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Weekly newsletter home: start the year by doing it yourself then transition to kids taking over. You do the final read thru to make sure it's appropriate. Can even set the article topics yourself if you want or have them choose what to write about
Classroom B-day idea. or just a great community builder mid-year. This is seriously one of the sweetest ideas. If there is no smartboard in your room maybe you could do it with large bulletin board paper. Then they could keep the kind words.