dislike having long lines of students waiting for me to edit their papers, I have them put their numbered clothespins on my clipboard so that I'll know who is ready to go. This would also be great for students waiting to take AR tests!
Put a class list (on cute paper, of course) in a picture frame. Use a dry-erase marker to mark students off of a list! Add a line at the top of the page to remind you what it is for. Field trip money, papers signed and returned, etc.
I would try as countdown to school, birthday or an advent cal. Question of the Day Calendar.small paper cups, a backboard to hold them, and numbered pieces of tissue paper to cover them. Could do a writing prompt for each day.