Conversation Jenga! Write questions on the blocks and have students answer as they play. Get your students speaking Spanish (or French, or German, or whatever language you teach!) and make conversation practice their favorite part of class.
The Incredible Art Department - Sample Parent Letter for beginning of year outlining student behavior expectations and consequences, what students will need for class, etc... maybe include links to artsonia, info on bottle cap mural, info on portfolios and why artwork will stay at school until end of year (if not using artsonia as a digital portfolio).
Fun idea for first day of class? Make hands, put their names or picture in their hand (what they want to learn that year?, favorite science subject? or something to reflect back upon) and in last week have them update their goals, and take their picture next to the poster and give them a copy of the picture at the end of class. [Source --2nd grade auction project by oliverdec, via Flickr]