2 ideas for bulletin boards in the beginning of the year:
We have "Meet the Teacher Night" before the kids come to school. So I've
been decorationg my bulletin boards with samples of work that kids will be
doing that year.
A few years ago my kids were making these marvelous painting during the
last week of school. I asked the kids if any of them would be willing to leave
their paintings at school over the summer so I could display them for the
start of school. This idea appeals to elementary students, and the hallways
are filled with their wonderful paintings from day1.