Practice spelling words-- or use this for a poetry activity. Students draw a big scribble on their page - remind them to leave big spaces in their scribble! Using coloured pencils, they can then fill the spaces with their words.
peer book recommendations - fun idea for beginning of the year, too - maybe a book you read over the summer. Also, could do this with peer music recommendations. I could restrict to certain genres or artistic periods.
Attach a sheer curtain panel behind your existing curtains using a bungee cord. Just run the cord through your curtains, attach the bungee hooks to the sides of the rod and stretch it across, and voilà, you have a beautiful sheer inner curtain panel!