Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

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After School Enrichment



Now I am offering awesome after-school enrichment classes at the FAD PAD every day starting August 24, 2020! This will be a chance for your child to enjoy my magical backyard- complete with loquat tree, swings, hammock, fruit, herb and vegetable patches- to move their bodies, have some social time and do really fun activities.

Monday Drama Day - storytelling, theater games, puppets, singing, costumes

Tuesday Starwitz - delving into the magical world of Harry Potter, Books 1-5

Wednesday Starwitz - delving into the magical world of Harry Potter, Books 1-5

Thursday Fabric Art Day - sewing, embroidery, fabric adornment, weaving

Friday Fun Day - gardening, games, art and crafts, cooking


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

When the students arrive, they will participate in our traditional FAD PAD warm ups, themed activities, have a snack and free play, and continue our activities. As always, we do breathing, mindfulness and grounding exercises throughout our time together. We will continue to be outside as much as possible.

Date: August 24 - October 16, 2020
Time: 2-5 (time may change if families prefer a different time frame)
Fee: Each 3 hour 8 week class is $480. All supplies and materials included.

There are 2 holidays on Mondays, September 7 and October 12. There is a Professional Development Day on Friday, September 25. Even though there is no school, I am going to offer the classes.
Please only sign up for one of the Starwitz days so many of our Harry Potter fans can join in the magical fun!

I will be having another 8 week session from October 19-December 18, 2020.

Thanksgiving break and Winter break classes will be announced later.


This is how you sign up for After School Enrichment


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 to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash

5. Paypal $495 (slightly higher rate, thank you).




FAD PAD SUMMER CAMPS 2020


FAD (Fun Art and Drama) + PAD (Mary Ellen's home studio) =
lots of fun, creativity and innovation!


Monday - Friday, 9a-3p, $450, Ages 6-12, Eight (8) children maximum

After-care from 3-5:30 is available at $8 per half-hour.



Session A: June 1-5 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this & a bit of that)
Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: cooking, gardening, sewing, 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!

Session B: June 8-12 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this & a bit of that)
Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: cooking, gardening, sewing, 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!

Session 1: June 15 - 19 + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp
Session 2: June 22 - 26 + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp
Session 3: June 29 - July 3 + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp

This summer we will cover Book 5: "Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix". We will delve into the magical and imaginary realm of witches and wizards through art, play and drama. Some of the activities include: wands & spell work; Hogwarts Express, the Sorting Hat; Quidditch, creating a patronus, attending the DA and the Department of Mysteries quest. Headmistress ME has been a Harry Potter fan since 1997!

Session 4: July 6 - 10: + 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, 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.

Session 5: July 20-24 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this & a bit of that)
Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: cooking, gardening, sewing, 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!

Session 6: July 27 - 31 + Fairy Camp
Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival! Campers will make fairy houses 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 enjoyed play acting with her neighbor friends and looks forward to meeting more fairies in her garden!

Session 7: August 3 - 7 + Gardening and Cooking Camp *All Food 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 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.

Session 8: August 10-14 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this & a bit of that)
Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: cooking, gardening, sewing, 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!


This is how you sign up for FAD PAD 2020 Summer 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 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 to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash

5. Paypal (slightly higher rate, thank you).

FAD PAD Summer 2020

Thanks for signing up for FAD PAD 2020 Summer Camps




Adoptees Connecting Camp (ACC)
July 6 - 10, 2020

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: $450

*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

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.






Adoptees Connecting Club (ACC)
Details available September of 2020!





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