In the past I have given my students smarties on the first day of school with a little note on them. See them here. I decided to make it a little more exciting this year and add a pencil as well since I was able to buy 30 for $2.50 at Walmart.
The note now says:
I am so glad to have such a "sharp" student in my class. What a "smartie" you are! Welcome to second grade. We are going to have a great year!
Here is a picture:
I am moving apartments so I have spent the past few days working on packing, but I will be back to my classroom on Friday to add some finishing touches before I go back to work on Monday. Classroom pictures will be up soon!