I get the school mascot @ build A Bear online, it came with the backpack and everything. I pick a journal and write a introductory letter at the beginning of the notebook.
At the beginning of the year we vote on a name for him/her. This year our longhorn's name is "Matt". Last year his name was "Edward" (In honor of Twilight, LOL)
Usually by March our class mascot has gone home with everyone and that is when I try to involve other faculty throughout the campus. Last year our Principal (Mrs. Traci Gonzalez) took Edward home and she came on Monday and talked all about their adventure. The kids were really excited :)
Click here for the letter/permission slip to parents