I'm with you as well. I love having a TA to help me but I am very particular about things like tray and peg labels, labels on classroom areas etc particularly those that will be visible all year. It's bad enough when something that is only up for 6 weeks is not done the way you want but looking at name labels you dislike all year is just depressing. In fact I know I would end up doing them again. I know I'm sad but to me setting up the classroom and getting all the labels done etc is a one of the best parts. It gets me in the right frame of mind and as I'm doing it I can focus more on my new class and mentally start planning activities. To the TA - sorry forgotten your user name. Personally I would suggest you ask the teacher on the first day if they would like you to do labels etc as you have a template which you have used before. Then if they want it you have everything ready to go. I would also say to them that you bought a few items as in previous years they have been needed.