It has become a tradition in my classroom to have my outgoing students write a letter for my new students for the next year. I remind them to give advice and suggestions about how to be successful in my class. I just love reading their responses. It really gives me insight as to what they thought the most important lessons and strategies were important to me as a teacher and what they internalized.
I place the letters on the desks of my new students for the open house prior to the school year starting. The parents love reading the notes as well. The incoming children just love receiving a letter from a "big kid".
What are your favorite end of year or beginning of year traditions? I'd love to hear about them.