I have spent my very first summer vacation (we were a year-round school until this past year) planning and preparing for the 2009-2010 school year. I have been labeling items for the children and organizing. Every year, I start off with items pre-written, such as three days worth of name tags, apples for my bulletin board, and people cut-outs.
On the first day of school, I leave the "welcome" plaques on their desks with a piece of candy. We keep the apple nameplates at school, in case one forgets how to spell thier name during an in-class assignment.