotionally. I believe my experience as an educator offers a unique perspective that will allow me to evaluate ideas objectively and make well informed decisions that will maintain the reputation of Parker Core Knowledge Charter School.  


Mike Mockus
In 2008, mere weeks into our first experience being parents, our neighbor asked my wife and I, “Have you put your baby on the waiting list at Parker Core Knowledge?” The question seemed crazy at the time. We were worried about how to diaper and swaddle properly, not where our daughter would attend elementary school. Some weeks after that conversation, my wife Mary contacted the school and put Edyee (pronounced Eee-dee) on the list. Two years later our second daughter, Tanith, was born, and in 2011, Edyee proudly joined the first preschool class at PCK.  

Edyee is now in 4th-grade, and Tanith is in 2nd. We were fortunate to join the wait list early, but I entered the school with a touch of skepticism: just because a school has a reputation of being the best, doesn’t mean it’s best for my kids. As half-days in Pre and K moved to full-days in 1st and 2nd, my skepticism changed to guarded support, and when the metaphoric academic rubber-hit-the-road in 3rd and 4th-grade, I was transformed to a true believer of the PCK philosophy. Today I would like to officially apply to join the PCK Board of Directors to help further advance an environment of student success and academic excellence.

I have lived in Parker for nearly 20 years. The first half of that time I spent starting and building a small web design company that quickly became one of the best known technology companies servicing high-end commercial real estate brokerages. My business partner and I never accepted investor capital and were personally responsible for driving revenue, controlling costs, and supporting our staff to help advance our customers with industry leading technology. I feel my experience of using creative thinking to accomplish big goals on a shoestring budget will be an asset to PCK.

In 2010 I sold the company I co-founded to the Nasdaq-traded leader in online commercial real estate. Today I lead a team at that company that includes all of the original staff that was on board when we were acquired eight years ago. Great teams are a powerful force and given the opportunity, I would welcome the challenge of joining the PCK Board and help continue to protect and advance our children’s safety, character, love of learning, and lifelong success. Thank you for your consideration and your vote!


Katie Neuman
Katie Neuman and her husband have been residents of Parker for the past 8 years. The excellent school system in Douglas County and the various charter school options led them to Parker. They have two sons, one whom has attended PCK preschool, junior kindergarten, and is currently in kindergarten. Their other son will be starting PCK preschool in the fall.

Mrs. Neuman has decided to run for the Parker Core Knowledge Board of Directors because of her passion for education. She believes education is extremely important and with it, any child can chase their dreams and reach their maximum potential.  

Mrs. Neuman has over 12 years of experience leading, teaching, and being an influential member on various professional committees and boards. She graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree and began working for NASA as an astronaut space suit instructor and flight controller. She continued her career in Washington State at a naval air station as a station mechanical engineer. From there she was hired here in Colorado working as an engineer for the Atlas V and Delta IV rockets. After both of her children were born, she took time out of the corporate world and opened up a local baby boutique. Throughout her career in her various positions she has served in various leadership roles and she has been a member of several professional boards.  

Mrs. Neuman is so passionate about the excellence of PCK that she wants to be more involved in decisions and developments within PCK. Because both of her children are in the very early years of their education, she hopes her involvement will positively impact the future of PCK and continue the exemplary efforts of the current Board of Directors. Mrs. Neuman wants to see PCK continue its outstanding reputation and vows to help maintain it as the outstanding school that it is while serving the PCK community to the best of her abilities.    

Don’t Miss PCK’s First Craft and Vendor Show

Join us this Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Events Gym for shopping, food, fun, and a great time to connect with other PCK families. There will be 43 vendors showcasing great gift ideas (pick out a Mother’s Day treat for yourself!), and food trucks will be outside for lunch and snacks. Get all of the details here.

Our Great Character Never Slows Down

Congratulations to the following students who received Character Awards in last week’s assembly:

Addison M. – Obedience
Anushka A. – Diligence
Aiya S. – Honesty
Ashton A. – Respect, Responsibility
Austin E. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Bissette B. – Respect, Ready to Participate, Obedience
Bryn M. – Generosity, Helpfulness
Caiden F. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate, Obedience
Carter W. – Enthusiasm
Catalina F. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate, Obedience
Claire A. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Claire S. – Joyfulness
Cruz C. – Obedience
Dom L. – Initiative
Dylan E. – Obedience
Ella F. – Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Emma T. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Emmeline B. – Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Grace C. – Respect, Obedience
Isabella H. – Ready to Participate, Obedience
Jake J. – Helpfulness
Jaylin D. – Ready to Participate, Flexibility, Forgiveness 
Lilah R. – Obedience
Lilia L. – Obedience
Mackenzie T. – Kindness
Maggie R. – Obedience
Matt K. – Respect, Obedience
Meadow K. – Obedience
Peyton K. – Helpfulness, Initiative
Preston C. – Respect, Obedience
Quinn P. – Honesty
Sydney D. – Obedience
Tashi M. – Obedience
Tate W. – Responsibility

Butter Braids Arrive Next Thursday

Today was the last day for Butter Braid orders. Your braids will be delivered before afternoon carpool next Thursday.

The Art Department Needs Some Supplies

picture of googley eyesWe have some fun Earth Day projects coming up, but the art department needs some supplies to help make them happen. If you are able to donate cardboard cereal boxes, magazines, embroidery thread, or googley eyes, please bring them/have your student bring them to the art room.

Looking For A Great Way To Volunteer?

We are looking for one or two volunteers to manage the PCK Cares program in our middle school. PCK Cares is the community service arm of our middle school, so volunteers find service opportunities for our students, get them scheduled, and get students and parent chaperones signed up for the different projects. It is a fun and meaningful way to support our middle school students, and a great way to get to know other PCK families. If you have questions about the position, please contact Mr. Goode at dgoode@ckcs.net.

Get Ready To Run In The FunD Run

The annual PCK FunD Run is Friday, April 27. Our students love this event and we make it a fun day for all. Get the details here.

Congratulations, PCK Gymnast!

Eric Vuolo (7th grade) won 2nd place in the all around Regional Championship for level 7 gymnastics. Way to go, Eric! We are so proud of you and we know this accomplishment took a lot of hard work and dedication.

Thank You!

A huge THANK YOU to the Coors family for having 20 more copies of A Christmas Carol shipped from England to our second grade classes. The edition we use is very hard to find, and this generous family has put so much time and effort into locating these books for us throughout the year. Thank you for this incredible gift!



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