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
First Day of School activity: Questions and "sticky" answers: What will you need to do to be successful this year? What will you [the teacher] need to do to help you be successful this year? What do you expect to learn this year in SEEK?