Enrichment News



In this update:

NEW! PRM STEAM Challenge - Biomimicry!

CHANGED! - PRM Parent Gifted Support Sessions

NEW! National & City SumDog Contests!

Mrs. Bonfield's Enrichment Website

Schoology Groups

Google Meets

Make A Masterpiece Challenge

SumDog Online Math Enrichment

REGULAR Features:

PRM Schoolwide Enrichment Offerings

Great Sites To Check Out

Enrichment Opportunities Outside Of PRM

TEMOTAD ~ The Evil Mistress Of Torture And Doom

PRM Family STEAM Challenge


PRM Biomimicry STEAM Challenge:

Create an invention inspired by a plant or animal that would benefit humans.

Your Invention Must:

  1. Be created by studying a plant or animal

  2. Benefit humans

  3. Have a model/prototype that shows how the invention would look

  4. Have a model or drawing that shows or demonstrates how the invention works

  5. Materials: You must include at least TWO recycled materials in your model/prototype

Biomimicry combines ideas studied in:

Science: Biology is the study of life, by observing plants and animals you are a biologist

Technology: Creating a prototype is the first step in the process of developing an invention

Visual Art: Using 3D materials to create a form uses construction concepts used in the creation of sculpture

Math: Understanding 3D shapes and how they fit together uses geometry concepts

For more information on biomimicry:


For information and videos about different plants and animals:




For information and videos on biomimicry in sports:




I am trying to figure out how best to offer support to parents and families.

For the month of May, Please contact me directly to set up an online support session, or session for your student, as I will not be holding the Google Meet sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Email me at bonfiej@cpsboe.k12.oh.us

SumDog National Contest 5/1-5/7

All students are entered in the National Contest

To qualify in the national contest, students should answer at least 100 questions on SumDog during the contest which ends Thursday, May 7.

SUMDOG Online Math Enrichment

All students identified gifted in any area in grades 1-6 have a SumDog account.

I have used SumDog for many years with my gifted students and have found it to be a fun way to practice math fluency. In addition, SumDog has local and national contests that I enter my students in so that they can compete and earn prizes for their SumDog "house".

Each student has been given information about SumDog with their username and password.

SumDog can be used as math enrichment in the classroom with the teacher permission, and at home. Please let me know if you have any questions about SumDog, or your child's account.

Password Protected Site

Please bookmark my enrichment website and use it as the go-to resource for my enrichment offerings.

The site is password protected with the word temotad (The Evil Mistress Of Torture And Doom)


Schoology Groups for Enrichment

Enrichment Groups are set up by Graduation Year

I am posting daily logic problems and the STEAM challenges in Schoology Groups, and I check these daily. Students and parents can contact me through the group, or send me an email at bonfiej@cpsboe.k12.oh.us

Grade six is Class of 2026

Grade five is Class of 2027

Grade four is Class of 2028

Grade three is Class of 2029

Grade two is Class of 2030

Grade one is Class of 2031

Google Live Meeting Times

STEAM Challenge meetings will be the first Friday of the month from 11:15 to 11:45. Specialists will join us to talk about the monthly challenge and offer ideas for integrating art, music, fitness, and technology into the challenge and also our daily lives.

Students have to be logged into their CPS accounts to access the meetings.

Google Meet Join Code is steamteam


24 Hour Make A Masterpiece Challenge

Last month I asked people on the PRM PTO Facebook page to let me know if they wanted to participate in a 24 hour make a masterpiece challenge. All they had to do was let me know if they wanted to participate, and I would select a work of art from Google Arts and Culture for them to recreate in 24 hours using objects found in and around the home.

I was amazed by the responses and the creativity of our community. I have posted some below, but the slideshow can be viewed on the peace-pace-ace website.

go to www.peace-pace-ace.weebly.com

remember to use the password temotad

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Pinhole Camera Project

Sixth Grade Aesthetic Ambassadors


The sixth graders have been doing a terrific job learning how to solve the Rubik's Cube thanks to Mr. Walter, Donor's Choose, and a Rubik's Cube lending program!

We had to send back the set that we borrowed, but would love to continue the momentum and have enough for students to create a 225 cube mural of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Einstein, or Jackie Robinson.

If you have an old Rubik's cube lying around, or you see one at a thrift shop, we would love to have it!

If you shop on Amazon, the cubes can be purchased as an add-on item for less that $4.00 each, and you can purchase up to 3.

