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Letters from the Principal

"I learned a new word, "Spectrumy". It was then that I realized I have been a "Spectrumy" educator my entire career. To me, it means putting the learner's experience of school as the number one priority. Their thoughts, feelings, relationships, and learning."

About Dr. Mary Beth Cunat

Dr. Mary Beth Cunat is a life-long learner and educator. She recently retired from Chicago Public Schools, after serving in multiple roles from teacher, Central Office leadership, and school administration. Her pedagogical passion has always been progressive approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment that advance student ownership of learning and a child’s love for school. This is why Spectrum is such a great fit. Mary Beth is recently a new grandma to twin girls, and they are the impetus for her move to Rockford- to lead and nurture this “educational wonderland” for the Rockford community which now includes her own family!

Letters from Dr. Cunat

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 26, 2021

Dear Spectrum Community, I just had a remarkable conversation with 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 19, 2021

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, We witnessed the success of 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 12, 2021

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, Over the weekend, I re-discovered 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 5, 2021

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, I am not sure if 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 29, 2021

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, As January comes to a 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 15, 2021

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, Oh, oh, the joy of 

The Innovative Elves — Presented by Spectrum School

Who pulls off a school holiday program with 80 preschool 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 11, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, I had so much fun 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 4, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, I’ve been thinking a lot 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 20, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, It is Tuesday. As I 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 13, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, Happy World Kindness Day! I 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 6, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, We posted an ad thanking 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 30, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, Here is a great hurrah 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 23, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, I had the opportunity yesterday 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 16, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, As things settle into new 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 2, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, As I walked through the 

Letter from the Principal: Sept. 25, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,   See me sing this 

Letter from the Principal: Sept. 18, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, We are just finishing our 

Letter from the Principal: Sept. 11, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, We have made it through 

Letter from the Principal: May 29, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, Thank you to everyone who 

Letter from the Principal: May 22, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  Kudos to the Middle Schoolers 

Letter from the Principal: May 15, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  As I sat in front 

Letter from the Principal: May 1, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  This week’s letter will actually 

Letter from the Principal: Apr. 24, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  This week, I have been 

Letter from the Principal: Apr. 17, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  I hope this greeting finds 

Letter from the Principal: Apr. 10, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  Please give yourself lots of 

Letter from the Principal: Apr. 3, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  We have completed Week 2 

Letter from the Principal: Mar. 13, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  As we approach Spring Break, 

Letter from the Principal: Mar. 6, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  We had a surprise visit 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 28, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  February was a whirlwind, with 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 21, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  As I write this, we 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 6, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  It is hard to believe 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 31, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  As we finish up National 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 24, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  As we celebrate School Choice 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 10, 2020

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends,  As you can see from 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 20, 2019

  I’m dreaming of the winter vacation And looking forward 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 13, 2019

Spectrum Families and Friends, I attended our band concert at 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 6, 2019

Spectrum Families and Friends, Generosity and good will. Mary Baldauf 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 22, 2019

Spectrum Families and Friends, Since next week is a short 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 15, 2019

Spectrum Families and Friends, Wednesday was World Kindness Day and 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 8, 2019

Spectrum Families and Friends, For those in Early Elementary and 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 18, 2019

Spectrum Families and Friends, It is Wednesday as I write 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 11, 2019

Spectrum Families and Friends, As you can see from our 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 3, 2019

Spectrum Families and Friends, As we reflect on the first 

Letter from the Principal: Sept. 27, 2019

Spectrum Family and Friends, It’s finally here! Spectrum’s Fall Festival 

Letter from the Principal: Sept. 13, 2019

Spectrum Family and Friends, I was so happy to see 

Letter from the Principal: Sept. 6, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, Welcome back to Spectrum! We 

Letter from the Principal: May 28, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, There is a lot to 

Letter from the Principal: May 10, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, See SAVE THE DATES below. We 

Letter from the Principal: May 3, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, In case you missed it, 

Letter from the Principal: Apr. 19, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, What an amazing school we 

Letter from the Principal: Mar. 22, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, Several dreams have come true 

Letter from the Principal: Mar. 8, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, As I was looking at 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 22, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, There was so much insight 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 15, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, PTO leadership asked if I 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 8, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, As I was getting to 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 25, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families, First of all, thank you for your 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 11, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families, We are in full swing, with the 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 21, 2018

Dear Spectrum Community, By the time you read this, we 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 7, 2018

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, I am AGAIN impressed and 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 30, 2018

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, What do Tangrams, blowing paint 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 16, 2018

Dear Spectrum Parents, We are very happy to report that 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 2, 2018

Spectrum Family and Friends, Thank you to the parents, staff, 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 26, 2018

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, I wanted to give you 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 19, 2018

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, First and foremost, a huge 

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