Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

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Adoptees Connecting Club (ACC)
5 Saturdays
January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, May 21, 2022
1:00pm - 5:00pm

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, tai chi, storytelling, creative visualization and drama.
Mary Ellen was adopted as an infant and has been exploring adoption in various creative ways for many years.

Fee: $500

*There are 5 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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash


5. PayPal (Slightly higher rate)

Adoptees Connecting

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





Winter/Spring Session
Please join us at the FAD PAD
Please join us at the FAD PAD - for some awesome after-school enrichment classes!

This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to be outside in a beautiful, magical setting, to move their bodies, have some social time and do really fun, creative activities. Each day has a theme and is for K-5th graders with 8 children maximum and 4 minimum. When the students arrive, they will participate in our traditional FAD PAD warm ups, have a snack and free play, and do our themed activities. As always, we do breathing, mindfulness and grounding exercises throughout our time together. We will do all activities outside in my magical backyard- complete with loquat tree to climb, swings, hammock, fruit, herb and vegetable patches. Only if the AQ is poor and if it is pouring rain will we be indoors.

The Winter/Spring Session is from January 10 - May 13, 2022 at the FAD PAD.

NO classes 1/17, 2/21, April 4-8.

Holiday and Spring Break camps are posted below.


Here are the FAD PAD Enrichment After School Classes for 2022:

Monday Drama Day- storytelling, theater games, puppets, singing, movement, costumes.
Monday classes are from 3:00/15-6:00 for 15 weeks and the fee is $900 + $20= $920.

Tuesday BOT BOT Day - hand sewing, gardening, games, and crafts.
Tuesday classes are from 3:00/15-6:00 for 17 weeks and the fee is $1020 + $20= $1040.

Wednesday Starwitz - delving into the magical world of Harry Potter, Book 2
Wednesday classes are from 2:30-5:30 for 17 weeks and the fee is $1020 + $20= $1040.

EACH CLASS HAS A REGISTRATION AND SUPPLY FEE OF $20.

Thursday and Friday there are No Classes

K-6th graders and 8 students maximum and 4 minimum.

References, reduced fees and payments plans are available- please contact Mary Ellen directly.
Choose preferred classes, then contact Mary Ellen to make sure there are openings.


Registration and Payment:
This is how you sign up for Fall Fad Pad Playshops


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 Release form will be emailed to you once you fill out the Registration Form out and return it to me.
Once you have sent in the registration, release form and payment, I will confirm your spot.


*There are 5 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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash

5. Paypal
(Slightly higher rate.)

Winter Spring Sessions




Winter and Spring Fad Pad 2022 Camps
All camps are from 9:30 to 3:30 for K through six grades, $100 per day.

Harry Potter Winter Fun: December 27, M; 28, T; 29, W
Transfiguration class, make chocolate Frogs and cards, visit the Magical Menagerie and play Harry Potter games.

Animal Friend Days: January 14, Friday and January 17, Monday
Make a clay/puppet/mask animal ally and create a ceremony for your beloved pet or an extinct animal.

Stitch-N-Time Day: February 21, Monday
Come and learn or brush up on your hand stitching talents. Bring some things that need mending and any clothes you want to sew on a button/ribbon/do-dad on or decorate with fabric markers.

Harry Potter Day: April 1, Friday
Divination class, make chocolate Frogs and cards, visit the Magical Menagerie and play Harry Potter games.

Spring Fun Days:Spring Fun Days: April 4-8, Monday-Friday
Celebrate Spring at the FAD PAD! Plant seeds, harvest peas and carrots, flower tasting, egg art, and act out Spring stories.



Registration and Payment:
This is how you sign up for Fall Fad Pad Playshops


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 Release form will be emailed to you once you fill out the Registration Form out and return it to me.
Once you have sent in the registration, release form and payment, I will confirm your spot.


*There are 5 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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash

5. Paypal
(Slightly higher rate.)

Winter Spring 2022
Winter Spring 2022

Each button has its own checkout. Paypal limits the number of items in a dropdownmenu.
You may have to check out twice depending on the classes you choose. Sorry for inconvenience.




Mary Ellen's FAD PAD SUMMER CAMPS 2022
OUR 12th FAD PAD Season of Summer Fun!


M - F, 9:30a-3:30p
$500
Ages 6-12
Eight children max, 4 min


YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR ONE STARWITZ AND ONE FAIRY CAMP

YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR MULTIPLE BOTBOT CAMPS



Session 1: May 30-June 3+ Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp

Session 2: June 6-10+ Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp

Session 3: June 13-17, + Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp

This summer we will cover Book 2 :"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 activities include: Diagon Ally, wands and
spell work, Sorting Hat, Mandrakes, Death Day Party, and the quest for the
Chamber of Secrets. Headmistress ME has been a Harry Potter fan since the books came out in 1997!




Session 4: June 20-24 +BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this and a bit of that)

Session 5: June 27-July 1 +BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this and a bit of that)

Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites:
cooking, gardening, sewing, storytelling and various art projects
plus general goofing around! Mary Ellen has so many activities
she likes to do with campers- she can't choose just one!



There is no camp the week of July 4-8




Session 6: July 11-15: + Fairy Camp

Session 7: July 18-22: + Fairy Camp

Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival!
Campers will make fairy houses using clay, paper, 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 enjoyed play acting with her neighbor friends and looks
forward to meeting more fairies in her garden!




Session 8: 25-29 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this and a bit of that) see above for details

Session 9: August 1-5 + Gardening and Cooking Camp *organic and vegetarian*

Come explore Mary Ellen's big, beautiful, magical backyard!
Campers will learn about and harvest organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers and use
them for yummy cooking projects. Basic gardening and cooking skills will be taught and all campers
will brew their own tea each day. Friday Mystery Pot is totally magical and delicious.
Mary Ellen has enjoyed creating recipes and trying them out since she was a youngster and loves to garden.



Session 10: August 8-12 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this and a bit of that) see above for details




s How to Sign Up

1. Please let Mary Ellen by email or phone or text (510-219-3474) what session(s) you want. When she confirms there is an opening, then you can follow the next steps.

2. Fill out the FAD PAD registration form on the website. You do not have to fill out a FAD PAD registration form if you have been the FAD PAD before, unless your contact information has changed.

3. Please pay the fee now. Once you pay, Mary Ellen will confirm your spot.

4. Mary Ellen will email you the 2021 FAD PAD Release form and FAD PAD Covid form you need to fill out and return.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR CAMPS: January 3-March 20: Receive half tuition refund. March 21- May 8: Receive a quarter of tuition refund. After May 8: No refunds.

SCHOLARSHIP POILCY FOR CAMPS: There is ONE PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP for each session. There is ONE FULL SCHOLARSHIP available.

Payment plans are available for everyone.

Please contact Mary Ellen directly if you want to set up a payment plan or request a scholarship and if you need references.

*There are 5 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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash

5. Paypal
(Slightly higher rate.)

Summer Camps 1 - 5
Summer Camps 6 -10

Each button has its own checkout. Paypal limits the number of items in a dropdown menu.
You may have to check out twice depending on the classes you choose. Sorry for inconvenience.




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Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher
Telephone 510-219-3474
Email mehstories@netzero.com
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