Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

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FALL 2018~ STARWITZ: A Harry Potter Book Series Class
Making books come alive with creative hands-on learning activities in a homey, fun and supportive environment.

Tuesdays 10am -2pm



This class will be based on, "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets." We will delve into the magical and imaginary realm of witches and wizards through art, play and drama. Some of the various activities will include Diagon Alley, making wands, choosing the perfect witch/wizard outfit, creating an original name & house name, the Sorting Hat, Mandrakes, the Death Day Party, visiting Aaragog in the Forbidden Forest and the Chamber of Secrest Quest as well as attending Charms and Potions classes.

On October 30, we will be having a special Halloween celebration! We also like to celebrate the seasons at Starwitz such as Autumn Equinox.

This class will continue in the Winter and Spring.

There will also be time for free play, climbing Bob (the loquat tree), exploring the gardens and the enchanted and forbidden forests!

This class is for children 6-12 years old. (older or younger if you think it would be a good fit) 8 students maximum enrollment, 4 students minimum.

Oakland location near 580 and Edwards Ave.

Headmistress, Mary Ellen Hill, MA, has been an avid fan since the HP books came out! She has been a professional storyteller since 1990. She is the director of FAD PAD playshops and camps. Mary Ellen also brings 35 years experience as a special and elementary education teacher and an after school day care teacher at Adventure Time. She has been teaching Harry Potter classes and camps since 2010. She has been offering Homeschool classes since 2014.


Sample Class:

Each student will make wizard money- galleons, sickles, and knuts from beautiful gold, silver and bronze paper. They will create a cloth pouch to hold their wizard money. As a class we will set up Gringotts and choose the parts of goblins and the wizards/witches coming to the bank. Then we will act out the scene.

15 Classes from 10-2 on Tuesdays

September 4, 11, 18, 25

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

November 6, 13, 27, NO CLASS November 20

December 4, 11, 18, 2018

Fee: $60 per day + $25 supply fee = $925

Scholarships and Payment Plans available.


*There are 4 ways to send this fee.*

1. Make a check out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

2. Use your own Pay Pal account and pay under the family and friends button to mehstories@netzero.com.

3. Use VENMO on your phone to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash








Adoptees Connecting Club (ACC)

Our 2018/19 ACC Club is filling up!

Please email, mehstories@netzero.com, or call Mary Ellen, 510-219-3474 for more information.

ACC is a fun, safe and creative place for adoptees, 7-14 years old. This club is for children who want to explore their adoption story in a supportive and playful way with other adopted children. Each child will have many opportunities to share, explore and celebrate their particular life journey as an adopted person through various art forms: writing, drawing, cooking, tai chi, mindfulness, creative visualization, and drama. Since there are no more than 8 children at our club meetings, there is time for all to participate fully. This year we will be using the fantastic, clever and practical booklet for adoptees when they are asked questions about adoption called: W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook from The Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE).

9 Saturdays, September 2018- May 2019

10:00am - 2:00pm

September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, 2018

January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, 2019

Fee: $735

Scholarships and Payment Plans available.


*There are 4 ways to send this fee.*

1. Make a check out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

2. Use your own Pay Pal account and pay under the family and friends button to mehstories@netzero.com.

3. Use VENMO on your phone to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash








Mary Ellen's FAD PAD SUMMER CAMPS 2018
FAD (Fun Art and Drama) + PAD (Mary Ellen's home studio) =
lots of fun, creative and innovative camps!


Monday - Friday, 9a-3p

$450 Five Day Camps, $360 Four Day Camp

Ages 6-12, eight children maximum

Before & After-Care (M-F), $8 per half-hour

Scholarships and Payment Plans available

Location: Edwards Ave. Exit off HW580 in Oakland, CA



Session 1: June 18 - 22 (five day camp) + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp

Session 2: June 25 - 29 (five day camp) + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp

Session 3: July 2, 3, 5, 6 (four day camp) + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp
*$360 for 4 day camp * This summer we will focus on "Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban"". We will delve into the magical and imaginary realm of witches and wizards through art, play and drama. Topics covered: wands & spell work; the Sorting Hat; Marauder's Map; visiting Diagon Alley & Hogsmeade; playing Quidittch; freeing Buckbeak&Sirius Black and attending Defense Against the Dark Arts, Divination and Care of Magical Creatures classes. Headmistress ME has been a fan of Harry Potter books since the books came out in 1997!

Session 4: July 9 - 13 (five day camp) + Adoptees Connecting Camp (ACC) (6-14 ages)
This session is for adopted children who want to share and explore their adoption in a supportive and playful way with other adoptees. All campers will have many opportunities to celebrate their particular life journey as an adopted person through various art forms: writing, drawing, cooking, yoga, storytelling, mindfulness and drama. Mary Ellen was adopted as an infant and has been exploring adoption in various ways for many years.

Session 5: (New Dates) July 23 - July 27 (five day camp) + Fairy Camp
Session 6: (New Dates) July 30 - August3 (five day camp) + Fairy Camp
Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival! Campers will make fairy furniture using clay, paper, nuts, wood and fabric. We will also spend time playing, singing and dancing in a wide array of fairy costumes. On Friday we will baking and making treats for our fairy tea party! Since she was a little girl in Indiana, Mary Ellen has enjoyed play acting with her neighbor friends and looks forward to meeting more fairies in her garden!

Session 7: (New Dates) August 16 - 10 + Gardening and Cooking Camp *All Food Organic
Come explore Mary Ellen's big, beautiful, magical backyard! Campers will harvest organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers and use them for yummy cooking projects. Basic gardening and cooking skills will be taught, and perhaps the garden fairies will show up to teach a few things! Mary Ellen has enjoyed creating recipes and trying them out since she was a youngster and loves to grow her own food.




This is how you sign up for FAD PAD Summer 2018 camps!


Please fill out the Registration Form or I can email it to you.
If you have already been to a FAD PAD playshop or camp and your contact information has not changed you do not need to fill out the FAD PAD Registration Form.

The FAD PAD 2018 Release form will be emailed to you once you fill the Registration Form out and return it to me.

Once you register, please pay the camp fee. The cost for each 5 day camp session from is $450. The cost for the 4 day July 4th week is $360. Camp runs daily from 9am- 3pm.


*There are 4 ways to send this fee.*

1. Make a check out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

F 2. Use your own Pay Pal account and pay under the family and friends button to mehstories@netzero.com.

3. Use VENMO on your phone to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.

4. Use the Paypal on my website. The cost then is at the slightly higher rate of $470 or $375.


Once you have sent in the registration, release form and payment, I will confirm your spot.

A WORD ABOUT CANCELLATIONS: January 15-March 1: Receive half tuition refund. March 2- May 1: Receive a quarter of tuition refund. After May 2: No refunds.

M-F Before-care is available from 8:30-9:00. After-care is available from 3-5:30. $8 per half-hour.
Please let me know what you need. You can add this into your tuition fee or wait until the first day of camp your child attends.

Payment plans and scholarships are available. Please contact Mary Ellen directly.



FAD PAD Summer Camps 2018


YAY! Thanks for signing up for FAD PAD SUMMER CAMPS 2018!









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Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher
Telephone 510-636-4155
Email mehstories@netzero.com
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