Student Wellness Resources

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Cardinal Forest

What is SEL?

Social and Emotional Learning is the process of learning to understand and manage emotions through 5 key areas: self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. When children become competent in these areas, they are better about to show empathy for others, maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and set and achieve goals.


At Cardinal Forest, we believe that SEL is the cornerstone for student growth and achievement. We infuse SEL principles into the school day through modeling, explicit instruction, and community building activities.



Brain Breaks:

SEL is not just for school! Students and their families can benefit from strengthening their emotional regulation skills and learning stress management strategies. To get you started, check out a few of the resources below on Square Breathing, a quick and easy strategy for calming down quickly, and Five Finger Breathing, which can be used anywhere at any time!

Support and Resources

In addition to everyday stressors, the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for many in our community. Cardinal Forest offers a variety of resources to help support families when social, emotional, and mental health concerns arise. Our clinical staff is available for support, consultation, and referrals. 

Use the link below to let us know your needs, and a member of our clinical team will reach out to you. 

Referral Form

School Counselor Grades K-2 Anita Bruck @email 

School Counselor Grades 4-6 Suzy Kiefaber [email protected] 

School Psychologist Breonna Bryer @email 

School Social Worker Liz DeVoll @email