I don't get the class list until Friday night before school starts. As far as labeling everything, I number it. Then I don't have to relabel everything from year to year. It has cut down my costs on the "cutesy" stuff. Then I wait until the second week of school and everyone has a number. I put cheap printable name tents on their desks that I make in Word, and wait until my roster is settled the second week to put out the nice name tags that I bought. I agree with Alice that our job is to teach. All of the decorations and labeling are not what makes our kids learn. It makes our rooms more inviting.