The small Yorkville school known for "Big Love" embraced that reputation, when choosing their theme for students and staff to embrace in the new school year.
In an assembly for parents, students and faculty, Friday, Aug. 30, Yorkville Grade School Principal Emily Lech announced that the 2019-20 theme for the school is, "Kaleidoscope Brighter With You".
The inspiration for the theme, Lech said, came from looking inside a kaleidoscope and turning it.
"When you look inside a kaleidoscope and you turn it, the view changes, and that we all have our different lenses and all of them are good, and all of them are worthwhile," she said. "We're teaching the kids that, 'You belong, we're brighter with you, and that we need you here'."
"We are doing a big focus on social/emotional learning this year, so we're doing classroom meetings, we're doing coaches, we're doing a lot of positive reinforcement, celebrations and really reinforcing our cornerstones, which are 'Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Ready and Be Respectful'," Lech said.
To celebrate the theme with the students, Lech teamed up with YGS parent and popular local musician Ethan Bell, of the Ethan Bell Band, to craft an original song reflecting the theme and YGS, by adapting the song "Kaleidoscope" by A Great Big World.