The students' "homework" for the first day of school is to fill up a brown paper bag with 5 or 6 things that are important to them. Over the next several days, they take turns sharing their bags with the class and talking a bit about themselves.
Meet the Teacher ideas - awesome tips... I am so going to do something like this for this year! Can adapt this to sixth grade easily! Love the idea of stations on parent night - That way teacher is out of the spotlight