Testing for Gifted Identification

To be identified gifted in math, reading, science, or social studies, a student must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a nationally normed test such as the Iowa, Terra Nova, or MAP. (MAP Identification now begins with grade 2, using the MAP 2-5 or 6+)

To be identified as gifted in cognitive ability, a student must score two standard deviations above the norm, plus/minus the standard error of measure on a nationally normed test of cognitive abilities such as the CogAT or Inview. This score is usually around 127, but varies by test and grade.


Congratulations to the following students who represented PRM in the district Brain Bowl matches.

Anna Quellhorst

Owen Massie

De'Vion Gipson

Aiden Johnson

Felicity Dozier

Shea Dillon

Sophia Patton

Cadence Okuwobi

Daniel Durrenberger

Colten Frentzel

Alejandro Osegueda-Hershberger

Ella Jane Giometti

Vito Aiello

Jonah Schenk

Gabriel Krekeler

Hink Pink Posters

5th Grade Enrichment Pullout

Students studied rhyme pairs and evaluated the quality of Hink Pink word riddles. Students then created their own Hink Pink word riddles and designed posters that met a set of criteria. Each student went through the design process to develop and create their poster. I am very proud of their commitment to excellence!


CRITICAL & CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS ENRICHMENT is provided to first, second, and third grade students who are identified gifted in any area that demonstrate a need for additional enrichment beyond regular classroom offerings.

The Thinking Skills Enrichment Packets are to be completed independently at school and are designed for self-paced enrichment. In some cases, a classroom teacher will include this work in a student's weekly work contract if they feel it is appropriate. In most cases, Thinking Skills Enrichment is considered free choice work, and should be done after completing assigned work tasks.

This work is to be done only at school, and not to go home.

SUPRA ET ULTRA Monthly Challenges


The SUPRA ET ULTRA challenges are part of our Schoolwide Enrichment Program, P.E.A.C.E. which stands for Providing Equal Access to Curricular Enrichment.

All students at PRM are invited to participate in the SUPRA ET ULTRA monthly challenges, because all students benefit from this type of critical and creative thinking enrichment.

Each quarter, students who have participated in the monthly challenges are entered in a quarterly prize drawing. To be eligible for the drawing, it is not necessary for all ten challenges of the monthly SUPRA ET ULTRA to be completed, but the self-assessment must be completed in full for their name to go into the drawing.

Students who complete all ten challenges by the deadline and also complete the self-assessment in full, will receive a certificate, and have their name posted on the PRM ROCKS! website.

The SUPRA ET ULTRA challenge worksheets are available to ALL PRM students.

Parents and teachers can request them for students simply by sending Mrs. Bonfield an email at bonfiej@cpsboe.k12.oh.us

Students who are identified as gifted are assigned the monthly SUPRA ET ULTRA challenges and are encouraged to complete them as they are considered part of their gifted enrichment education.

*Supra Et Ultra is Latin for Above and Beyond.


At Pleasant Ridge Montessori, we offer three types of enrichment for students:

PEACE (Providing Equal Access to Curricular Enrichment)

Schoolwide Enrichment is offered to all students in grades 1 through 6 at the PEACE level. The monthly SUPRA ET ULTRA Critical & Creative Thinking Challenges are the foundation of our schoolwide program, and we encourage all students who desire an enrichment opportunity to participate.

PACE (Purposeful And Challenging Enrichment)

Students who are identified gifted in specific academic areas such as math and reading are provided appropriate academic enrichment based on their individual needs.

ACE (Academic & Creative Excellence)

Based on gifted identifications and individual student needs, enrichment is provided to develop academic and creative talents.



I have included a number of enrichment opportunities for kids and adults HERE.

Please let me know if you are aware of additional opportunities that I should share.

Super Saturday

The Super Saturday Program is a quality enrichment program for intellectually gifted children, ages 4-14, in the Greater Cincinnati area. Starting in the Fall of 1981, the Super Saturday Program has grown from serving a handful of gifted children at the University of Cincinnati’s main campus to serving hundreds of children each session in various settings.

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TEMOTAD ~ The Evil Mistress Of Torture And Doom

Mrs. Jackie Bonfield

I am so happy to be torturing, er, I mean working with the amazing students, staff, and families of Pleasant Ridge Montessori. I consider it a great honor to be given the opportunity to enrich the lives of this community and to help guide our future scholars, leaders, and creatives.

Since 1999, I have worked with more than 2000 gifted students in grades K through 8 in various public school settings.