For kids who are easily distracted. Put assignment in a file folder, cut the folder into thirds. The student see tasks one (or two) at a time. This is helpful for multi-step problems and ADHD/Processing disorders.
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.